The EDO has made a submission on the Proposed Phase 2 Planning and Design Phase Amendment in South Australia.

There are some aspects of the proposed amendment that the EDO supports including up front referrals to the Native Vegetation Council with a focus on retention rather than minimisation of native vegetation clearance to enable responsive design.

However, much of the proposed amendment is deeply flawed and if not substantially overhauled will fail the community significantly for decades to come. The code must address the key issues we face as a state including climate change and comprehensively consider the long term impacts of development on communities and their environment. In our view the proposed amendment fails to achieve this goal.