Unley News

Highlights of Council’s Meeting 27 February 2017

This summary is an overview of the discussion that took place at the 27 February 2017 Council meeting.

For further detail on any of these items, and other items discussed, view the Agendas and Minutes on our Full Council webpage.

Investigations into Unley Civic Complex redevelopment stopped
In line with its vision to rejuvenate the Unley Central Precinct, the Council late last year voted to investigate a possible redevelopment of the Unley Civic Complex, in the hopes it would spark interest and encourage others to embark on new developments and activities in the Precinct. 
 
Although Council had agreed not to start engaging with the Community about the possible project until after the Development Plan Amendment work had been completed and the planning policies for the area were known, there was significant concern from a section of the community and various forms of communication directed towards the Council opposing the potential redevelopment.
 
In light of those concerns, Mayor Lachlan Clyne put forward a motion at the February Council meeting to stop any further action towards investigating a potential redevelopment of the site. This motion was adopted by Council after spirited debate.
 
The end of investigations into a possible redevelopment of the Unley Civic Complex is unrelated to the Unley Central Development Plan Amendment (DPA).
 
The DPA is about framing the Planning Policy for the area; it is not about individual projects. Council needs to amend the Development Plan to ensure that the development principles align with the City of Unley’s vision for the future of the precinct. 
 
Council will consider the Draft DPA for Unley Central at its meeting on Monday 27 March, 2017.
 
Parking in Goodwood/Wayville
After a successful 12 month trial of four hour at Bartley Crescent Wayville and Railway Terrace South Goodwood, Council resolved to continue with the current arrangements. This means that residents in the streets near the tram stop will have residential parking permits, while on-street parking will be restricted to four hours to allow turnover of parking for local businesses and deter all day parking from commuters.
 
The feedback from the trial indicates that in general, residents are happy with the arrangements stating that the streets are not as congested as they used to be.
 
Council will further consult with residents on Almond and Essex streets to refine the current restrictions.
 
Rugby/Porter Bikeway
The Rugby/Porter Streets Bikeway is an important cycle route in Unley which is identified as a high priority key route in Council’s Walking and Cycling Plan. The bike route is one of the most utilised bike routes within our Council area, and as part of the City-Belair route, has been identified by the State Government’s Integrated Transport and Land Use Plan as one of the key bike corridors in inner Adelaide.
 
After more than 12 months of planning and consultation, Council has decided to implement upgrades to a number of intersections to facilitate a north–south bike corridor along Porter Street/ Rugby Street connecting the City to Mitcham.
 
The most contentious decision was to change the priority from Young Street to Porter Street at that intersection meaning that Young street vehicles must give way to Porter Street vehicles.