Elected councilors in South Australia will not be entirely removed from development assessment panels under new planning laws passed in both houses of parliament despite other changes which building industry lobby groups say will dramatically improve the state’s planning system.

Billed by the government as one of the biggest reforms in  several decades, the South Australian Planning, Development and Infrastructure Bill  has been passed by both houses of parliament and establishes a new State Planning Commission, slashes the number of planning zones and requires the establishment of a community engagement…