Minister-initiated amendments to development plans

A new planning system is now in effect across South Australia. This system is underpinned by the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 which replaces the Development Act 1993.

Under the new Act council development plans have now been replaced by the Planning and Design Code (the Code). This came into effect on 19 March 2021 for urban areas, 31 July 2020 for rural areas, and 1 July 2019 for outback areas. Visit the PlanSA portal to access the Code and supporting materials.

Development Plan Amendments lodged prior to these dates will continue under transitional regulations.

Under the previous system the Minister for Planning and Local Government was able to initiate a Development Plan Amendment under the following circumstances:

  • the land was not within a council area
  • a council had requested the Minister to initiate an amendment
  • the amendment affected two or more development plans
  • a council had taken too long to prepare an amendment
  • the Minister considered the amendment necessary due to significant social, environmental or economic issues
  • the amendment involved matters related to the State Heritage, River Murray, Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary or Natural Resource Management acts
  • the amendment was needed to reflect changes in the South Australian Planning Strategy or an approved major development or project.

Interim operation

In some cases a Minister-initiated amendment could be brought into immediate effect on a temporary, or interim, basis while the community was consulted. This measure was used when the Minister considered it necessary to ensure orderly and proper development in the area affected by the amendment.

Interim operation began at the start of public consultation and could be in place for up to twelve months. During this time, all the policies proposed by the amendment were in effect. However, changes to the amendment could be made as a result of the consultation.

On consultation

There are currently no amendments on consultation.

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