South Australian Planning Reforms
South Australia is currently in the process of transitioning to a new planning and development system through the succession of the Development Act 1993 to the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDI Act).
The PDI Act came into operation on 1 April 2017 and its provisions are gradually being introduced in stages to provide for a smooth transition from the current planning system.
Once the PDI Act is totally in effect, every Council Development Plan across the state will be replaced with an overarching ‘Planning and Design Code’ (the Code). There will also be a new set of Development Assessment Regulations (replacing the Development Regulations 2008) and a suite of Practice Directions.
The Code is legislated to come into effect (replacing Council’s Development Plan) across the entire state of South Australia by 1 July 2020.
Further Information: DPTI’s SA Planning Portal includes a wide range of fact sheets, discussion papers and guides to the new planning system www.saplanningportal.sa.gov.au.
Consultation on the new Code for Greater Adelaide is occurring from 1 October 2019 to 28 February 2020.
A hotline has been set up at DPTI to respond to queries from the community and other stakeholders during the consultation. The number is 1800 318 102. Queries can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mallala Development Plan
Council's Development Plan sets out planning policies for the control of development within the Council district. Development applications are assessed against the relevant policies contained within the Development Plan.
Amendments to the Development Plan
The Development Plan requires regular updating to ensure it reflects the needs of the community, the economy and the environment. Development Plans are updated through a formal statutory Development Plan Amendment (DPA) process, specified in the Development Act 1993. DPAs can either be undertaken by Council or by the state government (through the Minister for Planning).
For more information on DPAs, refer to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure www.sa.gov.au
Development Plan Review
Strategic Directions Report
Council is required under Section 30 of the Development Act 1993 to prepare a Strategic Directions Report (SDR) that addresses the strategic planning issues within the district and identifies appropriate amendments to Council’s Development Plan.
Councils are required to prepare a SDR every 5 years, or within 12 months of a change to the Planning Strategy (The 30 Year Plan for Greater Adelaide).