The Unley Council Development Plan is subject to ongoing strategic reviews and amendments to ensure that planning trends and community issues are balanced, reflecting the desired future character for the area.
Changes to the Development Plan are made by Development Plan Amendments (DPAs) which can be prepared by either the Council or by the Minister for Urban Development and Planning. All DPAs are subject to the approval of the Minister.
DPAs are notified and released for public consultation for a minimum of eight weeks.
Some DPAs are given interim authorisation by the State Government to prevent negative speculative development. This means that the new policies become law on an interim basis, during which time the public and government agencies are consulted. There may be changes made during this time based on submissions received.
After the consultation period finishes, all submissions including those from the public and government agencies are reviewed and amendments made as considered appropriate. The DPA is then forwarded to the Minister for Urban Development and Planning for final authorisation.
The Residential Character, Growth Areas and Council Wide Residential Policy Development Plan Amendment (DPA) focuses on protection of valued neighbourhood character, while targeting new integrated development in areas of mixed character and areas of renewal adjacent to strategic location, ie close to public transport infrastructure, centre facilities and services.
Due to the caretaker period from 16 September 2014 to the Council elections in November 2014, and appropriate induction period for a new Council, a revised DPA was considered by the Development Strategy and Policy Committee and Council in April 2015.
Council resolved that the DPA be split into two parts so the changes in the central and eastern suburbs can proceed at this time and be considered for approval in accord with the endorsed Summary of Consultation and Proposed Amendments (SCPA) Report.
The policy changes in the DPA relating to areas to the east of a line along Goodwood Road, the tram line and East Avenue are to be encompassed in a separate amendment document and forwarded to the Minister for Planning for consideration for approval. Approval is anticipated to occur within the next 3 months or so.
The remaining areas to the west, that have been the focus of various issues and proposed changes in accord with the SCPA Report, will be formed into another DPA document and forwarded to the Minister for Planning for consideration of approval to release for further consultation if it is determined to proceed with this part of the DPA.
There is no change to the current planning policy and zoning until a change is approved by the Minister for Planning.
The Unley Central Precinct is the heart of our City. We want to create a smart city that is highly accessible and inclusive. A city that promotes innovation, health and wellbeing and provides opportunities for connection, inclusion and participation.
The City of Unley has prepared a Development Plan Amendment (DPA) pursuant to sections 24 and 25 of the Development Act 1993 to amend the Unley (City) Development Plan.
For further information view:
The Development Plan is required to align with the State Planning Strategy (The 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide) and the South Australian Planning Policy Library template zone modules pursuant to the Development Act.
To undertake a Development Plan Amendment the Minister has ultimate control in regard to allowing it to proceed and what is finally approved. This is established via a Statement of Intent that is agreed to at the start of the process.
One of the objectives set by the State Government for the District Centre Zone is high density development. It is the central heart of Unley and the core activity centre on Unley Road. The surrounding Urban Corridor Zone template policy generally calls for 6 storey development up to 10 storey. In 2013 the City of Unley negotiated an outcome of 5 storey for Unley Road and 7 storey for Greenhill Road.
Community consultation on the future for Unley Central and the 2014 Precinct Plan took place in November to December 2015. During this process, Council received valuable and constructive feedback on subjects such as:
A further hands on stakeholder workshop (called a Design Lab), with residents, owners and local groups, was held in April 2016 to explore potential options for the Precinct.
This feedback was considered by the City Strategy and Development Policy (CSDP) Committee and by the City of Unley Council through a series of meetings from February 2016 until the draft DPA was endorsed in August 2016.
A formal statutory consultation on the DPA was conducted from September to in November 2016 and further personal submissions received at a Public Meeting on Tuesday 6 December at the Unley Civic Centre.
After comprehensive consideration a Summary of Consultation and Proposed Amendments Report with options for change to key elements was presented to the CSDP Committee on Tuesday 14 March where they voted on the recommendations to be presented to Council for decision at the upcoming March Council meeting.
The Unley Central DPA process is nearing its anticipated conclusion.
Council will consider the Committee’s recommendations at the March 27 Council meeting and vote on a final (amended) DPA to be submitted to the Planning Minister.
The below table provides a summary of what the Committee has endorsed for Councils consideration.
Council may choose to vote in a variety of ways, including:
August - The concepts outlined in the Draft Unley Central Precinct Plan were adopted unanimously by Council as the long term vision for the precinct
Jan – City of Unley submits a Statement of Intent to the State Government to amend the Development Plan
May – Minister approves Statement of Intent to the State Government to amend the Development Plan
November – Council wide Community consultation on the vision and principals for Unley Central
February – Community feedback considered by the CSDP Committee
April - Design Lab on DPA (with a selection of residents and developers)
September – DPA consultation
December – Public hearing
March - Workshop
March – CSDP Committee decide on what will be recommended to Council
March – Council votes on way forward at Council meeting
April – Council reports back to Minister with a proposed way forward
The Draft Planning, Development and Infrastructure Bill 2015 has been introduced to the South Australia Parliament. The Bill must pass through a number of stages before becoming an Act of Parliament. The aim of the Bill is to deliver a number of changes to the planning and development process undertaken by Councils. Unley Council is working closely with the Local Government Association to identify and address aspects of the Bill that affect the development and planning process in the City of Unley.
It is anticipated that the provisions in the Bill will be introduced over a period of between three and five years. Many aspects of the Bill are complex and the exact impact on the City of Unley is yet to be determined.
Applicants will still be able to appeal against a condition of approval or against a refusal. There will still be a Development Assessment Panel appointed by Council but it will not contain Elected Members.
Details of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Bill 2015 and fact sheets are available on the DPTI’s Planning Reform webpage.
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