South Australia’s urban and regional planning system is currently undergoing its biggest reform in more than 25 years.
This reform will change the way development applications are assessed, approved and publicly notified in the future. It will include changes to which types of development will trigger notification to neighbouring property owners, residents and other community members, and when they have appeal rights.
The State Planning Commission is leading this reform and the City of West Torrens is encouraging our community to find out what is happening, ask questions and provide feedback. This reform will change the way developments are assessed and approved in the future, including changes to being publicly notified.
Right now is your opportunity to consider and question what impact the new system will likely have on you and your neighbourhood before planning reforms become operational.
The best way to be involved is to visit the SA Planning Portal and provide feedback directly to the State Government.
In April 2016, 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 will affect how development policy is formed and amended and how development applications are lodged and assessed.
Some of the changes to the Planning and Development system include:
- The establishment of the State Planning Commission as the state's independent, principal planning body that provides advice and makes recommendations on the administration of the PDI Act.
- The release of a Community Engagement Charter by the Minister for Planning which seeks to increase community influence in the policy setting stage.
- The creation of a Planning and Design Code (required under the PDI Act). This will become the state's single planning rulebook for assessing all development applications, removing the existing 72 Council specific Development Plans and providing greater consistency across all council areas.
- Establishing a professional accreditation scheme for planners and building surveyors to provide increased confidence for development applicants and communities that decisions are being made by qualified and experienced professionals who regularly undergo training and are audited for competency.
- Delivering an online planning portal as a one-stop-shop for planning information and lodging and assessment of development applications.
The new PDI Act will be implemented in stages during the next three to five years, but the Planning and Design Code must be active by 1 July 2020.
A fact sheet has been developed by the State Government outlining how the changes will affect communities.
Visit the SA Planning portal to have your say or join a community engagement panel.
The State Planning Commission has released a number of guides for the community about heritage and character in the new planning system.
Community Guide to Heritage and Character in the New Planning System
A Guide to Demolition Control for Heritage in the New Planning System