The Property Council has welcomed the South Australian Government’s announcement that its Urban Renewal Authority will commence on 1 March 2012, saying it is a critical step in delivering key elements of the 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide.
Property Council of Australia (SA Division) Executive Director Nathan Paine says renewal authorities are critical for delivering better communities and new lifestyle opportunities, and for easing housing affordability pressures.
“The formation of the Urban Renewal Authority means there’s will now be one State Government voice for all urban development matters, and a single gateway to the housing and development services that government provides,” Mr Paine said.
“This will mean greater efficiency for the countless businesses that work in the property industry.
“Further, streamlined government development processes mean the industry can focus more of its energies on making renewal communities the best they can be.”
The Property Council has long advocated for the establishment of a single renewal authority for delivery of urban infill communities. Extensive overseas study and research has proven the Urban Renewal Authority model is the most effective way of ensuring that infill communities succeed.
“We are fortunate in South Australia that so much effort has gone into thinking and planning for our urban future,” Mr Paine said.
“As a result we have a 30-Year Plan that maps out how the state’s growth will be managed while protecting the majority of the urban fabric that makes Adelaide unique and beautiful.
“It means we can maintain our enviable lifestyle while promoting housing choice, affordability and livability.
“The new Authority will be a crucial tool in delivering these infill developments quickly, and to the quality that Adelaideans are used to.
“We have high expectations when it comes to housing, and we believe these communities can and will exceed those expectations.
“With the Authority’s help, Adelaide’s new infill suburbs will redefine how open space can and should be used; they’ll demonstrate the benefits of living in well-connected, diverse and walkable communities, and they’ll prove that there are desirable alternatives to detached dwellings.
“Today’s announcement represents a win-win-win for the community, the property sector and the Government, and we look forward to working with the Government to finalise the powers, roles and implementation of the Authority.”