30 Year Plan and traffic

I attended a workshop last night with representatives from the DPLG and with the Integrated Design Commission bringing Council up to date with the Governments progress with the Inner rim strategy, which is of prime interest to the City of Unley.

 As I pointed out to them one of the major concerns expressed by residents of Unley and indeed other inner council area is how will we deal with the increased traffic that must flow from increased property density. They recognised and acknowledged this feedback.

 It sounds like we may not have as big an issue as we think in Unley in 10 or 20 years. In increasing the density of the inner suburbs in favour of pushing the suburbs of Adelaide further North and South may actually assist our traffic woes. An interesting concept!

If I hear correctly they will not be pushing Adelaide any further South as to do so would destroy one of the world’s premier wine districts, McLaren Vale.

Although I do not remember hearing how they intend to but they are also looking to encourage the creation of jobs where the development is to occur OR vice versa. The theory of this it appears is there will not be the need to commute as much as is the case now???

These two strategies may therefore actually reduce through traffic flow in our streets and IF they can develop a public transport system that the public will buy into we may have reason to rejoice – a pedestrian friendly road network in Unley.

What I can say is they are working on the strategies right now, will hold some forums in the next couple of months on this and other issues that the public have identified and that they will be seeking public consultation on their modelling later this year.

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And I understand that when they come back for further consultation on the development plan amendments we are working on that the public will be provided with some 3D imagery to help us all better evaluate what is on offer.

With hope that I have heard and understood correctly I suggest you watch this space. Don’t forget also to post your comments on this blog site or go to the Unley website

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