Key role for urban infill
Blend with greenfields sites, writes Ben Hyde
URBAN infill must go hand-inhand with greenfields housing estates on the city fringe to ensure Adelaide reaches its development potential and stays affordable, an industry expert says.
Urban Development Institute of Australia SA executive director Terry Walsh says Adelaide is brimming with development potential over the next 30 years, if it is planned properly.
‘‘In Adelaide, because we are starting from a reasonably sparse city, we can plan our development and keep moving forward,’’ he says.
‘‘We, as an industry, believe you need greenfields on the suburban fringe being developed in a planned way while creating a situation where people strive to live, and can live, in the city,’’ he says.
‘‘There are many clear examples in New South Wales and Queensland where governments took the position where they weren’t going to extend out and the lessons are painstaking.
‘‘I think we have to do both urban infill and suburban fringe developments.’’
Mr Walsh says a failure to develop on the suburban fringe would affect affordability.
He also says urban infill needs to be done in a structured way, incorporating transport and retail hubs. ‘‘We want people to aspire to move to the city for all the benefits,’’ he says.
‘‘St Clair is a great example. It’s 10 minutes to the city, you can drive to your spot or you use public transport and increasingly the residents will be able to walk along Woodville Rd and have a little mecca of shops and a nice community feel.’’
Mr Walsh says the former Clipsal site at Bowden has the potential to be a desirable innermetropolitan development site and the city centre still has substantial development upside.