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Community Engagement Charter

Good planning positively impacts everyone in the community and with so many important changes occurring in the coming years, we’re opening up the process to all South Australians.

The Community Engagement Charter is the first of its kind in Australia, putting consultation and participation at the forefront of the planning process.

It will establish outcome-based, measurable requirements for engaging community members on proposed changes to planning policy. The Charter will also allow engagement to be tailored to suit the needs of the community.

Our progress so far…

Status

  • Active

Milestones

  • Prepare Guiding Principles
  • Prepare project scope
  • Commence preparation of draft Community Engagement Charter with external consultant

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Status

  • Active

Milestones

  • Audit of PDI Act completed
  • Undertake desktop research of local, national and international examples
  • Prepare research report

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  • Research report (when available)

Status

  • Active

Milestones

  • Engage with key stakeholders to inform draft Community Engagement Plan (February – July 2017)
  • Develop models for Community Engagement Charter in consultation with stakeholders (March – July 2017)

Status

  • Not Commenced

Milestones

  • Engagement on Community Engagement Charter models and ideas

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  • Draft Community Engagement Charter (when available)

Want to be involved?

Status

  • Not Commenced

Milestones

  • Planning Commission to approve draft Community Engagement Charter for consultation (April 2017)

Want to be involved?

Status

  • Not Commenced

Milestones

  • Draft Community Engagement Charter released for consultation / feedback.

Want to be involved?

The Charter will work to:

  • Foster an understanding of the planning system with the public
  • Become an example others want to follow
  • Build a framework that is robust and adaptable
  • Take an evidence-based approach to engagement.

Relevant entities proposing changes to planning documents will be required to comply with the Community Engagement Charter. The State Planning Commission will have the authority to give directions to entities, or step in if it considers the entity has failed to meet the standards set in the Charter. The Commission will be responsible for establishing and maintaining the charter, with subsequent amendments subject to the scrutiny of Parliament.

What’s Next?

To develop the Charter, we will be working with three key groups that will provide input into preparing the draft which will later be provided to the Commission for their consideration. These groups include: 

  • Planning Together Panel - a randomly selected, statistically representative group of 50 community members that will be tasked with developing the draft Charter. This will entail a facilitated and deliberative program, working closely with representatives from the planning sector and other groups with an interest in planning. This group will meet for four full days over two weekends (1-2 July and 29-30 July 2017).
  • Practitioner Group - a hand-selected group of senior planning professionals (encompassing local and state government, peak bodies and consultants) tasked with providing industry perspective and context for the Panel and ensuring the Charter’s decision-making framework is relevant and practical in a strategic planning policy setting. This group will meet prior to the first Panel session and once between the panel weekends (and maybe other times, as agreed).
  • Broader Stakeholder Group - includes planning practitioners, and groups and individuals with an interest in the planning system (up to 50 people), who will be engaged to contribute their knowledge and experience of the planning system the Panel discussions.

Input from the broader public will also be sought at various stages in the Charter’s development via yourSAy.sa.gov.au and through saplanningportal.sa.gov.au.

Once the Charter has been developed, it will need to be endorsed by the Commission. The Charter may then be adopted by the Minister for Planning.

Further information

If you’d like to know more about the development of the Community Engagement Charter, please contact Anya Hart (DPTI) at anya.hart@sa.gov.au.