The 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide 2017 was launched on 28/05/17 by Hon John Rau MP the Minister for Planning. The Plan sets out the state government’s vision for the growth and development of this most populated part of South Australia to 2036.
Why an update? Since the release of The 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide in 2010 there have been significant shifts in the economic and social landscape impacting the planning and development of Greater Adelaide. At the state level, South Australia’s Strategic Plan was reviewed and updated in 2011 and the Premier released the 7 strategic priorities for the State. More recently in response to global and national economic transformation the State Government recognised the need to establish 10 economic priorities.
The updated plan sets out how the Government will address the opportunities and challenges ahead, such as steady population growth, an ageing population, affordable housing, active travel, protecting our food bowl, infill and density, and smaller households.
The updated plan will provide other agencies, local councils and planners the guidance to achieve a vibrant city; liveable and connected neighbourhoods, resilience in the face of climate change; and prosperity and jobs for the future.
The Heart Foundation as the lead on the SA Active Living Coalition was pleased to be invited onto the project reference group for the update, and lead and participate in the workshops around green infrastructure and walkable neighbourhoods.
In addition, the SA Active Living Coalition prepared a submission to the draft plan.
The Active Living Coalition works collaboratively to create healthy liveable communities that promote active living. Active Living is defined as a way of life in which physical activity is valued and integrated into daily living.
Our agreed priorities for the update were:
- Infill and higher density development
- Open space that is useable, accessible, and connected
- Housing diversity and affordability
- Active transport
- Healthy by Design SA principles are referenced in the plan
The Heart Foundation is pleased to see the Plan focus on infill and higher density housing in areas where local destinations, quality useable open space, amenity, and regular transport options exist. These neighbourhoods increase the opportunity for walking for travel, recreation and daily living.
The Heart Foundation is pleased to see the Plan focus on green streets, tree cover and quality public open spaces. As we move towards high density housing, the success lies in expanding and improving public open spaces nearer to where we live. We welcome the introduction of Target 5 which provides strategic incentive to encourage expanded tree planting. The Coalition members agree that trees and green infrastructure are important to support physical activity principles, particularly in the public realm (as private green spaces get smaller) where they provide shade, cooling, protection, safety, amenity, improved air quality, and habitats for birds and animals.
The Heart Foundation is pleased to see the Plan focus on housing diversity and affordability under Target 6: Greater Housing Choice. Adelaide needs housing choices, of higher density apartments and townhouses as well as traditional suburban homes, and such options need to be affordable. Density done well along with related land use features such as destination accessibility, distance to public transport and destination accessibility encourages more walking and public transport demand.
The Heart Foundation is pleased to see the Plan focus on healthy, walkable neighbourhoods that reflects our state’s need to address chronic disease such as heart disease and obesity through healthy planning, enabling walking, cycling and public transport use.
The next step is to ensure that the new higher density neighbourhoods in Adelaide are done well, and that we have some great examples of compact walkable neighbourhoods that South Australians choose to live in. The Design Guidelines for more compact urban form are now out for consultation, and address movement, building form, open space and landscaping, building design and appearance.