Changes to planning laws in South Australia will potentially unlock additional developments sites across the state.  The new Code replaces the 72 Development Plans that have operated across South Australia with the intention of a faster, simpler and fairer planning process.

Phase Three of the Code which impacts urban councils and those within regional towns and cities came into effect on 19th March, 2021 meaning the full Code has now rolled out across the entire State.

The changes to metro Adelaide’s Planning laws on balance appear to have resulted in a net increase of 68,000 blocks that are now subdividable according to the latest report from Point Data.* The increase in sites with development potential tend to result in those Local Government Areas that are lower density while the higher density LGA’s like Unley, Campbelltown, Mitcham and Walkerville may actually see reduced capacity for subdivisions.

This is great news for first home buyers who are finding it increasingly difficult to find properties in the currently hot South Australian property market. Hopefully the new Code will mean that developers source these new opportunities and create increased stock to satisfy the demand for housing; particularly at entry level.

The process of creating land divisions and community divisions can be very complex. At Eckermanns, our specialist Land Division Team provides services to the smallest of developers with simple one into two allotments through to more complex divisions into many allotments. We can assist with Torrens Titled or Community Titles Divisions depending on what is required for the particular property. We recommend that you engage a reliable surveyor to assist with conducting the necessary surveys to allow you to create a proposed plan of your intended division. If you want to do some preliminary due diligence, take a look at the PlanSA website, enter the current property address and you can source the Assessment Pathway and Policies that relate to your property of interest.

*Lay of the Land Report Winter 2021 Edition