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, and how development applications are assessed.

The State Government's rollout of the PDI Act is underway, and will be completed by July 2020. More details on the state's progress can be accessed on the link at the bottom of the page.

A key component of the PDI Act is the Planning and Design Code. The Code is aimed at consolidating the provisions of South Australia’s 72 Development Plans into one statewide ‘rule book’ for all development. The Code will therefore replace the Development Plan for Port Adelaide Enfield. More details on the Code can be accessed on the link at the bottom of the page.

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)

Council understands that the State Planning Commission will release further consultation papers in the coming months. Council intends to prepare submissions on all future papers, which will be uploaded in due course. More details on the new planning system can be accessed through the state Planning Portal (see link at the bottom of the page).

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