The new Planning and Design Code will introduce a fresh approach to the drafting, presentation and interpretation of zoning rules. It will be based on a consistent performance based suite of zones that focuses on built form and mixed use development.
The State Planning Commission will be responsible for preparing and maintaining The Planning and Design Code in consultation with councils, industry and communities, and in accordance with the Community Engagement Charter.
The Code will set out a comprehensive set of planning rules for development assessment purposes, classified into zones, subzones and overlays. These new rules will incorporate planning objectives from state, regional and local levels, as well as updated polices for assessing all forms of new development. This will make the Code a clear, single reference point for any development assessment.
The following principles will shape the content of the Code:
The Code will contain a register of local heritage and significant trees based on the same provisions as the current Act.
The new Act will transform the complexity of planning rules which currently exasperate ordinary South Australians trying to build a house, or businesses wanting to deliver a development by replacing them with a single, easy-to-access set of rules that can be applied consistently across the State.
The new rulebook - the Planning and Design Code - will be written in plain language, and will focus on performance outcomes and acceptable solutions that can be tailored to address local circumstances.
It will be supported by the new SA Planning Portal so that planning information is easily accessible online, including electronic lodgement of applications.
The Planning and Design Code can’t be introduced without first undertaking significant consultation with all stakeholders. Establishing consistent zoning rules will require support in the form of policy change. Therefore, careful consideration must be given to the potential impacts on specific local areas in order to provide certainty to the community and planning practitioners alike.
The State Planning Commission will be responsible for preparing the new Planning and Design Code. In the interim, Planning and Development Division is working up the framework for the new Code which it will discuss with stakeholders early in 2017. Once ready, the Code will be introduced in stages. This approach will allow the Code to begin to be delivered earlier and will aid in the transition for community and local Councils.