South Australia’s Expert Panel on Planning Reform has released its
second report based on 12 months of research and consultation with stakeholders
across South Australia.
The report, Our Ideas for Reform outlines 27 proposals designed to
create a planning system characterised by transparency, consistency,
consultation and a strong connection to regional areas. The expert panel was formally
advised throughout the process by representatives of 22 stakeholder groups from
across the State.
Panel Chair Brian Hayes QC who delivered the report to Minister for
Planning, the Hon. John Rau MP, said that there was a clear and consistent call
from across all stakeholders for carrying out reforms to South Australia’s
Core reforms proposed by the Expert Panel include: Providing
‘arms-length’ decision-making and transparent advice through an independent
State planning commission; Placing regional futures in regional hands through
the creation of regional planning boards; Creating a citizen engagement charter
setting new benchmarks for community participation in the planning process; Embedding
design thinking; Ensuring all assessment is undertaken by independent
professionals, from local, minor developments to major projects on a state-wide
level; and, Streamlining planning processes, removing duplication and red tape
and making planning documents more manageable.
Mr Hayes explains that South Australians want a simpler system that all
users can easily access and use, which is not possible now in a system that
relies on around 1200 land use zones expressed in more than 20,000 pages of
planning rules and maps.
Mr Hayes said the panel had acted on the concerns raised consistently about
the role of elected representatives in the planning system by clarifying that
elected representatives set the key directions for the future of their
communities, while leaving the day-to-day business of implementation and
assessment to independent professionals.
Mr Hayes said the proposed reforms would build on the foundation of the
existing planning system to meet the needs of people today and for many years
Calling for people to provide feedback on the proposed reforms before
the expert panel makes its final recommendations to the State Government at the
end of the year, Mr Hayes said the panel is very keen to hear from as many
people as possible to make sure they are on the right path, and build on or
improve their ideas if required, based on the feedback.
Through August and September, the panel will be working closely with
local councils, community groups, industry and professional organisations to
examine how each idea would work in the South Australian context.
Based on this feedback, recommendations for the future of planning in
South Australia will be presented to the Minister for Planning by December
The Ideas for Reform report can be accessed at www.thinkdesigndeliver.com.au;
an online form is also provided for feedback and suggestions.