New Planning System

In April 2016, Parliament passed the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 ("the PDI Act") to replace the Development Act 1993.

The PDI Act provides the basis for a major overhaul of the planning and development system in South Australia. It will affect how development policy is formed, how development applications are assessed, and how the community is consulted on planning proposals.

The State Government's rollout of the PDI Act is underway, and will be “switched on” in stages.

Planning and Design Code

A key component of the new system is the Planning and Design Code. This document will become the new ‘rule book’ for all development in the Council area (and the state). It is over 3,000 pages in total.

The Code assigns new development rules and zoning throughout the Council area. It will replace the policies in the Port Adelaide Enfield Development Plan.

All development applications lodged after July 2020 will be assessed against the new Code (until then, applications will be assessed against the Council Development Plan).

The Code has created new land use zoning that has been displayed on a separate mapping website. Users will be able to type in any address in South Australia and see which zoning or overlays apply to their properties.

Public consultation

The State Planning Commission released the Code for public consultation in October 2019, and the consultation period will close on 28 February 2020. The City of Port Adelaide Enfield intends to prepare a written submission on the Code.

Consultation materials for public inspection

Please note that the consultation process is being conducted by the State Government and materials are held on its own websites. For further enquiries, please call the Planning and Design Code hotline on 1800 318 102.

Planning Discussion Papers - Council submissions

With the new planning system being developed, the State Planning Commission has released numerous discussion papers for public consultation. The Council has taken an active interest in these papers, and has prepared submissions on them. Copies of these submissions are provided below:

Community Engagement Charter discussion paper(545 kb)
Future Land Use Definitions and Classes discussion paper(7945 kb)
State Planning Policies discussion paper(545 kb)
Assessment Pathways(5408 kb)
Accredited Professionals Draft Scheme discussion paper(1849 kb)
Performance Indicators discussion paper(419 kb)
Natural Resources and Environment discussion paper(6855 kb)
Integrated Movement Systems discussion paper(5354 kb)
Productive Economy discussion paper(144 kb)
Heritage reform position papers - response letter(9555 kb)

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