Planning & Development

Planning is the process of researching, analysing, anticipating and influencing orderly and proper change, growth and development activity in the District Council of Grant area.  Planning guides and manages the way urban and rural communities are developed, ensuring that they are good places in which to live, work and play.  Planning involves making decisions about land use proposals and other types of developments, balancing the needs of the community with social, economic, physical and environmental issues.

The Planning & Design Code guides and controls all development activity in South Australia and the Council area.  The Planning & Design Code commenced 31 July 2020 and supersedes Council’s Development Plan.

Development Approval is a legal requirement which is there to protect individuals, neighbours, the community, and the environment. Development Approval is required to ensure that development activity is consistent and in accordance with planning policy and building requirements.  Development Approval can be made up of one or more types of consent, being Development Plan Consent (planning consent), Building Rules Consent, and Land Division Consent.  Development Approval is not granted until all other required consents for a development are obtained.

Current relevant legislation includes the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 and Planning, Development and Infrastructure Regulations (General) 2017.