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State Planning Commission

Our new planning system outlines an efficient and sustainable vision for the future of South Australia. To ensure this vision is maintained as planning instruments are introduced, an independent State Planning Commission has been established to act as the state’s principal planning advisory and development assessment body.

The Commission was formalised on 1 April 2017 with the commencement of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016. It comprises six members with widespread expertise in urban design, construction, economics and public policy and an ex officio representative from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI).

On 30 May 2017, His Excellency the Governor in Executive Council appointed Mr Michael Lennon, Mr Matt Davis, Ms Janet Finlay, Ms Fairlie Delbridge, and Mr Allan Holmes as the inaugural members of the Commission. Led by former Supreme Court Justice Mr Tim Anderson QC, who was appointed as Chairperson on 7 March 2017, this group will guide the redevelopment of the planning system over the next three years. Ms Sally Smith, DPTI’s General Manager, Planning and Development has been appointed as the ex officio member.

The Commission will operate with the support of DPTI, which will provide professional and technical expertise, administrative services and corporate resources, to assist in the performance of its functions.

Implementation status

Status

  • Complete

Milestones

  • Audit of PDI Act
  • Review of interstate governance models
  • Review of local and national remuneration levels

Status

  • Complete

Milestones

  • Recruitment process initiated (November 2016)
  • Expressions of interest closed (12 December 2016)

Status

  • Complete

Milestones

  • Prepare suggested structure, operating procedures, delegations and work priorities for Commission
  • Prepare draft operating manual for Commission members
  • Identify requirements for Commission website / SA Planning Portal
  • Prepare induction program for members
  • Prepare draft work plan for first 12 months of operation
  • Prepare draft transition plan for current assessment and advisory committees

Status

  • Complete

Milestones

  • Selection of preferred Commission members
  • Approval of preferred Commission members by Cabinet and the Governor
  • Appointment of inaugural Commission Chair
  • Appointment of inaugural Commission members (by April 2017)

Status

  • Not Commenced

Milestones

  • Implement transition plan from old Committees to new Commission
  • Determine final approach to structure, operating procedures, delegations and work priorities in readiness for approval by the Commission
  • Induction program for Commission members

Status

  • Not Commenced

Milestones

  • Final report prepared for approval by the Minister for Planning
  • Planning Commission becomes 'live'
  • Inaugural meeting to be held
  • Operational matters to be approved by the Commission
  • Structural matters to be approved by the Commission
  • 12 month Work Plan to be approved by the Commission
  • Launch Commission website on SA Planning Portal

The Commission’s Role

Reporting directly to the Minister for Planning, the Commission’s primary roles will include:

  • providing advice and recommendations on government planning policy
  • analysing and assessing upcoming development projects
  • coordinating planning with infrastructure and guidance
  • guiding local council and accredited professionals in the delivery of new planning services and community engagement.

The Commission’s charter is to act in the best interests of all South Australians, promoting the principles outlined in the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 to encourage state-wide economic growth and support liveability.

The Commission will also lead the following specific aspects of the new planning system:

  • Community Engagement Charter
  • Environment and Food Production Area(s) within the Greater Adelaide region
  • Development Assessment of prescribed classes of development
  • Impact assessment / Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
  • Planning and Design Code
  • State Planning Policies
  • Planning Agreements
  • Practice Directions (procedural requirements)
  • Practice Guidelines (interpretation, use or application of Planning and Building Rules)
  • SA Planning Portal, planning database, and online atlas
  • Regional Plans for the regions where no Joint Planning Board exists
  • Design Standards (that relate to the public realm or infrastructure)
  • Regional Plans for the regions where no Joint Planning Board exists
  • Design Standards (that relate to the public realm or infrastructure)
  • Review of the general infrastructure scheme
  • Ministerial building standards
  • Conduct inquiries
  • Concurrence for approval of building work at variance with the Building Code
  • Service benchmarks and monitoring
  • Deliver an annual report to the Minister.
Page last modified Friday, 29 September 2017