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.
Recent proposals can be found at Major development proposals.
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 Development Assessment Commission (DAC).
DAC will determine what level of assessment is required and issue formal guidelines.
There are three possible levels of assessment:
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.
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.
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.
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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