Massive changes ahead for Adelaide and South Australia. Finally some vision for this state
High-density transport hubs mapped out in 30-year plan for Adelaide
Article from: The Advertiser
GREG KELTON, STATE EDITOR
June 11, 2008 02:05am
ADELAIDENOW readers have voted in support of the State Government's 30-year masterplan for Adelaide .
The plan will will mean up to 11 areas are earmarked as high-density housing developments along major new rail corridors. Areas earmarked by the Government include the Clipsal site at Bowden, West Lakes, Marion/Oaklands and Noarlunga.
By early this morning, 79 per cent or 909 of the 1143 recorded voters in the poll asking '"do you support the plan" were in favor, with only 20 per cent or 234 voters saying they were not.
The new developments will closely follow similar projects in Portland, Oregon, and Subiaco in WA.
The plan is the result of a 12-month investigation by a committee headed by Labor MP Michael O'Brien and will see the creation of high-density housing close to new electrified rail and tram lines.
PDF: Read the summary of the Government's 30-year plan here
This video shows how a similar transport-based development plan has transformed Subiaco in Western Australia
The Government says the aim is not only to create environmentally sustainable living but to help combat rising petrol prices.
"A decade from now, people won't be running a second car,'' Mr O'Brien said.
Do you support the Government's new plan? Vote now in our poll on the lower right of this page
Treasurer Kevin Foley, who unveiled the $2 billion transport infrastructure plan which will underpin the new transport-oriented-development (TODs) in his Budget last week said new planning laws would "make Adelaide the most exciting, modern, 21st century sustainable city''.
Other elements of the plan, first reported on AdelaideNow today, include:
SIMPLIFIED and faster assessment of new housing and home renovations.
FIVE regional plans to help guide the development of the state outside of Adelaide.
A 25-YEAR rolling supply of broad acre land to meet the residential, commerical and industrial needs of a growing population and expanding economy.
'Biggest reform in 20 years'
The Government's plan has been welcomed by housing experts and developers, with the Property Council saying the review is "the greatest economic reform in two decades".
Council executive director Nathan Paine said SA desperately needed a responsive, efficient and transparent planning and development system.
"These reforms will prioritise economic growth and ensure the system as a whole is responsive, efficient and enabled to deliver affordable housing for first homebuyers," Mr Paine said.
Housebuilder Michael Hickinbotham, who was also on the review committee, said it took four to six months to get approval for "a bread and butter home" on the fringes of Adelaide, meaning people often had to live with relatives while they waited.
"It's pretty brutal when you think about it in those terms," he said.
"We are talking about major savings in money and savings in terms of red tape."
Mr Hickinbotham said current planning laws were "lead in the saddlebag" for SA.
House buyers to benefit from red tape cuts
(From the Advertiser)
June 10, 2008 12:00am
NEW home buyers will save up to $5000 on the cost of their houses under new planning laws which will also streamline development along major transport corridors.
The State Government believes the changes, which follow a 12-month review, will boost the state's economy by as much as $1 billion a year.
Under the proposals, the Government will take control of major development areas along transport corridors and also adopt a new planning approval code which will see housing approval times slashed by weeks. Savings for home buyers will come from a proposed new residential building code which will see local council approval given as soon as a number of basic criteria are met, as occurs in Victoria.
Between 50 per cent and 75 per cent of all planning approvals would fall under this new code, which the industry says will ease the backlog in the planning process. Premier Mike Rann predicted savings through red tape reductions would save the housing industry $62 million a year.
During last year's federal election campaign, both Kevin Rudd and then prime minister John Howard said state government red tape was a major factor in the housing affordability crisis.
Mr Rann said the planning reforms would promote more housing and community development along key transport corridors.
"The planning system needs to be reformed to make SA even more competitive, as well as deliver better environmental outcomes and liveable suburbs and neighbourhoods," he said.
"The planning reforms will promote more housing and community development along key transport corridors and our strong and historic investment in public transport will provide the basis for this new, exciting approach."
The move follows a $2 billion transport infrastructure plan outlined in last week's state Budget under which the metropolitan rail service would be electrified and the tram line extended to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre and then on to Port Adelaide and Semaphore.
The Government's vision for transport corridors is based on urban rail development plans of Portland, Oregon, in the U.S., which Mr Rann has visited twice in recent years.
In Portland, new light rail corridors were used to attract business and housing projects, with one section of track in 2005 resulting in 50 new businesses opening.
Since 2007, the Property Council has been lobbying the Government to develop better public transport and higher-density housing in key areas to prepare for planned population growth.
In April, the council released a blueprint pinpointing Port Adelaide, Glenelg and Marion, as well as Cheltenham Park, as providing the best opportunities for transport-oriented developments.
The review, announced in June last year, was chaired by Labor MP Michael O'Brien with committee members including Michael Hickinbotham, Fiona Roche and Grant Belchamber from the Economic Development Board, Tim Jackson and Stuart Moseley from local government and planning law expert Jamie Botten. Local Government Association executive director Wendy Campagna said councils were not aware of what was contained in the Government's plans.
"But the key thing for us is the character of communities and the look of suburbs along transport corridors is protected," she said. "They are things we will be wanting to talk to our communities about. Anything which speeds up the system within Government and main developments, we have to talk seriously about."
Property Council state director Nathan Paine said the council had been pushing for the Government to have overall control over planning in transport corridor areas.
"We don't want hodge-podge planning development," he said. "We need a system which does not allow one council to approve certain developments but the council next door not agreeing to the same plans.