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Urban sprawl pushes Adelaide past 100km
Article from: The Advertiser
January 04, 2010 12:01am
URBAN sprawl is stretching Adelaide to breaking point and the inner city and surrounding suburbs must be the primary focus for development, leaders warn.
As the State Government prepares to release Adelaide's most significant planning document in decades, development experts and mayors have called for a higher-density CBD and restrained suburban sprawl.
This means revising building codes and allowing more multi-storey residential developments in the city centre.
The provision and cost of infrastructure, from power to water, community facilities and public transport, is under strain because of the continual sprawl of the city from north to south.
Development experts have also demanded denser living in the inner-metropolitan area to make full use of existing infrastructure and minimise the environmental cost of long-distance travel.
The city now spans almost 100km between Gawler and Sellicks Beach.
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Gawler Mayor Brian Sambell said the town already was dealing with a population boom it was not equipped to handle.
"Our main street was built for the horse and cart; it wasn't built for 25,000 cars a day like we're having at the moment," Mr Sambell said.
"We're pushed to the limit, definitely, already."
The State Government last week announced "interim" changes to the draft 30-year Plan for Greater Adelaide and redirected thousands of new residents planned for the Barossa and Gawler region to the northern suburbs.
Lord Mayor Michael Harbison also has welcomed a swelling in the CBD population increase target by 11,000 to 27,300 but said the goal remained "modest".
He said the CBD's population must expand rapidly to support peak business services ahead of the promised mining boom.
"There's every chance we won't benefit from that mining boom if we don't make a real effort to add value. There's a chance the fly-in-fly-out will come from Melbourne," he said.
Urban Development Institute of Australia SA executive director Terry Walsh said demand for suburban living would remain high but efficient use of infrastructure was maximised in denser cities.
"Adelaide has a wonderful asset in the parklands, but compare it with other great open spaces in cities throughout the world and they rate low," he said. "Let's encourage people to live nearby, within the CBD . . . so they can treat the parklands as their respected backyards."
Australian Institute of Architects SA chapter president Tim Horton said now was "the right time to ask what we want our city to be in the future". He offered New York's West Village, dominated by townhouses and five-to-six-storey apartment blocks, as a model.
Urban Development and Planning Minister Paul Holloway said "most" of the forecast growth would be restricted to the city's current borders.
"By putting a renewed focus on infill development, the plan will make the most of existing infrastructure but, just as importantly, put people's homes close to where they work, where they shop and where they can access all the necessary services," he said.
SA Government approves new suburb at Buckland Park
Sarah Martin From: AdelaideNow February 04, 2010 11:08am
A $2 BILLION satellite city for Adelaide's north has been approved by the State Government.
Walker Corporation's Buckland Park development will take 25 years to complete and aims to house up to 33,000 people.
Walker Corporation's billionaire head, Lang Walker, is in Adelaide for the announcement by Planning Minister Paul Holloway this morning.
The first stage of the development will incorporate 600 residential allotments and a neighbourhood centre and is expected to be completed by 2014.
Mr Walker said he expected the project to create 2200 jobs a year in the construction sector.
``In addition to jobs created to construct the new community, by 2036 we also expect around 10,000 people will be employed in jobs at employment and centre precincts within Buckland Park, with the potential for a further 15,000 jobs to be indirectly generated within the economy,'' he said.
Minister Holloway said the approval had been granted with strict environmental conditions, including the retention of native vegetation along Gawler River.
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