The DRAFT Planning and Design Code is a proposed new planning system that will help revolutionise the way development is regulated in South Australia. The Code is being developed in three phases and by November 2020, the Code will replace 72 development plans with one universal, state-wide document. Read the State Government Planning Commission guide here
The consultation period for Phase 2 & 3 is closed. 5049 Coastal Community Association provided a submission on the Phase 3 consultation here and the SA Government have reviewed the submissions on Phase 2 (rural areas)and Phase 3 ( urban) and published a "what we heard report on Phase 2 ". and Phase 3 ( urban)
For more information more go to the SA Planning Portal and Latest SA Planning newsletter .
NEXT STEPS by the Government:
The State Government has extended the period for implementation by approx 3 months from July to September . The consultation period however was not extended merely the proofing period. The extension to the roll out has been approved to allow more time for users of the e-planning portal to learn how to use it, not more time to address the many shortcomings. It remains to be seen if the Planning commission will also try to address the many issues that have been identified by reviewers of the new system. Many believe that an extension of 3 months is inadequate to address the scope of the complex issues and apparent flaws in the system. Even with the impacts of Covid-19 the government are still committed to meeting the time frame and are running zoom sessions with Local Councils to finalise the system.
The latest Phase 3 (urban) update report is here
The latest on the next steps is here. In summary :
The State Planning Commission will consider the feedback received in making amendments to the Code and will prepare an Engagement Report that will outline what was heard during consultation and how the Code could be amended in response to submissions. The Engagement Report will be forwarded to the Minister for consideration in making a decision and then be released on the SA Planning Portal.
Following the Minister’s approval, the finalised Planning and Design Code along with the ePlanning platform will be made publicly available so that everyone has an opportunity to see and experience it before it is implemented in SA’s rural areas in July and urban areas in September.
Our submission asked:
NEXT STEPS BY 5049
The reports "what we heard" are just that and dont give much indication as to what might change. We have done as much as we can to represent our local views. Our strategy is now to work closely with Local Councils who are in turn working closely with the Department to test and workshop the implementation. It is understood that the Department is now taking a more consultative approach with Councils and the proposed ‘go live’ date has been pushed back to November 2020. Meanwhile we have written to the City of Holdfast Bay and Marion Council to seek there advice on how they will best represent the community in the process prior to implementation and beyond. We were about to meet with both councils,
Given the fact that the Planning Reforms are proceeding we encourage you contact members of State Parliament to seek their support for a better process and outcome House of Assembly & Legislative Council
Please contact us if you would like to discuss or get involved.
NEXT STEPS BY Community Alliance SA
CASA is a peak body for Residents Associations, of which we are a member,have been successfully leading a campaign on the new code impacts for the community. They commissioned a professional report on the the impacts of the new code and have made a submission on our behalf of the community. Here is a link to their final report.
CASA have a general meeting on 14 May that will take place via Zoom at 7pm. Guest speakers are Hon Mark Parnell, Dr Iris Iwanicki, Stephen Smith from the Local Government Association, and a Commissioner Michael Lennon from the SA Planning Commission.
They discussed the “What We Have Heard” report from Phase 2 of the Code, and some of what was not heard. Here is the link to the recording of the general meeting held on Zoom. To listen you may need a Zoom account though (its free):
50 people attended including 5049 committee members.
Have to admire Michael Lennon for his commitment and courage to front up for his mission impossible at these public gatherings !!
Dr Iris Iwanicki generously drafted a review of the Phase 2 ( rural) what we heard report which is here There you will find links to the report and a link to all the submissions which have been uploaded to the Commission’s website.
Dr Christel Mex has recently written a letter to the Planning commission on Planning and Design Code- Proposed Demolition Controls and Historic Area Overlay
They are encouraging the community to lobby the elected members on a Private Members Bill by MP Tony Piccolo, hansard report here, covering the lack of translation of contributory heritage items into the new code.
They continue to push the Government on the shortcomings of the code.
Go here for CASA Website.
Mark Parnell MLC May 2020
Mark has been championing the cause through the legislative council and was responsible for triggering the extension of time. He has recently tabled a petition in Parliament( 14 May) with over 13,000 signatures seeking a better process and outcome from the new Code, organised by a community group Protect Our Heritage Alliance (POHA) supported by CASA. This group and the petition whilst having a heritage focus goes further than that. See article here.
Delaying and re framing the Code
"There are clearly many aspects of the new code and "portal" that are impenetrable, incoherent and flawed. There are also concerns that the consultation process is also flawed, in that it appears to be more about informing than listening to the knowledge and experience of the professionals and the public alike. This is, as we keep hearing, a once in a generational opportunity to reshape our planning system to better reflect our trajectory over the next 50+ years. So given the numerous concerns from Councils, Design Professionals, Public and Politicians alike, about the many issues currently lurking in the document and the fact that we are not being heard; please support Mark Parnell's Bill to take a deep breath, step back, listen effectively and get this right."
The Hon Mark Parnell’s Bill was passed in the SA Legislative Council last Thursday enabling the Code to be delayed. The Bill was passed with support from Labor and SA Best. A letter from Tony Piccolo MP, Shadow Minister for Planning, to Resident Action Group Office Holders and the Hon Clare Scriven MLC speech in the Legislative Council in support of Mark Parnell’s Bill. In addition another letter from Tony Piccolo MP, regarding "Car Parking" and "Transparency" Bills is included here
The LGA ( local Government Association) representing local Councils ( to follow)and the UDIA ( urban Design Institute Australia), who are pro-developers are raising serious concerns that the Code in its current draft form is more likely to create confusion and less certainty than intended. Both are calling for more time and engagement with the community and industry on refining the Code to meet the aspirations of the reform.