High-rise folly

Our western coastal suburbs are seeing first hand the effects of climate change coupled with urban development.  Many of the homes and businesses in these low-lying areas have been inundated or threatened during storm water events and high tides:

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The State Government has now made planning changes to allow high-rise development of up to 12-storeys along the foreshore at Glenelg.

Meanwhile, Western Adelaide councils are working to identify the risks associated with climate change, and to develop a plan to assist communities and government in adapting.  Read more about the Adapt West project by the Cities of West Torrens, Port Adelaide Enfield and Charles Sturt:

Planning for urban growth in these areas needs to be mindful of climate change and to be done very carefully.

Recent visions for Adelaide

Adelaide’s city squares aren’t just for decoration – and it’s time we put them all to better use, writes architect Gerald Matthews:  InDaily – It’s time to think inside the city square

Dr Sam Shahin, whose family empire includes the On the Run chain, has written his top-10 list of measures aimed at making the city more bustling, attractive and convenient:  Advertiser – Tycoon Sam Shahin’s 10-point plan to enliven Adelaide

Light Rail – to be or not to be?

Our President Helen Wilmore attended the Lord Mayor’s Light Rail Summit on 21st April.  From a community perspective the Summit focussed on:

  • The aim of the Government’s proposed light rail, or tram, network in city building, bringing increased commercial and residential densities
  • The importance of ‘public domain improvements’ (eg street furniture, artworks, rejuvenation etc) occurring alongside the creation of light rail routes
  • Funding needing to come from all three tiers of government
  • The need for value capture ie an annual levy on ratepayers in a designated ‘benefiting area’
  • Criticism of the State Government’s rezoning of the areas for increased densities without ‘value capture’ mechanisms in place
  • The importance of bringing people along – engagement with and commitment from stakeholders are critical early on in the process, to get the best outcomes and mitigate problems such as local access issues, amenity, loss of trees, right turns and traffic congestion

Continue reading Light Rail – to be or not to be?

Update on the new planning legislation

Mark Parnell MLC, Parliamentary Leader of the SA Greens, has given us this update from his perspective:

After several months of debate, the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Bill finally passed through both Houses of Parliament last week.  Whilst the new system will take years to implement fully and there will be more Bills to come, I thought I would share with you now some of the positive and negative aspects of this new legislation. Continue reading Update on the new planning legislation

Experts speak out against  Adelaide’s sprawl

There are many good reasons why Adelaide needs an urban growth boundary, and experts spoke out recently as SA Parliament debates Minister Rau’s legislation to protect environment and food production areas from further sprawl:

Michael Buxton, a Planning Professor at Victoria’s RMIT University and one of Australia’s foremost planning experts, says it would be a “shocking mistake” for parliament to reject John Rau’s plan to enshrine an urban growth boundary in legislation, warning the economic upside of protecting South Australia’s food bowl from development is “enormous”: InDaily – Warning of “Urban deserts” on Adelaide’s fringe

George Giannakodakis, Managing Director of urban planning and engineering consultancy Infraplan, says that limiting Adelaide’s urban sprawl will be good for the city and jobs: InDaily – Why capping Adelaide’s urban sprawl is good for everyone

Adelaide has an estimated 90 years’ of infill supply within John Rau’s proposed urban growth boundary.
Adelaide has an estimated 90 years’ of infill supply within John Rau’s proposed urban growth boundary.

“One of Adelaide’s most destructive planning eras”

In this month’s Adelaide Review, Sir Montefiore Scuttlebutt highlights the Weatherill Government’s indifference to the value of Adelaide’s heritage character, and describes Planning Minister John Rau’s four-year drive to rezone the city and its edges as “one of Adelaide’s most destructive planning eras”:

Sir Montefiore Scuttlebutt on Adelaides heritage value – March 2016 Adelaide Review

The report “Economic Value of Heritage Tourism in the City of Adelaide 2015” was released in December 2015 and recognises significant tourism value in the heritage stock of the city and North Adelaide.

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