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Updated timeline for new planning system rollout

18 August 2020

The State Government has today announced revised timing for the implementation of the new planning and development system - across large regional towns and metropolitan areas. 

Minister for Planning and Local Government, Vickie Chapman said the government was keen to ensure that implementation of this final and significant phase is done in a manner that presents users and beneficiaries of the system, with more time to understand the Planning and Design Code (The Code) and familiarise themselves with our new ePlanning system.

"Over recent months, we have been listening closely to councils, industry and the wider community, who have all urged us to move the final phase of implementation to next year.

"Over 90 per cent of development applications are lodged in the metropolitan area, so we need to take the necessary time and continue to collaborate with stakeholders and work with councils who are integral to the program's success," Ms Chapman said. 

"At this stage of the process, it would be irresponsible for us to proceed and ignore the insight and feedback that we have received from councils and the broader community.

"An original launch date for this final phase was anticipated to occur in September 2020, however this was always dependent on a number of factors including the scale and complexity of submissions received during our consultation stage. 

"The final phase of PlanSA will not be introduced prior to Christmas 2020. I intend to announce a more definite date once I am fully briefed on the whole program." 

The State Planning Commission supports the extension of time. 

"The revised timeline will allow for more time for business readiness and familiarisation of the new planning and development system," Mr Lennon said. 

Since 31 July 2020, the new planning system - PlanSA - has applied across South Australia's outback and rural areas, replacing hard copy council development plans and the manual processing of development applications. To date 160 development applications have been successfully electronically submitted into the system. 

The new planning system, an Australian first, will help shape the communities we want to live and work in, both now and into the future.