Significant strides have been made in planning reform this month with consultation ending on both Phase One of the Planning and Design Code and our first five Ministerial Building Standards for the building sector.
We received 58 submissions on the Code as it relates to the outback and coastal waters and I am grateful to everyone who participated in this important consultation process.
The feedback highlighted the need for policies that made it easier for simple development to take place in the outback and that were easier to interpret. A summary of feedback will be issued in due course and there will be further opportunities for South Australians to have their say on the Code in mid-2019 (Phase Two) and late 2019 (Phase Three).
Importantly, the State Planning Commission has now released a suite of documents that outlines its policy position on the preservation of heritage and character in our neighbourhoods and the design quality of our built environment.
These documents have been published to give the community insight into how these key matters will be addressed in the new planning system - I encourage everyone to take a look at them now on the SA Planning Portal. Please also view my second vlog of the year (above) for more information on how current heritage and character protections will transition to the Code.
The release of the Commission’s policy position on heritage and character comes as the State Parliament makes its Heritage Reform Inquiry Report publicly available via the Parliament of South Australia website.
The State Planning Commission has also released its Strategic Plan 2019-2020 which outlines it's chief goals, guiding principles, strategies and priorities for the next phase of it's operations.
Amid this rapid pace of change, I would like to acknowledge the emerging talent within our profession that helps drive us in new directions. Specifically I would like to congratulate Rachel Wardle, Design Officer from ODASA, who was recently part of the team who won the Judge’s Choice Award at the first South Australian Smart Seeds Showcase.
This win highlights the importance of elevating the planning profession and enabling the next generation to play a significant role in the future of our state.
Executive Director, Team PLUS