What are your thoughts on the revised draft Planning and Design Code?

We want your feedback on the revised Planning and Design Code for South Australia.

Read the New planning system summaryPost-Consultation Amendments and FAQs

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Belinda Sullivan

25 Nov 2020

Given the recent lockdown and the continuing COVID restrictions, it has made it very difficult for community groups to gather together and evaluate this latest iteration of the Planning and Design Code. Especially seeing as we are now running into the festive season with holidays, deadlines etc. I live and work in a community with a high proportion of elderly people who are unable to use ZOOM or webinars effectively. You have cancelled just about every consultation event that was scheduled. For the deadline to remain as it is, being 19 December, it will discriminate against these people being able to be involved and give their genuine feedback.

I might add that 6 weeks is an extremely short time for lay persons to evaluate such a complex document.

Would you please consider extending the consultation period to the end of say January 2021, to facilitate genuine community consultation?

With sincere thanks.

Government Agency

Planning Reform Team > Belinda Sullivan

25 Nov 2020

Hi Belinda,

Thank you for your feedback, we have passed it on to our planning team.

Kind regards,
Planning Reform Team

Government Agency

Planning Reform Team > Belinda Sullivan

26 Nov 2020

Dear Belinda

Thank you for your enquiry regarding consultation activities for the revised Planning and Design Code.

Whilst we had to postpone some of our face to face engagement activities in November due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are pleased to advise that our metropolitan Community Information Sessions have been rescheduled and will now take place between 2-14 December. Please see below for the event details:

St. Clair Recreational Centre - Wed 2 December 2020 (4 PM – 8 PM) https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/127969647661

Gawler Civic Centre - Fri 4 December 2020 (4 PM – 8 PM) https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/130633531409

Thebarton Community Centre - Mon 7 December 2020 (4 PM – 8 PM) https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/127969300623

Glenunga Hub - Wed 9 December 2020 (4 PM – 8 PM) https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/130633796201

Mount Barker Community Centre - Thu 10 December 2020 (4 PM – 8 PM) https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/130638965663

Noarlunga Centre - Mon 14 December 2020 (4 PM – 8 PM) https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/130640718907

For community members outside of the metropolitan area or for people who would prefer to speak with a Code policy expert online, we are also offering ‘virtual’ community drop-in sessions as well as a ‘How to Make a Code Submission’ webinars.

Community members can register their attendance by visiting the PlanSA events calendar at plan.sa.gov.au or by booking a ticket directly through Eventbrite.

For those people who are unable to access online options, they are welcome to call our PlanSA service desk on 1800 752 664 for advice and information.

As we have been able to reschedule our community consultation events, the closing date for submission on the revised Planning and Design Code remains 5pm 18 December 2020.

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Peter Holmes

22 Nov 2020

Whilst the Amendment to the code to include Established Neighbourhood Zones and Representative Buildings to reflect/protect built form characteristics, they do not align with the Urban Corridor policy that would allow multistorey buildings abutting the Established zones - the Code can only honour the intent of retaining local built form and local character if there a height limitations along corridors that abut these Zones - trees and setback can only address at best 2x storeys
2. Who and how will Contributory Items be classified as 'Representative Building' - simply by Code 'definition' inclusion, or some other process?

Government Agency

Planning Reform Team > Peter Holmes

23 Nov 2020

Hi Peter, Thank you for your feedback, we have passed it on to our planning team. Cheers, Planning Reform Team

Government Agency

Planning Reform Team > Peter Holmes

24 Nov 2020

Hello Peter, thanks again for your enquiry and interest in the revised Planning and Design Code.

Building height is determined by both the Technical and Numeric Variation (TNV) layer and the Interface Height provisions in the Urban Corridor zones.

TNVs prescribe a maximum building height in specified locations in by building levels or in metres, or both. These are viewable in the SA Planning and Property Atlas (SAPPA).

In locations where a TNV for maximum building height is not applied, the planning authority determines an appropriate building height based on the local circumstances on a case-by-case basis.

Interface Height provisions work in conjunction with maximum building level / height requirements by establishing an ‘envelope’ within which buildings are required to be constructed to reduce impacts on adjacent low rise residential allotments in neighbourhood-type zones.

The interface height provisions apply to residential premises whether they are ‘Representative Building’ or not.

‘Representative buildings’ are defined in Part 8 – Administrative Terms and Definitions of the draft Code. They are referenced in Historic Area Statements and Character Area Statements and are recognised as buildings which display characteristics of importance in a particular area.

Representative buildings are also mapped in the SA Property and Planning Atlas (SAPPA).

The map displays each parcel of land containing a representative building.

If you need further assistance please call the PlanSA service desk on 1800 752 664.

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