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Regional Planning

As a part of Our New System, regional planning covers three key aspects: Planning Regions, Regional Plans and Joint Planning Arrangements.

Joint Planning Arrangements

Implementation status

Status

  • Complete

Milestones

  • Audit of PDI Act
  • Specification of Services: Project Coordinator for 'Joint Planning Arrangements' Pilot Project
  • Initiate ‘Expression of Interest’ process

Links

Status

  • Active

Milestones

  • Desktop research of local, national and international examples (from July 2017)
  • Survey Councils that lodged an Expression of Interest

Status

  • Not Commenced

Milestones

  • Develop draft Joint Planning Arrangements Toolkit
  • Develop draft Business Case and Business Plan model
  • Develop Findings Paper

Status

  • Not Commenced

Milestones

  • Test models, paper and toolkit

Status

  • Not Commenced

Milestones

  • Finalise toolkit, Business Case, Business Plan and Findings Paper
  • Report to State Planning Commission (Dec 2017/Jan 2018)

Status

  • Not Commenced

Milestones

  • Release toolkit, Business Plan, Business Case and Findings Paper

Links

  • Final documents (when available)

Regional Plans

Implementation status

Status

  • Active

Milestones

  • Prepare Guiding Principles
  • Prepare project scope
  • Prepare Stakeholder Engagement Plan

Links

Status

  • Active

Milestones

  • Complete an audit of the PDI Act
  • Undertake desktop research of local, national and international examples
  • Commence pilot study for joint planning arrangements with external consultant (February 2017)

Status

  • Not Commenced

Milestones

  • Prepare models for Regional Planning Framework

Status

  • Not Commenced

Milestones

  • To be determined once scope finalised.

Status

  • Not Commenced

Milestones

  • To be determined once scope finalised.

Status

  • Not Commenced

Milestones

  • To be determined once scope finalised.

Planning Regions

The new Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 provides for South Australia to be divided into Planning Regions by the Governor, with one region designated as Greater Adelaide. This allows regional areas to be clearly defined so collaborative arrangements can be established for planning.

It is expected that all of the planning regions will be based upon the existing South Australia Government Regions, although adjustment to align with other service delivery boundaries will be considered. The Minister may also establish subregions within the broader planning regions.

Regional Plans

The State Planning Commission will prepare a regional plan for each designated planning region. If a Joint Planning Board has been constituted, the Regional Plan will be prepared in partnership with them.

Regional Plans will play a similar role to spatial volumes of the Planning Strategy under the current Act, with the new option of linking directly through to zoning changes. As with State Planning Policies, they are not to be taken into account for the purpose of any assessment decision or application, other than where an environmental impact statement is required.

Regional Plans may be divided into parts relating to subregions and may include structure plans, master plans, concept plans or other similar documents.

Joint Planning Arrangements

The new Act allows groups of councils to enter into Planning Agreements with the Minister. A planning agreement is a long-term arrangement that allows for planning functions to be delegated to regional groupings of councils, subject to agreed performance measures and targets. Where relevant, other entities may be party to an agreement.

Each Planning Agreement is to be delivered by establishing a Joint Planning Board (with between three and seven members) to perform agreed functions (for example, regional planning or assessment). The process of establishing a board has been flexibly designed to allow for parties to determine the arrangements that suit them best.

In addition to allowing for planning powers to be delegated to Joint Planning Boards, Planning Agreements may also include others matters that may be agreed on by other Ministers (e.g. regional development or natural resource management).

Page last modified Thursday, 6 July 2017