Unley Central Precinct Development Plan Amendment Update

UNLEY CENTRAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN AMENDMENT What is the Unley Central Precinct Plan? The City of Unley and the State Government hold the long-term goal of revitalising the heart of Unley by generating new activity, more sustainable retail, and increased residential living opportunities in the Unley Central area. To aid in visioning what the nature of this rejuvenation might entail, the City of Unley commissioned the preparation of the Unley Central Precinct Plan. The goals and visions set out in the Precinct Plan cannot be actioned without first amending the Council’s Development Plan for the area. What is the Unley Central DPA? The Development Plan is a plan required under the State Government’s Development Act to help guide new development. Council needs to ensure that its Development Plan delivers what is needed for the future growth and prosperity of the City, while recognising its unique character. To achieve the goals of the Unley Central Precinct Plan, Council will need to amend its current Development Plan. The Development Plan Amendment (DPA) will encourage residential development and set a height limit for the area while providing for progressive reductions in height at the perimeter of the zone. Currently the Unley District Centre Zone has no specific building height limits or envelopes (increasing setbacks for increasing height). As part of the process, the suburbs of the Unley Council area which are most important from a Conservation and Streetscape perspective will be given enhanced protection. What is the position of the State Government? The Development Plan is required to align with the State Planning Strategy (The 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide) and the South Australian...

The Unley Central DPA, the Village Green, and the Facts

The City of Unley has for many years held a long-term vision of revitalising the heart of Unley by generating new activity and more opportunity for residential living in the Unley Central precinct.  The philosophy of more people creating more retail opportunities, attracting still more people and creating the vibrancy that is hoped for – underpins the strategy.  One of the most challenging aspects of planning for our City’s future growth, is that of striking a balance between delivering modern, attractive and sustainable buildings and facilities, while not degrading Unley’s rich history and charming heritage appeal. With that in mind, Council needs to ensure that Development Plans encourage appropriate development that meet both the current and future needs of residents, businesses and visitors. In 2014, Council prepared the Unley Central Precinct Plan to provide innovative and practical responses to achieving its vision of a vibrant community. One of the steps in reaching this vision is amending the Development Plan for this area. As part of this process, we needed to consider how, and where, we could accommodate the growing population through higher density living. As well as actively trying to generate development interest from the private sector, Council identified the Unley Civic Complex as a potential redevelopment site providing an opportunity for Council to demonstrate leadership and initiate further development in the precinct. Whilst investigations of a potential redevelopment of the Unley Civic Complex will not proceed until the Development Plan Amendment (DPA) is finalised, there has been some concern from a small group within our community about how a redevelopment of this site could affect the Village Green (the open...

City of Unley Environmental Strategy

The City of Unley has released five short videos to share highlight recent projects and explain how residents can directly contribute to the success of our environmental strategy. The new Environmental Sustainability Strategy incorporates specific council and community targets to reflect shared responsibility across five common objectives. For example council provide recycling options and education but it is up to the community to use them to their full potential. To support the strategy, a series of 2 minute videos were developed that showcase environmental projects happening around the City of Unley and finish with a practical step residents can take to contribute. Environmental management works best when integrated across organisations, so the more people who are familiar with what a rain garden is, why it is good to compost food waste, how plants cool urban areas and that home energy kits are at the library – a sense of achievement and ability to contribute can be achieved. Please take the time to view these videos: http://www.unley.sa.gov.au/environment-sustainability/environmental-sustainability        ...

Unley Central Precinct DPA

  The next stages of the Unley Central Precinct Development Plan Amendment are as follows: 1. an Elected Member Workshop will be held at 6.30 pm on Monday, 6 March to consider responses to the Community Consultation and give Administration a direction on the subsequent report. That will be open to the public; 2. the report will be presented to the City Strategy & Development Policy Committee at their meeting on Tuesday , 14 March – 6.30 pm, and 3. Council will consider the report and City Strategy & Development Policy Committee resolution at the Council Meeting on 27 March –  7.00 pm. Following resolution of this, the DPA and Summary of Consultation & Proposed Amendments (SCPA) Report are then sent for Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure (DPTI)/Ministerial review and approval. NOTE: All of the above meetings will be held at the Unley Civic Centre, 181 Unley Road, Unley....

Review of Unley Integrated Transport Strategy

Council has endorsed the  Review of Unley Integrated Transport Strategy in the current financial year. We are into the first stage of the project where we are engaging with community, the Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure (DPTI) and other relevant stakeholders. As part of the community engagement, we have developed an online feedback portal where members of community can contribute their thoughts. Below is the web link to our Your Say Unley webpage. http://yoursay.unley.sa.gov.au/review-of-the-unley-integrated-transport-strategy Also as part of the community engagement, we have schedule two ‘drop in’ days (Thursday -17/11, 4 pm to 7 pm and Saturday – 19/11, 9.30 am to 12 noon) at the Unley Shopping Centre to capture visitors to the local shops. I encourage everyone to participate.  ...

Council Proposes Catalyst Redevelopment for Unley Road

It is unfortunate that the article in this week’s Eastern Courier carries so much incorrect information, particularly when the journalist was provided with a Media Release. Messenger Press has agreed to amend aspects of its article in next week’s edition of the Eastern Courier. To set the record straight, a copy of the Media Release follows: ‘The City of Unley will take a lead role in the rejuvenation of Unley Road with high hopes a potential redevelopment of the Council’s Civic Complex will spark interest in developing other potential sites in the Unley Central Precinct. Unley Mayor Lachlan Clyne said the landmark project would aim to be a model for good urban design and would include a mixed-use facility providing new community and civic facilities, commercial, and residential dwellings. “This is a great site and a great opportunity to take a lead role in the revitalisation of the Unley Central Precinct. More residents in the area will be great for business and will help to reinvigorate the precinct,” Mr Clyne said. “A redevelopment will preserve our heritage, keep the Village Green yet bring modern higher density living into the heart of our City. “This is a winning idea because for every apartment constructed we reduce pressure on the need to demolish and subdivide our existing heritage suburbs. “The apartments will enable our aging population to downsize without moving out of the area and our first home buyers to enter the market in the community they grew up in,” he said. The City has always planned for a long-term vision to revitalise the heart of Unley by generating new activity...

Eastern Courier Item – 19 Oct 2016

The following is a copy of the letter I wrote to the Eastern Courier regarding the September storm event. I have been advised (unofficially) that the 16 September storm was a 1 in 35 year event. Flooding talks Distressed residents in my Ward who experienced flooding during the recent storm events, believe that had councils adopted the Stormwater Management Plan to build a dam in the upper reaches of Brown Hill Creek, their homes would not have been flooded, yet again, because of the rural run off. They also asked “How many more times do we have to go through this trauma before something is done?” Regrettably, I was not able to provide a satisfactory response as (1) councils rejected the proposal for a dam and (2) we are still waiting on a suitable funding arrangement with the State Government. It is almost a year since the five catchment councils agreed on a plan to widen and deepen this watercourse – a plan that will rush stormwater out to sea. This is a shocking waste of water that could be harvested and re-used, rather than polluting the sea with silt and debris. As part of the stormwater management strategy, Unley Council’s detention dam at Ridge Park, completed in 2015, harvests stormwater and reduces peak flows in Glen Osmond Creek. During major storms, this dam holds back stormwater from the upstream catchment and releases it in a controlled manner. The scheme proved most successful during the recent storm events. The dam also collects stormwater for Unley’s Managed Aquifer Recovery (MAR) scheme. In conjunction with the dam, the MAR system harvests...

Flood – 14 September 2016

Adelaide received a large volume of rain in the Adelaide Hills on Tuesday, 13th and Wednesday, 14th of September. With 95 mms of rain falling in Crafers West (part of the Brown Hill Creek catchment area) on the 14th, the volume of water was too great and the creek burst it’s banks in several locations. In addition, because of the volume of water in the creek from the rural catchment, the stormwater drains that feed into the creek had nowhere to release the water which then backed-up into the streets. The main streets and properties affected in the City of Unley were in Unley Park, Millswood, Everard Park and Forestville. In anticipation of this event, Council staff cleared side entry pits and contractors were engaged to clear draining issues at known ‘hot spots’. During the rain event, Depot staff worked back to fill and deliver sandbags – over 300 bags were delivered to residents in the above areas, as well as others provided to residents by the SES. Eleven roads were closed due to flooding. During the evening, Senior Management worked late into the night checking on the situation throughout the city and providing assistance to residents, including the CEO who also assisting with sandbagging duties. Post the event, Council has been clearing parks and sweeping streets and footpaths of debris and silt. We are also offering assistance to clear stormwater debris from residents’ properties over the next couple of weeks. Although I will probably be accused of ‘rattling the can’, I am still of the opinion that a detention dam that will hold back water from the rural catchment and release it slowly...

State-wide engagement sessions on the nuclear fuel cycle

While this matter is not directly the responsibility of Local Government, it is an important issue that I believe we all need to consider and  thought I should pass on the information.   You would be aware that in March 2015, the State Government established the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission to consider the practical, economic and ethical issues raised by South Australia’s greater participation in the four areas of activity that form part of the nuclear fuel cycle – mining, enrichment, energy and storage.   The Royal Commission Report found that South Australia can safely increase its participation in nuclear activities and deliver significant economic benefits to the State and makes 12 key recommendations regarding South Australia’s further participation in the nuclear fuel cycle.   In response to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Report, the South Australian Government has: Commenced a comprehensive state-wide consultation process Established the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Consultation and Response Agency to aid community understanding of the Royal Commission’s report and facilitate the community consultation process Established the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Consultation and Response Advisory Board, an independent board to oversee the agency throughout the consultation process Established a motion to Parliament to establish a Joint House Select Committee to consider the findings of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission, focusing on the issues associated with the establishment of a nuclear waste storage facility. The Community Consultation Programme is well underway, however, I have only just come across some of this information and thought I should pass it on a.s.a.p.   I have not yet attended an information session so cannot give you any indication as...

Dedication of the Windmill Memorial Park and Australian National Commemorative Service at Pozières

While holidaying in France recently, I attended two services in Pozières Early Saturday morning there was the dedication of the Pozières Memorial Park which surrounds the Windmill site & it will now be kept as a peaceful reflective place to honour those who died in the Battle of Pozières. A Remembrance Service was held for those who died in the fields of Pozières, with 4,112 Australians having a white cross laid for the first time in 100 years.   The Australian, New Zealand, British, Canadian, French & German flags were symbolically placed on the ground.  These flags would normally be placed on a soldier’s coffin; however the grassed field of the Pozières Memorial Park represents the thousands of coffins of the fallen who were never found. After the service, I was speaking to M. Bernard DeLattre, Mayor of Pozières, who was very pleased that the City of Unley was represented at these Centenary events. Much more work is still required in the park, including a Memorial Wall & Gardens of Reflections. Some $300,000 is required to complete this part of the project & I hope that individuals & organisations might help with this. http://www.pozieresremembered.com.au/ In the afternoon, I attended the Australian National Commemorative Service at the site of the 1st Australian Division Memorial, where Mayor Clyne was part of the wreath laying ceremony. It was reported that 3,500 people attended this ceremony, which was telecast by the ABC. 1.6 minutes of the 1.25 hour service can be seen via the following link:- http://video.defence.gov.au/play/4790# I met Unley residents whose family fought at Pozières. They were also pleased to see the City of...