“I am delighted to say that the feedback has been very positive” …. Really???

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure recently circulated a survey to people who made submissions to Phase One of the Planning and Design Code. Although there has been consultation on other discussion papers, it appears that participants in those processes may not have been surveyed.

So just in case our members wanted to have their say as well, Community Alliance came to the rescue by replicating the survey for our members. Click below to see what you had to say

 CASA Survey re DPTI Consultation 

Below is an excerpt from the State Planning Commission’s June 2019 newsletter and a link to the video.

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It’s complicated!

It’s complicated! That was the one thing we all agreed upon at last night’s information session on the Heritage and Character position papers recently released by the State Planning Commission. Hosted by the Commission’s Chair Michael Lennon, the rationale behind the proposed policies were explained followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

It was a great opportunity to learn more about the policy details that may be included in Phase Two of the Draft Planning and Design Code. There wasn’t enough time to have all our questions answered, but we hope to get these in writing from the Commission next week which we will share with members and available on our website. Click below to have a look at the compiled list of questions that members provided in advance as well as Mr Lennon’s presentation.

It’s important to keep writing to your local MPs requesting that Contributory Items, Historic Conservation Zones and Character Areas all retain the highest level of protection. And be careful with the word “Heritage”, as some planners only equate the word to listed buildings under the Planning Act, and not Contributory Items. So if you want Contributory Items protected be specific. If you’re stuck, don’t forget the letter-writing guide in our Heritage Campaign Kit.

We reminded the Commissioner and DPTI staff that members of Community Alliance groups are all volunteers and that we’ll need plenty of time to get our heads around the draft code, consult with members and make quality submissions.

Keep your diary free for our next General Meeting on Thursday, 22 August at 7pm at the Box Factory. Another dynamic panel session will be lined up to make sure things don’t stay complicated for too much longer!

In closing, it’s really important to have your say on the consultation process to date so we can make give feedback to the Commission, so click here to complete a quick survey.

DPTI presentation – 6 June 2019 6 June 2019 CASA Questions to DPTI

6 June 2019 CASA Questions to DPTI

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Have your say on Planning Reform consultation

We have recently discovered that DPTI are evaluating the consultation process for only ‘statutory consultations’ such as phase on of the new Planning and Design Code. This is disappointing, as many of us worked so hard on attending meetings, providing submissions to the regulations, discussion papers and other documents.
So just in case its a work-load issue, Community Alliance has come to the rescue by replicating the survey for our members. It will only take a few minutes to complete, so click on the link below to have a say on your experiences of the planning reform process to date:
The Advertiser 1 June 2019
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Almost 100 at our General Meeting!

Chair, SA Planning Commission addressing the audience at the General Meeting
Michael Lennon, Chair SA Planning Commission
Panel members (from left), Professor Elizabeth Vines OAM, Mr Stephen Knight CEO Housing Industry Association and Dr Darren Peacock CEO National Trust

Almost 100 people attended the panel session at the 16 May General Meeting. The topic of heritage protection created great debate, and panelists included the Chair of the State Planning Commission Michael Lennon, the CEO of Housing Industry Association Stephen Knight, Professor Elizabeth Vines and Dr Darren Peacock, CEO of the National Trust.  Chaired by journalist and broadcaster Carole Whitelock, the evening gave the audience new insights into the upcoming changes to the planning system and they may erode our already fragile heritage protection system.

Click here to view the presentations:

Prof Elizabeth Vines OAM Community Alliance General Meeting re Contributory Items 16 May 2019

Michael Lennon Presentation Community_Alliance_Panel_Session_Presentation 16_May_2019.

Christel Mex President Report CASA 16 May 2019

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“I just want a yes or no!”

Do Contributory Items have a place in urban renewal?

Chaired by journalist and broadcaster Carole Whitelock, the evening will commence with a short presentation from the Chair of the State Planning Commission Mr Michael Lennon, who will give us an update on the Heritage and Character policy papers for the new planning system. Panellists will include:

Mr Stephen Knight, CEO Housing Industry Association 

Adjunct Professor Elizabeth Vines OAM, Heritage Architect

Dr Darren Peacock, CEO National Trust

TBA – Representative from Urban Development Institute or Property Council

Property developers have often said that they ‘just want a yes or no’ when it comes to demolishing Contributory Items in Historic Conservation Zones. Their request may be granted very soon when the new planning system comes into force next year.  The trouble is, the answer to that question has yet to be resolved.

Community Alliance SA is here to help!  We have invited representatives from the development industry as well as heritage experts to consider this question and to explore the future of Contributory Items in urban renewal.

There appears to be a chasm between those who do not see the value of retaining Contributory Items because they get in the way of development, and those in the community who want them retained because they are the backbone of Historic Conservation Zones. However, both sides of the argument both agree that urban renewal is vital for the future of our state.

The objective of the panel session is to clearly articulate the views and options from various vantage points. It would also be advantageous to identify any common ground on the future of Contributory Items and Historic Conservation Zones in urban renewal.

The discussion is timely in the lead up to the release of the draft Planning and Design Code information papers on heritage and design. (More details on these coming soon)

The event is FREE and will include complimentary refreshments.  A quick meeting of members will follow the panel session to ratify new member groups of the Alliance and share updates on our various campaigns.

 When and Where?

Thursday, 16 May 2019 at The Box Factory Community Centre, 59 Regent Street, Adelaide, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Please RSVP for catering purposes to Tom Matthews on 0429 337 453 or email [email protected]



392 Unley Road                                                   Churchill Road

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“The specific term ‘Contributory Items’ will not form part of the Code. It is intended to use the Local Heritage Area Overlay to address these places and neighbourhoods (the protection afforded these items currently come from their location in particular zones or policy areas, and will now come from being located within an overlay).”

To learn more, listen to Mr Michael Lennon and Dr Darren Peacock debate the future of Contributory Items in this radio interview from last Monday’s Morning Show on ABC Radio Adelaide. As David Bevan says, write to your local MP let your views known!

And don’t forget, you can hear them in person at the Community Alliance General Meeting on 16 May, 7pm, at the Box Factory in North Adelaide.

Clear here to listen:

Click below to read the transcript:

Transcript Radio Adelaide 891 6 May 2019 Michael Lennon Darren Peacock Christel Mex radio interview

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Your Community Alliance Secretary at work!

Our fabulous Secretary, Tom Matthews, has been on the job. Have a listen to his ABC Radio Adelaide interview with Peter Goers, alongside our friend Dr Darren Peacock from the National Trust.

As reported by The Messenger, Tom has written to every MP in South Australia calling on our Contributory Items to retain demolition protection in the new planning system.

Have you written your letter?  Help is at hand with our campaign kit.

To listen to the radio interview, click here:

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People and Neighbourhoods Discussion paper replaced with a ‘suite of materials’

Yesterday the Department for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure released their March newsletter entitled Planning Ahead

It includes a short article that announces that the release of the long-awaited People and Neighbourhoods Discussion Paper will be postponed until the release of the draft Planning and Design Code. In its place will be a ‘suite of materials’ that will be discussed ONLY with councils and ‘practitioners’.

This is a serious setback for the protection of heritage and even worse for genuine community consultation and engagement. Community Alliance has written to the Minister for Planning to clarify what these changes mean to the consultation process with our communities. Our letter to the Minister is attached below.

190328 Letter to Minister for Planning re People and Neighbourhoods Discussion Paper



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Good work members!

A BIG thanks to member groups who wrote submissions to the ‘Development Assessment Regulations and Practice Directions’. Fortunately, members of Community Alliance were given an extension to 15 March and we were able to include nine fantastic submissions in our ‘bundle’.

It was not an easy job for our community groups who rely soley on volunteers to undertake this very complex and demanding work.  In contrast, lobby groups for the property industry  have the benefit of paid staff to do their bidding.

Our members pointed out many issues that require attention in their submissions, including risks to significant trees, the continuing arbitrary referral of larger developments to the State Planning Commission, virtually no demolition controls for single storey buildings, automatic deemed consent for delayed planning decisions, further loss of representation rights, reduced assessment timeframes amongst others.

You can view our member submissions on our website via the ‘Resources/Useful Information’ tab.  You can also have a look at what other organisations and individuals have submitted by going to the DPTI website . To see them, you’ll have to scroll down and click on ‘View Closed Consultations’, and then click on ‘Development Assessment Regulations’.

There is still a long road ahead with the planning reforms that are being implemented very quickly. Phase One of the new Planning and Design Code is out for consultation now until 29 March.  This is for the ‘Outback’ areas, land not within a council area.  However it also includes the sea, so the title of the document is a bit misleading. To view the Community Guide to this document, go to the DPTI website here. If anyone would like to include any points in the Community Alliance submission, please email Tom Matthews at [email protected]

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Need help with your submission on the Planning Regulations?

Community Alliance members have been granted an extension to 15 March for submission on the planning regulations- as long they are included in our ‘bundle’.

The City of Norwood, Payneham & St Peters have done an excellent submission, and the paper outlining the main issues is attached below. This can be a resource when you think about what is important to your communities and want to see addressed. (much more detail is available on the Councils website npsp.sa.gov – council agenda for 4 March)

Community Alliance will also be writing a submission, which will be considered by the Committee next Thursday before it goes out to members for feedback.

Your individual submissions do not have to be long, just a few poignant dot points will suffice. They can come from individuals as well as member groups. It’s important to have as many submissions as possible to make sure ordinary residents have as much say as the developers do.


NPSP March Agenda Item 11.1 Planning Regulations

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