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.
The Charter will work to put people at the centre of major planning decisions and:
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.
We are supporting three key groups to work collaboratively in preparing the draft Charter. The draft is to be provided to the Commission for their consideration in August. These groups include:
We are also seeking input from the broader public throughout the Charter’s development via yourSAy.sa.gov.au and through this Portal.
Once the draft Charter has been developed, it will need to be endorsed by the Commission. The Charter may then be adopted by the Minister for Planning.
The Planning Together Panel of 50 randomly selected community members from all over South Australia met for the first time on 1 to 2 July.
Over the two days, they heard from a range of people to better understand the background of the planning reforms and the new processes set out in the Planning Development and Infrastructure Act 2016. The panel members were exposed to a wide range of perspectives from community groups, local and State Government, the development industry and planning practitioners to gain knowledge about what works and what doesn’t in community engagement in planning in our State.
Panelists also heard from the Minister for Planning, members of the new State Planning Commission and department staff to build valuable insights into the purpose of the Charter and types of planning decisions it will apply to.
On the second day, panelists, stakeholders and practitioners worked through a facilitated and deliberative process in small groups to define what better community engagement in the planning system could look like. These desired outcomes were then worked up into a series of 10 draft principles, which the whole group of around 100 people tested against common planning scenarios, to see if they could lead to better planning outcomes.
The draft principles were then reviewed and rated by the group, noting how they could be further developed and refined over the next weekend workshop.
The Planning Together Panel will again be working with stakeholders and practitioners on 29 to 30 July to further develop the principles, define the desired outcomes and start the thinking around performance measures for the principles.
This process will be informed by public feedback via YourSAy.sa.gov, as well as further input from the State Planning Commission and the Practitioners Group.
The Panel will hand over their input to the draft Charter to the Commission at the end of their deliberations on Sunday 30 July.
If you’d like to know more about the development of the Community Engagement Charter, please send an email to DPTI.Planning.Engagement@sa.gov.au.
Activities not covered by Charter
Activities covered by Charter
Engagement activities will continue to be prescribed depending on the scope and potential impacts. Current activities include:
State Planning Policies
Establishing and amending the P&D Code (rezonings)