State Planning reform

Public Consultation - Draft Planning and Design Code

The State Planning Commission (the Commission) has now released the draft Planning and Design Code (Code) for public consultation which commenced Tuesday 1 October 2019.


The State Planning Commission (SPC) and the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) have prepared a single set of planning ‘rules’ for assessing development applications across the state, known as the Planning and Design Code (the Code). The Code will replace the councils Onkaparinga Development Plan.

The Code is being implemented in three stages, on July 2019 the Code in the outback (Land Not Within a Council Area) commenced and then progressing to the Code in regional areas (Regional Councils April 2020), before moving to the Code in metropolitan areas (Greater Adelaide Councils mid-2020 which will affect the City of Onkaparinga).

Current Consultation of the Draft Planning and Design Code (Code)

Consultation by the Commission for both Phase Two (Rural) and Phase Three (Urban) council areas has commenced together in order to provide councils and community with a view of the whole Code:

Phase 3 (Urban) is the iteration of the Code relevant to the City of Onkaparinga and will be on consultation from 1 October 2019 to 28 February 2020.

We have been advised by the Commission that community, business and council engagement activities will occur throughout the consultation period, commencing with rural areas in October and moving onto metropolitan and greater Adelaide areas in November. 

A Commission engagement plan is now available on the SA Planning Portal. A number of supporting materials have been produced by the Commission to help navigate and review the draft Code, including:

  • Code packages specific to each council area
  • Common Development Assessment example scenarios
  • A detailed guide on the code for practitioners
  • Community materials including a plain English guide, fact sheets and FAQs
  • An electronic submission form.

 A copy of the Code, supporting information, an event calendar and an online submission form are available from the SA Planning Portal:

While you are encouraged to make an individual submission on the draft Code, Council will also be undertaking a detailed review and analysis of the Code followed by formal reporting and response on the Code.....