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.

SA Planning Portal

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).

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

State Government representatives have indicated that all development applications lodged after September 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 completed its formal consultation process on 28 February 2020, and is reviewing over 1,700 submissions that were made during the consultation period. A submission from the City of Port Adelaide Enfield is available at the bottom of this page. Further details on the Code can be accessed from the links below:

The Code is not being generated by the Council, although Council has been consulted on its content. 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(PDF, 339.43 KB)

Future Land Use Definitions and Classes discussion paper(PDF, 7944.54 KB)

State Planning Policies discussion paper(PDF, 545.23 KB)

Assessment Pathways(PDF, 5407.73 KB)

Accredited Professionals Draft Scheme discussion paper(PDF, 1848.84 KB)

Performance Indicators discussion paper(PDF, 419.13 KB)

Natural Resources and Environment discussion paper(PDF, 6854.59 KB

Integrated Movement Systems discussion paper(PDF, 5353.82 KB)

Productive Economy discussion paper(PDF, 144.43 KB)

Heritage reform position papers - response letter(PDF, 9554.53 KB)

Planning and Design Code - Port Adelaide Enfield submission(PDF, 14117.71 KB)