How major development applications are assessed
The Minister for Planning can declare a proposed development a major development if it is important for major economic, social or environmental reasons, and if the declaration is necessary for appropriate assessment. Major Developments can be critical to the growth of the economy of South Australia. View a map showing major developments.
Recent proposals can be found at Major development proposals.
The major development assessment process
Stage 1 - Referral to the State Commission Assessment Panel
Once a proposal has been declared a major development by the Minister and a formal development application has been received, it is referred to the State Commission Assessment Panel (SCAP).
SCAP will determine what level of assessment is required and issue formal guidelines.
There are three possible levels of assessment:
- an environmental impact statement
- a public environmental report
- a development report.
Stage 2 - Detailed assessment documents released
Once the necessary assessment document is completed by the proponent, the document is released for public or agency comment for three to six weeks. The document is made available at the relevant local council and in the listing of Major development proposals.
Stage 3 - Responding to public comment
After the public comment period, the proponent is required to respond to any public or agency comments. This completed response document is released for public information and is made available at the relevant local council and in the listing of Major development proposals.
Stage 4 - Assessing the proposal
The Minister considers the proposal and detail in an assessment report. The completed report is made available at the relevant local council and in the listing of Major development proposals.
Stage 5 - Decision
The Governor of South Australia makes a decision on the final proposal having regard to the assessment report and other documentation. This is notified in the Government Gazette and local media.
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