26 September 2023

New plans for old streetscapes

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The State Planning Commission has proposed a new approach to preserving South Australia’s valuable character streetscapes, suggesting ideas in historic areas be elevated and Character Area statements updated.

Unveiled by the Chair of the State Planning Commission, Craig Holden, the moves would also update current heritage and character guidance material to assist councils undertaking character and heritage Code Amendments as well as the assessment of development in character and historic areas.

Mr Holden said it was important that the Expert Panel and Minister for Planning were supportive of the Commission’s proposal to better protect SA’s character areas and have agreed to implement the two aspects.

“The community’s views on further changes to Character and Historic Areas will be sought during the Expert Panel’s formal consultation period,” Mr Holden said.

“I am delighted that the Expert Panel and the Minister for Planning have agreed to implement the Commission’s recommendation to better preserve and protect our important character areas, and look forward to any further recommendation that come out of the Expert Panel’s review.”

Separately, the Expert Panel for the Planning System Implementation Review has issued a call to the public to share their experiences with the State’s planning system.

Commissioned by the Minister for Planning, Nick Champion, the independent panel of planning experts has been commissioned to conduct a review of reforms to implementing the State’s planning system.

According to the Expert Panel, improvements to the planning system cannot be made without public input and the Panel was ‘absolutely committed’ to engaging with as many South Australians as possible.

“After all, South Australia’s planning system affects all of us,” the Expert Panel said.

To take part in improving the South Australian planning system, readers can contact the Planning System Implementation Review at this PS News link.

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