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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.

Implementation status

Status

  • Complete

Milestones

  • Prepare project scope
  • Engage consultant and develop methodology to prepare draft Community Engagement Charter

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Status

  • Complete

Milestones

  • Check PDI Act for references to the Charter
  • Undertake research on local, national and international examples to inform the development of the Charter
  • Compile research report

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Status

  • Active

Milestones

  • Engage with stakeholders to inform the draft Charter (June to August 2017)
  • Provide draft Charter to State Planning Commission for endorsement (August 2017)
  • Draft Charter posted on SA Planning Portal for feedback (August 2017)

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  • Draft Charter, when available

Status

  • Active

Milestones

  • Review feedback received to date
  • Finalise document structure and prepare for release

Status

  • Not Commenced

Milestones

  • Charter officially commences (October 2017)
  • Minister for Planning tables Charter in Parliament (October 2017)

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  • Charter document(s), when available

Status

  • Not Commenced

Milestones

  • Test the Charter during the development and implementation of the new designated instruments
  • Refine the Charter, if required


The Charter will work to put people at the centre of major planning decisions and:

  • foster the community’s understanding of the planning system
  • build a framework that is robust and adaptable
  • take an evidence-based approach to engagement
  • provide an example others want to follow.

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.

Developing the Charter

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:

  • Planning Together Panel - a randomly selected, statistically representative group of 50 community members who are tasked with developing the draft Charter in collaboration 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 to 2 July and 29 to 30 July 2017). A summary of the Panel’s work to date is included below.
  • 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 met prior to the first Panel session and will be meeting 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 (around 50 people), are contributing their knowledge and experience of the planning system the Panel discussions.

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 Panel’s work to date

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.

Further information

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

Development Assessment

Engagement activities will continue to be prescribed depending on the scope and potential impacts. Current activities include:

  • public release of the application documents
  • public release of Guidelines and EIS
  • advertisement in The Advertiser and local Messenger newspaper
  • letter to adjoining land owners and tenants
  • calls for public submissions
  • public forums
  • release of response document
  • public release of the Assessment Report
  • Panel meetings
  • third party appeal rights.

State Planning Policies

  • provide direction for Regional Plans, Planning & Design Code and EISs.

Regional Plans

  • set the long-term vision for an area of the State, and must align with any relevant State Planning Policies.

Design Standards

  • ensure a consistent approach to the design of local infrastructure (eg stormwater, local road construction and lighting).

Establishing and amending the P&D Code (rezonings)

  • set the rules and process for assessing development applications
  • will replace development plans.
Page last modified Monday, 17 July 2017