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Planning and Design Code

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.

Our progress so far…

Status

  • Active

Milestones

  • Prepare Guiding Principles
  • Prepare project scope
  • Prepare Stakeholder Engagement Plan
  • Internal DPTI scoping workshops to ‘develop’ initial framework (August 2016)

Links

  • Guiding Principles (when available)
  • Planning and Design Code factsheet (when available)

Status

  • Active

Milestones

  • Audit of the PDI Act completed
  • Review of interstate zones completed
  • Seek input from key stakeholders to inform development of models
  • Prepare research report

Links

  • Review – Australian Planning Codes
  • Research report (when available)

Status

  • Not Commenced

Milestones

  • Develop code framework for discussion

Status

  • Not Commenced

Status

  • Not Commenced

Status

  • Not Commenced


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:

  • zones will govern the basic use and form of an area
  • subzones will be able to include additional rules relating to local or special character
  • overlays will allow common issues that may apply across different zones and subzones to be addressed (e.g. flood or bushfire risk)
  • specified provisions within the Code will be able to be adapted or modified within pre-determined parameters if agreed by the Minister
  • the ability to include performance requirements and design techniques
  • use classes and land use definitions will be incorporated in the Code
  • will clearly identify the assessment pathways linked to public notification requirements.

The Code will contain a register of local heritage and significant trees based on the same provisions as the current Act.