South Australia

SA Government introduces new Bill to boost urban renewal projects

SOUTH Australian Planning Minister John Rau last week announced the introduction of proposed new laws into Parliament that aim to provide a boost to urban renewal projects and limit urban sprawl.

The Housing and Urban Development (Administrative Arrangements) (Urban Renewal) Amendment Bill 2013 seeks amendments to the Housing and Urban Development (Administrative Arrangements) Act 1995 and the Development Act 1993.

"It is clear that urban renewal projects will be critical to the future of Adelaide if we are to limit urban sprawl. These types of redevelopments are not sufficiently accommodated within the current planning system, which is more geared towards greenfield development," Mr Rau said.

"This Bill sets out a new urban renewal planning process that will empower Renewal SA to implement its programs and allow further development such as the Bowden precinct to occur across metropolitan Adelaide."

According to the government, the Bill includes a new process for planning and developing declared urban precincts. In addition to providing powers to the Urban Renewal Authority, this new process may also be available to councils looking to undertake urban renewal projects.

Other key changes proposed in the Bill include:

  • Placing the Urban Renewal Authority on a statutory footing – elevating its status from being the product of subordinate legislation to that of statutory body;
  • Providing statutory powers to assist in the delivery of urban renewal; and
  • Renaming the Housing and Urban Development (Administrative Arrangements) Act as the Urban Renewal Act.

"We have considered interstate models in putting together this Bill whilst input was also provided by the Government Expert Panel on Planning Reform," Mr Rau said.

"Future growth of the Greater Adelaide region must continue in a way that is sustainable and the passage of these laws will be a significant step in that path."

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