SOUTH Australian Planning Minister John Rau last week published a draft update to the 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide, which he said builds on the existing Plan's principles and recognises the significant reforms introduced in the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016.
Mr Rau said the update strengthens the Plan's focus on creating healthy neighbourhoods where walking and public life are encouraged. The update also seeks to ensure affordable homes and a greater diversity of choice in the type of housing are readily available.
The draft plan simplifies the 89 recommendations in the 2010 Plan to six high level targets, which are:
- Protecting valuable agricultural and environmental lands by increasing infill from 70 per cent of new developments to 85 per cent;
- Linking to public transport with 60 per cent of new housing in proximity to quality services, up from 41 per cent;
- Promoting active lifestyles by facilitating pedestrian and cycling corridors;
- Increasing the proportion of residents living in "walkable" suburbs;
- Greening the city by increasing canopy cover; and
- Increasing the diversity of housing choice by 25 per cent.
The updated Plan will be implemented using the tools and mechanisms created by the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016.
According to the Minister, the Act is a once-in-a-generation set of planning reforms which will be invoked in stages.
Over the next five years, the government will streamline planning assessment pathways, reduce more than 20,000 pages of development plans to a statewide Planning and Design Code, facilitate greater community engagement in planning, and introduce SA's first ePlanning system.