South Australia is undergoing the biggest modernisation of its planning system in more than 20 years.
The Planning and Design Code (the Code) is the cornerstone of this new system and will offer a single set of planning ‘rules’ for assessing applications across the state. The Code will replace all South Australian Development Plans by mid-2020. It will also make the planning process quicker, simpler and more equitable than ever before, affording South Australian’s greater access to planning information that is consistent and clear.
The State Planning Commission is leading a three-phase roll-out strategy for the Code, moving from less complex to more complex planning environments between now and 1 July 2020. The three implementation phases are outlined below:
- Phase one (mid-2019): Code introduced to the outback (land not within a council area)
- Phase two (late-2019): Code introduced to regional council areas
- Phase three (mid-2020): Code introduced to metropolitan council areas
By 1 July 2020, the full Code will be in effect across the entire state and made available to all South Australians via a 24-hour ePlanning platform.
The community will have the opportunity to comment on the Code as it applies to regional council areas in mid-2019, and will be given a further opportunity to comment on the Code as it applies to metropolitan council areas in late-2019.
For outback communities, the Code will introduce changes to planning rules that better meet the needs of rural South Australians and address planning issues relevant to land outside of council boundaries.
Key changes will include the mapping of buffers around vital outback infrastructure and new safety measures to mitigate the risk of bushfire and acid sulphate soils.