In April 2016, the South Australian Parliament passed the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDI Act) to implement a new planning system which will replace the current system under the Development Act 1993.

This new legislation introduces the biggest changes to the South Australian Planning System in 25 years and will affect, amongst other matters, how development applications are lodged and assessed.

Key Changes Proposed

New land use planning documents will be introduced to replace the Development Plan and South Australian Planning Strategy.

Changes delivered to date include:

  • Establishing an independent State Planning Commission and committees to support the commission.
  • Establishing a new Community Engagement Charter.
  • Establishing an Accredited Professionals Scheme.
  • Setting the state planning policies.
  • Setting an assessment framework and Planning and Design Code for out of Council areas.
  • Partial delivery of an on-line planning portal to support the new system.

Upcoming changes include:

  • Delivering new planning tools for professionals and the public.
  • Delivering an online planning portal as a one-stop-shop for planning information and lodging development applications.
  • The creation of a Planning and Design Code (Code) (required under the PDI Act). This Code will become the state's single planning rulebook for assessing all development applications, removing the existing 72 Council specific Development Plans across all council areas including the existing Development Plan that currently applies to the City of Charles Sturt.Every property will have its planning provisions / zoning modified to some degree by the revocation of Council’s Development Plan and its replacement with the State-wide draft Code.

Consultation of the draft Planning and Design Code

The State Planning Commission (Commission) has released the draft Planning and Design Code (Code) for consultation.

A copy of the Commission’s draft Code can be viewed at or by clicking here

The Commission has also released its People and Neighbourhood Discussion Paper, which proposes a range of new planning policies to improve residential infill development.The findings in the Paper have informed the draft Planning and Design Code.A copy of the Discussion Paper can be viewed on the SA Planning Portal by clicking here.

An engagement plan has also been released by the Commission and is now available on the SA Planning Portal.

The closing date for submissions to the Commission was Friday 28 February 2020.

It is intended that the draft Code will come into operation in July 2020.

Council's Role

The City of Charles Sturt is continuing to undertake strategic planning and assess development applications under the current planning system, while preparing for the transition to the new legislation.

Council provided a submission to the State Planning Commission in February 2020. The submission can be viewed in our Document Library in the right-hand column.

Council will continue to monitor and provide feedback to the Government of South Australian as changes are proposed and implemented.

For More Information

For more information on the implementation of the Government’s new planning system and follow community consultation opportunities visit the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure's SA Planning Portal at

The Commission has also set up a draft Code hotline on 1800 318 102 for enquiries.

All email enquiries to the Commission can be forwarded through

The State Planning Commission has also set up a separate email address to receive submissions from people who can’t use the online form: