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What are guiding principles?

Guiding principles are high level criteria that define our requirements for the site. We will assess any proposals for use of the site against these principles to ensure we are consistent with our objectives.

How does Council plan to engage residents?

We intend to develop this site in accordance with the guiding principles that were adopted following consultation with the local and wider community. This will help us to come up with a plan that considers community, financial, environmental and other aspects.

There has been a staged approach to this engagement. During the first stage we heard what the community do and don't want on the site. Stemming from this we've finalised Guiding Principles in response to feedback from stakeholders.

Who has been consulted to date?

General community, North Adelaide residents and property owners and North Adelaide traders and businesses. A report summarising previous community engagement and feedback received is available by clicking here.

What short-term uses of the site will Council be undertaking?

Our first priority was to remove the fences, improve the general look of the area, and open up the site to the community. The lawn area is open and available for community enjoyment.

We have held a number of short-term events and activities on the site and will continue to do so in the coming months as we transition towards a long-term redevelopment plan.  All events will be listed at What's On.

What does site activation mean?

Site activation includes all of the temporary activities on the site that will bring the community together and enhance the site as we transition towards development.

How can anyone interested in this project stay up to date/send in their feedback?

Council intends to provide ongoing updates about its plans for the site.

People are also encouraged to register here on Council’s community engagement portal where regular updates will also be provided.

Where can I have a say about the concept designs for the development at 88 O’Connell which appeared in the newspaper?

These plans have not been prepared by the City of Adelaide and do not represent the council’s position on the development of the site. We have a process ahead of us before we prepare any plans regarding site development.

The newspaper approached three Adelaide firms and asked them to design a master plan for 88 O’Connell Street, including artist impressions and a description of the elements of the concepts.

It’s wonderful to see encouraging ideas about potential future uses and this shows just how much community interest there is in bringing this site to life. There may be future opportunities to progress some of the ideas that the community has interest in as we move through the planning and engagement stages.

Why can’t Eighty Eight O’Connell be used for parking in the short term?

Eighty Eight O’Connell is private land owned by the City of Adelaide and is located in the Main Street (O’Connell) Zone of the City of Adelaide Development Plan. The Development Plan policy for this site categorises stand alone car parking as non-compliant. A new Development Application would be required to change this.

A Development Application was recently approved that allows the City of Adelaide to temporarily use the site for events and to provide events based ancillary parking during event times.

Further to this, Councillor Couros recently raised a Motion on Notice at a Council Meeting (refer to Council Minutes) held on 11 December 2018.  The motion requests that the administration undertake work to look for ways to open the site as a car park.  This work is currently underway and a report will be provided to Council in early 2019.

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