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July 2017
Tim Anderson

The members of the new State Planning Commission have now met formally on three occasions. The Commission will play an integral role in implementing the new planning system under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016.

The new Act follows a comprehensive review completed by the Expert Panel on Planning Reform in December 2014 and is the product of much discussion and debate in Parliament.

The profiles of the members are available on the Commission portal.

The Commission members have a wide range of professional skills and experience, with one thing shared by all - the enthusiasm for implementing the provisions under the new Act to ensure a progressive planning, development and infrastructure framework for the future.

An existing planning system cannot be replaced overnight. It is important that it is understood that various transitional steps will be introduced on the way to implementing all the provisions of the new Act.

The Commission members have been appointed for a three year term. What the Act envisages is clearly at least a three year project. It will take at least three years to implement the new system and in that time, the planning and design code will be developed as a replacement for the many development plans which exist. This change underpins what is the most significant reform of the planning system in over 20 years.

One of the first priorities of the Commission is to act upon the ideas which come from the ‘Planning Together Panel’ brought together to draft the Community Engagement Charter as required by the Act.

The Panel sat on 1 and 2 July 2017 and then will meet again on 29 and 30 July 2017. The Charter will be finalised by the Commission on or before 1 October 2017.

The concept is to place confidence in local communities so that they can be assured that through their input, consistent and progressive development can take place throughout the state at the stage when planning policies and rules are being formulated.

More information about the Community Engagement Charter and its development can be found on the SA Planning Portal.

In line with the Commission’s role in the new Act, we have commenced a process to rationalise the existing committee structures. For details, refer to Minutes of Meeting held on 15 June 2017.

This is a very big and complex project and we have started mapping out the steps to be taken in bringing about this important change in an orderly fashion.

I intend to provide monthly updates on the current activities and progress of the Commission via this newsletter. We would welcome any feedback on the information provided via email to

Yours faithfully

Tim Anderson QC

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