The SA Chapter has been engaged with the planning reform process since 2012, participating in the Expert Panel on Planning Reform and maintaining engagement throughout the development of the new PDI Act and associated instruments (legislative speak for all the documents that support implementation of the Act).
Our sincere thanks to Mario Dreosti, who has maintained his engagement throughout this process, and to all those who have contributed through involvement in the Planning Committee. Key achievements resulting from the involvement of the SA Chapter are:
- Inclusion of design quality as an objective in the planning Act and State Planning Policies
- Recognition of architectural registration in the Accredited Professionals Scheme
- Development of the Local Design Review Scheme
- Extension of the development and consultation process prior to implementation of Phase 3 of the Planning and Design Code.
These are significant and provide opportunities for architects to engage in and contribute to improving the urban realm through participation as design experts in the assessment process as well as through traditional practice. The more architects that engage in this way the stronger the outcomes will be. If you want to know more about how you can be involved, please contact the SA Chapter.
On 19 March implementation of the final phase of the new SA Planning and Design Code will occur. This means that architects have seven weeks to get up to speed with the e-planning portal and State Mapping system, which will be the primary source of planning information moving forward.
Like all new systems, the e-planning system will take a little time to get used to. Architects seeking to know more about the new system are encouraged to engage in the training being provided by SA Planning. Further information is provided on the Plan SA website www.plan.s a.gov.au or directly book here
Nicolette Di Lernia
SA Chapter Executive Director
Image: Spinifex House | Khab Architects | Photographer: Peter Barnes Photographer