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.

The city is filled with empty building, filled! it's a ghost town. Yet new ones and hotels and more keeps getting built. leaving more buildings empty. why would you ever need the parklands???? not only are they parklands! leave them! we all need and want the green spaces, the biodiversity, a place for animals and other non humans life, they should never be touched! its our thing!
But also worry about the empty empty city. Its so depressing and such wasted space yet you wnat to take green space? why to have more empty buildings? NO!!!!!! sort out the city! Sort out things built for these purposes and use them! LEVAE THE PARKLANDS ALONE!

Ray Harris2 8 months ago

Why is the Govt. intent on a "Maccas" approach to our heritage.The Park lands are the distinguishing feature that makes Adelaide different to other cities, we must doggedly guard this invaluable public asset from development. In a tragic attempt to be like Melbourne or be like Brisbane, the rezoning of our heritage by the Marshall Liberal government should be enough to have them loose Government at the next election in march 2022. It is important to remember these precious assets are owned by the current & future citizens of the state not the Government or any public service department. Once they are gone we will never ever get them back.

Lew Hylton 8 months ago

This is absolutely laughable and absolutely hypocritical considering the Marshall government plans to build on our precious parklands. – This, from Mr Marshall’s OWN website!!
27/10/2021 | David Speirs MP
“The Marshall Liberal Government has taken yet another step to secure South Australia’s position as a global leader in taking action against climate change by committing to enshrine the State’s ambitious emission reduction targets in legislation, ahead of the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).”
“The State Government has already committed to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and has gone one step further with a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 per cent by 2030.”
“This is why we will move to update the Act and legislate the state's target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 per cent by 2030 and achieve net zero emissions by 2050.”
“South Australia has always led the way when it comes to climate change action and renewable energy and I am proud to be able to showcase our achievements on a world stage at COP26.

So, to combat climate change and global warming Mr Marshall believes removing 200+ trees and building on parklands is an acceptable path to achieving South Australia’s contribution to saving our planet from further destruction?
It seems evident from the statements on Mr Marshall’s website, our state is being governed by outright liars!!

K 8 months ago

Our Parklands were a gift, envisioned by a forward-thinking visionary on their creation. More than just green spaces to enjoy, you can feel the physical drop in temperature as you pass from King William Street over South Terrace onto Peacock Road - they do wonders to reduce the temperature once you pass outside the city.

Not only should our green spaces NOT be rezoned under any circumstances, they should be expanded. The oval at Kurranga and the dust bowl at Walyu Yarta should be converted into tree-laden parks.

Blake 8 months ago

It's so important for biodiversity and the natural environment to retain open space and tree coverage; please reduce the spread of high-rise building projects within the Adelaide parklands.

Margaret Strickland 8 months ago

This level of development will invalidate Adelaide's distinctive, appealing character, so it becomes like every other built-up city, anywhere. Urban in-fill development is backward looking. The future will not be enhanced by erasure of the beauty and spaciousness of our natural world. Destructive developments should be left in the past because their legacy is density, pandemics, climatic, natural disasters. Why should I be condemmed to a repetition of the mistakes of the past which I did not and do not support and be forced to bear the consequences?

Catherine Murphy 8 months ago

We were given the parklands as a legacy, with great foresight. You/we/this generation has no right to diminish that legacy. There’s a reason – NATURAL PLACES in part – why Adelaide is consistently named as one of the world’s most livable cities. What a greedy move. No, no, no to more development. And we need to learn and involve Kaurna people more.

BarbAC 8 months ago

The beauty of this City is its green spaces, areas of nature and accessibility to its residents... not to be sold out , once gone, never to be replaced.

Sharing And Caring 8 months ago

I am opposed to the rezoning of the riverbank precinct especially to allow multi storey buildings.
Leave our parkland alone.

Transparency 8 months ago

This is a comprehensive steal of the parklands which are forever under attack. Nothing like free land, but at the cost of Light’s vision. The proposal crushes the destroys what Adelaide is known for - Parklands!

Astrorunner 8 months ago

I strongly oppose these changes.

Because of their special significance, the Adelaide Park Lands have special rules that prevent the government from using sneaky methods to bulldoze developments through. Under the old Development Act, this included not being able to declare Major Projects and Crown Developments. These protections have been largely replicated in the new Planning Development and Infrastructure Act 2016.

One glaring loophole remains - the ability of the Government to change the zoning or planning policy via a Code amendment and thereby ensure that their favoured developments can be pushed through with no genuine public consultation and certainly no third party appeal rights.

The solution is simple: amend the Act to provide that changes to zoning or planning policy affecting the Park Lands do NOT come into effect until AFTER the process of Parliamentary scrutiny is completed. That process of Parliamentary Scrutiny also needs to be amended so that the "gate-keeper" - the Government-controlled Environment Resources and Development Committee - does not have exclusive rights of veto, but that either House of Parliament can independently move and vote on disallowance. That is how it works with disallowance of Regulations, so why not with planning policy affecting the unique Adelaide Park Lands?

Once developed, history shows that they won't ever be returned to open space. The Park Lands are too important to allow opportunistic development that is not in the best long term interests of Adelaide and its environment. We need careful checks and balances, which are currently missing from the process.

Mark Parnell LLB BCOM MRUP (former Member of the Legislative Council and longest serving Member of the Parliamentary Environment Resources and Development Standing Committee)

Mark Parnell 8 months ago

To me it would be an abomination to allow any further building development, of any height, along the banks of the Torrens between Morphett St and Hackney Road. These are green, public-access areas that give the whole area its character and appeal. They should be preserved for the enjoyment of current and future generations. The special character of Adelaide is being lost and the appalling developments I see everywhere need to stop. The south bank of the Yarra in Melbourne provides a good example of what we do NOT want in Adelaide.

I live in the Premier's electorate and have generally supported him at election times. However, if the the riverbank proposal goes ahead it would cost him my support.

BJKnight.SA 8 months ago

On many South Australian government websites there are statements similar to what I have included below:
“The City of _________ acknowledges the Kaurna people as the Traditional Owners of the Country
where the city of _________ is situated today and pays its respect to Elders past and present.”
“The City of ________ recognises that the Kaurna people are the traditional owners and occupiers of the land that now comprises the City of _____”
So, how is that the government can lay claim to “acknowledges the Kaurna people as the Traditional Owners of the Country ……..”,. when it intends to remove trees to build a structure that is absolutely unnecessary on the land of the people, not the government, the people!
To build on the Adelaide parklands is extremely disrespectful to The Kaurna people as they are the traditional custodians of the Adelaide Plains on which Adelaide is located.
To avoid further damaging consequences of climate change and global warming government should not be removing trees as they should be planting more!
“Tree planting is one of the simplest and most effective ways of tackling climate change caused by greenhouse gas. As trees grow they absorb carbon dioxide (CO2), a major greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. So, with the planned development on the riverbank and removal of 200+ trees, this means more CO2 in the atmosphere. “

Concrete/cement is so damaging to the environment as “cement manufacture contributes greenhouse gases both directly through the production of carbon dioxide when calcium carbonate is thermally decomposed, producing lime and carbon dioxide, and also through the use of energy, particularly from the combustion of fossil fuels.”
“Unfortunately concrete is not an environmentally friendly material, either to make, or to use, or even to dispose of. To gain the raw materials to make this material, much energy and water must be used, and quarrying for sand and other aggregates causes environmental destruction and pollution.”
“Concrete is a major contributor to the climate crisis because its production releases huge quantities of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide and methane are the two greenhouse gas most responsible for global warming. ...”
“As a material that creates the majority of the world’s bridges, roads, dams, and construction, concrete releases an extreme amount CO2 each year. It’s the highest consumed product on earth besides water. Until the overall emissions are cut worldwide, the environment will continue to be polluted with over 4 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide annually due to this industry.”

K 8 months ago

Adelaide is renown for it fabulous parklands to destroy them is narrow minded and greedy. We will end up having less and less as developers and planners try to take over more land every few years. Please STOP and let the families and tourists enjoy and be amazed by our beautiful city surrounded by parklands.

Prue 8 months ago

Due to ongoing efforts to monetise and commercialise more and more of our world heritage worthy Adelaide Parklands, I oppose any changes to any legislation which enables building of any kind (apart from limited recreation or sport activity) on any of the remaining Parklands areas.
There is constant pressure from commercial forces to stop more tree cover from being achieved (Victoria park) or to actually remove old established trees from our Parkland (Adelaide Oval area).
This constant eating away at our precious Parklands has got to be stopped.

Ian Buckland 8 months ago

Adelaide would not be the attractive city it is without its parkland belt - a rare international distinction. This belt has lately been built over to the city's detriment. More large-scale development of an increasingly private nature will destroy the public amenity of the riverside and the natural breathing space Adelaide's citizens expect to enjoy.
The state's planners must stop exploiting public land for the benefit of the few and start respecting the original visionary town plan.

Sensibility 8 months ago

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Bish 8 months ago

Far too much commercialism in what is public parklands.

Bish 8 months ago

Please do not take away our Parklands.

lizzie#1 8 months ago

I do not agree with the redevelopment of the Parklands Precinct. We have a very special city which is surrounded by green space, the wonderful planning of Col William Light. Thank you Col William Light for being so strategic and having the plain common sense to see that in the future what we will value is natural spaces, wild life, fresh air, birds and places to relax and play. He is watching over the city from Montifiore Hill and would be rolling his eyes at the idea of this " stealing " of the parklands away from the totality of the citizens to give commercial gain to a small minority. This is not strategic but commercial. We do not need more shops and cafes. Yes maybe we do need a new childrens hospital but that can be situated elsewhere.

If you have visited Brisbane lately and the Southbank precinct you will have seen how daggy, shabby, and untidy it now looks - this was an area developed after the 1988 C/Wealth Games to give the people a chance to enjoy the riverbank along the Brisbane River. As with all development it looks great at first and then as the years go by it looses it's lustre, shine and sparkle and looks tainted and old. So then we need to re-develop the development - more money for what? Natural spaces do not need to be " refurbished " in this way.

I don't agree with Mr Marshalls recent comment on the radio that the area ( i think he was referring to the area on the south side of the riverbank past the new RAH) that " we should have an aquarium on this site as basically the area is -de-generated and vegetation is gone". Well why not -regenerate the vegetation? Please do not put another ugly building on this space.

Us South Australians are very lucky to have, in our capital city, such beautiful green spaces. Do not take them away from future generations. Look at the over development in other cities - we do not need to copy them.

Pleas have genuine and lengthy consultation before taking away the beautiful Parklands that we have looked after since Adelaide was designed and settled. The original, and always will be, owners of this land do not need to have their land further destroyed with white folks development.

lizzie#1 8 months ago