The 30 year plan for Greater Adelaide

The state government's vision for the growth and development of this most populated part of South Australia to 2036 is set out in The 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide.

Greater Adelaide is made up of seven administrative regions and 27 councils, as well as the regional city of Murray Bridge. It is bordered by Victor Harbor and Goolwa in the south, the Barossa Valley in the north, the Gulf of St Vincent in the west, and the River Murray in the east.

The plan prepares for steady population growth of 560,000 people, construction of 258,000 additional dwellings, creation of 282,000 new jobs and economic growth of $128 billion. It outlines where people will live, where jobs will be located and where future transport and other infrastructure will be provided. It also describes how the city's history, character and environmental heritage can be protected and how the risks and potential effects of climate change can be managed.

Recent changes to the plan

An amendment to the South Australian Planning Strategy to recognise the special character of the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale was approved by the state government.

This resulted in an addendum 3.3 MB to the strategy that should be read in conjunction with The 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide, as well as the Murray and Mallee Region plan 3.7 MB

The addendum contains policy directions intended to preserve the character of the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale districts by enabling continuing primary production and related activities, including tourism, while avoiding further encroachment by urban sprawl.

The development plans affected will be updated to align with the policy changes.

The residential densities handbook

Understanding residential densities 4.1 MB contains 60 examples of the variety of designs, styles and ages of dwellings that could apply to the categories of residential density in metropolitan Adelaide, as well as Greater Adelaide and regional South Australia. The examples represent a typical cross-section of dwellings and forms of development from various sites.

The 30-year plan for Greater Adelaide contains three definitions of residential density to be used in planning policy to guide individual developments:

  1. low density = less than 35 dwelling units per hectare
  2. medium density = 35 to 70 dwelling units per hectare
  3. high density = more than 70 dwelling units per hectare.

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The planning strategy for South Australia


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Page last updated: 9 July 2015