State Planning Reform

Have your say on South Australia's new planning system

Update: 6 March 2020

The City of Adelaide provided a response to the State Planning Commission on Phase 3 of the Draft Planning and Design Code on 28 February 2020. The submission and its attachments are provided here

Letter to State Planning Commission: Planning and Design Code Submission
The City of Adelaide: Planning and Design Code Phase 3. Final Submission
Attachment 1 - City of Adelaide P&D Code Amendment
Attachment 2 - Audit of Adelaide (City) Development Plan into Draft Code
Attachment 3 - Code Testing using City of Adelaide Examples
Attachment 4 - Low Risk Application Study
Attachment 5 - CoA proposed Historic Area Statements
Attachment 6 - Commentary on Draft Practice Directions / Guidelines
Attachment 7 - Legal advice obtained by City of Adelaide relating to Public Realm Matters
Attachment 8 - Detailed analysis of how the State Planning Policies have been captured in the Draft Code
Attachment 9 - Recommendations for improvement to the Part 1 - Rules of Interpretation of the Planning and Design Code
Attachment 10 - Recommendations for improvement to Parts 7 and 8 - Land Use Definition and Administrative Definitions of the Planning and Design Code
Attachment 11 - Preliminary commercial advice on impacts of policy introducing increased mixed-use development to residential areas and impacts on Main Streets


Update: 7 February 2020

Planning Reform Implementation Delayed

Today, Planning Minister Stephan Knoll has announced that the implementation of this once in a generation reform will be delayed. This announcement has been made via InDaily today and confirmed by the State Planning Commission with a letter to Councils CEO.

The Planning Minister states that this decision has been based on the advice of the State Planning Commission, from feedback from local government, community and stakeholders (including the Urban Development Institute of Australia).

The change will involve removing the mandated 1 July 2020 date from the PDI Act, and replacing with a provision in the associated Regulations which will enable a new date to be set by proclamation in the South Australian Government Gazette. However, the Minister has indicated that this date will likely by September 2020.

This is an excellent result, as it will allow the state government additional time to refine and test the Planning and Design Code, and give the community, Council and practitioners more time to understand the changes. It will also allow the state government more time to complete the centralised ePlanning solution including possible necessary enhancements. And importantly, it will allow the state government to initiate an effective training program for the new planning system and ePlanning solution and give Council time to prepare and become business-ready before the new planning system is switched on.

Please note, this announcement has not amended the consultation deadline for the Draft Planning and Design Code, with submissions on the Draft Code due 28 February 2020.

Project Background and Information

South Australia’s urban and regional planning system is currently undergoing its biggest reform in over 25 years.

The State Planning Commission is leading the change. The resulting planning system (that will be operational by 1 July 2020) will be underpinned by the new Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (SA) (PDI Act) which introduces a raft of new planning tools.

The new planning and development system will affect how development policy is formed and amended, and how development applications are lodged and assessed in the future.

Planning and Design Code

One of the biggest elements of the planning reform involves replacing all 68 Council Development Plans with one single state-wide planning rule book – the Planning and Design Code (the 'Code').

On 1 October 2019, the State Planning Commission released the Code for public consultation. The City of Adelaide is a 'phase 3' council, which means that the Code will be out for consultation until 28 February 2020.

Please note: The Code will result in changes that will impact every property in some way. These will include:

  • Changes to public notification of development applications;

  • Removal of your current right to appeal against most development applications on a neighbouring site.

  • Possible changes to your zoning

  • Likely changes to the policies which apply to your property.

Have your say on the proposed Planning and Design Code for South Australia

This is the latest stage of consultation on the implementation of a new planning system for South Australian.

The State Planning Commission is responsible for all consultation on the Code and all responses should be submitted to the Commission via the SA Planning Portal.

The City of Adelaide encourages you to find out how the new Code may impact your property and provide feedback to the State Government.


To provide feedback:

Visit the SA Planning PortalCall the Department of Planning Hotline:
1800 318 102
Email:
DPTI.PlanningReform@sa.gov.au
For enquiries please contact


To assist our community, the City of Adelaide will continue to post regular updates to this page including our submissions to each consultation.

If you would like to share your feedback with the City of Adelaide also, please send to planningreform@cityofadelaide.com.au.

Consultation history:

To view the history of the State Planning Reform project (including all State Planning Commission background documents; frequently asked questions and previous City of Adelaide submissions to the planning reform consultation process) please see below:

Previous Consultation history




Have your say on South Australia's new planning system

Update: 6 March 2020

The City of Adelaide provided a response to the State Planning Commission on Phase 3 of the Draft Planning and Design Code on 28 February 2020. The submission and its attachments are provided here

Letter to State Planning Commission: Planning and Design Code Submission
The City of Adelaide: Planning and Design Code Phase 3. Final Submission
Attachment 1 - City of Adelaide P&D Code Amendment
Attachment 2 - Audit of Adelaide (City) Development Plan into Draft Code
Attachment 3 - Code Testing using City of Adelaide Examples
Attachment 4 - Low Risk Application Study
Attachment 5 - CoA proposed Historic Area Statements
Attachment 6 - Commentary on Draft Practice Directions / Guidelines
Attachment 7 - Legal advice obtained by City of Adelaide relating to Public Realm Matters
Attachment 8 - Detailed analysis of how the State Planning Policies have been captured in the Draft Code
Attachment 9 - Recommendations for improvement to the Part 1 - Rules of Interpretation of the Planning and Design Code
Attachment 10 - Recommendations for improvement to Parts 7 and 8 - Land Use Definition and Administrative Definitions of the Planning and Design Code
Attachment 11 - Preliminary commercial advice on impacts of policy introducing increased mixed-use development to residential areas and impacts on Main Streets


Update: 7 February 2020

Planning Reform Implementation Delayed

Today, Planning Minister Stephan Knoll has announced that the implementation of this once in a generation reform will be delayed. This announcement has been made via InDaily today and confirmed by the State Planning Commission with a letter to Councils CEO.

The Planning Minister states that this decision has been based on the advice of the State Planning Commission, from feedback from local government, community and stakeholders (including the Urban Development Institute of Australia).

The change will involve removing the mandated 1 July 2020 date from the PDI Act, and replacing with a provision in the associated Regulations which will enable a new date to be set by proclamation in the South Australian Government Gazette. However, the Minister has indicated that this date will likely by September 2020.

This is an excellent result, as it will allow the state government additional time to refine and test the Planning and Design Code, and give the community, Council and practitioners more time to understand the changes. It will also allow the state government more time to complete the centralised ePlanning solution including possible necessary enhancements. And importantly, it will allow the state government to initiate an effective training program for the new planning system and ePlanning solution and give Council time to prepare and become business-ready before the new planning system is switched on.

Please note, this announcement has not amended the consultation deadline for the Draft Planning and Design Code, with submissions on the Draft Code due 28 February 2020.

Project Background and Information

South Australia’s urban and regional planning system is currently undergoing its biggest reform in over 25 years.

The State Planning Commission is leading the change. The resulting planning system (that will be operational by 1 July 2020) will be underpinned by the new Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (SA) (PDI Act) which introduces a raft of new planning tools.

The new planning and development system will affect how development policy is formed and amended, and how development applications are lodged and assessed in the future.

Planning and Design Code

One of the biggest elements of the planning reform involves replacing all 68 Council Development Plans with one single state-wide planning rule book – the Planning and Design Code (the 'Code').

On 1 October 2019, the State Planning Commission released the Code for public consultation. The City of Adelaide is a 'phase 3' council, which means that the Code will be out for consultation until 28 February 2020.

Please note: The Code will result in changes that will impact every property in some way. These will include:

  • Changes to public notification of development applications;

  • Removal of your current right to appeal against most development applications on a neighbouring site.

  • Possible changes to your zoning

  • Likely changes to the policies which apply to your property.

Have your say on the proposed Planning and Design Code for South Australia

This is the latest stage of consultation on the implementation of a new planning system for South Australian.

The State Planning Commission is responsible for all consultation on the Code and all responses should be submitted to the Commission via the SA Planning Portal.

The City of Adelaide encourages you to find out how the new Code may impact your property and provide feedback to the State Government.


To provide feedback:

Visit the SA Planning PortalCall the Department of Planning Hotline:
1800 318 102
Email:
DPTI.PlanningReform@sa.gov.au
For enquiries please contact


To assist our community, the City of Adelaide will continue to post regular updates to this page including our submissions to each consultation.

If you would like to share your feedback with the City of Adelaide also, please send to planningreform@cityofadelaide.com.au.

Consultation history:

To view the history of the State Planning Reform project (including all State Planning Commission background documents; frequently asked questions and previous City of Adelaide submissions to the planning reform consultation process) please see below:

Previous Consultation history




  • Community Workshops: Greening and the Planning & Design Code

    3 months ago

    Water Sensitive SA is hosting a number of free workshops in early February 2020 aimed at helping the community better understand the urban greening and storm water management policies within the draft Planning and Design Code.

    Further information including the opportunity to book a place at your local workshop is available by clicking here.

    Water Sensitive SA is hosting a number of free workshops in early February 2020 aimed at helping the community better understand the urban greening and storm water management policies within the draft Planning and Design Code.

    Further information including the opportunity to book a place at your local workshop is available by clicking here.
  • Community Information Sessions

    5 months ago

    The State Planning Commission is holding a series of community information sessions as part of the consultation on the draft Planning and Design Code. These will take place at locations throughout the metropolitan and greater Adelaide area during November and December 2019. How the draft Code relates to the Adelaide Council area will be covered at the session scheduled for December 12.

    Further details about this and all other Planning and Design Code community information sessions can be found on the State Planning Portal by clicking here.

    The State Planning Commission is holding a series of community information sessions as part of the consultation on the draft Planning and Design Code. These will take place at locations throughout the metropolitan and greater Adelaide area during November and December 2019. How the draft Code relates to the Adelaide Council area will be covered at the session scheduled for December 12.

    Further details about this and all other Planning and Design Code community information sessions can be found on the State Planning Portal by clicking here.