Committees and Hearing Panels

On 1 August 2017, the State Planning Commission assumed the functions of the Development Policy Advisory Committee (DPAC).

Any functions previously performed by the DPAC are now the responsibility of the Commission, through appointing a Hearing Panel as necessary to deal with the matter.

In accordance with section 29(1)(c) of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDI Act), the Commission can appoint a Hearing Panel or a committee as necessary to act on its behalf to carry out designated functions or the exercise of its powers.

Heritage Sub-Committee

In April 2020, the State Planning Commission appointed a specialist Heritage Sub-Committee for a period of two years.

The Sub-Committee is responsible for discussing and reviewing Statement of Intents (SOIs) for proposed local heritage listings, ensuring that the listings are well justified against the prescribed local heritage criteria.

In addition, the members will also hear and consider owner objectors and make final recommendations to the Minister through the Commission.

The Sub-Committee membership is as follows, with three members required to consider each Development Plan Amendment:

  • Allan Holmes (chair)
  • Craig Holden (deputy chair)
  • Bruce Harry
  • Deborah Lindsay
  • Ron Danvers
  • Elizabeth Little
  • Jenny Newman
  • Representative of Heritage SA, Department of Environment and Water.

These members have been appointed within a short time to meet the timeframes associated with the SOIs and the implementation of the new planning system. The Commission intends to conduct an advertised expression of interest for Heritage Sub-Committees in the future.

Building Fire Safety Committee (BFSC)

Local government councils are required through the provisions of the Planning, Development & Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDI Act) to form a Building Fire Safety Committee (BFSC) to take on the role of investigating building fire safety.

Councils play an important role in protecting the safety of people that visit, live and use buildings. To ensure buildings are safe to use, it is important that fire safety items installed as part of the building approvals are operational and maintained.

The BFSC are responsible for undertaking delegated building-related fire safety investigation functions in protecting the ongoing safety of building occupiers and users and ensuring building owners are maintaining proper levels of fire safety for the protection of all who use these buildings regularly and/or occasionally.

On 24 October 2019, the State Planning Commission established the Building Fire Safety Committee (BFSC) for Out of Council Areas as an ‘appropriate authority’ for the purposes of section 157 of the PDI Act to review and monitor building fire safety in South Australia’s out-of-council areas.

Prior to establishing the BFSC for Out of Council Areas, the Commission assumed these responsibilities and functions for out-of-council areas – a role that was previously the responsibility of the Development Assessment Commission under the Development Act 1993.

Under section 157(17) of the PDI Act, the Commission has appointed the following members to the BFSC for Out of Council Areas:

  • Jodie Evans (Chair)
  • Colin Paton (CFS Fire Safety Officer)
  • Louis Palumbo (Principal Building Officer)
  • Mark Sutton (Outback Communities Expert)

DPA Hearing Panel

The Commission appoints Hearing Panels to consider Development Plan Amendments (DPAs). These Hearing Panels comprise both Commission members and Panelists with expertise in relevant disciplines.