South Australia

SA Government unveils 20-year vision for Port Adelaide

THE South Australian Government last week unveiled a detailed blueprint that aims to guide the revival of Port Adelaide over the next 20 years with more people, new homes and more jobs.

Housing and Urban Development Minister Tom Koutsantonis said the Port Adelaide Precinct Plan outlines the future vision of the area that will encourage more people to live, work, invest and spend time in the Port.

It coincides with proposed planning changes, now out for consultation, which are the first step towards rezoning the Port to allow for future development.

The government has released a Development Plan Amendment (DPA) for the Port Adelaide Regional Zone, which includes new maximum building heights of between three and five storeys, down from up to 12 storeys that were slated under previous plans.

"The Port has always had the potential to be somewhere special, but real plans were needed to bring the Port alive," Mr Koutsantonis said, adding that the precinct plan and DPA are the next steps in the economic and cultural renewal of the Port.

"In line with proposed planning changes, it ensures we have a clear 20-year vision that brings together the Port's maritime past and future, its attractiveness as a tourism destination and its desirability as a place to live, not just visit," the Minister said.

"It follows on from our recently released Our Port policy, which detailed a series of initiatives to revive the Port, including moving the operations of fertiliser store Incitec Pivot out of Port Adelaide to a new South Australian facility, opening the doors for further development.

Under the precinct plan, 10 sub-precincts have been identified within the Port, along with their potential to become a space for retail, tourism and hospitality, or residential, mixed-use, commercial or industrial developments. Maritime activities, such as locations for sail making, a boat yard and the showcasing of heritage vessels are a consistent theme for the inner harbour.

Over the next two decades, the plan seeks to:

  • Create at least 2000 new homes;
  • Bring an extra 4000-8000 people to the Port;
  • Create between 1500-2000 permanent jobs;
  • Create 1000-1500 construction jobs; and
  • Generate $1 billion-$2 billion in investment.

The precinct plan was prepared in consultation with key stakeholders, including the Port Adelaide Renewal Steering Committee and the City of Port Adelaide Enfield Council, and guided by community feedback.

Mr Koutsantonis thanked committee members for their input in the plan and said a community reference group will be established to ensure continued community involvement throughout the process of Port Adelaide renewal.

Planning Minister John Rau said it is the government's intention to introduce a design review process once the DPA process was completed.

"This process would be similar to that successfully introduced in the city and inner rim for significant projects and would ensure the character of the Port is maintained," Mr Rau said.

More information is available from the Port Adelaide Precinct Plan website at <http://www.ourport.com.au/PrecinctPlan.aspx>.

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