Climate change initiatives

The State Planning Commission is committed to ensuring that the planning system is responsive to climate change.

The Commission has already implemented a range of important environment and climate related policies as part of the new planning system including:

  • State Planning Policy 5: Climate Change’ – the highest level of planning policy in the new system that addresses the key strategic priorities for South Australia.
  • New residential infill policies to encourage tree planting, soft landscaping and stormwater detention and reuse to be incorporated into residential development.
  • Water Sensitive Urban Design for commercial, master planned residential and infill development.
  • New Native Vegetation Overlays to ensure removal is considered upfront in a planning assessment.
  • A range of Overlays protecting key environmental assets, such as coastal areas, watercourses, and the River Murray, including referrals to relevant state agencies.
  • Environmental performance policies for large scale mixed-use and commercial development.
  • Improved hazard mapping through the creation of overlays for bushfire, coastal and terrestrial flooding, and acid sulfate soils.
  • Promotion of walkable communities by promoting a greater mix of land uses in suburban areas, and a continued focus on infill development in well serviced locations.
  • Updated renewable energy policy to reflect new forms of energy generation and storage and policy to address overshadowing of solar panels.

In addition, there are a range of climate change initiatives currently being progressed by the Commission and Department, including:

  • State-wide Bushfire Hazard Overlay Code Amendment – to build the resilience of community, development and hazards form the impact of bushfire.
  • The Flood Hazard Mapping and Assessment Project – to deliver more consistent and contemporary mapping of flood hazards and take into account climate change on future development scenarios.
  • The Commission’s Open Space and Trees Project – including a review of regulated and significant tree legislation.
  • The development of urban tree canopy and landscaping guidelines in collaboration with Green Adelaide to support the implementation of the Code’s urban greening policies.

Each of these projects will further improve climate related policies in the Planning and Design Code and continue to position South Australia as a leader in the development of planning policies in response to climate change.