Great turnout for first Zoom General Meeting!

Thanks to everyone who attended our first virtual general meeting via Zoom. Just over 50 people joined us from their lounge rooms, backyards, and laundries to hear some terrific speakers and have questions answered by Michale Lennon, Chair of the SA Planning Commission.
Below is the link to the recording from the meeting.
Hon Mark Parnell MLC starts at 5:30
Dr Iris Iwanicki at 15:52
Stephen Smith (Local Government Association) at 27:28
Planning Commissioner Michael Lennon, and Q&A, starts at 36:44
Mark gave an update on the heritage petition tabled in Parliament and how unusual emergency powers squeaked through Parliament which reduces community consultation and local government input on state developments.
Iris gave a strong critique of the “What We Have Heard” report, and Stephen provided an update on how Local Government is being involved in the development of the Code.
Great questions were posed by audience members, including querying what does “See and experience” means (1:30:00) & what is going on with Historic Area Statements (1:33)
At 1:40:55 there is an interesting quote from Lennon explaining that the Code is not really about policy, its about systems. So hopefully the final version of the code will get back to the “like for like” principles that were promised, instead of introducing new planning policy on the run without proper consultation.
There were many other great questions asked by the audience, including why negative feedback was not included in the report and how the implementation of the Code will work.
A big thanks to our speakers and to Mr Lennon for being so generous with their time.
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Thank you Tony Piccolo MP!

The Shadow Minister for Planning, Tony Picollo MP,  tabled a bill to protect our Contributory Items and put them back into the Code. “This bill serves one clear purpose: to strengthen the protection of our state’s built history and streetscape character. In short, it is designed to protect our streets and neighbourhoods from mass demolition and the destruction of the fabric of our communities.”

Click below for a copy of the Bill and his second-reading speech. To learn more, listen to his radio interview with David Bevan on ABC Adelaide on 1 April 2020. Fast forward to 21:00 to listen, and hear other interviewees including Warren Jones, Mark Parnell and the LGA President.: https://www.abc.net.au/radio/adelaide/programs/mornings/mornings/12091132

T Piccolo – Hansard Extract – 25 March 2020 – PDI (Contributory Items in Development Plans) Amendment Bill 2020

Planning Development and Infrastructure (Contributory Items in Development Plans) Amendment Bill 2020.me.tpic

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CASA member submissions exposed!

Thanks to all CASA group members who made written submissions on the draft Planning and Design Code.

Hopefully, they will be published on the DPTI website soon, but until then, here they are!

CASA submission to Draft Planning and Design Code Final 280220

Submission from Elizabeth Vines and Christel Mex on Draft Planning & Design Code Phase 3

WACRA Planning Code SubmissionPL Feb26

SPRA P&D CODE PHASE 3 SUBMISSION

Sandy Wilkinson PLANNING & DESIGN CODE REFORMS SUBMISSION

PRA submission on the P&D Code Feb 2020

PLEG Planning code submission urban green cover water-sensitive design Feb 2020 (1)

NTSA submission Planning and Design Code 28Feb2020

NRA Submission Feb 28

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MBDRA submission to SPC Planning Reform 200228

KRA Submission on Planning & Design Code Ph3

Joslin Submission to DPTI.24022020

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Conservation_Council_of_SA Colonel Light Gardens Residents Association Submission Planning Code Feb 2020 v4.pdf

Colonel Light Gardens Residents Association Submission Planning Code Feb 2020 v4

KTRA submission on Draft Code

C200318 Carol Bailey Submission – the Codedocx

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Submission on the Draft Planning and Design Code

Thanks to all of you who contributed and provided feedback during the development of our submission on the draft Planning and Design Code.  Dr Iris Iwanicki did a great job on behalf of all of us, digging deep into the Code to analyse how it will affect our residents, natural resources and heritage if fully implemented.

A special thanks to those of you who completed the survey on their experience in accessing the Code and you can read their reports at the end of the submission.

Without the donations from many of you, we wouldn’t be able to provide the Planning Commission with such a professional and thorough submission, so thanks again to those of you who made those contributions.

Click on the link below to have a read of the final submission:

CASA submission to Draft Planning and Design Code Final 280220

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Help fix the Code! Submissions due Friday 28 February

The 28 February submission deadline for the draft Planning and Design Code is fast approaching, and we are very pleased to attach the draft CASA submission that Dr Iris Iwanicki has drafted on behalf of members.

Thanks to those who attended our submission workshop at our last general meeting. This feedback was very helpful and most of it has been included in the submission. If you have any questions or further feedback, feel free to contact Dr Iris on 0438 535 058 by Tuesday 25 February.

Don’t forget to lodge your own submissions on the draft Code. You can provide submissions on behalf of your organisation as well as personal submissions. Marion has launched an excellent campaign “Not in Our Streets”, and Burnside provided examples of submissions on their website, as well as some useful information on how the Code will affect various residential zones. To view, open this link: https://www.burnside.sa.gov.au/Latest-News/Homepage-Latest-News/Planning-Reforms

By this time your local council has probably drafted a submission and if you go to their website you may find it. To find your council’s website go to  https://www.lga.sa.gov.au/councils. To learn more about how the Code may affect our suburbs, read Mayor Robert Bria’s deputation to Parliament’s Environment and Resources Committee which is also attached.

Email your submission to [email protected], or complete the online form or template by going to https://www.saplanningportal.sa.gov.au/have_your_say/Draft_Planning_and_Design_Code_for_South_Australia#feedback

And don’t forget to tell your MP your views. Contact details here: https://www.parliament.sa.gov.au/Members/Members-Home

ATTACHMENTS:

Draft CASA submission on Planning and Design Code 200221-3

17 February Mayor Bria deputation to ERD Committee

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Heads in the sand – sign the petition to Parliament!

THEY JUST DON’T GET IT…..or MAYBE THEY DON”T WANT TO KNOW ABOUT IT.
Allan Holmes, one of the State Planning Commissioners was interviewed by Peter Goers on ABC Radio last week. He was asked about negative community reactions to the proposed Planning and Design Code.

He said……..’There’s an active movement. Whether its huge, I’d dispute that. It’s perhaps a couple of hundred people, and it reflects a certain section of Australian society’

We remind Mr Holmes that:
The launch of the Protect our Heritage Alliance on 17th September attracted 500 people.
An electronic petition against the implementation of the Code has 9,000 signatures.
A more recent hard copy petition has 4,000 signatures.
The ‘certain section of society’ he refers to comprises voters.
It sounds as though Mr Holmes and his fellow Commissioners have their heads in the sand or are whistling in the dark. Or both…..no mean feat… but we are dealing with very accomplished people here.

Click below to read the transcript – then download the petition and get those signatures to Parliament!

ABC Radio Adelaide 9 Dec 2019 – Allan Holmes and Elizabeth Vines interviewed by Peter Goers

Protect our Heritage petition to Parliament-2

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CRACKS IN THE CODE

Nearly 70 people attending our AGM on 6 November to ‘Crack the Code’ and understand what to look out for in the newly released draft Planning and Design Code. Changes of this magnitude only happen once in a generation, and everyone agreed it is important to get it right.

Our first panelist was the Hon Mark Parnell MLC, who briefed us on changes to public accountability in the new planning reforms and the ever-increasing “culture of secrecy”. He confirmed that we have lost appear rights, and the public’s right to know is getting whittled away. “Our planning system fails on all three counts, the right to information, public participation in decision making and access to justice”. Mr Parnell strongly advocated for a delay of the Code’s implementation, as the due date of 1 July 2020 does not allow enough time to get it right due to the high volume of errors and omissions.

Next up was heritage architect Elizabeth Vines OAM, who gave an extremely informative presentation on the detail of the draft code and its impact on heritage protection, particularly in regard to Contribute Items which have all been de-listed. She brought attention to the lack of Historic Area Statements that are missing from the draft code and how the Code’s implementation will likely introduce uncertainty to heritage protection and more red tape.

The CEO of the Conservation Council, Craig Wilkins, talked about how the Code will affect eh environment and pointed out some positive policy positions ion the code, such as mandatory trees in front yards. He would like to see stronger protections for significant trees and more thinking around larger-scale planning for open space and preparing the state for climate change.

Sandy Wilkinson spoke on the theme of urban infill and design, showing current examples of inappropriate infill with poor design. He showed how urban consolidation could be done well by preserving historic buildings while at the same time allowing for growth.

Professor Warren Jones AO then led a ten-minute Q&A session between the audience and the panelists. Next, the Chair of the SA Planning Commission, Mr Michael Lennon, was invited to respond to the panelists along with fellow Commissioner Craig Holden. They both acknowledged that there were errors in the draft Code and that these are being noted during the consultation process.  They didn’t agree that the Code’s implementation should be delayed.

Why? Find out by listening to the recordings:

Hon Mark Parnell MLC

Sandy Wilkinson

Elizabeth Vines Community Alliance AGM

Craig Wilkins 6 Nov 2019 Community Alliance AGM.

Questions to Panel 6 Nov Community Alliance AGM

Michael Lennon and Craig Holden

Two of the panellists used slide presentations:

Elizabeth Vines Presentation Slides

Sandy Wilkinson presentation slides

At the AGM the members elected new committee members and the current committee was also elected.  A big thanks and welcome to:

Elected Officers:

Dr Christel Mex, President (Kensington Residents’ Association)

Mr Tom Matthews, Secretary (Prospect Residents’ Association)

Mr Theo Ellenbroek, Treasurer (Western Adelaide Coastal Residents Association)

Elected Committee members:

Ms Kirsten Alexander (Coastal Ecology Protection Group)

Cr Stephen Fisher (Save our Suburbs)

Cr Lilian Henschke (National Trust)

Ms Meredith Ide (Burnside Historical Society)

Professor Warren Jones AO (FOCUS)

Ms Laura Pieraccini (Residents for Environment and Character Conservation)

Assoc Professor Elizabeth Vines OAM (St Peters Residents’ Association)

We look forward to seeing everyone again at the next General Meeting in February.

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Help us Crack the Code!

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 

WEDNESDAY, 6 NOVEMBER 2019

The Box Factory, 59 Regent Street South, Adelaide

7:00 pm start, followed by the AGM at 8:30pm

The fabric of our cities and suburbs may be changed forever with the adoption of the State Government’s Planning and Design Code, which is out for consultation until February (saplanningportal.sa.gov.au).

To learn what is important in the code, and how you can make your submission count, we have assembled an expert panel to help us “Crack the Code”. Themes and panellists include:

Public Accountability: Hon Mark Parnell MLC

Built Heritage: Elizabeth Vines OAM

The Environment: Craig Wilkins, CEO Conservation Council of SA

Urban infill and design: Sandy Wilkinson, Heritage Consultant

Panel chair: Emeritus Professor Warren Jones AO

Q&A with Michael Lennon and Craig Holden from SA Planning Commission