The State Commission Assessment Panel (SCAP) is established under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016.
The SCAP independently assesses and determines specified kinds of development applications in South Australia. These are prescribed in the Development Act and Development Regulations and include:
Development in the City of Adelaide greater than $10million. In addition, the SCAP acts as if it was a council for planning and building approvals in areas of the state outside a council area (such as the Far North of the state, and many off-shore islands).
In its decision-making role, the SCAP:
The SCAP also has a role in dealing, together with councils, with applications specifically contrary to Development Plans. Where a council is of the view a proposal warrants approval despite it being ‘non-complying’ with the Development Plan, the council may grant approval provided the Commission agrees.
The SCAP assesses all applications for Crown development and public infrastructure development, providing a report to the Minister for Planning, who makes the final decision. Further information on this process is available here (PDF, 753 KB).
The SCAP has a role at the start of the Major Development proposal assessment process under the Development Act 1993.
The SCAP reviews the initial development application, sets the level of assessment required and determines the Guidelines for the assessment of the project.
The SCAP can also act as the Governor’s delegate for assessing variations for approved Major Developments.
In addition, the SCAP can - either on its own initiative or at the request of the Minister for Planning - report to the Minister on matters relevant to the development of land and make recommendations as to regulations that should be made under the Development Act.