Planners & Regulators

‘Planners and Regulators’ are responsible for the political system that can enable a more regenerative local food system. This includes land use planning, zoning laws, food safety laws, taxes, subsidies, ownership, trade, policies and more.

Below you’ll find every local resource we currently know about that will help you as a Planner and Regulator – or as someone seeking to grow your own knowledge around South Australia’s food-related policies, laws and plan.

30 YEAR PLAN FOR GREATER ADELAIDE

30 Year Plan for Greater Adelaide

The ’30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide’ describes the State Government’s vision for how Adelaide should grow to become more liveable, competitive and sustainable. First developed in 2010, it aims to guide long-term growth over the next 30 years.

(Greater Adelaide represents not only the CBD, but also stretches from Victor Harbor in the south all the way to Kapunda in the north – and beyond.)

In the plan, Policy D2 states it will: “Promote the development of community gardens for social interaction and physical wellbeing.”

Unfortunately, the plan doesn’t mention the benefit of community gardens for urban food production or nutritional health – nor any other kind of urban food production.

However, many cities across the globe have proven that city food programs and urban agriculture policies can flourish under supportive legislation. (See 10 particularly inspiring examples here.) We remain hopeful that urban food will increasingly become part of the conversation in our state’s planning.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS IN SA

Nineteen local government areas exist within Metropolitan Adelaide alone. Each is responsible for local by-laws and order-making policies that can guide, support or restrict certain activities, including different kinds of urban food production.

Unfortunately, there is often little consensus between different councils. So it’s worth checking to find out whether yours has any particular rules about things such as:

  • Vegetable production on verges.
  • Keeping chickens or other poultry.
  • Bee keeping.
  • Planting fruit trees as street trees.
  • Operating a small food business from your home.

Searching your council’s website is a good place to start.

PLANNING & REGULATOR RESOURCES

iPES Food report

What makes urban food policy happen?

This report by the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (iPES Food) includes insights from five case studies around the world.

Veggie Verges in Prospect

A news article from the now-discontinued (yet excellent!) Veggie Verges project, which ran in the Prospect Council area in 2014.

PLANNERS & REGULATORS VIDEO LIBRARY

Sustain: The Australian Food Network

This brilliant Aussie-wide organisation is a ‘think and do’ network with extensive experience and expertise in delivering positive outcomes in food systems change.

Help us uncover those working towards a regenerative
local food system. Do you know of something we should add here?
Email hello@saurbanfood.org

MEET OUR PLANNER & REGULATOR CONNECTORS

‘Connectors’ are South Australians who volunteer their time to help link our network, providing information, contacts and connections to our members.

Are you our missing Connector?

We are looking for another Connector – are you interested or already engaged in this space? Do you have good connections with others? Or do you keep up with relevant events?

Then please – get in touch by emailing us:
hello@saurbanfood.org

What’s involved? Less than an hour a month (when needed) responding to questions and letting us know about resources or events within your food space.

IN OUR FOOD SYSTEM, PLANNERS & REGULATORS ARE LINKED TO:

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