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Coalition for Planning Reform

The Community Alliance, of which KRA is a member, has recently joined forces with the Conservation Council of South Australia and the National Trust to create the Coalition for Planning Reform (CPR). CPR represents 120 active community groups. CPR is calling for a moratorium on all major planning decisions by the State Government with a view to creating a new, more democratic, planning system. (Links to the CPR’s Communique and News Releases of September and November 2013 can be found at the end of this article).

The CPR is concerned that the Urban Renewal Amendment Bill is currently before Parliament without public consultation. (A link to the Community Alliance’s submission opposing the URA Bill can be found at the end of this article).

At the same time, major “rezonings” are happening under the 30 Year Plan despite inadequate community consultation.

Members of the CPR have lost faith in the planning system, and believe it needs fundamental reform. The current system seems geared towards fast-track ad hoc development that mostly fails to take into account climate change and sustainability principles.

The Coalition wants a new planning system that:

  • Adequately addresses term critical issues including sustainability, climate change, transport, infrastructure, food and water security, environmental aspects, biodiversity, social aspects, sustainable design, employment, heritage, health and economic viability;
  • Has genuine and meaningful community engagement;
  • Has transparent, accountable decision-making with an independent and open review process, resulting in outcome-based and enforceable commitments;
  • Reforms environmental assessment of development that currently falls outside of the normal processes; and
  • Reviews the 30 Year Plan or delivers a new planning strategy to replace it.

CPR Communique
CPR September News Release
CPR November News Release
CA Submission on Urban Renewal Bill