SOUTH Australian Planning Minister John Rau has approved the rezoning of eight strategic development sites in metropolitan Adelaide, including the Hackney Hotel site at 95 Hackney Road, the Caroma site at 76 Magill Road, Norwood, and the Marleston TAFE Site at 254-262 Richmond Road.
The other rezoned sites are 1-5 Beulah Road, Norwood, 78-80 Rundle Street, Kent Town, the Cappo Seafood site at 12-16 Glen Osmond Road, Parkside, the Former LeCornu site at 10 Anzac Highway, Forestville, and 22-28 Anzac Highway, Everard Park.
Four additional sites were originally proposed to be rezoned. Those sites were Otto Timber at Magill Road, Stepney, 6-10 Railway Terrace, Mile End, 301-305 Unley Road, Malvern, and 52-60 The Parade, Norwood. Following consultation with local residents and after receiving advice from the State Planning Commission, the Minister decided not to proceed with those four sites, citing challenges relating to the size, location and interfaces of the sites.
"I have approved rezoning of 8 strategic sites for mixed-use development. I have not approved rezoning for 4 sites where the community was strongly opposed to the rezoning, and where impacts on adjoining residents would be more difficult to manage," Mr Rau said in a statement last month.
The Minister has also approved the Inner and Middle Metro Corridor (Design) Development Plan Amendment (DPA), which aims to strengthen the requirements for good design for the eight sites, and along urban corridors where increased heights are allowed.
The Design DPA seeks to provide better outcomes for local streets by improving the appearance of new developments and minimising the impact on nearby residents.
"Good design should be front of mind in planning decisions. Good design will be a key element of our new planning system, however the new system will take time to implement," Mr Rau said.
"In the interim, I have also strengthened the policy requiring good design along urban corridors where we have allowed higher buildings. This will protect existing residents from the impact of larger developments, like overlooking and overshadowing."