What is the Project Background?

    In April 2016, Parliament passed the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (SA) (PDI Act) to implement a new planning system to replace the current system under the Development Act 1993 (SA).

    Some of the key changes to the Planning and Development system will include:

    ·  Establishment of the State Planning Commission as the state's independent, principal planning body

    ·  Release of a Community Engagement Charter that aims to provide a more flexible, effective and meaningful framework for engagement

    ·  The creation of a Planning and Design Code that will become the State's single planning rule book, replacing the existing 72 Council-specific Development Plans

    ·  Establishment of a professional accreditation scheme for planners and building surveyors

    ·  Delivery of an online planning portal as a one-stop-shop for planning information and the lodging and assessment of development applications

    The new PDI Act will be implemented in stages over the next three to five years, but the Planning and Design Code must be activated by 1 July, 2020.

    The Adelaide Hills Council will continue to assess development applications and undertake strategic planning under the current planning system until the transition to the new legislation is complete.

    How will consultation take place on the new planning system?

    The Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) have been working hard to consult the broader community on the new planning system.

    They will lead the process and partner with councils to do several things including; regular communications, events, drop in sessions, community panels and information sessions.

    We recommend that you sign up for DPTI newsletters to ensure you get the latest information and invitations to attend DPTI lead events.

    In Addition, Council have elected to host four Community Forum and Q&A events during the consultation period. Details of which will be released shortly.

    What will ePlanning mean for the community?

    “The ePlanning system will open up the world of planning to the community” – DPTI

    From late 2019 community members can search a property and see at a glance what policies apply to their land and what development permits may or may not be required for various types of development.

    This will be accessible 24/7 and will allow applications to be lodged and their progress monitored in real time.

    Lots more information will be available in the coming months about ePlanning.

    Why did we need to reform the planning system?

    The current planning system is over 25 years old and in 2014, an independent review of the planning system initiated by the State Government took place. It identified major flaws in the current planning system and the need for sector wide reforms.

    Will the Adelaide Hills Development Plan be decommissioned under the new planning system?

    Yes, all council Development Plans will be decommissioned under the new planning system.

    The new Planning and Design Code will replace Development Plans and will apply consistent planning policy and zoning across the state.

    DPTI and Council will be talking a lot more about what this means for local communities over the coming 12 months

    How can I access information about South Australia's new planning system?

    South Australia’s new planning system for metro areas will launch on 19 March 2021. For information or to access the new planning system please contact your local council directly, visit PlanSA at plan.sa.gov.au, email PlanSA@sa.gov.au or call the PlanSA Service Desk on 1800 752 664.

    How will the new planning system help me?

    From 19 March 2021, everyone living and working in South Australia will have access to clear and consistent planning policies. Australia’s first ePlanning platform will help you to submit and track development applications online, search property zoning, find an accredited professional, review development rules, and track major projects and development activity across the state. 

    What does the ePlanning platform contain?

    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.

    Who can use the ePlanning platform?

    From 19 March, everyone living and working in South Australia can use the new planning system and the ePlanning platform. The Planning and Design Code and the ePlanning platform have been operational in outback and rural areas of the state since 31 July 2020.

    Do I need development approval?

    If you’re planning on undertaking development, you may need approval before you get started. 

    To find out if approval is needed for your project, you can access the Approval Wizard at plan.sa.gov.au to confirm the next steps. By answering a few questions about your plans, the wizard can determine: 

    • If you need approval
    • How to apply for approval
    • Who to contact for more information. 

    How do I lodge an application?

    To find out the information you’ll need to provide, what fees apply and how to lodge your application visit PlanSA at plan.sa.gov.au and click on Lodge An Application within the Development Applications menu. From here you will be able to create an online account to lodge your development application online.

    Should you require further information, a range of training materials can be found on the PlanSA website.