Progress issue two, January 2014
To meet the growing demand for land in Adelaide’s northern suburbs, and in line with The 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide, the state government has been busy planning for new growth areas in the City of Playford.
The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) has completed the Playford Growth Area Structure Plan and consulted on the Development Plan Amendments (DPAs) to rezone land in Angle Vale, Playford North Extension, Virginia and Greater Edinburgh Parks.
In parallel, Renewal SA was given the responsibility for facilitating neighbourhood infrastructure negotiations within these growth areas. Renewal SA developed a framework to guide the negotiation process.
Negotiations were initially conducted in Angle Vale, Playford North Extension and Virginia with three land owner representative groups (representing approximately 213 individual land owners), the City of Playford, the Department for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure and various service authorities including SA Water, SA Power Networks and Seagas. The negotiations required identification of the nature, scope, cost and timing of the required neighbourhood infrastructure and resulted in an agreement between the parties on cost share arrangements using the principle of ‘beneficiary pays’.
The outcome of the negotiations has resulted in the City of Playford, the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure and individual land owners entering into individual deeds for Road, Stormwater and Social Infrastructure.
A Land Management Agreement was used to tie the obligations of parities identified by the Deeds to each Certificate of Title.
The Managing Director of property developer Lanser Communities, Jason Green, said:
“Renewal SA facilitated an inclusive, pragmatic and fair process for agreeing and negotiating infrastructure requirements with government authorities. This has given all stakeholders the confidence and certainty to progress with rezoning and development that will provide housing supply and fulfill the objectives of The 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide.”
Renewal SA’s infrastructure framework delivers benefits such as:
- The provision of information to service authorities to enable them to create more comprehensive capital works programs that align with the state government’s structure plans and proposed sequencing.
- The ability to make informed decisions on the incremental rezoning of land within each precinct.
- More controlled and timely sequencing of development of precincts, maximising our ability to bring land to the market in the most effective and efficient way possible to meet land supply targets and market dynamics, with respect to demand.
- A more streamlined Development Application approval process through infrastructure investigations being conducted on a precinct-wide basis and issues resolved as part of the negotiation process, normally undertaken at the individual Development Application stage.
The Minister for Planning rezoned land in Virginia, for which infrastructure deeds have been signed, in December 2013. The Minister is now considering rezoning land, for which infrastructure deeds have been signed, within Angle Vale and Playford North Extension.
The project will increase Adelaide’s residential zoned land supply in the north to 21 years (based on 355 lots per year). This puts it beyond the 15-year rolling target set in The 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide.
A master planned development to be built near the River Torrens Linear Park at Marden will be one of Adelaide’s most affordable new residential estates – transforming a public housing site in the process.
More than 40 per cent of 158 new homes proposed to be built on land at River Street, Marden, will be affordable, under plans unveiled by the state government.
Following an Expression of Interest process, Renewal SA has appointed South Australian property developer and construction company Qattro Built to master plan and develop a 2.1 hectare site at River Street, Marden.
The proposal includes 66 affordable homes comprising townhouses and apartments up to three storeys, and two-storey detached houses.
By working in partnership with the private sector, Renewal SA has been able to come up with a proposal for a higher density development that will achieve more than double current affordable housing target of 15 per cent.
The development will also provide a boost to the construction industry – meaning skilled jobs for South Australians.
The proposed development supports key targets for growth, affordability and social and environmental sustainability set out in The 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide.
The developer plans to make full use of the surrounding open space, connectivity to public transport, retail precincts, linear paths and cycle ways.
Qattro will work with the relevant authorities to seek approval for their proposed master-planned development.
Upon necessary approvals being obtained, construction will begin – most likely in mid-2014.
Renewal SA is expanding its training and employment program to give even more opportunities to local people to get work experience, valuable skills and jobs.
The Renewal SA Works Program delivers programs targeted at key groups in the community to help them take the next steps through training to employment.
Since the scheme began at Playford Alive in Adelaide’s northern suburbs in 2008, more than 1,800 people have taken part in the training and employment programs. More than 400 of these have gained paid employment.
There are clauses in all Renewal SA contracts for works within Playford Alive obliging contractors to provide work experience and/or or new paid employment positions specifically for the Playford Alive local community and northern suburbs residents.
In the last financial year (2012/13) the program secured $2.25 million in funding in partnership with stakeholders and engaged more than 400 participants, providing 150 work experience placements and 77 paid employment positions.
This year the program is expanding to include Renewal SA’s developments at Tonsley, Woodville West, Bowden and Port Adelaide – and contracts in those areas will contain similar clauses to those in Playford Alive.
Renewal SA also has live training sites in partnership with a range of registered training organisations, delivering vital hands-on skills to local people.
The program has been managed by Renewal SA’s Training & Employment Initiatives Manager Emma Sckrabei. However, its success has resulted in Renewal SA it taking on a new employee to help run the expanded program.
The state government has unveiled a detailed blueprint to guide the revival of Port Adelaide over the next 20 years with more people, new homes and more jobs.
The Port Adelaide Precinct Plan outlines the future vision of the area that will encourage more people to live, work, invest and spend time in the Port.
It coincides with the release of proposed planning changes, now out for consultation, which are the first step towards rezoning the Port to allow for future development.
- Create an extra 2000 to 4000 new homes
- Bring an extra 4000 to 8000 people to the Port
- Create between 1500 to 2000 permanent jobs
- Create 1000 to 15000 construction jobs
- Generate $1 to $2 billion in investment
The plan builds on $7.2 million of projects completed or underway to rejuvenate the Port’s town centre and waterfront, including a $1 million redevelopment of Hart’s Mill.
The Precinct Plan was prepared in consultation with key stakeholders, including the Port Adelaide Steering Committee and the City of Port Adelaide Enfield Council, and guided by community feedback provided in late 2012 at the Community Open Day.
The DPA is now out for consultation with the community encouraged to have its say through written submissions or at a scheduled public meeting.