Information on specific Major Development applications can be found on the sa.gov.au website.
Stage of Assessment Process
|Release of guidelines by Development Assessment Commission with level of assessment determined|
29 September 2016
|Guidelines (PDF, 951 KB)|
Under Section 46 of the Development Act 1993, the Minister for Planning can declare a proposed development a 'Major Development' if he or she believes such a declaration is appropriate or necessary for proper assessment of the proposed development, and where the proposal is considered to be of major economic, social or environmental importance.
This triggers a thorough state-run assessment process with opportunity for public comment before any decision is made on whether the proposal warrants an approval.
The assessment process has five stages:
More detail on the process can be found on the sa.gov.au website.
Once a proposal has been declared a Major Development proposal by the Minister and the Development Application received, the Application is referred to the SCAP.
When considering a Major Development proposal referral, the SCAP may be augmented by the appointment of one or two people by the Minister from a list of independent specialists, who have particular expertise in issues surrounding the sort of development being proposed. The following specialist members have been appointed for the 2016-2018 term:
The augmented SCAP will consider the application and identify the key social, environmental and economic issues relevant to the assessment of the proposed development. The SCAP may consult with relevant State agencies as part of this process. It will then determine which level of further detailed assessment is required and issue formal assessment Guidelines.
The three possible levels of detailed assessment which can be required by the SCAP are:
The SCAP will publicly issue a Guidelines document to the proponent as to what level of assessment is required and what issues that assessment should address.
This concludes the SCAP’s role in this part of the major development assessment process.
At the completion of the major development assessment process, the Governor will make a decision on whether to decline or approve the development application and, if approved, with what conditions attached.
From time-to-time proponents may seek variations to the development approval issued by the Governor.
The Commission can act as the Governor’s delegate for assessing variations for approved Major Developments.