Riverbank Precinct Code Amendment

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Consultation has concluded. Below is a record of the engagement.



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

Have your say on the proposed rezoning of the Riverbank Precinct by leaving a comment below.

There is no point in me reiterating all the valid reasons that so many people have already given as to why this rezoning should NOT proceed or expressing yet more dismay and outrage. It is a disgrace that the government would even consider such plans and it appears that destruction will continue of what Adelaide is renown for: its peace, its livibility, its heritage, its green spaces, especially its beautiful parklands. Why would Adelaide want to have an ugly riverbank like they have in Melbourne? Or cram another hospital in such an unsuitable location? It is a shame that the rezoning proposal wasn’t made more public, providing people with more opportunities to give their opinion.

Becky2142 10 months ago

Do not further develop any Adelaide parklands areas. They must stay as natural as possible. I say NO to further development. Keep parks natural.

MP Mackinnon 10 months ago

Do not build in the parklands

ColinD 10 months ago

I am opposed to this proposed plan which will diminish the Parklands irreparably. The plan is totally against the intention of Col. Light & those who have protected the Parklands since SA was established. In current times it is more important than ever to protect not develop on the Parklands. How can we hope to have them listed as a place worthy of protection if our Government is proposing to take to them with a bulldozer? Sure they were intended to protect the city from attack but now they are needed more than ever to protect our city from many other attacks both natural & manmade. There are lots of other places in Adelaide in need of attention. Please keep your hands off our parklands!

Fran 10 months ago

Leave the parklands alone. They are a key feature of Adelaide, and a valuable asset. Don't allow development of them! They should remain public and open

LTC 10 months ago

Who has time to read all this guff? Just leave the parklands alone! It is so tiresome that we have to keep fighting over this. William Light left us a wonderful legacy. Stop the death of a thousand cuts and permanently protect every square inch of parklands from commercialisation and development. Put the long term public interest first.

Ben Taylor
A sixth-generation Adelaide resident

Ben Taylor15 10 months ago

Adelaide Park Lands Zone is something precious to protect. So much of our natural environment is locked up. Covid has shown how precious space to move and play is important. The sort of development you are talking about is not visionary it's expediency and convenience.

NgayuluMichelle 10 months ago

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Jani 10 months ago

No commercial development should be permitted on what remains of Adelaide's jewel. In fact the government should embark on a massive tree planting on all vacant areas where appropriate

michael5024 10 months ago

Do not support the rezoning. Our parklands should remain open to the public, not sold off for corporate interests. I strongly oppose this rezoning plan.

Mitchell 10 months ago

Leave the parklands as parklands. I've lived on North Terrace for the past 11 years overlooking the Riverbank precinct. In that short time I have lost my enjoyment of the views of Adelaide Oval, the rotunda, the river and sunset views by the building of big stands at Adelaide Oval; the extensions to the Convention Centre and university buildings. We are regular sports fans and walk along the Torrens regularly and try to attend most community festivals along the Torrens from the Botatic Gardens to Pinky Flat and beyond. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, NO MORE PERMANENT BUILDINGS OR CARPARKS. Carparks encourage people to drive into the city. Spend money on more public transport, particularly trains when events are on in this area of the city. As an avid sports fan who attends baseball, basketball, soccer, football and tennis - we don't need another sports arena that will be useful for 10-15 years only to be told it is outdated and another one required - bigger and better. The whole reason to visit the Torrens is to enjoy the open green space - be it a picnic/bbq, walk/ride/skate along the riverbanks, the coolness in a hot summer and some winter sun on a cold winter's day - not clogged up with buildings, trapping more heat in the city and less and less sunlight getting to street level, which also affects the trees. THE LAST 10 YEARS SHOWS HOW QUICKLY WE'VE ALLOWED OUR AMBIENCE TO BE ERODED - IF ANY OF THESE DEVELOPMENTS ARE ALLOWED TO HAPPEN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS WILL TOTALLY DESTROY FOREVER ANY CHANCE OF RETAINING OUR GREENBELT PARKLANDS. Keep all the parklands available for pop-up events so not only the city residents but all South Australians, Australians and overseas visitors can enjoy what was soon to be recognised internationally as a National Parks City! As a country girl it was always great to see the Adelaide Gaol coming in on the train .... you just knew we were almost in Adelaide! Time permitting we would always visit the River Torrens before boarding the train back home. Adelaide is not Melbourne and we don't want to be ..... if Covid has shown us anything - look at all the returning ex-South Australians waiting to get back into SA because they finally realise what we have is GREAT and BETTER than where they currently live and we all need more free green space in which to exercise and enjoy for mental stimulation. Governments need to figure in the cost of future health issues. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH COMMITTEES AND GOVT DEPTARTMENTS MAKING THE DECISION TO KEEP THINGS THE WAY THEY ARE OR TO ROLL BACK THE TIMES AND RETURN MORE AREAS BACK TO PARKLANDS AND SPEND MONEY ON MAINTAINING THEM. THAT WOULD BE PROGRESS AND WORTH THEIR WEIGHT IN GOLD, NOW AND FOR THE FUTURE. Adelaide city certainly doesn't need more hotels and apartments. Continue to redevelop buildings in the city square mile if you must but also make sure they are not the eye-sores of some of our most recent buildings ... and what about our Covid $$$$ before adding extra tax burdens on us. STOP - ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

Distraught 10 months ago

No! No! No!
I strongly object. Please leave our Parklands green and open.
Reggie K

Reggie K 10 months ago

Adelaide is a unique city on the world stage with its parklands surrounding the city centre thanks to the vision of the early town planners. It is vital to retain what is left of it for the sanity of the city dwellers and visitors not to mention the presevation of our natural environment which is rapidly dwindling. At the time of colonisation when the Kaurna people were so brutally disposessed of their land the parklands would have been a lifeline and refuge for them to stay connected to their country in the rapidly expanding town and then city. Nothing has changed! What is left of the open parklands must be retained for the Kaurna people as owners of this land and for all of us to share in this cultural and natural history. We are all diminished if more of the parklands goes under buildings and bitumen!
Kal Dennis

Ekaterina 10 months ago

Don't develop on the parklands

Eugene 10 months ago

I say STOP destroying our city! We don't need any more parlance etc ripped up so you can build more ugly monoliths! If you need money to rebuild sites, then budget for it like citizens have to do!

Unhappy Brenda 10 months ago

We the citizens of South Australia do not want more sales of land around Adelaide to continue so that you can whack up another multi-storey ugly monolith; and we don't need any more bridges. If you are trying to raise money to fund other projects then budget for it. Stop wasting funds on more useless projects.

Unhappy Brenda 10 months ago

I was passing by the riverbank the other day, and the view along the Torrens towards the west from KW Road was just beautiful. Now just picture this same view towards the west full of cafes and other buildings, and all that is left open is the small area of Elder Park. This would be a travesty to do this to such a beautiful area, and once it is gone under permanent buildings we will never get it back.
If we want to attract tourists, we have to keep some tourist attractions, not fill them in and make them disappear. Note that the only part of this section of the rezoning that says it will be protected is Elder Park, which is only a tiny area!!!.
We Don’t need another arena, the money would be better spent on building another hospital (in addition to a W&CH: but don’t build another hospital that’s too small before the foundations are even laid).
The Liberal Govt (and Labour) should take note that taking our parklands by stealth and destroying the most beautiful parts is Not OK, and there is an election coming soon.

R 10 months ago

This proposal filling up more space in our parkland heritage is appalling. It is insulting to think that citizens continually have to defend such a precious and obvious asset against rampaging public action.

G 10 months ago

Colonel Light was a visionary when he designed Adelaide and the Parklands. I cannot say the same about the proposed redevelopment of the Riverfront Precinct. Isn't it enough that we have the refurbished and expanded Entertainment Centre, Festival Theatre and Oval (and footbridge). Development of Pinky Flat is really not necessary - especially when it is not clear what is intended (black zones). We should be focusing on livability especially as the summer temperatures are rising. It is 'short-sighted' to see developments such as this one being proposed. What about fixing up the actual 'eye sores' of the CDB. Also please put a stop to good agriculture land around Adelaide being sold for large housing developments. We need to plan with a vision comparable to Light's for a sustainable future in relation to climate change, living and food security. Please protect the parklands for now and future generations.

Michelle_1987 10 months ago

Crazy and short sightedness of this plan to take even more parklands and cover it with permanent structures. Adelaide is known for its beautiful green belt of native vegetation and open green spaces surrounding the city. This plan to change the zoning is just another land grab for wealthy developers. When as a society will be appreciate the natural surroundings that we have. Once its built on, we will never get it back. Total opposed to this land rezoning plan within the park lands and riverbank

emily26 10 months ago