The South Australian government has unveiled a detailed blueprint to guide the urban renewal within Port Adelaide over the next two decades. The plan presents a significant opportunity to evolve from a historic shipping and industrial harbour to a contemporary mixed use urban area with a sustainable local economy and a regional activity centre.

Housing and Urban Development Minister Tom Koutsantonis said the Port Adelaide Precinct Plan provides a long-term framework that will encourage more people to live, work, invest and spend time in the Port Adelaide town centre and waterfront.

“The Port has always had the potential to be somewhere special, but real plans were needed to bring the Port alive. This precinct plan and Development Plan Amendment are the next steps in our economic and cultural renewal of the Port,” he said.

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Aerial view of Port Adelaide

The government has released a Development Plan Amendment (DPA) for the Port Adelaide Regional Zone, which includes a number of changes, such as new maximum building heights of between three and five storeys, down from the 12-storey limit proposed under previous plans.

“In line with proposed planning changes, it ensures we have a clear 20-year vision that brings together the Port’s maritime past and future, its attractiveness as a tourism destination and its desirability as a place to live, not just visit,” Koutsantonis explained.

The Precinct Plan relies on an extensive community consultation process that had previously been conducted in the Port. In October 2012, approximately 4,500 people attended an open house and shared their views and ideas on the Port’s business district and waterfront.

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View of Port Adelaide over the Port River from Birkenhead

During the consultation process, community members said they valued: vibrant markets, a community hub, events space, new buildings that respect the heritage character, boosting tourism, attracting new businesses and filling vacant shops, open and green spaces for the community, reduced building heights, renewing the river front and enabling water activities, job creation, and housing diversity and affordability.

The Port Adelaide Steering Committee, comprised of community representatives and the City of Port Adelaide Enfield Council also helped to guide the development of the Precinct Plan.

Koutsantonis thanked to the committee members for their input in the plan and said a community reference group will be established to ensure continued community involvement throughout the process of Port Adelaide renewal.

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This image is only indicative and reflects the desired character design and appearance outlined in the Precinct Plan for Port Adelaide Renewal Project.

The Steering Committee established the following key principles to achieve the plan’s vision:

  • A “living port” that celebrates its maritime past as well as a future that embraces new ideas, innovation and development.
  • Achieving urban renewal in the different precincts, preserving the Port’s character, reinterpreting and reinforcing it.
  • Regenerating the inner harbour and waterfront with new buildings and spaces of a human scale.
  • Focussing on the historic precincts and heritage of Port Adelaide with the development of active main streets.
  • Realising the Port’s potential for pedestrian friendly that will attract locals and visitors to the area.
  • Respecting the cultural beliefs and existence of Aboriginal people and the values they share.
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This image reflects the desired character design and appearance outlined in the Precinct Plan for Port Adelaide Renewal Project.

Under the precinct plan, 10 different sub-precincts have been identified within the Port, along with their potential to become a new space for retail, tourism and hospitality, as well as, for residential, mixed-use, commercial or industrial developments. Maritime activities, such as locations for sail making, a boat yard and the showcasing of heritage vessels, are a consistent theme for the inner harbour.

Over the next 20 years, the plan is expected to create at least 2,000 new homes, bringing an extra 4,000 to 8,000 people to the Port and generating between 1,500 and 2,000 permanent jobs and 1,000 to 1,500 construction jobs. In addition, it is expected to produce $1 billion to $2 billion in investment.

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The community is also encouraged to have its say on the DPA through written submissions or at a scheduled public meeting.

Planning Minister John Rau said it is the government’s intention to introduce a design review process once the DPA process was completed.

“This process would be similar to that successfully introduced in the city and inner rim for significant projects and would ensure the character of the Port is maintained,” he said.