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 September 2020, the Code will replace 72 development plans with one universal, state-wide document. See guide here
The consultation period for Phase 3 closed 28 Febuary 2020 Midnight.
5049 Coastal Community Association has provided a submission on the Phase 3 consultation here and will keep the community posted on developments.
For more information more go to the SA Planning Portal and read on:
Our submission asks:
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.
We encourage you contact members of State Parliament to seek their support for a better process and outcome House of Assembly & Legislative CouncilNEXT STEPS FOR THE PLANNING AND DESIGN CODEFollowing the close of consultation of the draft Planning and Design Code for Phase Two (Rural areas) and Phase Three (Urban areas), a What We Have Heard Report will be released on the SA Planning Portal summarising the key issues heard during consultation.
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.
The city of Marion and Holdfast Bay have reviewed the impact on our Council area and have serious concerns about the New Code and making strong submissions to the Minister to address the shortcomings. See CoM here and HFB here.
City of Marion Mayor Kris Hanna has driven a letter box drop on the code impacts to the City of Marion " Not in our streets" see flyer here and link to have your say (Closed 24 Feb)
Community Alliance SA , a peak body for Residents Associations have been successfully leading a campaign on the new code impacts for the community. They have commissioned a professional report on the the impacts of the new code and will be making a submission on our behalf of the community. Here is a link to their final report,
Go here for CASA Website.
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.