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Renewing our urban future - Unlocking South Australia's Potential

Renewing our Urban Future – Unlocking South Australia’s Potential sets out the Government’s vision for delivering better cities, towns and regions and provides context for a number of important planning initiatives that are being rolled out over coming months.

It discusses why we need to reform and modernise our planning system and how we will achieve this vision – through focusing more on mixed-use urban infill and better connection between people and places, business and markets; supporting the liveability and activation of our city and regions by attracting investment and making it easier to invest in our state, and ensuring more emphasis and effort is placed on early engagement on strategic directions, plans and policies.

Visit the planning reform page for more information.


The Planning and Development Fund

The Planning and Development Fund provides the means for open space and public realm investment across the State through the Open Space and Places for People grant programs:

The Open Space grants program provides financial assistance to local government for the purchase, planning and development of public open space. Project include the development of linear park networks, significant reserve developments and supporting the provision of quality open space in areas of increasing development.

The Places for People grants provide financial assistance to local government for strategic urban design planning, detailed design documentation and development of prominent public places of community significance. The objective of the program is to help create new public places or revitalise existing public spaces that contribute to the social, cultural and economic life of the community.

In June 2016, the Minister for Planning has recently announced over $10.4 million in local government grants:

P&D Fund Media Release - 26 June 2016 (PDF, 87.4KB)

For a complete list of the successful projects in the latest round of funding, click here.

In addition to the local government grant programs, the Fund provides direct strategic investment into State Government initiated projects and other co-investment opportunities. Expenditure of the Fund closely aligns with the Government’s priorities including the implementation 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide. The direct investment funding model allows for the strategic investment into projects such as the revitalisation of the Adelaide Park Lands.