We have begun the biggest modernisation of South Australia’s planning system in 20 years.
Our new legislation, the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDI Act 2016), is supported by a Government commitment of $25.8 million to fund its implementation including ePlanning. The new legislation will be introduced in a carefully planned, staged process from 2017 to 2020 to support a smooth transition to a new, modern planning system.
Check out our Planning Reform Calendar opposite and 2020 Milestones below to track our journey to a new planning system for our state by 2020. Some improvements to our planning system have happened already, and other enhancements will take place over the next couple of years. Simply click the drop down boxes for further information about each of these major milestones.
Improvements will be introduced in a carefully planned, staged process from 2017 to 2020 to support a smooth transition to our new, modern planning system for South Australia.
Close collaboration and partnership between authorities, industry and the public is essential to draw on the expertise of many and build understanding of the new system among those who rely on it. Our new legislation, the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDI Act 2016), is also supported by a Government commitment of $25.8 million to fund its implementation including ePlanning.
As each new part of the enhanced new system is prepared for introduction we aim to deliver best practice research, testing, engagement across state and local government, industry and the broader community, and finally operational support and evaluation.
They key steps for planning system improvements are:
To scope the improvement as well as produce early information, facts or proposals to aid an initial discussion on key questions requiring further evidence and exploration. We will engage thought leaders from far and wide including across state and local government and the private sector to ensure the scope of the improvement is robust and considers a diversity of ideas and views.
Seeking input from those with an interest or specialist expertise in the particular improvement to review early proposals, receive feedback and answer questions. Testers will be drawn from the governance model and a comprehensive base of stakeholders including state and local government, professional industry bodies and thought leaders within specialist planning and development related areas.
Broader consultation under world class community engagement principles guided by the new Community Engagement Charter. This will support a broad mix of people to get involved in preparing key elements of the new system including setting the new long-term direction for our state as well as deciding on rules that will shape cities, towns, public spaces, buildings and facilities.
The independent principal planning body - the State Planning Commission - will review and approve each enhancement to the system. Some improvements will also require the approval of the Minister, Cabinet, Executive Council or the Governor for South Australia as detailed in the factsheets below. We will also deliver training and support packages for practitioners to assist in adopting new processes and procedures, and there will be monitoring and reporting on the new system’s performance once in operation.
As we move forward over the next couple of years, we will continue to make planning system improvements gradually. Check out our milestones for an overview of key stages of the journey.
Below is more information about key improvements that have been completed in 2017, and other enhancements currently in progress.
During 2017, the following improvements took place:
Associated regulations as below were also made to provide more detail on those improvements:
These regulations ensure that the online SA Planning Portal can be used to publish public notices, set out the requirements for the certification of legal planning instruments and make clear the complaints processes for members of the State Planning Commission. The regulations also clarify the annual reporting requirements for the State Planning Commission and regional Joint Planning Boards. They also provide for the establishment of Assessment Panels and their transitional arrangements in the establishment of these Panels.
We will support planning practitioners to transition to the new planning system by developing information to help practitioners understand the new system.
As part of the collaboration process, a wide range of tools and methods will be adopted to partner with the broader planning and development sector including workshops, think tanks, one-on-ones, discussion panels and online feedback.
We have also already commenced a series of roadshows with planning practitioners to provide an opportunity to prepare industry professionals for upcoming planning changes.
Download a copy of the presentation (PDF, 5792 KB) delivered at the roadshows.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information about the practitioner roadshows.
Introducing the new planning system will require close collaboration and coordination between councils and the state government.
To facilitate this, a Transition Team – a group of experienced planning officers from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure - will support councils to navigate the change between systems. Each council has a dedicated Transition Manager who will be a single point of contact providing help to implement critical aspects of the new system and, in particular, the new state-wide single rule book - the Planning and Design Code.
There will also be a Collaborative Work Program – an agreement between the Department and councils that identifies tasks and milestones for collaboration in implementing the new system. This will enable councils to plan for the delivery of the new system by providing timely and relevant guidance about expectations and requirements, and to identify training and support requirements. This approach was piloted with the City of Adelaide with positive results.
Council Connect has also been established – a central online forum for council staff with new system information and a library for templates and guides. The site includes a series of interactive forums with messages, updates and general announcements for councils.
A key focus of modernising our planning system is to give ordinary people more influence on the shape of their local community, and their state. We believe valuable community input should be at the heart of creating our new planning system including developing our vision for South Australia and major rules for development.
The new SA Planning Portal provides basic public access to information about planning and development, training and education, and opportunities for workshops and seminars.
Our new Community Engagement Charter will also set high standards for community engagement and a range of opportunities for people to get involved have been developed including:
A key aspect of supporting the introduction of the new planning system is for members of the principal planning body – the State Planning Commission - to act as champions for specific improvements.
Champions will guide the preparation for various system improvements, as well as being the key conduit for information and advice to and from the State Planning Commission.
|The Expert Panel for Planning Reform delivered its final report to the Minister for Planning|
|The South Australian government released its response to the Expert Panel reports|
|The new PDI Act 2016 was passed by Parliament|
|The new PDI Act 2016 came into operation|
|The Statues Amendment Act 2017 came into operation to support implementation of the PDI Act 2016|
|Further aspects of the new PDI Act 2016 came into operation|
|Practice Direction #1 issued by the State Planning Commission|
|Initiate ‘Expression of Interest’ process for Joint Planning Arrangements project|
|Engage Project Coordinator – Joint Planning Arrangements (after tender process)|
|Survey 8 groups of councils that lodged an Expression of Interest for Joint Planning Arrangements|
|Develop draft business case and business plan model for Joint Planning Arrangements in consult with 8 groups of councils|
|Seek legal and insurance advice|
|Seek confirmation to continue with the project from the 8 Groups of Councils|
|Develop findings paper for Joint Planning Arrangements|
|Develop draft Joint Planning Arrangements Toolkit|
|March 2018||Workshops and business case preparation (for ready groups)|
|June 2018||Finalise Joint Planning Arrangements Toolkit and findings paper|
|SCAP assumed role of DAC, BRAC, BAC, DPAC|
|Council Assessment Panels and Regional Assessment Panels commence operation|
|Charter developed by the State Planning Commission through three stages of engagement.|
|Minister for Planning approves the Charter and it takes effect by being published on the SA Planning Portal.|
|2018||Commission prepares Practice Direction and online toolkit.|
|2018||Education program for practitioners commences.|
|2018||Test the Charter during the development and implementation of the new designated instruments.|
|2018||Refine the Charter, if required. Ongoing feedback and refinement.|
|Project scope and guiding principles completed|
|Audit of interstate State Planning Policy Frameworks and concepts and existing state strategies, policy and referrals completed|
|Inter-agency secondments commenced|
|State Planning Policy Agency Reference Group established|
|Draft State Planning Policy Framework prepared|
|Commence engagement with stakeholders on draft Framework|
|State Planning Policy Agency Reference Group endorsement of draft State Planning Policy Framework|
|Draft State Planning Policies for discussion with stakeholders|
|Prepare State Planning Policies Discussion Draft|
|Minister to initiate preparation of State Planning Policies|
November to December 2017
|Release State Planning Policies Discussion Draft to state agencies for consultation|
|April 2018||Targeted consultation of final State Planning Policies and endorsement|
|May 2018||State Planning Commission to consider the State Planning Policies|
|July to August 2018||Statutory consultation for 8 weeks|
|November 2018||Approval of the State Planning Policies by the Minister|
|Call for Expressions of Interest for Pilot Project|
|Appointment of Project Coordinator for Pilot Projects|
|Infrastructure Scheme Pilot Project Reference Group established|
|Pilot Projects selected|
|Pilot Projects initiation meeting|
|Pilot project scope refinement|
|Early 2018||Draft Infrastructure Scheme Documentation prepared for discussion with Stakeholders|
|End 2018||Pilot Project Report to the Minister for Planning|
|Accredited Professionals Scheme discussion paper released for consultation until 30 April|
|Workshop with planning practitioners on the Accredited Professionals Scheme discussion paper|
|Workshop with planning practitioners on the CPD educational program|
|June 2018||Submissions considered. Consultation report released|
|Mid 2018||Draft scheme – fact sheets, regulations, code of conduct – release for consultation|
|Late 2018||Scheme introduced|
|Mid 2019||Members of council and State Planning Commission required to be accredited|
|2020||All other building and planning professionals require accreditation|
|SA Planning Portal Phase 1.0 launched|
|Addition of Ministerial DPAs submissions online|
|New consolidated Public Register released|
|Addition of 'Our Planning Future' and 'Snapshot SA' to portal|
|Planning Commission website released|
|EDALA replacement project started|
|Council Connect engagement space released|
|Developed the ePlanning solution conceptual architecture|
|November 2017||External stakeholder workshops with Portal customers to scope needs|
|Portal Phase 2.0 redesign released based on customer needs|
|February 2019||EDALA replaced with the new Land Division solution|
March to July 2018
|Release of Planning and Design Code Policy Discussion Papers|
|Release of Introductory Paper|
|Comments sought on landuse definitions|
|March to December 2018||Drafting and testing of Planning and Design Code library content|
|December 2018||Collation of the draft Planning and Design Code library|
|February 2019||Commencement of statutory public consultation on the draft Planning and Design Code library|
|May 2019||State Planning Commission finalisation of the Planning and Design Code library|
|June 2019||Minister adoption of the Planning and Design Code library|
|August to December 2019||Statutory consultation on spatial application of the Planning and Design Code library|
|April 2020||State Planning Commission approval of spatial application of the Planning and Design Code library|
|June 2020||Minister for Planning adoption of spatial application of the Planning and Design Code library|
|The Barossa and McLaren Vale Character Preservation Acts came into operation|
|Environment and Food Protection Areas introduced|
|Beginning of the last two year period in which to lodge a land division application in rural living zones|
May to June 2017
|Public information sessions|
|April 2019||Land divisions creating additional allotments used for residential development no longer permitted within rural living zones|
|Commence investigation into key issues|