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.