The State Planning Commission guides the State Government, local government, and community and business organisations, in their policy and decision making with respect to planning, development and infrastructure provisions in South Australia.
Established on 1 April 2017, the Commission’s primary role is to advise, and make recommendations to, the Minister for Planning on the administration of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 and other relevant legislation.
The Commission’s key responsibilities are to:
- deliver and manage instruments of the new planning system;
- lead the development of planning policies that are informed by genuine engagement with our community;
- ensure future development is coordinated with the provision of public transport, roads, services and open space; and guide councils and professionals in the delivery of new planning services.
Roles and Responsibilities
The State Planning Commission will have a core role to play in guiding the implementation of the state’s planning system over the next three years, in line with the Minister for Planning’s roadmap. In particular, they will be charged with:
- establishing and maintaining a number of new instruments outlined in the PDI Act including a Community Engagement Charter, the Planning and Design Code, and Design Standards for the public realm and for infrastructure
- protecting areas of rural, landscape, environmental or food production significance surrounding metropolitan Adelaide
- preparing a Regional Plan for each planning region with the relevant council(s)
- assessing development projects in some classes of applications
- providing advice about funding programs available for planning or development within the state
- undertaking and publishing relevant research and providing reports as requested by the Minister or determined by the Commission
- advising the Minister on the application of the Building Code, Planning Rules and Building Rules; and
- delivering an annual report to the Minister.
Principles of Good Planning
Much of the work undertaken by the Commission will be guided by the ‘principles of good planning’ outlined in the PDI Act. Under these principles, the Commission’s work will:
- have a long-term focus
- be innovative and able to respond to emerging challenges and opportunities
- encourage the renewal of existing suburbs to reduce our urban footprint
- support high quality design which is accessible to people with differing needs and capabilities
- promote the use of walking and cycling trails
- support the liveability of suburbs through increased vegetation and more open space
- facilitate investment in the development industry
- promote the development of public transport of all types near suburbs, shopping and service areas and workplaces. promotes cooperation and integration between and among State Government agencies and local government.
To achieve this, the Commission will help the Minister and DPTI to create a planning system that:
- is easily understood and consistent
- enables people to digitally access planning information and undertake processes and transactions
- promotes certainty for those proposing to undertake development
- provides scope for innovation
- promotes safe and efficient construction practices
- provides financial schemes that support development and that can be used to capitalise on investment opportunities; and
- promotes cooperation and integration between and among State Government agencies and local government.