Every council in South Australia has a development plan specifying the kinds of development that can occur in that area.
These development plans need to be amended over time to keep them contemporary and introduce changes in zoning or local and state government policy.
In SA, changes to Development Plans occur through a process called a Development Plan Amendment (DPA) as set out in the Development Act 1993.
Amendments to Development Plans take the form of the following:
The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure has developed a set of planning policies that are common to many development plans in South Australia.
The state’s current planning policies are contained in the South Australian Planning Policy Library. The library encourages best practice policy application and a consistent development plan format across the state. The library is being updated as part of the current Planning Reform process and will eventually be replaced by the Planning and Design Code.