2019 will be a year of consultation as we prepare the planning instruments and tools to support the new planning system. We kicked off the year with the release of draft regulations that set out the process and roles (and improvements) for development assessment in South Australia.
The State Planning Commission also released the first iteration of the Planning and Design Code, as it applies to Land Not Within a Council Area for public comment until 29 March 2019. For the first time practitioners and the community can see how the Code will operate and how it will connect and work with the other instruments.
This first iteration seeks to better meet the planning needs of remote and rural South Australians and address the planning issues relevant to the outback.
In the coming weeks we will also start an important conversation about how we protect and enhance the character of our neighbourhoods (established and new) and the tools in the new planning system that will help us do this.
Our new planning system will have the most qualified professionals making development decisions via the Accredited Professionals Scheme. Approved last week and operational on 1 April 2019 (no joke), the Scheme aims to build trust in the planning and development system and a culture of continual learning and development.
Amid the frenetic pace of reform, the Department has also undergone a re-alignment and I am delighted to have been appointed Executive Director of the Planning and Land Use Services Division. This new division brings together the important functions of Planning and Development, the Office of Design and Architecture and the Office of Local Government.
These changes unite the core functions that contribute to creating healthy and prosperous neighbourhoods, whilst also supporting our local government partners and their communities.
Executive Director, Team PLUS