4 October 2011 – The first stage of reforms aimed at streamlining South Australia’s planning policies including simplifying the zoning system has been completed.

The Minister for Urban Development, Planning and the City of Adelaide, John Rau said the  reforms to the SA planning policy library would make it easier for councils to align their planning policies with the SA planning strategy including the 30-year plan for Greater Adelaide.

Mr Rau said the stage one reforms would reduce the number of zones from 650 to around 48, with further reductions in the number of zones to occur in stages two and three. Five new zone modules and associated policies have also been developed.

The new zones are designed to increase opportunities for residential and business growth in transit corridors, around public transport stops and in other strategic in-fill areas.

“Focusing growth within existing urban areas will reduce urban sprawl and protect productive agricultural and environmentally significant land, reduce car dependency and create liveable and accessible communities,” the minister said.