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Planning and Design Code

A single set of planning 'rules' to enable high quality development


The Planning and Design Code (the Code) is the cornerstone of South Australia’s new planning system, and will offer a single set of planning ‘rules’ for assessing development applications across the state. The Code will replace all South Australian Development Plans by mid-2020.

It will also make the planning process quicker, simpler and more equitable than ever before, affording South Australian’s greater access to planning information that is consistent and clear. This in turn will help the community to navigate the planning system when building a house, developing a business, or progressing large commercial developments.

The Code is being progressively introduced across South Australia, commencing in the outback before moving to regional council areas and concluding in Greater Adelaide.

Consultation status

Consultation is now open on Phase One of the Planning and Design Code, which proposes new planning rules and policy for the outback. These rules aim to better meet the needs of rural South Australians and address planning issues relevant to land outside of council boundaries. You are invited to provide feedback until Friday 29 March 2019.

Consultation has now closed on the Productive Economy Policy Discussion Paper which explored the ways in which the new planning system can support South Australia's economy via the Planning and Design Code. A summary of community feedback will be published here in due course.

 

Phase One of the Planning and Design Code

Phase One of the Planning and Design Code for Consultation - Map of Zones and Overlays  Feb 19
Phase One of the Planning and Design Code for Consultation - Policy (PDF, 2443 KB) Feb 19
Phase One of the Planning and Design Code - Submission Template (DOCX, 77 KB) Feb 19
Community Guide to Phase One of the Planning and Design Code (PDF, 700 KB) Feb 19
Practitioner Guide to Phase One of the Planning and Design Code (PDF, 701 KB) Feb 19
State Planning Commission media release (PDF, 244 KB) Feb 19

Discussion Papers

Natural Resources and Environment - Discussion Paper - What We Have Heard Report (PDF, 2450 KB)Mar 19
Productive Economy - Discussion Paper (PDF, 13253 KB) Nov 18
Productive Economy - Background Paper (PDF, 3968 KB) Nov 18
Productive Economy - Summary (PDF, 5639 KB) Nov 18
Productive Economy - Deloitte - Land Use Planning and the South Australian Economy (PDF, 455 KB) Aug 18
Integrated Movement Systems - Discussion Paper (PDF, 1752 KB) Aug 18
Integrated Movement Systems - Background Paper (PDF, 4187 KB) Aug 18
Integrated Movement Systems - Summary (PDF, 500 KB) Aug 18  
Natural Resources and Environment - Discussion Paper (PDF, 1505 KB) Aug 18
Natural Resources and Environment - Background Paper (PDF, 5846 KB) Aug 18
Natural Resources and Environment - Summary (PDF, 269 KB) Aug 18
The Planning and Design Code: How will it work? - Discussion Paper - What We Have Heard Report (PDF, 1835 KB) Aug 18
The Planning and Design Code: How will it work? - Future Land Use Definitions and Classes - What We Have Heard Report (PDF, 2099 KB) Aug 18
The Planning and Design Code: How will it work? - Future Land Use Definitions and Classes (PDF, 312 KB) Mar 18
The Planning and Design Code: How will it work? - Summary (PDF, 555 KB) Mar 18
The Planning and Design Code: How will it work? - Discussion Paper (PDF, 1445 KB) Mar 18
The Planning and Design Code - Introductory Blueprint - Summary (PDF, 2742 KB) Mar 18
The Planning and Design Code - Introductory Blueprint - Discussion Paper (PDF, 6588 KB) Mar 18

Presentations

Planning and Design Code - UDIA SA Conference 2017 (Sally Smith, DPTI) (PDF, 1673 KB) Sep 17

Maps

Map: Zones (PDF, 4832 KB)Feb 19
Map: 1956 River Murray Flood Overlay (PDF, 5145 KB)Feb 19
Map: Acid Sulphate Soils Overlay (PDF, 5993 KB)Feb 19
Map: Arkaroola Protection Area Overlay (PDF, 4669 KB)Feb 19
Map: Building Near Airfields Overlay (PDF, 4681 KB)Feb 19
Map: Coastal Areas Overlay (PDF, 5298 KB)Feb 19
Map: Historic Shipwrecks Overlay (PDF, 4766 KB)Feb 19
Map: Key Outback and Rural Routes Overlay (PDF, 5387 KB)Feb 19
Map: Key Railway Crossings Overlay (PDF, 4744 KB)Feb 19
Map: Marine Parks Overlay (PDF, 5591 KB)Feb 19
Map: Murray Darling Basin Area Overlay (PDF, 4698 KB)Feb 19
Map: Prescribed Watercourses Overlay (PDF, 4790 KB)Feb 19
Map: Prescribed Wells Areas Overlay (PDF, 4797 KB)Feb 19
Map: Ramsar Wetland Areas Overlay (PDF, 4790 KB)Feb 19
Map: River Murray Flood Plain Overlay (PDF, 4736 KB)Feb 19
Map: River Murray Water Protection Area Overlay (PDF, 4736 KB)Feb 19
Map: Significant Landscape Areas Overlay (PDF, 4767 KB)Feb 19
Map: State Heritage Areas Overlay (PDF, 4689 KB)Feb 19
Map: State Heritage Places Overlay (PDF, 4754 KB)Feb 19
Map: Water Resources Overlay (PDF, 33234 KB)Feb 19

Completed In progress Pending

OPEN: Phase One of the Planning and Design Code

On consultation until 29 March 2019


Phase One of the Planning and Design Code proposes changes to planning rules and policy in the outback that better meet the needs of rural South Australians and address planning issues relevant to land outside of council boundaries.

Some of the important changes proposed by the Code include the mapping of buffers around vital outback infrastructure and new safety measures to mitigate the risk of bushfire and acid sulphate soils.

Get involved

Practitioner testing

To support the release of the first iteration of the Planning and Design Code (the Code), the department has been testing ‘real life’ development applications. The purpose for the testing is to identify any required changes that can improve how the new instruments will work.

We are keen to have external practitioners also test the operation of the Code. You can use the following documents to assist:


CLOSED: Planning and Design Code - Productive Economy

Consultation closed on 22 February 2019


The Productive Economy Policy Discussion Paper (PDF, 13253 KB) is one of four policy discussion papers helping inform the development of South Australia’s new planning system with regard to South Australia's economy.

It explores four key themes:

  • supporting and growing key industries
  • linking people to jobs, goods and services
  • providing infrastructure to enhance our liveability
  • facilitating innovation and enabling investment.

Your input is being used to inform the Planning and Design Code to help set out the new framework for planning and development in South Australia.

A report based on feedback received on this paper will shortly be circulated to all engagement participants and posted on this page.

CLOSED: Planning and Design Code - Natural Resources and Environment

Consultation closed on 3 December 2018


The Natural Resources and Environment Discussion Paper is one of four policy discussion papers helping inform the development of South Australia’s new planning system with regard to our unique environments, ecosystems and resources.

It focuses on the fundamental benefits that our natural resources and environment provide to our health and economy, and identifies six key policy themes:

  • Sustainable and Liveable Urban Environments
  • Water Security and Quality
  • Biodiversity
  • Coastal environments
  • Natural Hazards
  • Environment Protection and Public Health

Your input is being used to inform the Planning and Design Code to help set out the new framework for planning and development in South Australia.

A What We Have Heard report based on feedback received on the Natural Resources and Environment Discussion Paper has been circulated to all engagement participants and published on this page.

CLOSED: Planning and Design Code - Integrated Movement Systems 

Consultation closed on 3 December 2018


The Integrated Movement Systems Policy Discussion Paper (PDF, 1752 KB) is one of four policy discussion papers that will help inform the development of South Australia’s new planning system with regard to transport and travel networks.

It focuses on key issues and opportunities associated with managing South Australia’s transport systems and surrounding land use as we build a new planning system and looks at the role our new planning system will play in achieving optimal development and transport outcomes.

The following three key themes are explored in the paper:

  • Aligning South Australia’s growth with transport infrastructure
  • Capitalising on strategic transport infrastructure
  • Sustainable mobility, car parking and the impacts of technology

Your input is being used to inform the Planning and Design Code to help set out the new framework for planning and development in South Australia.

A What We Have Heard report based on feedback received on the Integrated Movement Systems Policy Discussion Paper will shortly be circulated to all engagement participants and posted on this page.

CLOSED: The Planning and Design Code – How Will It Work?

Consultation closed on 22 July 2018


This technical Discussion paper explained the structural and functional aspects of the new Planning and Design Code, including the best approach to transitioning policy from the current Development Plans to the new Code.

A What We Have Heard report based on feedback received has been circulated to all engagement participants and published on this page.

CLOSED: Car parking in local streets in Adelaide

Consultation closed on 16 February 2018


The State Government initiated a wholesale review of car parking in local streets across metropolitan Adelaide and has worked closely with local councils to identify the causes of any parking problems and consider potential solutions.

Feedback from local residents across the Adelaide metropolitan area was sought in the following areas:

  • experience of parking in your local streets
  • your own household’s car use and needs
  • improvements to make parking better around your home and your neighbourhood.

Community feedback was obtained via a ‘Your Say’ survey which ran for four weeks from 19 January to 16 February 2018 with 840 submissions received. Two community focus groups and a Car Parking Summit, attended by over 60 key stakeholders, was also held at the Adelaide Convention Centre in April 2018.

A What We Have Heard report was prepared as a summary of the consultation and engagement, in particular the feedback received from an online survey of more than 800 recipients. It has been circulated to all engagement participants and published on the SA Planning Portal.

The results of the survey have been used to inform the development of the Transport and Integrated Movement Discussion paper. Consultation on that paper has now closed and a What we have heard Report is being prepared.

Learn more

Preparation of the Code has involved extensive consultation with councils, industry and the wider community in accordance with the Community Engagement Charter, as per the steps below:

  • Review of current Development Plans
  • Development of the blueprint for the Planning and Design Code
  • Development of high–level discussion papers
  • Preparation of the Planning and Design Code library
  • Spatial application of the Planning and Design Code library

An understanding of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges associated with existing policies contained in Development Plans will be the foundation of the Code library drafting process. To gain this understanding the Department is working with all 68 Councils across the State to undertake a Development Plan Review.

Development Plan Reviews will provide high level findings regarding:

  • opportunities to consolidate existing duplicated policy
  • challenges and issues associated with existing policy
  • policy that works well that should be considered for inclusion within the Planning and Design Code
  • gaps within existing policy that need to be addressed to guide new and emerging forms of development.

Key findings from Development Plan Reviews will be fed into the preparation of Discussion Papers.

The Blueprint for South Australia’s Planning and Design Code introductory paper (PDF, 6588 KB) provides the outline to the Code and sets the scene for ongoing conversations with planners, developers, local governments and the community to actively engage in its preparation. It provides a foundation for a series of policy and technical discussion papers that together will underpin the Code.

factsheet on the Blueprint for South Australia’s Planning and Design Code introductory paper (PDF, 2742 KB) is also available.

Drafting the first generation of the Planning and Design Code is a significant and complex task. To achieve progressive certainty in this task, a comprehensive set of high level directions that guide the Code library drafting stage are being prepared. These directions are being progressively set out in a suite of discussion papers that encompass both a policy and technical approach.

Discussion papers synthesise the findings of the Development Plan Review and capture the outcomes of collaboration with practitioners and thought leaders to:

  • define the scope of the first generation of the Code
  • establish guiding principles for the content of the Code
  • identify potential zones, subzones and overlays for inclusion in the Code
  • identify policy and procedural directions and options for zones, subzones and overlays
  • detail relationships between the Code and other instruments created under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016.

There are four policy discussion papers which focus on important issues informing the creation of the Planning and Design Code:

Preparation of the Planning and Design Code library involves drafting the content of the zones, subzones and overlays that will together comprise the Code.

The existing South Australian Planning Policy Library (SAPPL) is being used as the foundation for this drafting process. Relevant policies within SAPPL will be reviewed for conversion to the new Code.

Spatial application of the Planning and Design Code library is the final stage of implementing the first generation of the Code.

This stage involves selecting zones, subzones, overlays and general development modules from the Code library for application to land across the state. This process of selection is being undertaken in collaboration with councils and will be the subject of engagement with affected communities that accords with the principles of the Community Engagement Charter.

In early 2019, the Code will be ‘road-tested’ in the outback regions of South Australia. This will encompass all land not within a council area. Consultation on the Code as it applies to regional council areas will take place in mid-2019, followed by consultation in metropolitan council areas in late-2019.

The State Planning Commission will lead the implementation of the Code over three consecutive phases, moving from less complex to more complex planning environments between now and 1 July 2020. This approach will allow the Commission to minimise risk and apply key learnings along the way, adjusting the deployment approach as required.

The three implementation phases are outlined below:

  1. Phase one (mid-2019): Code introduced to the outback (land not within a council area)
  2. Phase two (late-2019): Code introduced to regional council areas
  3. Phase three (mid-2020): Code introduced to metropolitan council areas

By 1 July 2020, the full Code will be in effect across the entire state and made available to all South Australians via the SA Planning Portal.

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.

The Code will include a comprehensive set of planning rules for development assessment purposes classified into zones, subzones and overlays. It will also incorporate planning objectives from state, regional and local levels, as well as updated polices for assessing all forms of new development.

Use of the new Code will be supported by the provision of new Design Standards which will offer consistent standards for delivering basic infrastructure within public spaces. There will also be a set of Design Guidelines which will offer best practice guidelines and advice about elements of good design. Furthermore, Design Review Panels will provide specialist advice for larger projects on quality design outcomes as part of the development assessment process.

The new code will divide land into zones, within which various uses of the land will be set out as allowed. Further to zones, land can then be divided into subzones which may include additional rules for use of the land to protect local or special character. This will establish consistent zoning rules and give certainty to the local community and planners:

  • tools will be available to address common issues that apply across different zones and subzones such as flood or bushfire risk and there will be the ability to include performance requirements and recommended design techniques
  • developments will be assessed will be clearly linked to public notification requirements and a register of local heritage and significant trees will be made clear.

It will be supported by the new online SA Planning Portal so that planning information is easily accessible, including electronic lodgement of applications.

‘Planning for a New Retirement Future’ is a key discussion theme within a wider policy conversation about housing diversity that the State Planning Commission will have with industry and the community as it develops the Code.

The State Planning Commission recently hosted a ‘Planning for a New Retirement Future’ event, which sought to bring together a range of key stakeholders to discuss the opportunities and challenges that are informing the contemporary narrative around aged and retirement living in South Australia. This event also sought to highlight ways to improve policies and processes for the future.

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