State Government Planning Reform

The planning system is currently undergoing significant change, initiated by the State Government. The Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure is working on mechanisms to implement the new planning system - Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 to replace the existing Development Act 1993.

The changes will impact Council and our community in a number of ways, including:-

  • the introduction of a single planning rulebook, called the Planning and Design Code, for the whole state which will replace existing individual Council Development Plans;
  • a more standardised approach – the Planning and Design Code will substantially reduce the total number of planning zones across the state;
  • less opportunity to comment on planning applications that might impact you – the community is being encouraged to participate at the policy setting stage;
  • Council will no longer be a decision-maker in developing and applying planning policy, but rather will be an influencer of State Government;
  • the SA Planning portal will be a “one-stop-shop” for information, online services (including lodging applications) and community participation in the planning system – this will be managed by the State Government; and
  • new development assessment pathways will be introduced, with the aim of streamlining the assessment process.

Council is working hard to understand and address the implications of the reform for the City of Mitcham. This will be done in partnership with the State Government, and through a consultative process with the community.

Various parts of the new planning system are being initiated progressively and will continue to be rolled out until it is fully implemented in July 2020.  More information on the new planning system can be found at the SA Planning Portal.


Reports to Council on the Planning Reforms can be downloaded below:

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