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What is the Planning Commission

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.

Code of Conduct

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.