Regional Plans and Joint Planning Arrangements
Setting the direction for future planning and development of South Australia
A new Regional Planning framework enables local government areas to prepare regional plans that provide direction for the region’s future planning.
Regional Plans will be guided by priorities for the whole state so that we can respond to big opportunities and challenges together. They will also guide the development and updates for the new Planning and Design Code, a planning and design rule book for the whole state.
On 1 July 2019, Phase One of the new planning system became operational in outback areas, but joint planning arrangements do not apply.
Proclamation of Planning Regions
Completed March 2020
Phase One of the PDI Act 2016 became operational in outback areas
Completed July 2019
- Learn more about Phase One
Regulations and Code of Conduct completed
Completed February 2020
Toolkit and templates made available to councils
Completed February 2019
Finalise Joint Planning Arrangements Toolkit and findings paper
Completed February 2019
Workshops and business case preparation (for ready groups)
Completed July 2018
Develop findings paper for Joint Planning Arrangements and develop draft Joint Planning Arrangements Toolkit
Completed February 2018
Seek confirmation to continue with the project from the 8 Groups of Councils
Completed January 2018
Seek legal and insurance advice
Completed October 2017
Develop draft business case and business plan model for Joint Planning Arrangements in consult with 8 groups of councils
Completed August 2017
Survey 8 groups of councils that lodged an Expression of Interest for Joint Planning Arrangements
Completed July 2017
Initiate ‘Expression of Interest’ process for Joint Planning Arrangements project and Engage Project Coordinator – Joint Planning Arrangements (after tender process)
Completed May 2017
The PDI Act provides for South Australia to be divided into Planning Regions by Proclamation of the Governor, on the recommendation of the Minister for Planning. This includes the definition of one of the Planning Regions as Greater Adelaide.
The main purpose of a Planning Region is to define the area for Regional Plans over which collaborative arrangements may be established for planning and other relevant service delivery or program areas.
On 19 March 2020 the Governor issued a Proclamation (PDF, 16 KB) constituting the following Planning Regions for South Australia.
- Greater Adelaide
- Eyre and Western
- Far North
- Kangaroo Island
- Limestone Coast
- Murray Mallee
- Yorke Peninsula and Mid North
The Proclamation also provides a period of three years before a Regional Plan for each of the Planning Regions is to be prepared and adopted.
In formulating his recommendation the Minister for Planning has:
- sought to reflect communities of interest at a regional level
- taken into account council boundaries and other relevant administrative boundaries; relevant economic, social and cultural factors; and relevant environmental factors (including water catchment areas and biogeographical regions)
- given attention to the need to achieve effective planning consistent with the objects of the PDI Act, and the delivery of infrastructure, government services and other relevant services, at a regional level.
The Minister has also consulted with the State Planning Commission, councils across the State and the Local Government Association.
- Proclamation made by the Governor 19 March 2020 (PDF, 16 KB)
- Map: Greater Adelaide Planning Regions (GRO Map G16/2015) (PDF, 3871 KB)
- Map: Eyre and Western Planning Region (PLN ID: 5845 dated February 2020) (PDF, 1193 KB)
- Map: Far North Planning Region (PLN ID: 5846 dated February 2020) (PDF, 1768 KB)
- Map: Kangaroo Island Planning Region (PLN ID: 5847 dated February 2020) (PDF, 1259 KB)
- Map: Limestone Coast Planning Region (PLN ID: 5848 dated February 2020) (PDF, 1246 KB)
- Map: Murray Mallee Planning Region (PLN ID: 5849 dated February 2020) (PDF, 3640 KB)
- Map: Yorke Peninsula and Mid North Planning Region (PLN ID: 5850 dated February 2020) (PDF, 3424 KB)
Provisions in the new legislation provide the opportunity for groups of councils to perform certain functions as a Joint Planning Board (JPB), established by way of a Planning Agreement entered into with the Minister for Planning.
A JPB is a body corporate with its own powers and responsibilities and is constituted in accordance with the terms of the Planning Agreement, which sets out the functions, Board membership and how a JPB is to operate. A JPB has between three to seven members and can form committees (advisory) and subsidiaries (operational) to carry out its functions, and must adhere to a Code of Conduct (PDF, 190 KB).
The only mandated function of a JPB is preparation of a Regional Plan for the area of the Board, although other functions can be undertaken, such as appointing a regional development assessment panel and undertaking the process to make regionally relevant amendments to the Planning and Design Code.
The Minister has adopted a Code of Conduct (PDF, 190 KB) to be observed by members of a Joint Planning Board. The Code of Conduct sets out standards of conduct and professionalism that are to be observed by all members of a JPB.
Regulation 10 of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure (General) Regulations 2017 prescribes the process to be followed if a person believes that a member of a JPB has acted in contravention of the Code of Conduct.
The new legislation requires a Regional Plan to be prepared for each region. These are prepared by a Joint Planning Board in partnership with the councils included on the Board. Where there is no Board, the Commission will prepare the Regional Plan.
A Regional Plan must be consistent with relevant State Planning Policies and include:
- a long-term vision (over a 15 to 30 year period) for the region or area, including provisions about the integration of land use, transport infrastructure and the public realm
- maps and plans that relate to the long-term vision
- contextual information about the region or area, including forward projections and statistical data and analysis as determined by the Commission or required by a Practice Direction
- recommendations about the application and operation of the Planning and Design Code
- a framework for the public realm or infrastructure within the region or area.
Regional Plans may be divided into parts relating to sub-regions and may include structure plans, master plans, concept plans or other similar documents. Regional Plans will be used to help guide consideration of any proposed changes for the Planning and Design Code, a single rulebook for the whole state.
In 2017 the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure initiated a pilot project to explore how Planning Agreements and JPBs will work, and to prepare guidelines to assist councils that are seeking to form a JPB. Councils were invited to participate in the pilot and 40 councils in eight groups initially participated. This reduced to 29 councils in 6 groups at the start of 2018 when the project moved into stage two - preparation of a business case.
The 6 groups are Eyre Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula, Limestone Coast, Riverland, Barossa and neighbours and the Spencer Gulf cities (the Murraylands and Eastern Region Alliance have maintained watching briefs). The LGA and Office of Local Government have also been involved.
The pilot has concluded and the following guidelines and templates to assist councils to initiate and establish a Planning Agreement and JPB are now available. The Department has also prepared the guidelines and a template to assist JPBs to prepare a Regional Plan.
As an additional outcome of the pilot, the Department is now preparing a number of regulatory amendments to support the Planning Agreement template. A Code of Conduct for JPBs is being finalised along with two Practice Directions to be issued by the Commission - to specify procedural requirements for JPBs preparing a Regional Plan and to specify the appropriate level of information required when Councils submit a proposal to the Minister to enter into a Planning Agreement.
- Code of Conduct for Joint Planning Board Members (PDF, 190 KB) - sets out standards of conduct and professionalism that are to be observed by members of a JPB
- Planning Agreement and Joint Planning Board Guidelines (PDF, 6644 KB) - a local government ‘tool-kit’ based on the learnings and challenges faced during the pilot
- Joint Planning Board Business Case Template (DOCX, 2591 KB) - developed to lead potential Council JPB groups through a process to understand what they seek to achieve and to set up the right governance framework
- Planning Agreement Template (DOCX, 477 KB) - which can be tailored to suit regional circumstances
- Regional Plan Guidelines (PDF, 4661 KB) - to assist JPBs to prepare a Regional Plan
- Regional Plan Template (DOCX, 715 KB) - to allow regional policies and actions to be specified and to ensureconsistency between Regional Plans prepared by various JPBs
- Spider Web Diagram Example (PDF, 1156 KB) - for assistance in formulating a Regional Plan
|Joint Planning Board Business Case Template (DOCX, 2591 KB)||Feb 19|
|Planning Agreement Template (DOCX, 477 KB)||Feb 19|
|Regional Plan Template (DOCX, 715 KB)||Feb 19|
|Code of Conduct for Joint Planning Board Members (PDF, 190 KB)||Feb 20|
|Planning Agreement and Joint Planning Board Guidelines (PDF, 6644 KB)||Feb 19|
|Regional Plan Guidelines (PDF, 4661 KB)||Feb 19|
|Spider Web Diagram Example (PDF, 1156 KB)||Feb 19|
|Proclamation of Planning Regions by the Governor (PDF, 16 KB)||Mar 20|