Master Builders SA believes the current Bill has four key areas for improvement, outlined in our submission to the State Government.
First, the infrastructure fund provisions provide for a significant shift of funding from the State to individual landholders, mandated by the Minister and without requiring developer involvement or approval. The cost of schools, roads, police stations and public transport could be recovered through land rates, built by State Government officials, with minimal input from those affected. Master Builders believes greater checks and balances are required to make this work.
Master Builders SA also believe there is a need for significantly greater detail about the proposed Planning and Development Codes to ensure that built form is not dictated by these Codes. Such an outcome would stifle innovation and potentially saddle developments with such greater costs that certain projects may become unviable.
Finally, the nature of community consultation would benefit from greater detail.
We continue to constructively work with the State Government to improve this Bill.