Inner & Middle Metropolitan Corridor DPAs

The Minister for Planning has released separate Development Plan Amendments (DPAs) for public consultation, to amend the City of Unley Development Plan. They are the Inner and Middle Metropolitan Corridor (Design) DPA and Inner and Metropolitan Corridor (Sites) DPA There are four sites within the City of Unley: 12-16 Glen Osmond Road, Parkside 301-305 Unley Road, Malvern 10 Anzac Highway, Keswick 22-28 Anzac Highway, Keswick Council has made a submission on both DPAs, expressed our disappointment at the lack of Community Engagement and recommended that the Unley Road Malvern site NOT be included in the (Sites) DPA. The relevant links are :   http://www.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/328895/P204-David-Brown-City-of-Unley.pdf   http://www.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/331832/P408-David-Brown,-City-of-Unley.pdf   http://www.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/331928/P430-Peter-Tsokas-City-of-Unley.pdf   http://www.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/331931/P433-Peter-Tsokas-3.pdf   Public meetings The State Planning Commission has scheduled four public meetings to hear from those who have made submissions and wish to speak to the Development Policy Advisory Committee: Tuesday, 8th August 2017 at 7.00 pm – The Orchid Rooms, SAGE Hotel, 208-226 South Terrace, Adelaide Wednesday, 16th August 2017 at 7.00 pm – The Orchid Rooms, SAGE Hotel, 208-226 South Terrace, Adelaide Monday, 21st August 2017 at 7.00 pm – The Orchid Rooms, SAGE Hotel, 208-226 South Terrace, Adelaide Thursday, 24th August 2017 at 7:00 pm – The Orchid Rooms, SAGE Hotel, 208-226 South Terrace, Adelaide.    ...

Draft Annual Business Plan and Budget 2017 – 2018 and Draft Community Plan and 4 Year Delivery Plan 2018 – 2021

There are two important items that have been put to Community Consultation this week. If you are not registered with Your Say, I encourage you to do so. If you are not registered, you can still go to that site and obtain the relevant documents – http://yoursay.unley.sa.gov.au/your-say-unley , or I can email them to you. The Draft Annual Business Plan comprises 40 pages while the Community Plan is 6 pages. If you wish to comment on any aspect of these plans, you can do so as indicated below, or by Email: pobox1@unley.sa.gov.au Public Meetings are being held at three locations on three dates (listed below), so I hope you will be able to attend one of these information sessions. The items are:- Draft Annual Business Plan and Budget 2017 – 2018 Each year Council has to make important decisions about how to allocate ratepayers funds to the vast range of programs and services it provides via its Annual Business Plan. Draft Community Plan and 4 Year Delivery Plan 2018 – 2021 The Council has taken the opportunity to review its Community Plan. This review coincides with the development of a new 4 Year Delivery Plan which provides focus for priority in program delivery. The Plans are linked, and outline how council plans to deliver the vision, strategies and outcomes to its Community. How to provide comment Have your say by: Providing feedback online at Your Say Unley Sending a written submission to The City of Unley, PO Box 1, Unley SA 5061 Copies of the draft plans are available from the Unley Civic Centre, 181 Unley Road, Unley. Public...

Nesting Box Habitat

The City of Unley has a number of strategically placed Wildlife Boxes at various locations within the City to support the breeding and habitat survival of our local fauna. A total of 28 Artificial Hollows/Boxes were installed in June 2009. They were erected in Ridge and Heywood Parks, with a single box installed on Windsor St. Over the years Council has built up the number of boxes to where we now have 121 located across all part of the City on Council parks, reserves or verges (106), schools (12) and private property (3). Each year, as part of this environmental initiative, Council is provided with a report on the outcomes, success or otherwise of fauna use. As part of this monitoring process, each box is assessed for any changes that have taken place and to determine whether possible maintenance issues have arisen. This process is required to ensure that the wildlife value of the boxes is maintained and that public safety is observed. The attached report shows the outcomes from the 2016 monitoring inspection. Toward the back of the report is a (GPS) location guide to where all the boxes are located. Some interesting facts from the report include: There were 119 boxes surveyed across the City during 2016. Over 50% of the wildlife boxes were used for breeding or denning and 77% were used by a range of the target vertebrate species. Various fauna species were using 66 artificial boxes (57%), on the servicing/monitoring days, the highest numerical usage ever recorded. 2016 Unley Nesting Habitat Box Report...

Unley Central Precinct Plan Amendment – Council Recommendation to Minister

After much work by Council Staff, Elected Members and Community Consultation, on Thursday, 30 March, Council agreed on the following: Maximum building heights for Unley Road in the area adjacent to Thomas Street (West of the Soldiers Memorial Gardens – 18.5 metres (5 storeys)  The remaining area to Arthur Street (Unley Shopping Centre site – 18.5 metres (7 storeys)   The area west of Unley Road north of Arthur Street (Target, Bazaar and Haddad sites) – 32.5 metres (9 storeys)  The area east of Unley Road north of Oxford Terrace – 18.5 metres (5 storeys)  Road and open-space setbacks Policy – Option 2 replacement flexible envelope principles  Community Area east of Unley Road – Prescriptive Option with designated Village Green and defined building heights  Maximum building height on Council Civic Area – 11.5 metres (3 storeys) with 1 storey to Edmund Avenue, Rugby Street & eastern end of Oxford Terrace Exclude residential development from the Community Area east of Unley Road to the south of Oxford Terrace Maximum building height on the northern side of Oxford Terrace – 11.5 metres (3 storeys) The Development Plan Amendment and Summary of Consultation and Proposed Amendments (SCPA) Report, correspondingly amended, be forwarded to the Minister. The Minister may accept Council’s Draft Plan, or he may wish to make alterations. We look forward to a response in the ‘not too distant’ future....

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...