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Unley Central DPA Update

Dear Members and Friends of FOCUS,

As advised in our update of 14 March, Council meets on 27 March to finalise the plan for submission to the Minister.

Time to influence the outcome is short.

Make sure the Mayor and  Councillors know your views before the Development Plan is finalised for State Government approval!

Please find attached to this update:

With our update of 14 March we attached the material presented to Elected Members for the 14 March Workshop Meeting. Available by request if not readily to hand.

Ros Islip


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Unley Central DPA

Following is an update on the Unley Central DPA process from the City of Unley.

Dear respondent to the public consultation process,

The Unley Central DPA process is nearing its anticipated conclusion, so this letter is to provide an update on the status and remaining opportunities for you to attend meetings where this DPA will be discussed by Council.

The City Strategy and Development Policy Committee (CSDP) of Council and Council have received all respondents’ feedback, and will be further considering this at meetings in March. There was a significant number of respondents and a wide variation of views, so it is taking some time to compile the necessary reports for Council and Committee to consider. To assist in this process, there will be a further briefing of the CSDP Committee and Council Members on 6 March at 6.30 pm in the Unley Civic Centre. While the meeting gallery will be open to the public, there will be no public presentations or representations at this meeting.

This briefing will be the last opportunity for CSDP Committee members to clarify matters pertaining to the policy under consideration before their next meeting (also open to the public) on 14 March at 7.00pm, where the Committee will make recommendations to Council regarding the DPA.

The March Council meeting on 27 March will then consider the Committee’s recommendations and make a recommendation to the Planning Minister regarding the DPA.

Council has reached the end of the time available to it to prepare the Draft DPA for the Minister. If for some reason Council is unable to make a recommendation to the Minister at the March Council meeting, it will need to seek an extension of time from the Minister. The Minister may approve such a request, or may follow alternate paths with the DPA.

Council will further correspond with you after the March Council meeting, to update you on the DPA’s progress.

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Please find following the presentations from “The Centre of the City of Unley – What Could it Look Like in 2020?” meeting hosted by FOCUS on 20 September 2016.

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Next Meeting Agenda

Focus committee looks forward to discussing its activities & submissions in relation to the draft Tree Strategy, the Unley Precinct Plan, the Environmental & Sustainability Strategy  and the passing of the Planning, Development & Infrastructure Bill at the meeting on Tuesday 17th May after the address by our speaker. See details on the flyer below.

We value hearing the views of the members on these draft plans & the legislation, all of which will have an impact on the character & heritage of Unley.

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Thank you to everyone who attended the FOCUS Christmas Drinks and made it such a successful evening. Thank you also to Warren and Liz for hosting everyone and the Committee and others who provided the delicious nibbles.

The year 2016 commenced with a bang, we have the Planning Reform Bill still going through the Upper House our Committee members and those from other Inner Suburbs Resident Groups have been lobbying the politicians with their concerns.

Unley Council prior to Christmas released the DRAFT UNLEY CENTRAL PRECINCT STUDY for Consultation. The Consultation Process was poorly promoted and timed just before Christmas with only 160 responses being received! There is an article in the summer edition of Unley Life about the Draft Plan which describes the vision that sounds wonderful, but the FOCUS Committee has serious concerns with the details and intent of the Plan. I encourage you all to read the study which is on the Council website, especially page 29 which describes the area to be zoned from 7 to 11 stories. There is a huge threat to the heritage of the core of the City of Unley.

Did you receive the summer edition of Unley Life? Only one person on the FOCUS Committee did. Peter Tsokas, Unley CEO is very concerned that it appears they not being delivered to each ratepayer as Council expects. To help would you please reply to FOCUS – yes or no and your street.

Mary, Warren, Deane and I met with Peter Tsokas and David Litchfield, the Director responsible for planning on Monday to discuss our concerns. We had a fruitful discussion and now have a clear picture of what will happen next and how FOCUS needs to respond. This is the short term FOCUS plan:

  • Cancel the FOCUS February meeting.
  • Urge all members and supporters to attend the Unley Development Strategy and Policy Committee on Monday 15th February at 7pm in the Unley Civic Centre where this proposed plan will be discussed prior to being presented to full Council meeting.
  • The agenda for this meeting will come out on Friday 12th February. PLEASE COME.
  • Following the Council discussions and at a full meeting the Draft Plan will come out for consultation.
  • This is when we will have to be really active and engage the community to have their say. FOCUS has strongly recommended to Council that they MUST inform everyone in Unley what is being proposed and hold public consultation sessions with their staff similar to previous Development Plan Amendments were being considered. When you read the Draft Plan you will realise how far this has already progressed.

This is probably the biggest threat to the character and heritage of the village of Unley that FOCUS has faced. We also need to form a united view of what progress is acceptable and where it should be. Please contact me if you would like more information or want to discuss this.

Ros Islip


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Please find attached an email from the National Trust regarding the proposed changes to planning laws

Keep the People in the planning system!

This week, the State Government is rushing to push its new planning legislation through the Parliament, despite extensive public and industry concerns about the proposed changes. While planning laws aren’t the most exciting of reads, this 200 page document will shape the future of our cities, towns and suburbs for decades to come.

The changes include the exclusion of local council representatives from all decision making, while imposing significant costs on Councils and concentrating too many powers in the hands of a single Minister. Future protection for local heritage places and significant trees is also at risk.

The Local Government of South Australia has roundly condemned the legislation, arguing that it will leave communities with no voice and no choice about issues which directly affect them. Even the Property Council and other industry groups have criticised the Bill and sought major amendments.

The Community Alliance, a group of community organisations concerned about the impacts of open slather development, says the Bill is aimed at winding back community rights to comment on and challenge development assessment decisions.

In the rush to get these laws through the upper house, a range of important issues and principles are being brushed aside. If the laws are passed, individuals and local communities will have even less say in the types of developments that are permitted in their streets and neighbourhoods. The right to review of decisions will be significantly curtailed.

In both houses of Parliament, the Opposition has spoken out against the haste with which this legislation has been pushed through. Sam Duluk MP and David Ridgway MLC have explained the deficiencies of the Bill and the dangers of passing this flawed legislation.

In the Upper House, Greens MLC Mark Parnell and Dignity for Disability MLC Kelly Vincent, have argued for the need for a more considered approach. Upper House MPs need your support and encouragement to resist the Government’s bid to push these laws through without proper consultation and negotiation.

Please email the following MPs and encourage them to keep making a stand for better planning laws and to resist the Government’s push to force this legislation through in haste:

Leader of the Opposition in the Upper House David Ridgway
Greens MLC Mark Parnell
Dignity for Disability MLC Kelly Vincent

Alternatively, contact the Deputy Premier and Planning Minister John Rau and ask him to listen to the people and to address their concerns. What’s the rush Mr Rau? Surely nothing will be lost by giving the Parliament more time to consider and discuss these important reforms.

Act now before it’s too late!

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FOCUS on Facebook and Twitter

We are on Facebook and Twitter now! Please follow us there for updates and to get in contact

Twitter: https://twitter.com/focusonunley

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/focusonunley

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30 March 2015

Dear Editor,

I refer to the report on page 12 of The Advertiser, March 30; Green light for $80 million complex.  All Unley residents should be rightly concerned about the Development Assessment Commission [DAC] approval of the seven story Cremorne Plaza.

In several significant respects this proposed development does not comply with the City of Unley’s Development Plan, recently amended with State Government approval to comply with the Government’s 30 year plan for Adelaide. This approval ignores various areas of concern raised by City of Unley in their detailed submission to the DAC. This project if it proceeds in the form approved has the potential to set precedence for further non complying development proposals.

This is a city style project being built in suburbia with an impact well beyond the surrounding housing with the potential to significantly disrupt the life of those who live, work, shop and participate in Unley’s community life as well as those who travel through Unley each day.

The Friends of the City of Unley Society [FOCUS] whose focus is on maintaining and enhancing the character and vibrancy of Unley with good development is appalled by the DAC decision.

Ros Islip
Friends of City of Unley Society

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Glenside Land Fight - Eastern Courier Messenger 17 Feb 2015

Glenside Land Fight – Eastern Courier Messenger 17 Feb 2015

Protest to block Glenside housing - Eastern Courier Messenger 17 Feb 2015

Protest to block Glenside housing – Eastern Courier Messenger 17 Feb 2015

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Developer's Retail Plan for Site - Eastern Courier Messenger 17 Feb 2015

Developer’s Retail Plan for Site – Eastern Courier Messenger 17 Feb 2015

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