Strategic planning

Planning the growth of the city over the next four years.

From its beginning back in 1836, the city of Adelaide has always been built on a well developed plan. Back then, it was developed by Colonel William Light. Today, the city is designed for life by Council, with its strategic plan developed every four years to ensure it continues to invigorate and stimulate the city.

2016-2020 Strategic Plan

The City of Adelaide 2016-2020 Strategic Plan tells Adelaide’s growth story and articulates an agenda for strong growth over the next four years. Following extensive public consultation and stakeholder engagement, the Strategic Plan includes the following vision for the city: Adelaide is a welcoming and dynamic city full of rich and diverse experiences.

The Strategic Plan consists of four key themes Smart, Green, Liveable and Creative, underpinned by objectives and 110 actions to demonstrate Council’s commitment to tangible results.

The City of Adelaide 2016 – 2020 Strategic Plan was unanimously adopted by Council on 29 June 2016.

Requirements for strategic management plans are explained by the Local Government Act 1999 (Section 122).

    To track the progress of the 17 objectives and the 110 actions in the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, the Administration prepares a quarterly report to Council.

    In 2016/17 these reports were presented as a City Scorecard (a report on the 17 objectives) and a Council Scorecard (reporting on the 110 actions). Since 2017/18 the quarterly reports have been consolidated as a single document.

    Each report addresses progress to the end of the previous quarter, so the report to Council in October of any year refers to activity occurring in the period June-August of that year.

    You can download and read the progress reports here:

    2017/18

    2016/17

      2017/18

        2016/17

                A Delivery Action Plan (DAP) is produced annually to set out the details and planned timing of delivery of the 110 actions in the Strategic Plan. Council has received three Delivery Action Plans since the current Strategic Plan was endorsed in June 2016.

                You can view them here:

                In October 2017, Council endorsed several changes to the City of Adelaide’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan. In February 2019, Council endorsed minor wording changes to seven actions in the Strategic Plan 2016-2020.

                These changes are listed in the table below.

                As published June 2016As amended October 2017
                Liveable ObjectiveA nation leading wellbeing and resilience measure will be applied and influences our work.City of Adelaide residents will have wellbeing above global average.
                Smart ActionBy June 2017, develop and promote an international City brand that showcases the smart, liveable, green and cultural advantages of Adelaide.By June 2018, develop and promote an international City brand that showcases the smart, liveable, green and cultural advantages of Adelaide.
                Smart ActionBy June 2017, as part of an improved customer experience we will develop a business plan and implement smart parking technology across the City and North Adelaide to move towards an expiation-free environment.By June 2018, as part of an improved customer experience we will develop a business plan and implement smart parking technology across the City and North Adelaide to move towards an expiation-free environment.
                Smart ActionBy June 2018, develop and promote an internal city brand that showcases the smart, liveable, green and cultural advantages of Adelaide.
                Smart ActionBy June 2018, as part of an improved customer experience we will develop a business plan and implement smart parking technology across the city and North Adelaide to move towards an expiation-free environment.
                Smart ActionWork with key partners (private sector, NBN Co and universities) to create a national centre for applied research and education into the digital economy.
                Provide input to future innovation-related initiatives on Lot 14 to influence best possible economic outcomes for the city.
                Smart ActionBy June 2017, review Council's commercial operations to determine best management models.
                Green ActionBy June 2017, complete a procurement plan for all Council vehicles to be low or zero emissions.By December 2017, complete a procurement plan for all Council vehicles to be low or zero emissions.
                Green ActionBy the end of 2017, develop and implement waste, recycling and reuse approach for the city that reflects world's best practices and the use of smart technology.
                Green ActionCouncil will have developed a Green City Plan detailing Council's contribution to greening the city and showing activities with aligned annual targets, including an additional 1,000 trees in built-up areas of the city by June 2020.
                Liveable ActionBy June 2017, develop an Adelaide 2040 Plan to achieved long-term economic, environmental, social and cultural goals, incorporating a spatial and transport plan for the City and the Adelaide Park Lands.By June 2020, develop an Adelaide 2040 Plan to achieved long -term economic, environmental, social and cultural goals, incorporating a spatial and transport plan for the City and the Adelaide Park Lands.

                Liveable Action
                By June 2017, endorse a Central Market Arcade redevelopment plan and commence works by 2020.