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Commission seeks broader public & practitioner input in the next stage of the charter

28 August 2017

The State Planning Commission has released the first stage of the Community Engagement Charter which is set to undergo a six week consultation period from Monday, 28 August 2017.

The State Planning Commission has today released the first stage of the Community Engagement Charter, which will establish requirements for engaging the community on proposed changes to planning strategy and policy and also contain methods to measure the success and effectiveness of the engagement.

A requirement of the new Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016, the Charter is the first of its kind in Australia and will provide the South Australian community with a greater opportunity to influence how we live, work and move in our urban and rural areas.

The Charter will also play a pivotal role in determining how key instruments of the new planning system are developed and implemented, including strategic elements like State Planning Policies and Regional Plans as well as the Planning and Design Code which contains the rules for the assessment of development proposals.

In developing this first Charter, the Commission has undertaken a process that involves the community assisting in the preparation of the principles that will guide effective engagement. A community panel of 50 South Australians was selected to work alongside around 70 people actively involved in the planning system to help shape the Charter.

This discussion draft is a result of this process and is not a finished product. It provides the foundation for further discussion with the broader community.

Planning and development specialists as well as the community are invited to provide feedback on this early draft.

Feedback will assist in further evolving the draft Charter, to be supported by guidelines on how it should be used, and the Commission will then run a second engagement process in accordance with statutory requirements of the Act later in the year.

To take part in the online survey and for more information on the Community Engagement Charter visit the website www.saplanningportal.sa.gov.au.