Kent Town Urban Design Framework & Public Realm Manual - consultation closed
Consultation closed 5.00pm, Friday 7 December 2018.
The draft Kent Town Urban Design Framework is a high-level strategic document describing the vision, themes, directions and implementation strategy for the ongoing evolution of Kent Town’s public realm.
The draft Kent Town Public Realm Manual is a design guide for Kent Town’s streets. It includes a palette of paving materials, furniture, trees and plants which are proposed to be used for future planning, design and capital works.
You are invited to have your say on the draft Kent Town Urban Design Framework and the draft Kent Town Public Realm Manual.
For more information, download the two draft documents and refer to the Frequently Asked Questions below.
Kent Town Urban Design Framework
Kent Town Public Realm Manual
Have your say!
To have your say, please complete the online form.
Online feedback form closed
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Learn more about these documents and share your views on Kent Town.
Date: Tuesday 27 November
Time: 3.00pm - 8.00pm
Venue: Tell Henry, 20 The Parade West, Kent Town
What is the Kent Town Urban Design Framework
The draft Urban Design Framework is the Council's strategic document that sets out the vision, themes, directions and implementation strategy for the public realm in Kent Town.
The objective of the draft Kent Town Urban Design Framework is to assist the Council in establishing a more active, attractive, and liveable neighbourhood supported by a high quality streetscape.
The draft Framework also seeks to establish better ground floor interaction (including outdoor use) between new development and the public realm.
What is the Kent Town Public Realm Manual
The draft Kent Town Public Realm Manual reflects the vision and themes outlined in the draft Urban Design Framework through detailed recommendations of the future form and function of each street within Kent Town.
The key aims of the draft Public Realm Manual are to:
- provide guidance for the planning, design and implementation of public realm works in Kent Town
- achieve an attractive, vibrant and integrated public realm within Kent Town
- establish a materials palette that reinforces the qualities and character of Kent Town
- specify durable furniture and materials that will reduce the long-term maintenance and simplify purchasing
- provide guidance for the management and maintenance of public realm assets.
Why did the Council develop an Urban Design Framework and Public Realm Manual
The 30 Year Plan for Greater Adelaide recognises Kent Town as a ‘significant high density, mixed use, and regeneration opportunity.’
The Council has demonstrated its support for the State Government’s aspirations to create higher density, mixed use precincts, which are both sustainable and vibrant and offer a greater diversity of housing options in close proximity to employment, shopping, community recreation and education facilities, through the Kent Town and The Parade Strategic Growth Development Plan Amendment (authorised by the Minister in October 2013).
With the opportunity for up to 1100 dwellings (primarily apartments), 10,000m2 of retail floor area and 30,000m2 of office / commercial floor area within the Kent Town Precinct, the manifestation of this targeted infill development, will represent a significant change to the urban form of Kent Town.
However, the existing public realm does not cater for the growth and investment being attracted as a result of the planning policy changes introduced for Kent Town and unless managed properly will place significant pressure on the existing public realm and road infrastructure of Kent Town.
In light of these changes, the Council identified a need to develop an Urban Design Framework that will help to deliver a public realm that complements the new form and density of development.
Have the proposed materials in the draft Kent Town Public Realm Manual been used before
The Council recently partnered with the State Government and Developers to construct two streetscape enhancement projects in Kent Town.
These projects, adjacent the East Park and Verde Living Apartments on King William Street, demonstrate the aims of the draft Urban Design Framework and showcase the design and application of public realm elements that are espoused in the draft Public Realm Manual.
For more information, please refer to the case studies on pages 34-39 of the draft Urban Design Framework.
When will the next streetscape enhancement project occur
It is anticipated that Kent Town’s streets will incrementally transform over time as new developments occur and the Council replaces aged assets.
To ensure development occurs in a well-considered and timely manner, the Council is establishing a framework which will deliver upgrades to the streetscapes adjacent new developments in partnership with developers.
In certain locations across Kent Town, the extent of local streetscape upgrades may include mid-block crossings, street corner improvements, or rain gardens in addition to the streetscape upgrades, to achieve better public realm outcomes.
What happens next
All feedback received as part of the community consultation will be collated and summarised for consideration by the Council to prepare the final Kent Town Urban Design Framework and Public Realm Manual.
For more information, contact the Council’s Economic Development & Strategic Projects Unit on 08 8366 4506.