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By MALCOLM SUTTON
THE Adelaide Hills could be
covered in housing to accom-
modate population growth for
the next 30 years, according to South
Australian Greens MLC Mark Parnell.
This is despite the Greater Adelaide
area's existing residential areas more
than capable to absorb growth.
"It's quite possible for future gov-
ernments to come along and rezone
further areas for housing," Mr Parnell
"Those areas that have already been
rezoned, such as Mount Barker and
Nairne, are currently productive
farms and will, over time, become
"But planners still haven't sorted
out all the infrastructure. They're still
arguing with the people of Callington
about who's going to host the sewer-
South Australia's 2010 30-Year Plan
for Greater Adelaide identifies
Roseworthy, Mount Barker, Virginia,
and Two Wells -- apart from Murray
Bridge and Goolwa -- as key areas for
future growth on Adelaide's fringes.
Its gross land target for growth is
14,200 hectares -- 25 per cent of
which will be retained as buffer zones
for different land uses -- with an
expected 124,000 dwellings to be
built on new land.
It said metropolitan housing would
gradually move from the current infill
development versus fringe develop-
ment ratio of 50:50 to a ratio of about
70:30 in the last years of the plan
"30pc is not zero," Mr Parnell said.
"We believe the entire future popu-
lation growth of Adelaide can be
accommodated within existing urban
areas and don't believe there is any
justification for sprawling the city
Greater Adelaide's population
would increase to 1.85 million by
2036 and the government plans to
prepare for the rapid growth to ensure
housing and employment opportuni-
ties keep pace with growth rates.
University of Adelaide Australian
Population and Migration Research
Centre director Graeme Hugo said
population forecasts were risky.
"They are based on the very highest
level of projections that have been
made by the Australian Bureau of
Statistics over the next 30 years," he
"To just take the highest level and
suggest that's the basis on which
future planning will occur, I think is
a dangerous strategy that can lead to
poor planning decisions.
"If you anticipate growth any faster
than it actually is, then there may be
poor investments made in terms of
infrastructure, so it seems to me there
should be a range of projections.
"It's not a criticism of the plan as
such, but it may mean the timing of
things could be different to what they
say in the plan."
A government spokesperson
said the population target used
for the plan was specifically
prepared in 2007 based on
2006 preliminary ABS census
A revised set of population
projections were being pre-
pared based on 2011 census
results and should be available
later this year.
But University of Adelaide
School of Architecture and
Built Environment head
George Zillante questioned the
strength of SA's direction.
He said the recent rezoning
of rural land into housing at
Mount Barker should never
have happened and could
result in urban sprawl
throughout Adelaide Hills.
"It's going to be very difficult for
government to control it," Mr Zillante
"Even though they say they'll intro-
duce planning constraints to prevent
it, the reality is, people and develop-
ers will keep chipping away at it
block by block and the next thing
we've got is a linear city from
Adelaide all the way to Murray
Prof Zillante said the planned
expansion into Roseworthy was
"There's enough room in current
metropolitan Adelaide with better
planning," he said.
State Planning Minister John Rau
said there were some regional areas
keen to encourage growth and the
government would support them
"Market forces will always dictate
population growth in particular areas
and the State Government will con-
sider any rezone applications made
by councils on an as-needs basis," he
He did not see any need to extend
the character preservation legislation
recently put in place for the Barossa
and McLaren Vale into other high-
grade agricultural areas in Greater
"I am not aware of any similar
regions threatened by urban sprawl,"
Mr Rau said.
The Minister did not accept the
premise that that the community
considered the Mount Barker rezon-
ing a mistake.
Urban sprawl 'unneccesary'
Roseworthy plans questioned
Population projections to be revised
HILLS PLAN ON RADAR
Urban infill development better idea: Greens
Prof Graeme Hugo says creating future
planning policy based on the highest
population projections is risky.
FREELING broadacre and
sheep farmer Neville Kernich
(pictured) was one of more
than 250 people who attended a
community meeting about a
planned 110-hectare housing
development in Freeling recently.
The proposal was all but shout-
ed down -- a reported 248 to 2
according to Save the Freeling
Rural Land & Lifestyle lobby
"They didn't explain it properly
and they didn't say over what
period the subdivision was
going to occur," Neville said.
He is not against development
but wants it undertaken proper-
"They really did bugger-up
Mount Barker," he said. "And
how can you put in buffer zones?
"The key is to have develop-
ment sorted-out and not just
plonk it down and hope for the
Freeling housing proposal shouted down
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