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Major reform for SA’s planning system

25 March 2015

The State Government has released its response to the final report of the Expert Panel on Planning Reform, The Planning System We Want.

The process is intended to produce a more responsive planning system that involves less red tape and is easier for people to understand.

The Government has carefully considered each of the Expert Panel’s 22 recommendations and has determined to support, support in principal, undertake further investigation or partially support each of these proposals.

The reforms suggested by the Expert Panel represent an overhaul of the entire planning system.

The work of the Panel has taken close to two years and involved significant consultation with the community and interest groups.

Work will begin immediately on implementing the recommendations and undertaking further investigation as required.

While work will begin immediately, the bulk of the reforms are expected to take a number of years to be fully operational.

The first step in achieving this significant suite of reforms will be the development of new planning legislation that will replace both the Development Act 1993 and the Urban Renewal Act 1995.

It will also incorporate relevant components of our transport and infrastructure laws.

Drafting of the new legislation will commence immediately, in consultation with key interested parties.

The government aims to have a draft bill for consultation by the middle of this year.

To view the Response of the South Australian Government to the final report and recommendations of the Expert Panel on Planning Reform visit