Vibrant Adelaide

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Help drive change in our capital city

This amendment to the Adelaide (City) Development Plan is a step towards revitalising our capital city and transforming it into a more vibrant, attractive and liveable place where people will want to live, visit, invest and build their businesses.

This amendment sets out new planning policies that will provide a sound platform for development and unlock the city’s future potential by promoting investment, stimulating housing development, improving infrastructure and generating jobs in the city.

The amendment was on public consultation from Wednesday 28 March until 5.00 pm on Friday 1 June 2012.

The amendment has been brought into immediate operation on a temporary (interim) basis while feedback is sought from the community. During this time, all the new policies are in effect. However, changes can be made to the amendment in response to the public feedback. 

Vibrant Adelaide delivers 

Complete reform of SA planning system to make the city -

  • more competitive, more contemporary
  • less complex zoning
  • deliver greater consistency
  • more streamlined decision-making
  • good design outcomes

Vision for Adelaide   

More people -

  • choosing to live in our city
  • with more jobs in our city
  • bringing investment to our city
  • coming to visit and enjoy our city

Planning policy changes

The amendment provides for new zoning in several strategic areas of the city. These include:

Central business area

  • building heights governed by design and airport requirements
  • recognise Rundle Mall as the city’s premier shopping district
  • embed King William Street as the city’s commercial spine
  • activate ground floors and integrate them with public realm
  • outcome-oriented design principles replace prescriptive standards

Mixed use area

  • development frames boulevards at 15 storeys
  • reinforced special character of Rundle, Hindley and Gouger
  • less restrictive building heights and other controls
  • links proposed transit corridor with development potential through the city
  • over height policies on sites greater than 1500m2 or near public transport

Squares, main streets and terraces

  • park lands and southern squares activated with mixed use
  • Sturt / Halifax becomes a 6 storey main street between the squares to enliven the south end
  • catalyst policies on sites over 1500m2 remove prescriptive controls
  • O’Connell south of Tynte becomes a 6 storey main street

View the development plan and the amendment

There are three ways to view the Capital City Development Plan Amendment document:

  • Download a copy from
  • See a copy at:
    Adelaide City Council
    25 Pirie Street, Adelaide
    8.30 am – 5.30 pm Monday to Friday
    Phone: (08) 8203 7203
    Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
    Level 5, 136 North Terrace, Adelaide
    9.00 am – 5.00 pm Monday to Friday
    Phone: (08) 8303 0791
  • Contact the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure on 8303 0673 and ask for a copy of the document to be posted to you.