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Key decisions take CBD project forward

Key decisions take CBD project forward
Published 24 May 2022
The transformation of the Elizabeth CBD into a thriving retail, business and entertainment precinct continues to make solid progress.

After refocusing the project in 2021, Council has followed a stringent and thorough decision-making process to ensure any developments within the CBD are consistent with the community’s aspirations for a vibrant and active city centre.

At its most recent meeting in April 2022, Council made a series of decisions that will take the project forward. It’s another exciting step in the CBD project as we get closer to understanding what types of buildings, services and experiences will form part of the revitalization of the city centre.

Read on below to find out more about each decision and what it means for you and the CBD project.

Decision – to continue to work with preferred partners about specific opportunities for private investment in the CBD

Council will continue working with its preferred partners about what buildings, services and experiences may form part of the revitalised CBD. Unfortunately, we can’t share anymore right now about the details of potential offerings as the negotiations continue to remain confidential due to commercial information shared by preferred development partners.

Decision – to ratify land revocation for core CBD site

Council ratified the former Minister for Local Government’s approval to revoke the community land classification for land in the core Elizabeth CBD site adjacent to the Playford Civic Centre. This means that Council is able to progress with contracts of sale on the land once ready to proceed. Each of the proposed developments are privately funded. Encouragingly, the Minister’s response noted that developing the site will have a positive impact on the community.

Decision – not to develop land on the southern Gateway site along Main North Road (near Judd Road) at this time.

Council will not proceed with development on land at the southern end of the Main North Road (near Judd Road), at this time. As per our commitment to the community, these decisions were made after evaluating detailed proposals from proponents and listening to community feedback.

Because development won’t proceed on the land, we will not pursue an application to revoke the community status of this land at this time. This is in addition to decision by Council in November 2021 not to proceed with any development on the eastern side of the Main North Road Gateway as part of this project. The uplift of the appearance of community land along the Main North Road Gateway was to be funded by the development of Gateway sites. As this is not occurring, the uplift of this green corridor will not proceed. It may be considered separately in the future.

CBD project site update

CBD Project Flyer Update Map
CBD project site update, May 2022

Sharing information with our community

The April Council meeting was confidential due to the commercial information contained within the proposals and the competitive nature of the process. However, we understand and encourage community interest in the CBD project and are sharing as much information with you as we can now, to help keep you as up to date as things progress. As soon as we are able, we will share more details as we know this is something you are really interested in.

Why a refreshed CBD?

A revitalised CBD is needed to meet the demands of Playford’s rapidly growing community and contemporary expectations that services, employment and experiences are available close to where you live. It also responds to growth in areas around us, such as Gawler, Light and the Barossa, with the CBD acting as a centre for regional communities to the north. Importantly, developing a vibrant CBD fulfils a key community aspiration from the Playford Community Vision 2043, with the community expressing their desire for a vibrant and cosmopolitan city centre.

More information

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