Coordinator-General to drive investment, cut red tape and create jobs
Role of the Coordinator-General
Mr James Hallion, Chief Executive, Department of the Premier and Cabinet has now been appointed as the State Coordinator-General (CoG). This role has taken on a new private sector development coordination role to assists projects with an investment construction value of $3 million or greater.
This builds on the existing role of the Coordinator-General, that provides a single point of contact for the South Australian component of the $42 billion Nation Building-Economic Stimulus Plan, which will deliver infrastructure in the areas of education, social housing, road safety and community infrastructure.
In undertaking this role, the Coordinator-General will be supported by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure's, Planning Division case management team, as well as a Senior Government Task Force.
What projects are eligible?
Under recent changes to Schedule 10 of the Development Regulations 1998, the Development Assessment Commission are the relevant authority for any development where:
- The project exceeds $3 million in value; and
- The State Coordinator-General determines that the development is of economic significance to the state, or would be best assessed under a scheme established by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (Department).
The Regulation requires the Coordinator-General by notice in writing served personally, or by post on the proponent, and sent to the relevant council or regional development assessment panel. Should a project be called in under section 20 of Schedule 10, the relevant council will be provided six weeks to formally comment on the proposal.
Developers with projects valued over $3 million across the State are invited to contact the DPTI case management team, so assistance can be provided to work through blockages. Blockages might be related to issues such as planning, environment, council regulations, water, liquor licensing and so on.
Projects could include:
• mixed use development
To access the assistance proponents will need to demonstrate to government that they have a viable business case to deliver the projects and associated jobs.
Coordinator-General Task Force
The Coordinator-General has established a cross government Task Force that includes senior decision makers from key land use agencies. The Task Force will be used to address any blockages that may be occurring with State Government agencies.
The case management team from DPTI supports the Coordinator-General. A senior case manager will be allocated to each organisation/proponent.
The DPTI case management service (combined with design review) has been operated by the Planning Division of DPTI over the last two years and has delivered $1 billion worth of new development approvals in the city since March 2012. Along with increased approvals, the case management services has resulted in an average 58% reduction in assessment timeframes for proposals in the city over $10 million in value.
DPTI Case Management Team
Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
Level 6, Roma Mitchell House
136 North Terrace, Adelaide
Call: (08) 8303 0760