Each region in South Australia has a plan to guide development and fulfil the vision of the State Planning Policies.
Regional plans set the direction for future planning and development of South Australia.
About this instrument
A new Regional Planning framework enables local government areas to prepare regional plans that provide direction for the region’s future planning.
Regional Plans will be guided by priorities for the whole state so that we can respond to big opportunities and challenges together. They will also guide the development and updates for the new Planning and Design Code, a planning and design rule book for the whole state.
The PDI Act provides for South Australia to be divided into Planning Regions by Proclamation of the Governor, on the recommendation of the Minister for Planning. This includes the definition of one of the Planning Regions as Greater Adelaide.
The main purpose of a Planning Region is to define the area for Regional Plans over which collaborative arrangements may be established for planning and other relevant service delivery or program areas.
On 19 March 2020 the Governor issued a Proclamation (PDF, 16 KB) constituting the following Planning Regions for South Australia.
- Greater Adelaide
- Eyre and Western
- Far North
- Kangaroo Island
- Limestone Coast
- Murray Mallee
- Yorke Peninsula and Mid North
The Proclamation also provides a period of three years before a new Regional Plan for each of the Planning Regions is to be prepared and adopted. In the meantime transitional provisions in the PDI Act allow the existing South Australian Planning Strategies to apply until such time as the new Regional Plans are prepared.
In formulating his recommendation the Minister for Planning has:
- sought to reflect communities of interest at a regional level
- taken into account council boundaries and other relevant administrative boundaries; relevant economic, social and cultural factors; and relevant environmental factors (including water catchment areas and biogeographical regions)
- given attention to the need to achieve effective planning consistent with the objects of the PDI Act, and the delivery of infrastructure, government services and other relevant services, at a regional level.
The Minister has also consulted with the State Planning Commission, councils across the State and the Local Government Association.
- Proclamation made by the Governor 19 March 2020 (PDF, 16 KB) (PDF, 16 KB)
- Map: Greater Adelaide Planning Regions (GRO Map G16/2015) (PDF, 3871 KB)
- Map: Eyre and Western Planning Region (PLN ID: 5845 dated February 2020) (PDF, 1193 KB)
- Map: Far North Planning Region (PLN ID: 5846 dated February 2020) (PDF, 1768 KB)
- Map: Kangaroo Island Planning Region (PLN ID: 5847 dated February 2020) (PDF, 1259 KB)
- Map: Limestone Coast Planning Region (PLN ID: 5848 dated February 2020) (PDF, 1246 KB)
- Map: Murray Mallee Planning Region (PLN ID: 5849 dated February 2020) (PDF, 3640 KB)
- Map: Yorke Peninsula and Mid North Planning Region (PLN ID: 5850 dated February 2020) (PDF, 3424 KB)
The new legislation requires a Regional Plan to be prepared for each region. These are prepared by a Joint Planning Board in partnership with the councils included on the Board. Where there is no Board, the Commission will prepare the Regional Plan.
A Regional Plan must be consistent with relevant State Planning Policies and include:
- a long-term vision (over a 15 to 30 year period) for the region or area, including provisions about the integration of land use, transport infrastructure and the public realm
- maps and plans that relate to the long-term vision
- contextual information about the region or area, including forward projections and statistical data and analysis as determined by the Commission or required by a Practice Direction
- recommendations about the application and operation of the Planning and Design Code
- a framework for the public realm or infrastructure within the region or area.
Regional Plans may be divided into parts relating to sub-regions and may include structure plans, master plans, concept plans or other similar documents. Regional Plans will be used to help guide consideration of any proposed changes for the Planning and Design Code, a single rulebook for the whole state.
Following on from the Governor’s proclamation the State Planning Commission has “identified” that the following South Australian Planning Strategies, prepared under the Development Act 1993, will apply until such time as the new Regional Plans are prepared and adopted.
- The 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide 2017 Update
- The Eyre and Western Region Plan (April 2012) (PDF, 3443 KB)
- Far North Region Plan (July 2010) (PDF, 3415 KB)
- Kangaroo Island Plan (January 2011) (PDF, 2776 KB) and Addendum (January 2014) (PDF, 869 KB)
- Limestone Coast Region Plan (August 2011) (PDF, 5836 KB)
- Mid North Region Plan (May 2011) (PDF, 5976 KB)
- Murray and Mallee Region Plan (January 2011) (PDF, 3699 KB) and Addendum (December 2013) (PDF, 3425 KB)
- Yorke Peninsula Regional Land Use Framework (December 2007) (PDF, 1159 KB)
- Port Augusta Structure Plan (July 2010) (PDF, 4862 KB)
- Greater Mount Gambier Master Plan (February 2008) (PDF, 890 KB)
- Andamooka Structure Plan (July 2013) (PDF, 2962 KB).
In 2017 the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure initiated a pilot project to explore how Planning Agreements and JPBs will work, and to prepare guidelines to assist councils that are seeking to form a JPB. Councils were invited to participate in the pilot and 40 councils in eight groups initially participated. This reduced to 29 councils in 6 groups at the start of 2018 when the project moved into stage two - preparation of a business case.
The 6 groups are Eyre Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula, Limestone Coast, Riverland, Barossa and neighbours and the Spencer Gulf cities (the Murraylands and Eastern Region Alliance have maintained watching briefs). The LGA and Office of Local Government have also been involved.
The pilot has concluded and the following guidelines and templates to assist councils to initiate and establish a Planning Agreement and JPB are now available. The Department has also prepared the guidelines and a template to assist JPBs to prepare a Regional Plan.
As an additional outcome of the pilot, the Department is now preparing a number of regulatory amendments to support the Planning Agreement template. A Code of Conduct for JPBs is being finalised along with two Practice Directions to be issued by the Commission - to specify procedural requirements for JPBs preparing a Regional Plan and to specify the appropriate level of information required when Councils submit a proposal to the Minister to enter into a Planning Agreement.
- Code of Conduct for Joint Planning Board Members (PDF, 383 KB) - sets out standards of conduct and professionalism that are to be observed by members of a JPB
- Planning Agreement and Joint Planning Board Guidelines (PDF, 7306 KB) - a local government ‘tool-kit’ based on the learnings and challenges faced during the pilot
- Joint Planning Board Business Case Template (DOCX, 2164 KB) - developed to lead potential Council JPB groups through a process to understand what they seek to achieve and to set up the right governance framework
- Planning Agreement Template (DOCX, 1253 KB) - which can be tailored to suit regional circumstances
- Regional Plan Guidelines (PDF, 5300 KB) - to assist JPBs to prepare a Regional Plan
- Regional Plan Template (DOCX, 1653 KB) - to allow regional policies and actions to be specified and to ensureconsistency between Regional Plans prepared by various JPBs
- Spider Web Diagram Example (PDF, 1156 KB) - for assistance in formulating a Regional Plan
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- Map: Eyre and Western Planning Region (PLN ID: 5845) (PDF, 1193 KB)
- Map: Far North Planning Region (PLN ID: 5846) (PDF, 1768 KB)
- Map: Kangaroo Island Planning Region (PLN ID: 5847) (PDF, 1259 KB)
- Map: Limestone Coast Planning Region (PLN ID: 5848) (PDF, 1246 KB)
- Map: Murray Mallee Planning Region (PLN ID: 5849) (PDF, 3640 KB)
- Map: Yorke Peninsula and Mid North Planning Region (PLN ID: 5850) (PDF, 3424 KB)
- Map: Greater Adelaide Planning Regions (GRO Map G16/2015) (PDF, 3871 KB)