South Australia

First stage of SA planning reforms complete

THE first stage of reforms that aim to streamline South Australia's planning policies have been completed, Minister for Urban Development, Planning and the City of Adelaide, John Rau, announced last Thursday.

The reforms to the South Australian Planning Policy Library are intended to simplify the zoning system, making it easier for councils to align their planning policies with the South Australian Planning Strategy including The 30-year Plan for Greater Adelaide.

Mr Rau said the stage one reforms would reduce the number of zones from 650 to around 48, with further reductions in the number of zones to occur in stages two and three. Five new zone modules and associated policies have also been developed.

"These reforms will not only make planning policy more comprehensible and effective, they will also guide the implementation of key parts of The 30-year Plan for Greater Adelaide," Mr Rau said.

For example, Mr Rau said the new zones are designed to increase opportunities for residential and business growth in transit corridors, around public transport stops and in other strategic in-fill areas.

"Focusing growth within existing urban areas will reduce urban sprawl and protect productive agricultural and environmentally significant land, reduce car dependency and create liveable and accessible communities," the Minister said.

The new zone modules are:

  • Urban Core Zone: Allows a combination of major land-use types such as residential, office, commercial and civic;
  • Urban Corridor Zone: Supports a mix of higher density development on land that joins key transit corridors;
  • Urban Employment Zone: A single employment zone that accommodates a range of business uses and activities that generate employment for the State;
  • Suburban Activity Node Zone: Encourages a range of medium and high density dwellings supported by a mix of transit stops, activity centres or high quality open spaces; and
  • Suburban Neighbourhood Zone: Supports new forms of residential and related development in new growth areas and in-fill development at moderate densities.

The second stage of the reform process has now begun, which involves a review of all urban development zones to ensure they align with the South Australian Planning Strategy, including The 30-year Plan for Greater Adelaide and region plans.

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