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Park lands protected under final zone change

20 December 2021

Adelaide's pristine Riverbank vista will be protected under planning changes that seek to enable the investment in key pieces of public infrastructure.

The Riverbank Precinct Code Amendment has been finalised by Minister for Planning and Local Government Josh Teague, undergoing significant changes following community consultation. 

"Adelaide's Riverbank Precinct is envied around the world for its sweeping green space, riverside promenade and world-class community assets.

"It contributes to making Adelaide the most liveable city in the country and Australia's first National Park City.

"That's why it is crucial we plan for the future to ensure any development is in keeping with our vision for this important precinct.

"I thank the nearly 700 individuals, groups and organisations who contributed to the consultation process - your feedback has contributed to shaping the long-term vision for this important area."

The final Code Amendment has been significantly refined following consultation with the community, key stakeholders, including the Kaurna Yerta Aboriginal Corporation, and the State Planning Commission.

Its primary purpose will be to support the delivery of public assets, such as the new Women's and Children's Hospital and car park and the Adelaide Riverbank Arena. 

It seeks to encourage greater public access and activation of green spaces that are currently underutilised, including through the improvement of cycling and pedestrian pathways. 

The final Code Amendment has removed the proposed Riverbank Subzone, meaning there will be no planning changes to Tarntanya Wama (Pink Flat) and surrounding areas. It also protects areas of cultural significance to the Kaurna people, the olive groves at Kate Cocks Park, land west of the Old Adelaide Gaol and a large section of green space between the rail yard and the weir. 

"We heard significant concerns about these key areas and have responded by pegging back the initial proposal to better reflect community expectations," Minister Teague said.

"I believe we have reached a position that balances the need to deliver important public infrastructure projects while protecting the green space that makes this precinct unique," he said. 

Health Subzone

  • Enables a range of health, education and research uses to establish a significant health and biomedical precinct, including the construction of the new $1.95 billion Women's and Children's Hospital. 
  • Open green space protected and landscaping upgrades encouraged under a concept plan.
  • Maximum building height of six levels west of the railway line, down to a maximum two levels near the western park lands.
  • Thebarton Police Barracks and Old Adelaide Gaol retain State Heritage protections. Reuse of these building encouraged to complement the historic values and park lands setting.

Entertainment Subzone

  • Enables development of entertainment land uses, such as the proposed Adelaide Riverbank Arena
  • Concept plan maintains green pedestrian and cycling pathways along the River Torrens.
  • The maximum building height is in keeping with the existing subzone (20 levels along North Terrace, but significantly lower in height near the River Torrens. Proposed development must complement buildings on the eastern side of Montefiori Road, such as the Convention Centre)
  • Subzone extends across the railyards to allow for potential future development. There are, however, currently no such proposals. 

Innovation Subzone

  • Subzone currently applies to Lot Fourteen to promote development of an innovation precinct. 
  • Proposal will correct a zoning inconsistency to connect Adelaide Botanic High School and Adelaide University with Lot Fourteen.
  • Frome Park green link protected under concept plan.

Other changes

  • The Code Amendment will also make changes to improve quality of development in the Riverbank Precinct, ensuring that it complements the area. Residential Development will not be supported in the City Riverbank Zone.
  • The changes will ensure the Riverbank Precinct continues to be enjoyed by generations to come, protect the unique character of the area and support community assets that will benefit South Australians for generations to come. 

Details of all changes can be found in the Amendment and the Engagement Report on the PlanSA portal