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 July 2020, the Code will replace 72 development plans with one universal, state-wide document. See guide here
The consultation period is now open closes Febuary 2020 and represents an important opportunity for South Australians to influence the way we live, work and move. Have your say and get more information at the SA Planning Portal:
Members of the Association have attended Planning SA and public forums by the Community Alliance SA on the roll-out of the new code, including those addressed by the Commissioner and Minister.
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 Commencement of Code Amendment Bill will need to go to the lower house for debate and determination, before it can be passed into law. Hopefully common sense will prevail and the Code will be delayed and the engagement process updated, enabling proper collaboration and consultation to address the serious errors omissions and e-planning system. This will save time and money for Council’s, the community and industry. Please contact members of the lower house to provide encouragement to pass the amendment(s) cabinet & shadow cabinet
Community Alliance SA have been successfully leading a campaign on the new code impacts for the community. Particularly as it relates to the heritage impacts. Go here for details.
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.
In summary we are seeking: