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The planning system in South Australia is underpinned by the Planning Strategy, which specifies state government policy for private and public development.
The Planning Strategy is a guiding framework for policy in area-specific council development plans. It contains policies and strategies addressing environmental, social and economic issues. The Planning Strategy currently comprises several volumes including the 30-year Plan for Greater Adelaide.
Although the strategy provides guidance for council development plans, it is not taken into account for the purposes of assessing development applications. However, it can be considered for assessing a declared major development or project.
The EPA assists in developing appropriate environmental policy or strategies for inclusion in the Planning Strategy. It must be updated at least every 5 years and the EPA also contributes to this process.
30-year Plan for Greater Adelaide
The 30-year Plan is a volume of the Planning Strategy and sets forth a direction for the growth and development of the greater Adelaide region as well as protecting its environment, heritage, and character.
The plan consists of objectives and principles that are to be achieved through its policies and targets which address environmental issues such as noise and air emissions, management of stormwater, site contamination and development near landfills.
The EPA contributed to the plan by advising on the objectives, principles, policies and targets.
Arising from the 30-year Plan are Structure Plans that will guide planning along transport corridors and in growth areas.
A structure plan is a planning tool that is used to implement the policies and targets of the 30-year Plan. It describes the broad development outcomes that the state government wants to achieve in a growth area and guides planning in transit corridors and new growth areas by setting out the broad objectives, priorities, landuse activities and key infrastructure in each area.
Development plans and subsequent zoning and development assessment decisions will need to be consistent with the objectives and principles of the 30-year Plan and, in particular, its policies.
The EPA works with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) to support implementation of the 30-year Plan’s policies and targets through structure plans and Development Plan Amendments.
Last modified: 26/03/2012 04:33 pm