Riverbank Precinct Code Amendment

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Have your say on the proposed rezoning of the Riverbank Precinct.

What's being decided?

We are progressing infrastructure initiatives of state significance in Adelaide’s Riverbank Precinct including the development of the proposed new Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

A review is proposed to ensure the current zoning and policy is appropriate and provides the strategic framework to guide future development. It is proposed to:

  • Rezone land west of the Royal Adelaide Hospital from the Adelaide Park Lands Zone to City Riverbank Zone (Health Subzone) to support the development of the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
  • Rezone land west of Montefiore Rd from Adelaide Park Lands Zone to City Riverbank Zone (Entertainment Subzone) and a portion of land already in City Riverbank Zone from Health Subzone to Entertainment Subzone. This will support the development of entertainment-related uses, such as an arena.
  • Rezone land from the Adelaide Park Lands Zone to City Riverbank Zone (Innovation Subzone) to more appropriately reflect the land use and form of the existing Adelaide Botanic High School and its curtilage.
  • Apply a new Riverbank Subzone in the Adelaide Park Lands Zone to the southern and northern side of the River Torrens between Kintore Avenue and the Torrens Weir to accommodate small-scale development such as cafes and shops (both on-water and off-water) that contributes to the activation of the riverfront, in a way that protects the open landscaped character and heritage values of Elder Park.
  • Update the ‘Concept Plan 85 – City Riverbank’ within the Innovation Subzone to retain the important open space link from Frome Road to the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.
  • Make policy changes to support connections and linkages throughout the precinct.
  • Make policy changes to support development of high quality and amenity.

Individuals, businesses, organisations and communities interested in and/or affected by the proposed Code Amendment are invited to contribute in the process of preparing and finalising the Code Amendment.

Background

The Riverbank Precinct Code Amendment is consistent with the South Australian Government’s vision for the Riverbank, delivering a world-class health, sporting, educational and biomedical precinct with strong connections to the city centre and reinforcing North Terrace as a premier cultural boulevard.

The Code Amendment seeks to improve accessibility and connections into and within the area, improve built form outcomes, consider land use needs of the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and consider entertainment and complementary activities in the health/biomedical and entertainment precincts along the riverbank.

The Code Amendment seeks to rezone three areas immediately adjacent to the City Riverbank Zone - from Adelaide Park Lands Zone to the City Riverbank Zone and apply the Health Subzone, the Entertainment Subzone and the Innovation Subzone respectively.

You can read more about the background in the Engagement Plan and accompanying documents.

The Code Amendment is being led by the Chief Executive of the Attorney-General’s Department pursuant to section 73(2)(b) of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016. Community consultation will help inform final recommendations to the Minister for Planning and Local Government prior to consideration whether to approve, amend or refuse the Code Amendment.

Get involved

Read more about the affected area and the proposed changes:

Have your say by:

Attention: Code Amendment Team
Planning and Land Use Services Division
Attorney-General’s Department
GPO Box 1815
Adelaide SA 5001

What are the next steps?

Your feedback will help inform final recommendations to the Minister for Planning and Local Government prior to consideration whether to approve, amend or refuse the Code Amendment.

An engagement report will be published once the consultation concludes.

Have your say on the proposed rezoning of the Riverbank Precinct.

What's being decided?

We are progressing infrastructure initiatives of state significance in Adelaide’s Riverbank Precinct including the development of the proposed new Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

A review is proposed to ensure the current zoning and policy is appropriate and provides the strategic framework to guide future development. It is proposed to:

  • Rezone land west of the Royal Adelaide Hospital from the Adelaide Park Lands Zone to City Riverbank Zone (Health Subzone) to support the development of the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
  • Rezone land west of Montefiore Rd from Adelaide Park Lands Zone to City Riverbank Zone (Entertainment Subzone) and a portion of land already in City Riverbank Zone from Health Subzone to Entertainment Subzone. This will support the development of entertainment-related uses, such as an arena.
  • Rezone land from the Adelaide Park Lands Zone to City Riverbank Zone (Innovation Subzone) to more appropriately reflect the land use and form of the existing Adelaide Botanic High School and its curtilage.
  • Apply a new Riverbank Subzone in the Adelaide Park Lands Zone to the southern and northern side of the River Torrens between Kintore Avenue and the Torrens Weir to accommodate small-scale development such as cafes and shops (both on-water and off-water) that contributes to the activation of the riverfront, in a way that protects the open landscaped character and heritage values of Elder Park.
  • Update the ‘Concept Plan 85 – City Riverbank’ within the Innovation Subzone to retain the important open space link from Frome Road to the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.
  • Make policy changes to support connections and linkages throughout the precinct.
  • Make policy changes to support development of high quality and amenity.

Individuals, businesses, organisations and communities interested in and/or affected by the proposed Code Amendment are invited to contribute in the process of preparing and finalising the Code Amendment.

Background

The Riverbank Precinct Code Amendment is consistent with the South Australian Government’s vision for the Riverbank, delivering a world-class health, sporting, educational and biomedical precinct with strong connections to the city centre and reinforcing North Terrace as a premier cultural boulevard.

The Code Amendment seeks to improve accessibility and connections into and within the area, improve built form outcomes, consider land use needs of the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and consider entertainment and complementary activities in the health/biomedical and entertainment precincts along the riverbank.

The Code Amendment seeks to rezone three areas immediately adjacent to the City Riverbank Zone - from Adelaide Park Lands Zone to the City Riverbank Zone and apply the Health Subzone, the Entertainment Subzone and the Innovation Subzone respectively.

You can read more about the background in the Engagement Plan and accompanying documents.

The Code Amendment is being led by the Chief Executive of the Attorney-General’s Department pursuant to section 73(2)(b) of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016. Community consultation will help inform final recommendations to the Minister for Planning and Local Government prior to consideration whether to approve, amend or refuse the Code Amendment.

Get involved

Read more about the affected area and the proposed changes:

Have your say by:

Attention: Code Amendment Team
Planning and Land Use Services Division
Attorney-General’s Department
GPO Box 1815
Adelaide SA 5001

What are the next steps?

Your feedback will help inform final recommendations to the Minister for Planning and Local Government prior to consideration whether to approve, amend or refuse the Code Amendment.

An engagement report will be published once the consultation concludes.

Riverbank Precinct Code Amendment Guestbook

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NO MORE LOSS OF GRASS. I have walked around the Torrens Lake from weir to Hackney Rd every working day for last 12 years. I love the natural setting and the lawns. I have visited Hyde Park London, and Central Park in New York where that Open Space is so valued, they would not allow these developments to be considered. I have walked around the concrete jungle of Paris's River Seine which is not as pretty as Adelaide's Torrens Lake area. One simple rule is needed and that is "No More Loss of Grass around the Torrens Lake".

MichaelOC almost 3 years ago

As making money seems to be the driving force behind these amendments, I think the government are twenty years behind the times. The next big revolution since technology will be green. It will change the way in which we live dramatically. A city surrounded by parkland which focuses on the environment will attract the best in this field from overseas and Australia. Hertiage listing of the parkland will declare South Australia's commitment to the environment and The Green Revolution. To add we need The Park lands for all the added benifts they provide.

Bear almost 3 years ago

Changes to the Riverbank Precinct will be there for ever! Adelaide is unique in Australian cities and overseas cities by having a green belt ringing the city. The SA Government and ACC has encouraged inner city living over the last 10 + years, why then would you reduce the green space around the river? We need this green space for all SA residents and visitors to relax and exercise and this green belt is required to try to combat the rising CO2 resulting from new high rise buildings popping up throughout the city. Underground parking for new WCH is essential and not above ground taking up more of the Riverbank precinct. We need the new arena to be taken to the people at an election which has not occurred as once again this is encroaching on green space which once lost can never return. When cafes and restaurants struggle why do we need more along our green Riverbank precinct? Surely to allow a coffee van licence to pop up in this area as occurs in other sections of the city. If dining is required then residents and visitors can stroll the short distance to the Oval Hotel complex or across the bridge into the city or on the opposite side near the Casino/Festival Centre precinct. Once green space is lost it is for ever and Adelaide no longer has its unique green space ringing the city.

Raema Mahony almost 3 years ago

Children's Hospital development needs to happen, and it makes sense to locate it close to other medical facilities that already exist on/near to the parklands. I'm also willing to consider short-term, pop-up services in the parklands to support specific events/festivals.

However, I'm not in favour of recoding the different areas of the parklands, as it may lead to easier approvals of submissions for permanent developments, including high-rise structures - let's leave the development approval process as being really difficult for anything in the parklands.

Leigh almost 3 years ago

Sorry that should have read the southern side is a lost cause.

AWT almost 3 years ago

Leave the northern side of the river in its natural state! We do not want or need yet more cafes and wine bars and certainly not on the beautiful natural space along the Torrens: "they took paradise and put in a parking lot". The northern side is a lost cause and you can do what you want over the railroad tracks but keep the beautiful vista of parklands that show Adelaide still has a soul and has not sold out to those wanting to make a quick buck.

AWT almost 3 years ago

Stop taking up parklands with infill buildings, green spaces should be treasured, once gone it won't come back. We need these parklands for our wellbeing, for future generations we are the custodians and should treat it as such. Developments can still be done in more appropriate places.

Jbmuso almost 3 years ago

Four simple but important words that encapsulates my position - leave the parklands alone.

Jeff almost 3 years ago

Leave the parklands alone. There is already too much built encroachment. Be innovative and look elsewhere.

Wendy Egan almost 3 years ago

Please do not erode any more of the parklands by turning it into built environments.

Michael Cornish almost 3 years ago

I can accept the need for a new Children's Hospital to be built in the Parklands. However, keep development out of the rest of our parklands. Yes, occasional concessions for pop-up services and events during Arts Festivals would be acceptable. Otherwise further development will just suck life and business profitability from the CBD.

Eddie from Ovingham almost 3 years ago

Once lost it will never be regained. Brisbane and Melbourne have South Bank precincts - this proposal is a boring attempt at copycat. Adelaide can be so much more. Be innovative. Be bold, be different. I have travelled many places and what parklands that the great cities have are very attractive and valued. Poor form that the plan just tries to make us like somewhere else. Redevelop the current entertainment centre, redevelop the cafe culture of east end of Rundle street, and Gouger Street - look further than Melbourne and Brisbane - the river is not so great! It is a damned creek subject to algae out breaks. How can the government or the council say they want the asset of the city surrounded by parklands to have world recognition when all the plans are building on this assets. The children’s hospital does need to be near the RAH but their are other sites that were being considered. The West end has potential to be redeveloped. Green space for families to enjoy without needing to spend big. I can say I have never eaten at the current restaurants along the river precinct, old railway station - not for families! I do however, frequently ride my bike along the riverside pathways. I did have a conference dinner with international guest speakers at the conference centre and at the appointed time of conclusion to the meal we were brutally evicted without the time to even farewell our guests - bad form like that takes precedence in one’s memory over any ambience observed before.
The Disney organisation spent a fortune on city planners to come up with a plan for their city of tomorrow = cbd surrounded by green space! We have it, please value it! Auroville an experimental city - same concept! Why do our politicians want to destroy what we have? Buildings will crumble but preserved and protected green space will be a lasting reminder of forward thinkers.
One of my favourite places for refreshment was in the park in Madrid a small cafe beside a shallow boating lake, magnificent statues - I believe the boating lake in our east parklands is no more!

Bellavista almost 3 years ago

Love the idea of redesigning the parklands, look at small European cities they manage development with green space

Micah almost 3 years ago

This looks like a balanced approach that uses the space in a consistent and beneficial way. The Riverbank should be utilized more to provide better amenities and living quality to all around.
Adelaide's CBD and the center of the state will only thrive if people want to be there and live there. The amenities outlined in the plan makes living in the vicinity more attractive, strengthening businesses and institutions around.

Flo almost 3 years ago

Every modern city with a riverbank has cafes and resturants with views back to the skyline (not the other way around). This should have been done back in the 70s or 80s, but better late than never. We could be the Paris of the south if we have the courage.

Chris Sta almost 3 years ago

The Adelaide Parklands are a very special part of our city, and none of it more so than the section to the north of North Terrace. It is special precisely because much of it is parkland. The proposal to rezone the land to allow built development can only degrade this magnificent asset.

Andrew M almost 3 years ago

Leave the Parklands alone, already there has been too much encroachment, bit by bit the government is eating away at the uniqueness of our city, are we going to become just another overdeveloped concrete jungle ?
What about fresh air, plants, animal and bird habitat ! Not to mention human friendly escape areas.

MJR almost 3 years ago

Stop eating away the Parklands piece by piece. Enough has been subsumed already. It is the open green space, the space for nature, in the heart of the city that makes Adelaide unique, not more shops and carparks. Colonel Light had the same battle with developers when he had the visionary idea to design the parklands in the first place. This amendment further betrays that vision. Pop up coffee carts and food and wine events by the river are fine and welcome, but not this proposed scale of development. There are several venues close to the river that already provide refreshments, we don't need more. The grab of green space for another entertainment centre and more car parking is particularly egregious.

Mike Ladd almost 3 years ago

I have strong reservations that the Parklands along the Torrens will be overtaken for commercial use and seriously impinge on the open spaces along the linear banks of The Torrens. We are a unique capital city that has such green spaces in the CBD. Leave them green. Coolness for our hot summers too.

Icare almost 3 years ago

If anything, the small amount of remaining green spaces and natural buffer to the river in the city which ensure its livability should be protected and increased. Especially if Adelaide is aiming to become a National Park City. Adelaide doesn't need to copy the other major cities by putting in entertainment right on the waterfront, which leaves the water itself as the only natural aesthetically beautiful dimension of the area, and which itself is currently unique becuse it is a green space within Adelaide city.

SCMF almost 3 years ago