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State Planning Commission - Planning and Design Code Community Information Sessions

The State Planning Commission has released the first iteration of the Planning and Design Code (the Code), which covers Land Not Within a Council area (LNWCA); and is available for public comment until 5.00pm, Friday 29 March 2019

The Code will eventually replace all Development Plans across South Australia and forms part of the State Government’s Planning Reform Program, which has seen the adoption of new legislation – The Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016.

The introduction of the LNWCA Code will not see fundamental changes to what development can or cannot be done; as the intention was to bring across policy that already applied; but improve it by:

  • consolidating similar planning policies
  • improving or strengthening policy as it relates to community safety 
  • removing policy that isn’t working/adding value to the area.

The new ePlanning system will help everyday South Australians access the information in the Code through a simple property search (see Community Guide). We appreciate that without it, the document is dense; so we look forward to explaining the key elements at our upcoming meeting.

Key points about the LNWCA Code:

  • includes 7 zones, 19 overlays, 20 general modules relating to LNWCA only
  • zones identify what development can happen and how they will be assessed
  • the role of the Progress Associations and the Outback Communities Authority does not change.

More information 

To help the community, a Guide has been developed that describes the zones and overlays that will be applied and what they are replacing or combining. A Practitioner Guide is also available which provides more detailed information.

DPTI will be visiting several locations during March to talk about the Code and the new planning system. This will be a good opportunity to talk to the department about planning matters or issues you and your local town may be facing. Session details:

  • Coober Pedy, Monday 4 March at 5.30 pm – 7.00 pm (Coober Pedy Council Chambers, Hutchinson Street)
  • Andamooka, Tuesday 5 March at 5.30 pm – 7.00 pm (Andamooka Hall, 281 School Road, Andamooka)
  • Marree, Wednesday 6 March at 5.30 pm – 7.00 pm (Marree Telecentre, Marree Railway Station)
  • Yunta, Thursday 7 March at 5.30 pm – 7.00 pm (Yunta Telecentre, Post Office, Barrier Highway)

The Department welcomes questions throughout the consultation period to help the community better understand the Code and can be directed to

Please visit the SA Planning Portal to access the Code, supporting documents, map links and submission details.

To ensure our meeting together is useful for you and your local community, please send through details (simple list form) of key planning matters that are of particular interest in your local area.