My Development Strategy & Policy Committee and subsequently Council have been briefed on the results of the recent public consultation. Council has accepted the encouragement of the Committee to move to the next stage of the DPA process.
After some confusion over the public conversation in December the Committee the considered whether or not it was pertinent to continue general consultation before engaging with stakeholders. They felt that we received worthwhile feedback from the public and of sufficient quality to proceed to the next step. Council concurred.
The next step is to conduct what we are calling a “Design Lab”.
Staff are busy preparing now for the Design Lab. They are taking on board the information solicited from both the public and the committee. Again we received a rich contribution from the independent members of the committee.
Public feedback was quiet constructive. People recognised the need for may I suggest “controlled” high rise redevelopment. What we did hear among other things was an eagerness for us to take into consideration such things as traffic flow, shared roads with safer bicycle and pedestrian access, parking, and a soft interface with surrounding residential zones.
The Design Hub which is likely to occur mid April will take the form of a long workshop. Participants will be encouraged to provide some input into detail. We can then progress the Development Plan Amendment to a point where it can be presented to the public for final comment. This I expect will be somewhere between June and November. It can then proceed to the minister.
Participation will be by invitation only. They will be drafted from what you might call key stakeholders. This would include as I see it:
selected major property owners,
heritage and environmental groups such as FOCUS,
bike user groups,
representatives of The Unley Business and Economic Development and Infrastructure and Sustainability Committees,
the Unley Road Traders Association,
Council staff and Elected Members
and relevant State Government departments.
The ‘Design Lab’ will be structured to test a number of potential design and land use options for the precinct.
The intent of the Design Lab is to identify a preferred option that best meets stakeholder and community aspirations within the Governments objectives.
That is our challenge. Wish us luck.