More power to the Planning Minister – whose idea was that?

The State Government introduced a new Bill into Parliament last week, which sets out how the new planning laws will be implemented.

The Statutes Amendment (Planning, Development and Infrastructure) Bill 2016 will not only pave the way for the implementation of the Planning Development and Infrastructure Act 2016, it will also make changes to the Act itself.  The changes include decreasing further the role of the yet-to-be-formed State Planning Commission, while increasing the powers of the Planning Minister!

The alert from Kelledy Jones Lawyers gives the first detailed summary of the Bill and what it entails.

High-rise apartments are bad to live in and bad for society…

Australia is building too many poor-quality high-rise apartment towers that are alienating to live in and have low environmental performance, one of the nation’s most widely respected residential architects has warned, in an article in The Age.
Other experts have warned against building too many central-city high-rises, while suburbs continue to sprawl outwards, with not enough medium density being built in the middle-ring suburbs. There also needs to be more green infrastructure – large parks and natural landscapes, and quality public streets and urban spaces – adding to features in apartments like communal rooftop and private balconies.
Though the article focuses on Melbourne, Adelaide is making many of the same mistakes. Is the Update to the 30-year Plan released on 25th August really moving Adelaide in the right direction?

Our local heritage under threat

The National Trust of South Australia has produced a damning report on the State Government’ s discussion paper aimed at reforming and “improving the ways we recognise heritage places in South Australia”:

Heritage Under Threat – National Trust Response

The community has only been given a few weeks to respond to the Government’s ideas on heritage reform, although the deadline for written feedback has now been extended to 23rd September.

It seems that the Adelaide City Council and Local Government Association also have concerns about the Paper and consultation process:

Advertiser – Expert warns of ‘demolition derby’ for heritage buildings

Advertiser – Heritage-listed properties can be demolished on ‘merit’ under new State Government plan

InDaily – Govt proposal threatens to demolish local heritage system: National Trust

Govt proposal threatens to demolish local heritage system: National Trust

Community Alliance SA will be producing a response to the Local Heritage Discussion Paper, which can be found here.

Meeting 25th August 2016

General meeting of members starting at 7pm on Thursday 25th August 2016, in the Seminar Room (downstairs) at the Joinery – 111 Franklin Street, Adelaide

Please avoid parking in the gravelly area next to the Joinery, even though it looks like a car park. A sign to avoid parking is not easy to see at night, but parking inspectors will not miss imposing penalties on a vehicle parked there!

Preserving and enhancing Adelaide’s traditional high streets

Adelaide has many traditional high streets providing focal points across the metropolitan area, such as Prospect Road, Unley Road, Henley Beach Road, Jetty Road in Glenelg, the Parade in Norwood and many others.

The Community Alliance SA has produced a blueprint to assist the wider community in having a greater say on preserving and enhancing Adelaide’s traditional high streets as many of them undergo rapid growth and development through planning rule changes.  Our blueprint has a focus on what we believe is:

acceptable in a traditional high street; or

1024px-Red_x.svg        unacceptable in a traditional high street

The blueprint can be downloaded here:

High Streets Blueprint – Community Alliance SA August 2016

Our traditional high streets are well connected to their local neighbourhoods and have characteristics that make them pedestrian-friendly and walkable.  They provide a wide range of mainly small footprint shops, businesses, cafés and other services fronting the high street, contributing to a fine grained urban fabric.  Many of the streets also have a heritage component, adding to the creation of a special place that people want to live in or visit.

The Community Alliance SA would like individuals and community groups to use the information contained in this blueprint to drive policy for their areas.

Without adequate policies in place, our traditional high streets are potentially under threat from inappropriate or incompatible development.  They are areas of high character and amenity which need to be given more recognition and value.

The Blueprint was featured in the Messenger Press on August 10th:

And again in a letter from Kevin O’Leary on August 17th:
Kevin O'Leary letter 10th August 2016

Please contact us for further information or to share examples of what you consider to be good or bad developments.

Contact details

Dr Helen Wilmore, PhD, President

Ph:  08 8522 3019; Email:  [email protected]

Community Alliance SA Inc., P.O. Box 520, Goodwood, SA 5034

Heritage Hypothetical and Art Auction

Natural and built heritage – what’s it worth?

SPEAKERS: Brian Hayes QC, Mark Parnell MLC, David Cole, Dr Iris Iwanicki

WHEN: Thursday 18th August 2016 – 5.30pm for 6.00pm

WHERE: Room 1, level 1, 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide

TICKETS: $20 (waged) $5 (student/concession)

More information on the Environmental Defenders Office (SA) website here

High-rise folly

Our western coastal suburbs are seeing first hand the effects of climate change coupled with urban development.  Many of the homes and businesses in these low-lying areas have been inundated or threatened during storm water events and high tides:

New Picture

The State Government has now made planning changes to allow high-rise development of up to 12-storeys along the foreshore at Glenelg.

Meanwhile, Western Adelaide councils are working to identify the risks associated with climate change, and to develop a plan to assist communities and government in adapting.  Read more about the Adapt West project by the Cities of West Torrens, Port Adelaide Enfield and Charles Sturt:

Planning for urban growth in these areas needs to be mindful of climate change and to be done very carefully.