The City of Unley Development Plan sets out planning zones, lists complying and non-complying land uses within each zone and provides development principles and design techniques.
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.
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. Further Deputations were received at the scheduled Council meeting on the 27 March 2017. Given the significance and complexity of the matter debate was deferred to a special Council meeting on the 30 March 2017 where the revised policy and building heights were adopted.
An appropriately revised version of the DPA was submitted to the Minister for Planning on 6 April 2017. The DPA was approved by the Minister on the 4 July 2017 and now forms part of the Unley (City) Development Plan.
Final approval on the Unley Central DPA was given by the Minister of Planning on 4 July 2017. See below a copy of the final (amended) DPA which was submitted to the Planning Minister.
The below table provides a summary of what is included in the final DPA that was submitted to the Minister. Final approval was given by the Minister of Planning on 4 July 2017.
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
July - Minister for Planning gives final approval to the DPA on 4 July
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.
In 2013, the Minister for Planning announced the appointment of the Expert Panel on Planning Reform to undertake a review of South Australia’s planning system and the Development Act, the legislation that forms the basis for South Australia’s planning system.
In August 2014, the Expert Panel presented their report to the Minister for Planning. The Review focussed on many issues the property development sector had raised including:
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.
The Bill will deliver a number of changes to the planning and development process. These changes are planned to include:
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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