The introduction of the new Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act begins the biggest overhaul to SA’s planning system in 20 years.
This new legislation is supported by a Government commitment of $25.8 million to fund its implementation, including the introduction of our new SA Planning Portal.
While a system of this significance requires progressive delivery over a number of years, some key aspects are beginning now, including:
- recruiting of the Chair and members of the inaugural State Planning Commission
- building the framework for new instruments that will form the backbone of our new system, including State Planning Policies, Regional Plans and the Planning and Design Code
- commencing engagement on the new Community Engagement Charter and developing a draft document for the consideration of the Commission
- launching the first phase of the new SA Planning Portal
- commencing three Ministerial Advisory Committees who will provide advice for the implementation of the new planning system
- determining specifications for our new assessment pathways
- commencing a pilot program for joint planning boards
- commencing a pilot program to prepare and test infrastructure schemes.
A key focus of Our New System is to make life easier for the wider planning community and we can’t achieve this without your input. We’re creating a range of opportunities for people to get involved in the implementation process, including:
- delivering presentations to key interest groups
- seeking nominations for the three formal Advisory Groups to assist with the implementation program
- hosting regular workshops with councils
- supporting secondments within the department's Planning Reform team from external State agencies and Local Government
- developing and distributing relevant and timely information materials and factsheets
- hosting information events and seminars
- creating education videos and online training material.
We are committed to providing regular updates on the delivery of Our New System. Stay tuned to this page for the latest updates on our progress.
Ministerial Advisory Committees
Our new planning system promotes liveability for all South Australians and its ultimate success relies on open collaboration between the government and key stakeholders.
With a focus on good planning practice today and tomorrow, the Minister will establish the following three advisory committees to guide the implementation of the new system:
- a committee that relates to the local government sector, in consultation with the Local Government Association (LGA)
- a committee that relates to entities involved in undertaking development within the State
- a committee that relates to (i) community participation and (ii) ecological sustainability and liveability, with respect to planning, design and development.
In November 2016, the Minister sought nominations from the LGA, the community and various development industry bodies for members of each of these committees. Members will be appointed early in 2017 in time for the committees to begin operations.