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Feature articles brought to you by the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors South Australia Chapter related to building surveying and other related industries.


A 30-year plan for greater Adelaide

Minister for Urban Planning and Development Paul Holloway today unveiled the historic 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide – a blueprint for tackling the economic and environmental challenges that face our generation.

Mr Holloway says public views are now being sought on the comprehensive draft Plan as community input is critically important in the development and implementation of the final version of this major strategic document.

“The 30 year Plan will give South Australia one of the most competitive planning systems in Australia, while ensuring it remains one of the most liveable, competitive and sustainable cities in the world,” Mr Holloway says.

“The Plan for Greater Adelaide addresses the challenges of population growth, an ageing population, climate change, technological change, environmental preservation, economic growth and growing global interdependence.

“It will create a climate-change resilient city and a vibrant economy buoyed by strong housing affordability.

“During the next three decades, our city is expected to grow by 560,000 people, add 258,000 new homes and create 282,000 jobs.

“By planning ahead to 2039, we can ensure that this job-generating growth can be achieved in a way that preserves our wonderful planning heritage and leaves 80 per cent of metropolitan Adelaide largely unchanged.

“This strategic vision is also underpinned by the largest infrastructure spend in this State’s history.

“This $11.4 billion is to be invested during the next four years to upgrade and modernise our transport networks, hospitals and schools and construct a $1.83 billion Adelaide desalination plant to ensure our water security.

“Most importantly, it will ensure South Australia, which is already leading the nation’s economic growth, will be well positioned to ride the coming wave of global economic recovery.”

Mr Holloway says the Plan and the government’s associated investment in infrastructure will work together to provide South Australians with a greater opportunity to live near easily accessible public transport and well-located services such as schools and hospitals.

“It will also support and protect the job-generating and export focused industries such as agriculture, defence and mining that are the backbone of a revitalised South Australian economy,” Mr Holloway says.

The 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide deals with key issues such as water security, energy security, biodiversity, and energy and water consumption.

The plan is built on three main objectives: 

  • to maintain and improve liveability; 
  • to increase competitiveness; 
  • and to drive sustainability and resilience to climate change.

“The plan aims to ensure that the future retains the best of the State’s past,” Mr Holloway says.

“To this end, existing neighbourhoods and their intrinsic character will remain largely unchanged.

Instead, the majority of the anticipated population growth will be channelled into new transit-oriented developments and along existing or proposed transport corridors – suburbs that will be less reliant on cars, incorporate renewable energy and waste and water recycling.

“These will be walkable, connected and safe precincts that allow people to work, shop and access services near their homes and which are located near parklands, waterways and vibrant cultural centres.

Mr Holloway says these new commuter-friendly neighbourhoods will also be supported by state-of-the-art telecommunications underpinned by the Federal Government’s nation-building rollout of a National Broadband Network.

The newly created Department of Planning and Local Government will be the lead agency for implementing this 30-Year strategy.

The plan supports and incorporates the Water for Good Plan, the State Natural Resource Management plan, The Economic Statement, South Australia’s Greenhouse Strategy, the Skills Strategy for South Australia, the Information, Communication and Technology Blueprint and Prosperity through People – a Population Policy for South Australia.

“Adelaide has been described by the New York Times as ‘possibly the last well-planned and contented metropolis on earth’,” Mr Holloway says.

“The 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide will ensure it stays that way.”

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Key facts

  • Accommodates growth of 560,000 people, 258,000 homes and 282,000 jobs.
  • Over the life of the Plan, up to 70 percent of all new housing will be built within existing urban areas or proposed transit corridors
  • In metropolitan Adelaide, about 60 percent of all new housing will be within 800 metres of public transport access, to create a connected city and reduced reliance on cars
  • Growth will be focused in transit corridors to ensure than Adelaide’s distinctive urban character is preserved – leaving about 80 percent of metropolitan Adelaide largely unchanged.
  • The Plan will boost economic performance by $11 billion
  • The Plan will drive more efficient use of water through innovative building design, increased water re-use and recycling initiatives to sustain parks and open spaces
  • Ensures a 25-year rolling supply of land to ensure affordable, accessible housing in target areas.
  • Sets aside 5,315 hectares of employment land
  • Average housing density will rise from 8 to 11 dwellings per hectare.
  • Create five major transit corridors 
  • Advocates the development of 13 transit-oriented developments (TODs)
  • Plans for the vast majority of new housing to be within 400 metres of neighbourhood shops.
  • Protects and ensures an accessible agricultural food bowl
  • Introduces more efficient planning instruments, cutting development times from 5-7 years to around three years.