City design considered for SA developments

Expert design perspectives will be placed into development proposals from the beginning of a project’s consideration.

This development regime follows an agreement between the South Australian Government and the City of Adelaide.

Inviting globally based engineers, architects and developers to focus on Adelaide, the Development Assessment Commission (DAC) will have the expert design panel evaluate all city projects.

Premier Jay Weatherill said this approach will ensure that building projects and developments will fit in with surrounding areas.

“We know the city is going to grow and it is important it is consistent with the character and liveability of Adelaide,” Mr Weatherill said.

According to Mr Weatherill, the panel will improve development processes, allowing for results focused on design.

Minister for Planning, John Rau said the panel will provide expert advice from the outset of any proposal through the Government Architect, John Rau.

“One of the design panel’s key considerations will be how a building connects with the area,” Mr Rau said.

Adelaide Mayor Steven Yarwood said the changes will allow council and the government to work together in a way that “eliminates piecemeal and ad-hoc development”.

Mr Yarwood said this will speed up development, reduce costs, attract investment and lead to “innovative architecture”.

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