The Planning and Design Code is a new planning system that will help revolutionise the way development is regulated in South Australia. The Code replaces 72 development plans with one universal, state-wide document. Read the State Government Planning Commission guide here and read on.....
The Planning & Design Code is now up and running. Feedback is mixed and many of the previous concerns are still valid (see below). CASA (Community Alliance SA) a community Associations peak body is still advocating for changes. As we move into election campaigns for SA and Federal Governments this will be a hot topic. It has recently been highlighted by a local issue in Seacliff which is a good example of how unsubtle the new code is.
CASA have put together a great document on the key issues for the election.
"Use it as a basic state level document when your group or you personally engage with your candidates at the local level prior before Parliament goes into pre-election lock down on the 18 February (check the date as it might change!). Already some of our member resident action groups have invited meet the candidates. It is important to do so, and as a CASA member please acknowledge your membership and support for CASA’s past advocacy and that of the electoral platform. It is being used by your CASA executive at a State Parliament level to canvass all major parties, Independent MPs and the Cross bench for basic key improvements to the Planning system"
Since the new Planning Minister Vicky Chapman has been appointed since July there has been a real shift in the Planning Commissions approach, not before time!! They appear to be listening and be prepared to change where it is in the best interest of Planning & Design.
There was to be no more consultation, despite widespread industry and community calls. However the State Planning Commission, with support from the Minister, has now released the revised draft Planning and Design Code (revised draft Code) for another six-weeks of public consultation commencing 4 November 2020 to 18 December 2020.So please have a look and have your say.
City of Marion provided an update at their council meeting 8 Dec 2020 here as they continue to advocate for our Council area's needs in this complex process.
City of Holdfast Bay provided an update at their council meeting 8 Dec 2020 here
as they continue to advocate for our Council area's needs in this complex process.
Here is an update from CASA ( Community Alliance SA):
Go here for a template submission from Casa
Heritage -Elizabeth Vines
City of Burnside
Following the roll-back of the Stay at Home restrictions on 22 November 2020, the SA Planning Commission announced that community information sessions for the consultation will resume with new dates starting from 2 December 2020 until 18 December 2020.
A series of 6 community information sessions will be held in select metropolitan locations for our area the nearest is Noarlunga Centre – Civic Area, Ramsay Place, Noarlunga Centre,Monday 14 December 2020, 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm.
They are also offering the following ‘virtual’ community drop-in sessions:
· Thursday 3 December 2020, 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm
· Friday 11 December 2020, 10.00 am to 12.00 pm
· Tuesday 15 December 2020, 10.00 am to 12.00 pm.
These information sessions are in addition to the ‘How to use the Online Planning and Design Code and make a submission’ webinar series which is also being run throughout the consultation period.
For further details and to register your attendance visit the PlanSA events calendar or book your ticket directly through EventBrite.
TEST THE CODE
If you go to the webpage below and type in your own address you can assess your own property. You can then request a pdf copy which will be emailed to you. The report on your property will be in excess of 200 pages but don’t be daunted by that. The report is site-specific and this is actually the REAL benefit of the changes made. It will be simple for anyone to know what they can or can’t do on the PlanSA site.
And/or try the Plan SA Site:
Don’t forget to send in your own submission – the more numbers, the more impact. Click on the link below to find out how to send in a submission or to complete the online survey. https://yoursay.sa.gov.au/decisions/revised-planning-and-design-code-consultation/about
LET US KNOW YOUR RESULTS! Dr. Iris Iwanicki, PhD.
Community Alliance SA Inc
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The revised draft Code is understood to reflect significant improvements in response to the constructive and substantial feedback they received from the initial five-month public consultation (October 2019 to February 2020). These improvements include existing contributory items that will now be identified under the new category of Representative Buildings, and the addition of several new overlays and zones to better reflect local conditions. This is a very significant win for CASA (Community Alliance SA), their expert team and supporters, including local councils. It means the legacy of 30yrs of local character protection of our suburbs will continue to be protected.
On completion of this additional consultation process, the Commission will consider the submissions and make a final recommendation to the Minister to implement our state’s new planning system in metropolitan areas and large regional towns in the first quarter of 2021. We urge you to review the revised draft Code and bring any further feedback to our attention.
Frequently asked questions 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 appointed Vickie Chapman as the new Planning Minister following the departure of Stephan Knoll. Very quickly she has now extended the period for implementation by from September/October 2020 to possibly early next year. 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, and under the new minister there appears to be a willingness to address some of the shortcomings. Many welcome the extension and willingness to really listen and potential to address the scope of the complex issues and apparent flaws in 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.