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Any development on the site of the salt pans would have significant negative impacts socially, economically and environmentally - it's just a bad idea.
It will be a bad idea, if it’s poorly planned, managed and implemented.
I understand your concerns; it will be one of the most complex developments ever undertaken in this state and will need some serious expertise and private funding due to the high salinity levels and flooding concerns. However in the longer term if planned right, it will have a big positive impact on the northern suburbs.
It will do nothing to reduce car dependence (in fact will increase it)
It would no doubt increase traffic in the area, that’s a given unfortunately with most new suburban developments. However, this is where our public transport network needs to lift its game significantly. For example, high frequency bus services could run down a duplicated Elder Smith Road and connect to an expanded Mawson Lakes Interchange OR a new spur line branching off the existing Gawler line and run along the middle of the Northern Connector (Perth style). Another development could be the overhaul of Dry Creek into a much more user friendly, high frequency station and TOD.
will be quintessentially disconnected from nearby existing urban areas and centres by being cut off in all directions by roads and railways; will not promote active and healthy living and modes of transport, in particular cycling and walking between from destinations; will have a net overall impact detrimental to nearby environment catchments and ecosystems (in particular the mangroves); will not carry much if any place value and will likely contribute to an existing oversupply of new housing.
This is true. Not all of the vacant coastal land (salt pans, bolivar etc) is going to be suitable for development; however the land closest to the city should be developed. This comes even clearer when you look at the plans for the Northern Connector, which will border a large slice of vacant land between Salisbury Highway and Port Wakefield Road. It will be waste to leave this prime land vacant.
The oversupply is not 'publicised': DPTI have said that many new dwellings in newer subdivisions are bought by interstate buyers who in turn rent the properties out. There's more reasons against building on the salt pans that I can think of, but the reasons here are enough for now. Trust me, I know what I'm talking about.
How is that different to any other development in SA or anywhere in Australia?,
The only difference is these homes will be 10-20km from the city, and not 40km away. It’s also another reason why it’s crucial that this future project is well managed.
As much as we all dream of a denser and taller Adelaide CBD, the truth is there is always going to be strong demand for residential subdivisions. I would rather this area be developed, then see miles of new homes heading towards Kapunda.
The area could be transformed into a larger and improved version of Mawson Lakes... such as; high tech industries, commercial businesses, mixture of apartments and homes, recreational facilities, and frequent bus feeder services connecting to an electrified modern railway network OR a new spur line. It could also include a marina, canals, man-made lagoon for swimming and a strong emphasis on protecting the coastal environment. These are just some of ideas of how this windswept eyesore could be developed over the next coming decades
. It would also be good if the visually intrusive Torrens Island power station could be demolished and relocated far away from Adelaide, as well as Bolivar treatment plant which would free up more land for development.
It’s a long time vision, but I believe once the Northern Connector is complete there will be a stronger interest to develop this piece of real estate for both residential, commercial and environmental use.
In saying all this... in my own ideal world, I would like to one day see the airport relocated out this away (potentially Gilman) with a direct train express service to the city. Though that is dreaming....