Nestled in between the hustle and bustle of the East End and The Parade, Norwood, is Kent Town – an historic neighbourhood with unique character.
Quickly becoming a highly sought after location for businesses and creative industries, Kent Town is also experiencing a boom of new residents seeking a cosmopolitan lifestyle. With this influx of new residents and a new era of businesses locating in this much sought after suburb, Kent Town is undergoing an exciting transformation into a highdensity, mixed-use neighbourhood.
To help Kent Town maintain its sense of place and ensure liveability for residents, businesses and visitors into the future, the Council has developed an Urban Design Framework and Public Realm Manual for the area.
The documents set out the long-term vision for Kent Town and focus on building strong relationships between development sites and local streets.
They also specify the materials and designs that can be used to enhance Kent Town’s streetscape, including paving, street furniture, plants and strategically placed public art, in a nod to the area’s reputation as Adelaide’s creative industries hub.
In addition, the Council is developing an Economic Development Strategy which will serve to attract and nourish business and industry growth in the area. At the time of the 2016 census, Kent Town was home to more than 700 businesses, with several recognised as winners or finalists in the Eastside Business Awards.
These strategies will complement each other and provide direction to influence the growth of the economy through an increase in business, high density housing and urban renewal projects, making Kent Town a highly desirable place to live, invest and visit.