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Development plan policy

Development Plan & Amendments

You can read our Charles Sturt Development Plan.

A Development Plan Amendment (DPA) may be prepared by the Minister or Council. As part of this process draft policies are available for public comment for at least 2 months. Council must consider all submissions made and report to the Minister on these submissions and its responses. The final draft must be approved by the Planning Minister before it can come into legal effect as part of the authorised Development Plan.

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Development Act, 1993

Development Regulations, 2008

In April 2016, Parliament passed the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDI Act) to implement a new planning system which will replace the current system under the Development Act 1993.

This new legislation introduces the biggest changes to the South Australian Planning System in 25 years and will affect how development applications are lodged and assessed.

New land use planning documents will be introduced to replace the Development Plan and South Australian Planning Strategy.

Changes include:

  • establishing an independent State Planning Commission
  • establishing a new Community Engagement Charter
  • delivering new planning tools for professionals and the public
  • developing new assessment pathways and a planning professional accreditation system
  • delivering an online planning portal as a one-stop-shop for planning information and lodging development applications

The new PDI Act will be implemented in stages during the next 3 to 5 years.

The City of Charles Sturt is continuing to undertake strategic planning and assess development applications under the current planning system, while preparing for the transition to the new legislation.

For more information on the implementation of the new planning system visit the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure's SA Planning Portal at

The 5 year Strategic Directions Report (SDR) began implementation in 2014.

You can read the Strategic Directions Report 2014.

Council are well underway in the implementation of the 5 year policy program. A number of the studies and investigations have been completed or are significantly progressed. Statements of Intent to seek agreement from the Minister to begin a number of DPAs have been submitted.

For more details contact Kym Wundersitz, Principal Economic and Strategic Planner on 8408 1179.

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