Planning Reforms

The State Government's new Planning and Design Code

The Planning and Design Code will replace every Council’s Development Plan on 1 July 2020.  The new Code will bring significant change to the way new development proposals are handled and the type/scale of development that is allowed in certain areas.

The Planning and Design Code is a State Government initiative and more information on this can be found at:

NOTE: The process of change to the planning system is under the control of the Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure (DPTI) and the State Planning Commission.

The planning system is currently undergoing significant change, initiated by the State Government. These changes will impact Council and our community in a number of ways, including:-

  • the introduction of a single development plan for the whole State which will replace existing individual Council development plans.  It will be called the Planning and Design Code.
  • a more standardised approach – the Planning and Design Code will substantially reduce the total number of planning zones across the State;
  • 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.
Key Dates

Implementation of the Planning and Design Code to replace the current Naracoorte Lucindale Development Plan:
1 July 2020