Policy changes for new development in transport corridors
Inner and Middle Metropolitan Corridor Design and Sites Development Plan Amendments have been approved with amendment following a consultation process that attracted a range of views and opinions.
This signifies the continued commitment to rezone key transit corridors in infill locations. Increasing housing choices close to services fosters revitalised neighbourhoods in more vibrant communities. The intent of the Sites DPA was to build on the earlier rezoning of key urban corridors to promote a more compact urban form by rezoning sites where the impact on adjoining lower rise areas can be minimised. Both DPAs reinforce the emphasis on high quality design for these areas.
In response to the engagement process, the Minister has approved eight of the twelve sites proposed for rezoning taking into account their size and characteristics with adjoining residential areas. This will now provide new development opportunities for medium to high-density housing and mixed uses. This will be a catalyst for the redevelopment of the vacant former Le Cornu site on Anzac Highway Forestville and the former TAFESA site at Richmond.
The Minister for Planning, John Rau did not support sites on Unley Road, Malvern, Railway Terrace, Mile End, Magill Road, Stepney and the Parade, Norwood.
For the eight sites approved, the Design DPA outlines strengthened site-specific design policies to ensure better design outcomes at the street and adjoining property boundaries. Building heights have also reduced for some sites to provide a better transition to adjacent residential areas.
Changes to the Design DPA will ensure a more robust design and policy framework to apply to medium to high-density developments for communities in existing corridor zones.
The Minister has approved the policy amendments after considering the full views of the affected councils, the local community and the newly formed independent State Planning Commission.
The State Planning Commission spent a considerable amount of time reading over 461 written submissions, hearing 60 verbal submissions at four public meetings, undertaking visual inspections of all sites, conferring on the key issues identified during this process and providing detailed advice on the matters raised.
The Minister has also approved an important local development plan change for City of Onkaparinga to help nurture vibrant communities with diverse housing options to support a growing and changing population. More information about the initiative is available on the City of Onkaparinga website.
The City of Prospect recently lodged City of Prospect Urban Corridor and Interface Areas Policy Review DPA for consideration by the Minister for Planning with a decision expected soon.