The State Planning Commission has been established as the state’s independent, principal planning body that provides advice and makes recommendations on the administration of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016.
The State Planning Commission guides decision-making of state government, local government and community and business organisations with respect to planning, development and infrastructure provisions in South Australia.
The Commission was established on 1 April 2017 with the commencement of new planning Act.
The Commission comprises six members with widespread expertise in urban design, construction, economics and public policy and an ex officio representative from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI).
Members are appointed by the Governor, on the recommendation of the Minister for Planning. The Commission also includes one ex officio member from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure to assist the Commission in its administration of the new Act.
On 7 March 2017, former Supreme Court Justice Mr Tim Anderson QC was appointed as Chairperson of the Commission. Following this, on 30 May 2017, Mr Michael Lennon, Mr Matt Davis, Ms Janet Finlay, Ms Fairlie Delbridge, and Mr Allan Holmes were appointed as the inaugural members of the Commission. Ms Sally Smith, The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure General Manager, Planning and Development has been appointed as the ex officio member.
The Commission’s charter is to act in the best interests of all South Australians, promoting the principles outlined in the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 to encourage state-wide economic growth and support liveability.
The Commission report directly to the Minister for Planning and is responsible for:
The Commission will operate with the support of the Department for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, which will provide professional and technical expertise, administrative services and corporate resources, to assist in the performance of its functions.
The Commission will have a core role to play in guiding the implementation of the state’s planning system over the next three years. In particular, they will lead the following specific aspects of the new planning system:
The Minister has adopted a code of conduct (PDF, 173 KB) to be observed by members of the State Planning Commission. The code of conduct sets out standards of conduct and professionalism that are to be observed by all members of the State Planning Commission.
Regulation 9 of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure (General) Regulations 2017 prescribes the process to be followed if a person believes that a member of the Commission has acted in contravention of the code of conduct.
Much of the work undertaken by the Commission will be guided by the ‘principles of good planning’ outlined in the new legislation. Under these principles, the Commission’s work will:
To achieve this, the Commission will help the Minister and DPTI to create a planning system that: