A busy few weeks!
Over the last few weeks, we have launched the new State Planning Commission, three Statutory Advisory Committees (to help implement the new Act), released the assessment panel package for consultation and completed four out of the nine local government roadshows planned for metropolitan and country regions across the State. The roadshows are purposefully targeted at our local government colleagues to start the conversation about how we can work together to implement the reform program. I would like to thank all of those that have attended so far and helped us in our journey towards stronger collaboration.
If you want to find out more about any of this, the Portal will be updated soon with a Council information page that will include copies of videos, presentations, and Questions and Answers. We will be progressively adding information as the roadshows progress.
In addition to the engagement with councils, we have been speaking at a number of industry events, including PIA, IPWEA and UDIA. We will also soon be running information events for consultants, planning lawyers and other industry professionals.
The Government has also released a policy package that includes the 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide 2017 Update and a range of aligned rezonings that put design at the heart of good planning and continue the Government’s vision of good quality infill development and reduced urban sprawl. These rezonings have been prepared in partnership with local Councils, and provide greater guidance about how development in our existing suburbs can provide new housing types in areas close to services and transport, while managing interface issues with existing homes.
However, since the launch, there has been some focus on one part of the package - the Strategic Sites Inner Metropolitan DPA, which rezones specific sites that are aligned with the directions of the 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide. The criticism has been that the DPA picks ‘winners or losers’ through ‘spot rezonings’.
The sites have been carefully selected to continue to progress the Minister for Planning’s direction to progress further in-fill opportunities, where interface impacts can be managed through quality design outcomes. Importantly, the sites were chosen based on strategic criteria, including being within the identified corridors, being of sufficient size to manage interface issues through good design, as well as being development ready.
Most importantly, the DPA sits comfortably within the setting of the 30-Year Plan, which sets the target for 85% of all new development to be in-fill development. The DPA is the next logical step in the evolution of planning for strategic growth corridors, makes the most of public transport investment, and supports vibrant and walkable neighbourhoods. The rezoning is also supported by an evolving suite of design policy and guidelines, the first of which supports good quality residential development.
We look forward to your comments on all of this, particularly the package as a whole. For more on the story about how it all fits together, have a read of 'Our Planning Future' available on the SA Planning Portal.
General Manager, Planning and Development