Our President Helen Wilmore attended the Lord Mayor’s Light Rail Summit on 21st April. From a community perspective the Summit focussed on:
The aim of the Government’s proposed light rail, or tram, network in ‘city building’, bringing increased commercial and residential densities
The importance of ‘public domain improvements’ (eg street furniture, artworks, rejuvenation etc) occurring alongside the creation of light rail routes
Funding needing to come from all three tiers of government
The need for ‘value capture’ie an annual levy on ratepayers in a designated ‘benefiting area’
Criticism of the State Government’s rezoning of the areas for increased densities without ‘value capture’ mechanisms in place
The importance of bringing people along – engagement with and commitment from stakeholders are critical early on in the process, to get the best outcomes and mitigate problems such as local access issues, amenity, loss of trees, right turns and traffic congestion
The South Australian Heritage Council believes that cultural heritage tourism can contribute significantly to South Australia’s economy, writes Dave Walsh in his article on the recent Heritage Tourism Forum in Adelaide: Weekend Notes – Heritage tourism in South Australia
Mark Parnell MLC, Parliamentary Leader of the SA Greens, has given us this update from his perspective:
After several months of debate, the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Bill finally passed through both Houses of Parliament last week. Whilst the new system will take years to implement fully and there will be more Bills to come, I thought I would share with you now some of the positive and negative aspects of this new legislation. Continue reading Update on the new planning legislation→
There are many good reasons why Adelaide needs an urban growth boundary, and experts spoke out recently as SA Parliament debates Minister Rau’s legislation to protect environment and food production areas from further sprawl:
Michael Buxton, a Planning Professor at Victoria’s RMIT University and one of Australia’s foremost planning experts, says it would be a “shocking mistake” for parliament to reject John Rau’s plan to enshrine an urban growth boundary in legislation, warning the economic upside of protecting South Australia’s food bowl from development is “enormous”:InDaily – Warning of “Urban deserts” on Adelaide’s fringe
In this month’s Adelaide Review, Sir Montefiore Scuttlebutt highlights the Weatherill Government’s indifference to the value of Adelaide’s heritage character, and describes Planning Minister John Rau’s four-year drive to rezone the city and its edges as “one of Adelaide’s most destructive planning eras”:
Although most building developments in this state are appropriate, there are an increasing number that seem out of place or that would even, in most people’s opinions, be “seriously at variance” with the local Development Plan.
The State Government’s desire to remove the “seriously at variance” clause from the planning legislation would make matters even worse.
If you have any stories to share on developments (or proposed developments) you think are out of place, please contact us.
I am in the unfortunate position of being next door to a newly proposed multi-storey residential apartment block to be located at 225 Prospect Road (5 storeys, 32 apartments, 40 car parking spaces!). It’s a big problem for me, not least of which includes 16 balconies directly overlooking front and back yard private open spaces with no set-backs, noise/light/air pollution within 3m of bedrooms, massive shadowing problems (basically I may never see the sunlight again!), and significant safety issues owing to the number of cars (in close proximity to a major intersection). That’s just for a start….! The problem is compounded by a second development at 227-229 Prospect Road (4 storeys, 24 apartments, 29 car parking spaces). That’s 69 additional cars entering Prospect Road, within 50m of a major intersection, where I believe dangerously unsafe conditions already exist!
At this stage, I feel like I am fighting this ridiculous situation all on my own. I am no expert on building regulations, the Development Act, Development Plans etc, and have zero experience with appeal processes.
Yet I know that that there are a great many people affected by similar development problems all over Adelaide.
It is my belief that local and state authorities are relying on this fragmented inexperienced objection to development proposals in order to get what they want (at the expense of the safety, privacy and amenity of local residents). Short term investment rewards with very long term implications for our suburbs and residents…
My voice is but one, and I can’t help but feel the residents of the many affected areas of SA might be stronger if we act together as a combined force.
Crude and out-dated traffic modelling is being used to justify massive road building projects across Australia, according to Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University (InDaily Jan 18th 2015).
Professor Newman says that the huge road projects in Melbourne (East-West Link), Sydney (West Connex), Brisbane (Gateway) and Perth (Freight Link) are “dangerous as they destroy so much of the urban fabric necessary for rejuvenation and take away the ability of governments to pay for the more important urban rail projects on their agendas”.
The same could be argued for Adelaide’s “upgrade” of South Road into a cross-city freeway.
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