Development Plan Amendment Update

TakingUnley-Council-Development-Plan-30-January-2014 a break from Brownhill Creek I thought it appropriate, after advice from our administration, to provide you with a Council Development Plan Amendment Update.

It is a busy time coming up for the Development, Planning & Strategy Committee. For this councillor it will be a good change from dealing with the politics of Brownhill Creek.

 

DPA 2 – The portion east of Goodwood Road has been progressed and we expect that the Minister will authorise this before the end of the year.  The remaining areas to the west of Goodwood Road have partly (Anzac Highway) been captured in a ministerial DPA. Areas in Everard Park, Black Forest and Clarence Park are wrapped up in a Part 2 (West) of the DPA.  This is currently expected to be pursued by DPTI, but there is no urgency (yet), and there may be a review of some elements required, particularly Leader Street in light of the Corridors DPA described below.

 

District Centre Zone (Unley Central) DPA – Consultants have been appointed and will be meeting with the DSP Committee on 21 September to discuss the proposed Community Engagement Plan for this DPA.  This DPA looks at changes to the District centre Zone to more overtly encourage residential development, and possibly make minor amendments to the zone boundaries.  It is anticipated this DPA will be completed by early 2017.

 

General DPA – This DPA was designed to address a number of anomalies and required updates in the Development Plan.  Many of these have now been captured in the Ministerial DPA’s.  Council resources have been diverted towards providing feedback/input into the Ministerial DPA’s (which was unplanned and extensive) and consequently the General DPA has not progressed significantly.  Once it becomes clear the exact extent of how other DPA’s have subverted this one, it may need reconsideration of whether, or how, to proceed with this DPA.

 

Where we are with DPA 2

Further to my post on this website today about Council’s program of Development Plan Amendments I can comment more specifically on where we are with DPA 2.

 

After the strong contribution to DPA 2 by you, particularity those residing in Back Forest and Clarence Park, we conducted a preliminary review prior to the Council caretaker period for the November 2014 elections. The elections unfortunately delayed further progress until a complete review was presented to the new Development, Strategy & Policy Committee and then to Council in April 2015.

The review took on board your contribution and in respect of Black Forest and Clarence Park has all but recommended we maintain the status quo. In other words the proposed changes have been withdrawn almost in their entirety. Higher Density is still contemplated for the aged accommodation precinct at the South Road end of Norman Terrace, Everard Park.

Council also agreed with a suggestion from DPTI to split the Residential DPA into two parts:

Part 1 – east of a line along Goodwood Road, tram-line and East Avenue for final approval by the Minister for Planning

Part 2 – west of a line along Goodwood Road, tram-line and East Avenue for approval to release for re-consultation.

Part 1 was submitted in June 2015 for approval by the Minister for Planning. Approval is anticipated later in August 2015.

The necessary preparation of a revised DPA Part 2 (for the western areas – excluding Anzac Highway and Leader Street as these areas are now part of the Corridors Ministerial DPA) is being prepared.

Conclusion and submission of a revised draft DPA Part 2 to the Minister for approval to release for public consultation should occur by August 2015. The timing and coordination of the public release of the Residential DPA Part 2 will need to be considered in the context of the Minister’s Corridors DPA, and also with the Council’s General DPA, to avoid confusion and convergence of resource demands.

Where we are with DPA 2 right now. Watch this space as time marches on.

Where are we with our Development Plan Amendments

With the recent announcement by the Minister that he plans a wide reaching Development Plan Amendment (DPA) focused on Activity Centres it is timely for me to report how we are going with our Development Plan Amendments.

 

The three current DPAs being pursued by the Development, Strategy & Policy Committee I chair are progressing as follows:

1   DPA 2

This has been split into 2 parts as you may remember from previous posts on this website.

– Part 1 (EAST) submitted for Approval of the Minister – June 2015. We await his rubber stamp on this.

– Part 2 (WEST) is being prepared for submission for approval to release for further public consultation, probably in August 2015. I will comment further on this DPA in a separate blog post. If you live in Goodwood or Clarence Park Wards this should be compulsory reading.

2   General DPA

The draft proposal was examined during this committees workshop in May 2015. We are now refining some of the proposals and the final draft being prepared subject to resolution of Minister’s DPAs on Activity Centres and Corridors.

The recently announced Activity Centres and Corridors Ministerial DPA’s will however affect the General DPA non-residential zones proposed revisions. It may slow this one down. This in turn may slow down DPA 2 as well as we had planned to take both out together to the community for your input.

3   Unley Central Precinct DPA

Our statement of Intent submitted in January 2015 was approved by the Minister on 31 May last. A tender is currently being processed to appoint a consultant team by August 2015 to engage stakeholders and the community and to prepare a draft DPA. We would expect to see this being completed by say March 2016. This is presuming that the Ministerial DPA I spoke of back on the 26th May does not require us to redirect resources to contribute to the Ministerial DPA.

The committee is poised ready to work through the next stages of each of these Development Plan Amendments.

New General DPA delayed by DSP committee

My DSP committee on Monday night voted to delay making any recommendations to Council on the General DPA. Rather than recommend it go to the Minister for approval for Public Consultation the Committee wanted more time to understand the detail in the DPA.

 

The DSP committee is, as readers of this blog page would be aware, is a new committee with 4 new specialist independent members. At the very least these members wanted time to disseminate the detail. I believe the elected members on the committee wanted this too.

So while the DPA was work-shopped for elected members this was back (from memory) in 2012 so the information is new to them as well.

The committee therefore agreed to re-workshop the DPA and our next scheduled meeting will indeed be a workshop rather than a formal meeting to facilitate this. This will be on May 18.

There are a  multitude of recommendations in the report.

They include but are not limited to the following:

Laneway housing, which allows for ancillary housing on allotments of land without subdivision, public notice changes, complying and non-complying development review, car parking review with dispensations for various concessions, shop/office floor area review, advertising signage review, and facilitating the commercial adaption of buildings of heritage significance.

Each have some depth to them and more thought needs I suggest to be given before we confuse the public with them. Each have the potential to be significant in their own right and to impact the City, taking I would suggest some pressure off the high rise focus that we currently have.

It was good to see the input on the night by our independent members. I look forward to what they will be able to contribute when we start something new rather than address something that is well down the track. The Unley Central DPA which should be coming up soon will likely be that opportunity.

 

 

DSP Committee to consider revised DPA2

As alerted in my blog post in the evening of 9 April the Development Strategy & Policy Committee (DSP) will consider this coming Monday evening the revisions made to DPA2 after your observations were taken on board by Council.

 

The first issue to come before this committee is the return of Development Plan Amendment DPA 2.

Our administration have compiled the responses from our community and have responded in turn with these observations to the Minister via his department, DPTI. Council has, in other words, taken on board the majority observations made during the public consultation. Our administration has worked diligently to document the results of the consultation, to implement them into a revised DPA, and to consult with DPTI over these changes.

Having said that, they (DPTI) are not particularly keen with the changes that the public consultation has prompted.

Keen to not miss out on the opportunities however this DPA2 presents in the eastern suburbs of the City of Unley DPTI have in a letter to our CEO recommended “that the policy that received limited objection through the consultation process be finalised for approval as a priority”. They go on further to say “As previously discussed it is recommended that the DPA2 be split to enable this to occur. This will allow progression of uncontentious development opportunities in the short term”.

So one of the first jobs our committee has is to determine what they will recommend council do; persist with the changes now or agree with DPTI and put the western components on hold while we deal with other more productive opportunities.

The options we can consider are as follow:

  1. Recommend endorsement of the revised DPA2 and splitting into 2 parts. The 1st part for submission to and approval by the minister. The 2nd part to go back out to public consultation limited to the western area.
  2. Recommend endorsement of the revised DPA2 and splitting into 2 parts. The 1st part limited to the smaller eastern area for submission to and approval by the minister. The 2nd part to go back out to public consultation to all araes except a limited eastern area.
  3. Abandon the DPA2 entirely leaving it to this minister to determine, noting it is his plan and he can, at the end of the day, do as he chooses.
  4. Any other option the committee, in its wisdom, may consider.

Should be a good night.

This is a public meeting so you are welcome to come along and hear the debate. It will be held in the Civic Centre commencing at 7.00 pm.

 

 

Development Strategy & Policy Committee. First cab off the rank

The Development Strategy & Policy Committee, the committee for which I am the Presiding Member, is the 1st section 41 committee to meet.

 

The first meeting of the Development Strategy & Policy Committee will be on Monday 20th April in the Civic Centre.

As I have previously reported this committee has the biggest forward agenda and biggest challenge of all Council’s section 41 committees. We have some urgent business to contend with as well.

I am looking forward to working with the members of this committee and Council’s support Management &  Staff. We have what I consider to be a strong committee, with the necessary cross section of skills and experience to provide Council with sound and constructive advice. To see who is on this committee check out my blog post from earlier today.

The agenda will be available on councils website from next Thursday.

One of the first issues to come before this committee I expect will be the return of Development Plan Amendment DPA 2.  So stay tuned to this blog site for news on where DPA2 is.

DPA2 Galvanises Community

The community of Clarence Park and Black Forest has been inundated with Government & Council intrusions that have tested many recently but also galvanised us and help to build a stronger community than the one we believe we had before the train corridor upgrade.

Never before has this one small community had to deal with so much over a prolonged period and its still happening. I trust this is not my ding because it has coincided with my time on Council. Maybe this is why I was lured into taking on the role, to be there with my community to get the best deal we can from all being thrown at us.

This time it is Councils DPA2 that is galvanising the community. When I say Council’s DPA I really should say the State Government’s DPA via the Minister for Planning.

Anyhow, we (Council, acting on behalf of the Government to achieve accommodation for the expected population growth in the 30 year plan) have received numerous submissions. There have been many resident meetings and Jennie & I have met with many.

As a member of the committee that will receive these submissions I am expecting a lot of reading. I expect too a long night on the 16th June at the Unley Civic Centre when we hear verbal submissions in support of the written submissions received.

I have seen one or two submissions already be having been copied into them. And what i can say tho those who prepared them, well done. They have been well researched and they have been constructive and helpful to finding solutions.

There is one thing that I am keen to find out as we move toward that public hearing and that is what population numbers will this plan provide the Government. During this whole period of public consultation I have not seen what the numbers are that we are trying to accommodate.

I will be looking to find out how many the new R zone in our Ward will generate. Separately I will be looking to find out what numbers the RR zones might generate.

I don’t know about you but I quite frankly suspect this DPA will make very little contribution to the Governments targets . The more I look at the R zone the more I wonder how much the DPA is different enough to create the numbers, particularly when the reverse has occurred in part of Black Forest where property ratios have actually increased.

Interesting times ahead as this one moves forward to maybe a conclusion before Council goes into Care taker mode before the next election.

DPA2 Reminder

This is just a reminder that if you want to make a submission to the recommendation contained in the current Development Plan Amendment you have until Thursday this week.

Remember also that this is the best opportunity you have to influence the sort of development that can occur next door to you or indeed that you yourself can do.

Please have your say.

So Just what Do I think?

While Jennie & I have been out there talking to you and your neighbours about the Development Plan Amendment DPA2 we have been met with a question that I hope I can answer here.

We have been out on the roads and footpaths meeting you at your doorstep with the aim to ensure you:

ü  Are aware of the proposed DPA2.
ü  That you recognise that it does affect you (if you live west of East Avenue that is)
ü  That you understand it.
ü  That you tell Council what you think about it, whether positive or negative.

We are doing this so that we can be as informed as we possibly can be so as to understand what you think of the proposed changes to residential zoning in Goodwood South. Your reactions do differ and this reinforces that we are doing the right thing in getting out to meet with you.

For these of you we have not yet seen, feel free to contact either one of us so express your views and to seek help in properly telling Council what you think in a way that will allow you to be properly heard.

So back to the question. What do I think?

I think your views are important. Important enough to find out what they are. I am developing views as a result of listening to what you have to say. And some of these are coming out in my blog posts.

When it comes time to vote I can best represent and advocate for you. I cant do that if I don’t know what you think. Once I understand what your position is and what is important to you I ca be best able to represent you and advocate for you.

When 3 storey is not 3 storey- when it does not deliver

One of the principles underpinning the development plan amendment in what will become the new Residential Zone within Unley is the opportunity to potentially have three storey development in this zone.

Will this provide the Government what they are after by way of extra people into the inner rim councils?Unlikely!

Will it create widespread  redevelopment with substantial overlooking? Again Unlikely!

The inclusion of indicating 3 stories is possible has frightened a number of home owners and I believe has panicked a number of them.

Here is my take on the situation.

Very few opportunities will exist without large scale amalgamations of properties to achieve any level of development allowing three stories that will in turn have any impact on the governments need for accommodating numbers of people. As I drive around the streets of Black Forest and Clarence Park I find little evidence that three storey development that can bring about increased residency can be achieved.

In my travels I hear similarly from residents.

So here is one option I think anyone with a concern with this development plan amendment could put to Council and that is to simply remove PDC 9 from the amendment. The reason is it is illogical to have a provision that will be hard to fulfill due to other constraints that will limit it significantly, sufficient to make it ineffectual in providing the higher population density being suggested.

Any specific site that could achieve it now could be identified within the plan, just as has happened at the Fisher Street site known to locals as Julia Farr Centre. This might include the Housing Trust Site in Dunrobin Street, or the nearby ECH site. Co-incidentally both these sites are in the Residential Regeneration site.