February CPD Seminar: Planning Reform in South Australia, 25 February

What changes to the existing land use planning system will be made by the new Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act?

A Planning, Development and Infrastructure Bill is presently before the Upper House of the State Parliament following its passage through the Lower House in the last quarter of 2015. It is likely to be passed by Parliament in the first session of parliament in 2016. The Bill followed the report delivered in December 2014 by the Expert Panel on Planning Reform. There will be some significant changes to the land use planning and development control system in South Australia as a result of this new Act. In particular, changes will occur to the nature of the decision making authority, the role of local government, the extent and scope of community input to the planning process, the substance and form of planning policy documents, appeal rights, and the designation and processing of major projects and large infrastructure developments. Will this be an improvement on the system established under the Development Act 1993? Was such a comprehensive upheaval of the existing system required? Is a major change being made for the sake of change when some changes to the existing statutory scheme might have met the perceived deficiencies in the current system? What do lawyers and other professionals who might have some peripheral engagement with the planning system need to note about the proposed changes?

This session will be presented by Paul Leadbeter with a commentary provided by Jamie Botten.

Planning Reform in South Australia

Date: Thursday, 25 February 2016
Time: 5:30pm
Venue: Adelaide Law School, Level 5, Ligertwood Building, The University of Adelaide
Cost: $50 plus GST
Bookings: Book online now
Drinks and nibbles will be provided.


Paul Leadbeter

Teaches Planning Law, Environmental Law and Administrative Law within the Adelaide Law School. Prior to joining the Law School in 2010, Paul was a partner in Adelaide firm, Norman Waterhouse in their Planning and Environment team. He has over 30 years experience in the areas of land use planning, local government and environmental law and has written extensively over the years on those areas. He served a 2 year term as the Presiding member of the Development Assessment Panel for the City of Burnside and continues to be a member of the Local Heritage Advisory Committee, appointed to advise the Minister on Council proposals for Local Heritage Place listings within Development Plans. Paul continues to maintain a practical focus on planning and environmental law through his work with the boutique planning and environmental law practice, Hilditch Lawyers.


Jamie Botten

Jamie is the founding partner of Adelaide, boutique Environmental and Planning law practice, Botten Levinson. Highly regarded by other professionals in his field, Jamie is one of South Australia’s most experienced planning lawyers and has been providing legal and strategic advice in the areas of land use planning law and environmental law for over 35 years. His clients have ranged from major to small scale developers, state government agencies and authorities, local councils, residents and NGOs. He has had many years experience as an advocate in planning appeals before the previous Planning Appeal Tribunal, the current Environment Resources and Development Court and the South Australian Supreme court.

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