South Australia's new planning system is now live

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South Australia’s new planning system for large regional towns and metropolitan areas has launched, allowing development applications to be submitted and tracked online via Australia’s first state wide ePlanning platform. The ePlanning platform brings together the PlanSA portal, the online Planning and Design Code, the South Australian Property and Planning Atlas and the electronic Development Application Processing system.

This change has been the biggest overhaul of the state development system in 27 years, with the new system allowing:

  • 24 hour online access for lodgment of development applications
  • Payment of application fees
  • Submission of amended plans
  • Status of application viewing
  • Receipts of development decision and approved plans
  • Extensive information for applicants
  • 24 hour online access to a Development Register

The system will enable bulk applicants (i.e., housing and shed companies) to see all applications lodged from 19 March 2021. This overhaul will now provide a consistent development system where all forms (including land division) can be accessed from one portal.

There is also an easy once-off registration for applicants and replacement of 68 Council Development Plans. Councils across the State will now have their own online accounts, culminating in one State Planning and Design code. This means that there will be consistent zoning across the the State with one set of planning rules and online mapping of land showing zoning, building outlines, property boundaries and title references. There will also be an online wizard test to see whether developments need approval.

The intent for the new system is to encourage and relax restrictions on many forms of development across the State, including outside townships in the Mount Lofty Ranges. It will also deliver clear and consistent planning policies across the entire state of South Australia which are easily accessible and widely available.

Click here to visit PlanSA for more information

Click here to read The Hon Vickie Chapman MP's media release


South Australia’s new planning system for large regional towns and metropolitan areas has launched, allowing development applications to be submitted and tracked online via Australia’s first state wide ePlanning platform. The ePlanning platform brings together the PlanSA portal, the online Planning and Design Code, the South Australian Property and Planning Atlas and the electronic Development Application Processing system.

This change has been the biggest overhaul of the state development system in 27 years, with the new system allowing:

  • 24 hour online access for lodgment of development applications
  • Payment of application fees
  • Submission of amended plans
  • Status of application viewing
  • Receipts of development decision and approved plans
  • Extensive information for applicants
  • 24 hour online access to a Development Register

The system will enable bulk applicants (i.e., housing and shed companies) to see all applications lodged from 19 March 2021. This overhaul will now provide a consistent development system where all forms (including land division) can be accessed from one portal.

There is also an easy once-off registration for applicants and replacement of 68 Council Development Plans. Councils across the State will now have their own online accounts, culminating in one State Planning and Design code. This means that there will be consistent zoning across the the State with one set of planning rules and online mapping of land showing zoning, building outlines, property boundaries and title references. There will also be an online wizard test to see whether developments need approval.

The intent for the new system is to encourage and relax restrictions on many forms of development across the State, including outside townships in the Mount Lofty Ranges. It will also deliver clear and consistent planning policies across the entire state of South Australia which are easily accessible and widely available.

Click here to visit PlanSA for more information

Click here to read The Hon Vickie Chapman MP's media release


  • Second Round of engagement on the Draft Planning and Design Code

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    KEY CHANGES AS A RESULT OF PREVIOUS FEEDBACK

    Local government has contributed heavily to the content of the Code. In response, significant improvements to the revised draft Code have been made. Key areas of change in the revised Code include:

    • More localised policy: The draft Code now provides for more local content through a greater number of zones to better reflect local characteristics, additional subzones, introduction of Concept Plans where required, introduction of Historic Area and Character Area Statements, and introduction of additional numerical local variations to reflect current development plans such as building height, minimum site area, frontage width, and setbacks.
    • Raising the bar on residential infill standards: The draft Code now provides additional requirements to address urban green cover, tree canopy, parking, water sensitive urban design, building façade design among other improvements.
    • Inclusion of Contributory Items as Representative Buildings: The draft Code now includes representative Buildings that will be referred to in Historic Area Statements and/or Character Area Statements and mapped in the South Australian Planning and Property Atlas. These buildings are examples that are representative of the characteristics of the local area identified in these Statements.
    • Introducing improved flood mapping: The draft Code now includes improved flood mapping that was created based on additional information provided by local Councils.

    In relation to the Adelaide Hills Council submission, a number of key items have been addressed in the update of the draft Code and include:

    • A new Adelaide Hills Subzone has been included in the Rural Neighbourhood Zone to accommodate the intent of the Median Rule Land Division Tool and policy;
    • The Peri-Urban Zone has been renamed Adelaide Country Zone;
    • Mixed Residential Zones have been transitioned into in the Suburban Neighbourhood Zone to better reflect existing development policy; and
    • The Settlement Policy Area 18 of the Watershed (Primary Production) Zone at Inglewood, Lenswood and Verdun has been transitioned to the Code Rural Settlement Zone instead of the Adelaide Country Zone.

    To understand how these have been addressed please refer to the summary. A transition table identifying how the Adelaide Hills Council Development Plan zones have been transitioned to the revised draft Code has also been provided for information.

  • First round of engagement on the Draft Planning and Design Code

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    From October 2019 until January 2020, the Planning and Design Code was open for the first round of community consultation. Feedback received during this engagement process was used to further refine and improve the draft Planning and Design Code.

    Click here to view Adelaide Hills Council's Code Response Package

Page last updated: 19 March 2021, 10:24