The draft Planning & Design Code errors and omissions are many. As it is a complex document it is proving hard to identify them.
To start the conversation that Minister Knoll has invited, let’s look at some of the more essential. At least from a City of Unley community point of view.
The Minister indicated to us that all the zones in the Current Unley Development plan have been transferred to the draft. He also advises there will be no reduction in demolition controls.
On my first couple of reads of the draft, not so.
A look at the very basic of zones sees a reduction in area applicable for each house. If our zones were to have been transferred without change, the RB 350 zone (in which I live) would not now read 300 m2 as being the size of allotment per house as a minimum.
Unley has a zone called Streetscape Built Form. It is a zone afforded demolition controls, but not as stringent as those applying to Historic Conservation Zones.
Under the Code, these zones are shown to be part of what is now to be called a Character Area Overlay. This overlay has no demolition controls.
This needs to be addressed. Either demolition controls need to be introduced into the Character Area overlay, or those current zones in Unley would have to be redefined as a Historic Conservation.
Our new Corridor Zones have a 30 degree interface with neighbouring residential zones. The Code is specifying this only for south bound residential zones. A 45 degree interface therefore is relevant to all other geographical sides.
Are these errors and omissions that will be corrected once they are pointed out? Or are they deliberate changes, as suggested by those in our community who are cynical about Government promises.
Whatever, they could have a profound impact on our community if left unaltered.