A new one-stop portal for the State’s planning system will enable people to track progress across multiple fronts as the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 takes effect.
The portal - www.saplanningportal.sa.gov.au – will give South Australians access to planning information and services 24 hours a day using their computer, phone or tablet.
It retains access to current planning tools and will grow and evolve with new interactive tools being added.
The site will reshape how practitioners and communities engage with the new planning system which is going through the biggest overhaul in more than 20 years. It will help attract competitive investment and facilitate world-class development as well as supporting and enhancing SA’s already great liveability.
Initiatives will be progressively delivered over a number of years. Once fully operational, this online platform will reduce costs for applicants, councils and ratepayers, delivering faster turnarounds and tracking of decisions.
The Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 was passed by Parliament in April and will be implemented gradually in transitional phases. The legislation will change the system of approvals, lay the foundation for a State Planning Commission and protect designated Environment and Food Production Areas.
The Act will transfer certain powers out of the hands of the minister to improve transparency and independence in decision-making.