....Adelaide suburbs to go high-rise
An artist's impression of Port Rd flanked by high-rise buildings.
APARTMENTS will be built over shopfronts along major inner city transport corridors in an overhaul of suburban planning.
Urban Development and Planning Minister Paul Holloway today said four councils had committed to increasing housing density in areas close to transport routes.
He said Port Rd, Unley Rd and roads surrounding the parklands would be prime targets for developments of up to five storeys.
Prospect, West Torrens, Charles Sturt and Unley council will work with the State Government to rezone land that has existing commercial buildings on it to allow for residential development.
Mr Holloway said this would help the government achieve population targets set out in its 30- year Plan for Greater Adelaide.
The Government remains locked in discussions with Walkerville, Norwood, Payneham and St Peters and Burnside councils.
"Through unlocking the vast economic potential of our major transport corridors, we will be able to help Adelaide grow up rather than simply grow out," Mr Holloway said.
"This is a fantastic opportunity to use re-zoning along the main transport corridors and within strategic areas to boost economic development and encourage local job creation.
"The collaboration with councils is in keeping with our commitment to stop growing out and to begin reviewing inner metropolitan growth opportunities.
"Discussions with these councils to date have focused on re-zoning only along major arterial roads and rail lines radiating from the city."
The announcement comes as the Government faces criticism over the proliferation of urban sprawl in Mount Barker and on Adelaide's northern and southern fringes.
Integrated Design Commissioner Tim Horton will also be involved in the process to ensure the planned re-zoning delivers good design.
Mr Holloway said increasing density in the inner-city would minimise growth on the city's fringe and help meet the 70 per cent infil target over 30 years.
"Detailed analysis of Greater Adelaide has been undertaken to determine realistic options for growth along major roads and rail lines," he said.
"This kind of cooperation right around the city's fringe would allow us to achieve consistency on the major north and east transport corridors.
"Encouraging increased density along road and rail corridors means up to 80 per cent of Greater Adelaide can remain unchanged, preserving the quintessential character that makes Adelaide the city we love."
During the next 30 years, the Government plans to grow Adelaide's population by 560,000 people, encourage the building of 258,000 new homes and create 282,000 jobs.
The expansion plans are expected to boost the state's economy by $127.7 billion.