THE South Australian Government last week announced that six experts in urban design, construction, economics and public policy will guide the redevelopment of the state's planning system over the next three years.
Former Supreme Court Justice Tim Anderson was appointed as Chairperson of the inaugural South Australian Planning Commission in March to play a key role in selecting the remaining members of the Commission.
The Commission is the state's principal assessment and advisory body responsible for implementation of most of the reforms under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016, and came into operation on 1 April 2017.
Reporting directly to the Minister for Planning, the Commission's primary roles include:
- Providing advice and recommendations on government planning policy;
- Analysing and assessing upcoming development projects;
- Coordinating planning with infrastructure and guidance; and
- Guiding local council and accredited professionals in the delivery of new planning services and community engagement.
The Commission will action several key components of the new system, including the creation of a new Community Engagement Charter, the establishment of governance arrangements and the commencement of work on the new State Planning Policies and Planning and Design Code.
"The Commission's charter is to act in the best interests of all South Australians, promoting the principles outlined in the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 to encourage state-wide economic growth and support liveability," Mr Anderson said.
"The Commission will play a vital role in South Australia's transition to a new planning system over the coming years, and I am excited to lead the Commission though this important period."
The new Commission members are:
Michael Lennon - has a 25-year international career in housing, planning and urban development. He has been Managing Director of Housing Choices Australia since 2014.
Matt Davis - a highly awarded architect and urban designer with experience in private practice, academia and government.
Janet Finlay - has 25 years' experience in advising major companies on commercial, tax and related accounting issues.
Fairlie Delbridge - a leader in the commercial property development sector and former General Manager of Strategy and Innovation with Renewal SA.
Allan Homes - possesses a wide range of strategic, organisational and analytical skills. He has a long background in government departments, with particular expertise in environmental matters including water and natural resources.