Highrise DPA2 opposition

Recently Unley Council (on behalf of the State Government) consulted with residents about a Development Amendment Plan (DPA2) to accommodate the forecast population growth over the next 30 years.
The response from residents was huge with 100s of submissions and 45 verbal presentations at a recent Council Committee meeting.
There was overwhelming opposition to the proposal.
In its current form I can not support the DPA2.
It encroaches too far into the suburbs away from the transport corridors where the high density should have been concentrated.
Residents have commented to me that there was too much concentration of proposed highrise development in the western areas of Unley eg. Black Forest and Everard Park. Much of the eastern suburbs escaped the red pen. The pain needs to be shared across Unley.
A report on the feedback will come to Council and direction will be given on where revision is required.
My forecast is that it will take 6-9 months and further consultation with residents before it is approved by Council prior to being submitted to the State Government for approval - perhaps in March 2015.
The next consultation by Council with the community must be wider, perhaps including all residents. Yes it will cost a lot.
We need to get this right!
We need to ensure that we don't muck up and destroy the local amenity - the local streetscape without 4 storey highrise apartments.
It needs to be remembered that the Government can impose on us their DPA.
We need to take sufficient time to get it right.


  1. Cr Jennie BoisvertSunday, July 13, 2014

    Yes, you are right. In Black Forest in the areas most effected almost every household responded with a resounding no. This should go back to staff to be redrafted so as to reflect what our community have so clearly articulated in their responses. John Rau must heed this and leave Unley alone for a bit. To make matters worse those areas on Unley Rd that were rezoned to allow for 5 storey development are now seeing development applications going straight to the Development Assessment Commission and the heights must be in excess of the 5 storey limit or Unley would be ding the Development assessment.

  2. The whole thing doesn't make sense to me. Here the SA Govt is effectively mandating higher densities and yet there is no comprehensive plan to manage the additional people movements or open space requirements. When certain well planned European cities redevelop, they also give consideration to sustainable transport modes. This includes park planning, better paths, wider and well designed bike paths, streamlined public transport facilities and designs to reduce the dependency on the private motor vehicle.

    Mr Rau and Mr Mulligan, show me that you're on the ball and are working together to produce this. I'd hate for sections of inner city Adelaide to become like London burbs or choked with more cars.


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