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Council’s submission on the Planning and Design Code


The consultation period on the State Planning Commission’s revised draft Phase 3 Planning & Design Code closed on 18 December 2020.

The Planning & Design Code (the Code) will replace each council’s Development Plan and introduce new planning rules affecting all properties in South Australia. The Code is already in operation in regional and rural areas and is expected to be implemented in metropolitan Adelaide during the first quarter of 2021.

The draft Code was previously on consultation between October 2019 and February 2020, which attracted 2,000 submissions. In response, significant changes were made to the Code and the State Planning Commission released the revised Code for a further round of consultation from 4 November 2020 to 18 December 2020.

Despite some improvements which have been made to the Code, various concerns have not yet been resolved including, but not limited to:

  • loss of local policy content which provides detailed guidance for new development
  • the introduction of mostly mixed use zones
  • no policy guidance for inappropriate or 'not-envisaged’ land uses
  • lack of detail and unnecessary complexity in the historic and character area policy frameworks
  • 'bonus height’ policies
  • poor transition of the current centres hierarchy into the Code.

Download: Council’s submission on the Planning and Design Code

To read the Minutes from the Council Meeting held on 7 December 2020 at which the Code was considered, visit: Council Agenda and Minutes

For more information on the Code, visit PlanSA: Code and Plan Amendments

Next steps

The State Planning Commission will make recommendations to the Minister for Planning and Local Government, the Honorable Vickie Chapman MP, to implement the State’s new planning system in the first quarter of 2021.