If you've ever built a carport, subdivided land, or formally commented on a development application, you have dealt with the urban planning system. The planning system is controlled by state legislation, and after 25 years of the current laws, State Parliament has passed new legislation to overhaul the entire system.
The new legislation is called the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016. It is being rolled out over the next 18 months, and will change the way that development is conducted in the Council area (and the whole state).
The State Government has created the State Planning Portal, to explain the features of the new system. It also discusses the public consultation that will be conducted on the new system, which will occur during 2019 and 2020. You can access the Portal at www.saplanningportal.sa.gov.au
The consultation process gives local residents and business owners the opportunity to comment on new planning policies and processes. This may relate to things like the zoning of land, heritage protection, maximum building heights, and residential character.
Council has taken part in the consultation process so far, and will continue to do so in the future. You can find Council’s submissions here
. Residents and businesses are encouraged to make their views known to the State Government as well.
The next step in the consultation is the release of discussion papers on urban design and neighbourhood character.