Draft Planning and Design Code Consultation

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Consultation Process

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This online engagement was hosted on YourSAy from 1 Oct 2019 to 28 February 2020. Find out more about the consultation process. Below is a record of the engagement.

We want to hear your feedback on Phase Two (rural areas) and Phase Three (urban areas) of the draft Planning and Design Code – updated zoning rules for South Australia.

What’s being decided?

The draft Planning and Design Code sets out the rules that determine what landowners can do on their land. For instance, if you want to build a house, the draft Planning and Design

Consultation Process

Now Closed

This online engagement was hosted on YourSAy from 1 Oct 2019 to 28 February 2020. Find out more about the consultation process. Below is a record of the engagement.

We want to hear your feedback on Phase Two (rural areas) and Phase Three (urban areas) of the draft Planning and Design Code – updated zoning rules for South Australia.

What’s being decided?

The draft Planning and Design Code sets out the rules that determine what landowners can do on their land. For instance, if you want to build a house, the draft Planning and Design Code (the Code) will tell you how high you can build and how far back from the front of your block your house should be positioned.

The Code aims to revolutionise the way that planning is undertaken in South Australia by replacing the 72 development plans currently in use, into a single set of planning guidelines for assessing development applications across the state.

From July 2020, all development applications will be lodged on-line through a new portal instead of being submitted to individual councils, eliminating unnecessary delays and paperwork.

The Code is being progressively introduced across South Australia and is already operating in areas outside council boundaries (known as Phase One - outback and coastal waters). The remainder of the state will become operational in two further phases:

Phase Two: Rural Areas - Applies to rural areas with small towns and settlements. It will be operational from April 2020.

Phase Three: Urban Areas - Applies to urban areas of Greater Adelaide and large regional towns and cities. It will be operational from July 2020.

You can read more about the Code in the background tab.

How can your input influence the decision?

The Planning and Design Code consists of Rules of Interpretation, Referrals, Mapping, Table of Amendments, Overlays, Zones, Subzones, General Policy, Land Use Definition and Admin Definitions. You can choose to have your say individually on each of these components as well as provide general feedback on the Code overall.

Participation by the community in the development of the Code will contribute to its acceptance, success and adoption. All feedback received will be considered for both Phase Two and Phase Three of the draft Planning and Design Code for South Australia.

Get involved

To help you get involved and have your say we have prepared the following resources:

You can provide your feedback by:

What are the next steps?

Further development of the Planning and Design Code by the State Planning Commission will be guided by feedback received through the consultation process.

Contact details

For general inquiries, please email us at DPTI.PlanningReform@sa.gov.au or call us on 1800 318 102 during business hours (9am to 5pm, weekdays).

Closing Date: Phase Two rural council areas is open until 11:59pm, 30 November 2019

Closing Date: Phase Three urban council areas is open until 11:59pm, 28 February 2020.




Background

Now Closed

This online engagement was hosted on YourSAy from 1 Oct 2019 to 28 February 2020. Find out more about the consultation process. Below is a record of the engagement.


Why is the new Code being developed?

The need for a new planning system was identified by an expert panel in 2014. The Planning and Design Code is a central feature of this new planning system for South Australia, and it will replace the 72 Development Plans that are currently in use into a single set of planning guidelines for assessing development applications across the state.

The Code has been developed to respond to community and business frustration over the complexity of current planning processes, and the desire for a more consistent and transparent approach to planning approvals.

It aims to transform complex, inconsistent planning regulations into a consistent, ‘one-stop shop’ of governing policies so that planning and development in SA is easier to achieve and the creation of new places and spaces is more innovative, flexible and of a higher design quality. This will greatly help South Australians who are required to navigate the planning system when building a house or developing a business.

The Code is being progressively introduced across South Australia. The first phase is now live in the outback and will be followed by Phase Two (rural areas) in April 2020 and Phase Three (urban areas) in July 2020. To learn more visit the SA Planning Portal

What does the new Code hope to achieve?

The Code is designed to:

  • Consolidate all of SA’s development plans into one electronic code
  • Improve development assessment in SA through more consistent rules
  • Increase certainty while offering flexibility for innovative projects
  • Make planning policy more accessible and legible to everyone
  • Modernise SA’s planning system and enable technology by:
    • Making the Code available centrally via an online platform to all residents, planners, developers, and local governments which will greatly help South Australians to build a home, develop a business or progress large commercial developments that add value to the community
    • Respond to the expert panel recommendations including the need to reduce the number of plans, reduce the time required for planning matters, improve consistency of processes, and to streamline planning
  • Support the new legislative framework and standardise planning frameworks across the state.

All feedback received will be considered in the development of the Planning and Design Code.

Consultation has concluded