South Australia

SA Government unveils vision for inner-metropolitan growth

A PARTNERSHIP between the South Australian Government and local councils for growth in the metropolitan areas surrounding Adelaide's CBD was unveiled this week.

Planning Minister John Rau said the Inner Metropolitan Growth Project is an exciting milestone in the implementation of the aims of the city's metropolitan planning strategy, 'The 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide'.

The Inner Metropolitan Growth Project is a collaboration between the State Government, the City of Prospect, City of Unley, City of West Torrens and the City of Norwood, Payneham and St Peters.

Mr Rau said the project is about planning for future growth in a way that enhances the character of inner-metropolitan Adelaide and provides opportunities for growth.

The Minister added that the project will "unlock development on an unprecedented scale and create the potential for thousands more residents to live within 2.5 kilometres of the CBD."

"This year we have unlocked the city through the implementation of the capital-city DPA and protected the Barossa and McLaren Vale regions from urban sprawl," Mr Rau said.

The Inner Metropolitan Growth Project, which has been released for consultation, increases allowable building heights along corridors in and around the city such as Anzac Highway, Port Road, Prospect Road, Henley Beach Road and Greenhill Road.

According to the government, it includes a number of proposed rezonings of key transit corridors to enable medium density mixed use development, including:

  • The Inner Metropolitan Growth DPA – covering Prospect Road, Churchill Road and Main North Road in the City of Prospect area along Fullarton and Greenhill roads opposite the Park Lands within the City of Burnside.
  • City of Unley – Village Living and Desirable Neighbourhoods Development Plan Amendment – Stage 3A (Main Road Corridor Mixed Use Residential Vitalisation – Greenhill Road and Unley Road). This DPA looks at growth opportunities along Greenhill Road and parts of Unley Road.
  • City of West Torrens – Housing Diversity DPA. While this covers the whole council area it also includes an investigation into development opportunities along inner metropolitan corridor areas such as Port Road (adjacent to the western Park Lands), Henley Beach Road and Anzac Highway.
  • City of Norwood, Payneham and St Peters – Kent Town and The Parade Strategic Growth DPA to examine opportunities in the Kent Town area, as well as around the District Centre on The Parade.

"The inner-metro areas provide fantastic opportunity for more people to have access to the concentration of infrastructure, facilities and services already in place," Mr Rau said.

The Property Council of Australia welcomed the release of the strategy, calling it a critical step in delivering a vibrant Adelaide and ensuring the city can grow without sacrificing aspects that make it unique.

"The Inner Metropolitan Rim is one of the ideal locations for Adelaide to concentrate and centralise growth," said Property Council of Australia Executive Director Nathan Paine, adding that the inner areas are within walking distance of the CBD, feature great local amenity and have immediate access to transit corridors in all directions.

"When these areas gain traction as high-density housing, Adelaide will enjoy a more active city as a nearby population chooses to walk or ride to work, and use the city as their back yard," Mr Paine said.

"We now look forward to an effective and productive period of community consultation to ensure future development in the Inner Rim zone optimises the potential in these magnificent areas."

Public consultation on the plan will be open until 22 February 2013. More information regarding the Inner Metropolitan Growth Project is available from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure website at <http://www.dpti.sa.gov.au/planning/innermetrogrowth>.

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