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Planning Legislation

A blueprint for South Australia's new planning system.


The new Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDI Act 2016) was passed by Parliament in April 2016 and came into operation on 1 April 2017.

The new legislation will help modernise South Australia’s planning system, following important recommendations made by the Expert Panel on Planning Reform in 2014.

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The new Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDI Act 2016) came into operation on 1 April 2017 to modernise South Australia’s planning system, following important recommendations made by the Expert Panel on Planning Reform in 2014.

The Statutes Amendment (Planning, Development and Infrastructure) Act 2017 came into operation on 1 July 2017 to support the transition as each stage of our new, modern planning system goes live.

On 1 April 2017, the Planning, Development and Infrastructure (General Regulations) 2017 and Planning, Development and Infrastructure (Transitional Regulations 2017) were made to provide more detail on new legislative changes.

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The new legislation will be introduced in a carefully planned, staged process from 2017 to 2020 to support a smooth transition to a new, modern planning system.

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On 1 April 2017, the following aspects of the new planning Act came into operation:

On 1 April 2017, the following two sets of associated regulations were made to provide more detail on those new legislative changes

These regulations:

  • ensure that the online SA Planning Portal can be used to publish public notices
  • set out the requirements for the certification of legal planning instruments
  • clarify the annual reporting requirements for the State Planning Commission
  • clarify the annual reporting requirements for regional Joint Planning Boards
  • make clear the complaints processes for members of the State Planning Commission

On 1 August 2017, the following aspects of the new planning Act came into operation:

  • Assessment panels - established by 1 October 2017
  • State Planning Policies - preparation commenced by the Commission. The Minister, rather than the Commission, retains ultimate responsibility for preparation of State Planning Policies.
  • State Planning Commission - assumes the functions of the Development Assessment Commission, the Building Rules Assessment Commission, Building Advisory Committee, and the Development Policy Advisory Committee.

On 1 August 2017, the following two sets of associated regulations were made to provide more detail about those new legislative changes:

These regulations:

  • provide for the establishment of Assessment Panels
  • provide for transitional arrangements in the establishment of these Panels.
  • both came into operation from 1 October 2017.

The Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 is set to significantly reform our planning system by delivering:

BenefitPlanning Instrument
A better framework for long-term planning
Better ways to engage South Australians
A better focus on design quality
A better, clearer rulebook for everyone
Better information that is digital by default
Better process leading to quicker decisions
Better coordination and delivery of infrastructure
Environment and Food Production Areas

In 2013, an Expert Panel was appointed by the Government for South Australia to provide recommendations to Parliament for a new planning system for our state.

After extensive public consultation, the Expert Panel released the reports What We Have Heard and Our Ideas for Reform.

In December 2014, the Panel’s final report The Planning System We Want was delivered to the Minister for Planning.

In March 2015, the South Australian government released its response to the Expert Panel reports.

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The Expert Panel on Planning Reform identified deficiencies in heritage practice and recommended legislative reform on the heritage listing process that has not been updated in over 20 years.

To enable further discussion and investigation into the heritage listing process, the new Act for planning carried over the existing heritage listing process from the Development Act 1993.

Building on the consultation and investigations already undertaken by the expert panel a discussion paper on ideas for Local Heritage Reform was released in 2016 to encourage high-level ideas and feedback from experts and practitioners involved in local heritage practice and to inform the preparation of a future Local Heritage Bill.

The State Government were pleased to receive significant interest in the heritage reform program, with lots of ideas about how the system can be improved. The 190 submissions on the discussion paper captured a range of views. There are opportunities to enhance the system to better integrate community engagement, de-politicise the listing process and to provide more robust criteria for heritage listing.

The consultation process emphasised the importance of heritage to Councils and the broader community in establishing a sense of place within their local areas. To that end, a large number of submissions expressed support for reform in principle, but sought more detailed information on the overall impact of the reform program on heritage values and certainty about how valued suburbs will be protected.

The State Government is still understanding issues that have arisen from public consultation on the Local Heritage Discussion Paper. In view of the limited parliamentary time available, the Government will not be proceeding with any changes at this time.

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Following the conclusion of public consultation submissions are currently being reviewed. A copy of all submissions received can be found here:

Please note some submissions have not been published at the request of the submitter.

 
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December 2014
The Expert Panel for Planning Reform delivered its final report to the Minister for Planning

March 2015
The South Australian government released its response to the Expert Panel reports

April 2016
The new PDI Act 2016 was passed by Parliament

April 2017
The new PDI Act 2016 came into operation

July 2017
The Statues Amendment Act 2017 came into operation to support implementation of the PDI Act 2016

August 2017
Further aspects of the new PDI Act 2016 came into operation
 

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Expert Panel on Planning Reform

Local Heritage Reform

 

Contact

To learn more about planning legislation, contact us at dpti.planningreform@sa.gov.au.

Page last modified Thursday, 30 November 2017