The building of a city model of Adelaide, Australia, has been as much determined by stakeholder enthusiasm and administrative context as technical questions. The present state of the model is comprehensive in area but exists with parts at very different levels of detail, determined by the various motivations behind their creation. The paper describes some examples of the use of sections of the model as a basis for student design projects, as a basis for City planning department-initiated explorations of development proposals, as a basis for the negotiation of acceptable development proposal strategies between City planners and the public, and as a means of presenting the implications of development proposals to City councillors who are members of the Planning Committee.