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Aerial view of Gilles Plains with development area bordered in white.

More than 100 hectares of land in the suburbs of Oakden and Gilles Plains will be the focus of a Structure Plan that is expected to support a new community of around 1500 homes.

Renewal SA Acting Chief Executive Mark Devine said that the local community can help contribute to shape the Structure Plan.

“The Structure Plan will help deliver a well-planned extension to the Oakden and Gilles Plains community,” Mr Devine said.

“The community will have the opportunity to provide feedback on a draft Structure Plan through both face-to-face and digital opportunities.”

The Structure Plan process will identify future land uses including open spaces, residential, and potential retail as well as identifying the required infrastructure to support future development such as roads, stormwater and a network for buses, cycling and pedestrians.

Planning for the redevelopment of the Strathmont Centre site, the former Oakden Older Persons Mental Health facility on Fosters Road, and vacant land on Grand Junction Road owned by the Minister for Health and Wellbeing will occur when the sites are vacated which is anticipated to be over the next 2–3 years. The research laboratory and TAFE campus located on Blacks Road are expected to remain in operation for the foreseeable future.

“With so many stakeholders involved, it is important to have an overarching Structure Plan that has broad input in order to ensure the future development is well coordinated,” Mr Devine said.

“To prepare the Structure Plan, an experienced and independent planning consultant, Holmes Dyer Pty Ltd has been appointed.”

To oversee the Structure Plan process, a Key Stakeholder Group has been established comprising of the City of Port Adelaide Enfield, Department for Environment and Water, Department for Human Services, Department for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure and Renewal SA.

The Structure Plan is expected to be completed in the coming months and will inform the potential rezoning of the land.

The community drop-in session is on Saturday, 1 June 2019 between 10am and 12pm at Hillcrest Community Centre, 27–31 Queensborough Avenue, Hillcrest.

You are also invited to view the plan and share your comments online from 1 to 28 June 2019.

For further information, please visit the Oakden + Gilles Plains Structure Plan page.

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