July 31 start confirmed for phase two of SA’s planning reforms

South Australia’s Planning and Design Code will begin in the state’s rural areas on 31 July, the SA Planning Commission confirmed this week.

The code is already operating in outback areas (phase one of the reforms), and the commission says that when phase two begins, the code will be accessible via a modern ePlanning platform – an Australian first.

The ePlanning platform includes the online Planning and Design Code, and a development application processing system.

This will enable development applications for the state’s outback and rural areas to be submitted and tracked from people’s homes, offices or whilst on the go using a mobile, tablet or laptop computer.

The SA public will be able to access the code from late June (before it begins in rural areas at the end of July).

The third and final phase of the state’s planning reform is due to be implemented later this year, with the commission still considering submissions from stakeholders.