Here is just A TASTE of the GRIM REALITY of new planning rules/regulations the State Government is proposing to implement later this year. In their current form these changes will mean:
- Loss of Council control over planning and development with ALL existing Council Development Plans replaced by an overarching ‘one size fits all’ approach across the entire state
- Loss of residents’ appeal rights against almost all new developments
- Historic Conservation Zones replaced by Historic Area Overlays with generic NOT specific guidelines and much weaker demolition controls
- Greater building heights on main roads, corridors (eg 6 storeys along Magill Road) and increased building envelopes from 30 to 45 degrees
- Loss of subdivision controls in quaint Residential Character Zones to support greater infill
- Less private open space (8% of a site) for trees, vegetation and wildlife
- Increased overlooking (sill heights reduced from 1.7 to 1.5M)
- Loss of noise control eg from air-conditioners
- A dismantling of the hierarchy of commercial activities, such that shops/businesses can be built ANYWHERE, including next to your home
- A flawed, difficult to navigate e-planning portal with errors/omissions
- An overall less fair, less certain system open to corruption, litigation and poor outcomes (to the detriment of our streetscapes)
WHAT CAN YOU DO???
- Read the NPSP Council response to the Code (available on its website)
- See how the Code will affect your property, by accessing the draft Code, fact sheets etc from the SA Planning Portal: saplanningportal.sa.gov.au
- Share your concerns with our local member, the Hon Steven Marshall MP: email@example.com
- Sign the Heritage Petition soon to be presented to Parliament.
These will again be available on The Parade (by Trenery) from noon until 2pm, Sunday, February 23
- Like/share Facebook posts
- Write your own submission on the Code (it doesn’t have to be long) and email it by February 28 to: PlanningReform@sa.gov.au
- Attend the Community Alliance rally planned for the steps of Parliament House at 11am, Sunday March 22
This $98 million initiative will have quite an impact on a number of people and those directly affected are asking questions like:
What is the logic of changing the intersection to 3 lanes north and southbound? What will happen when the traffic has to merge back to 2 lanes after the intersection?….a bottleneck? How does this improve traffic flow? What about safety? What will it be like when there are trucks merging back into 2 lane traffic? What about our street-scapes and the removal of all the trees? Where is DPTI’s adequate ‘consultation’ process with those people whose properties are targeted for acquisition as well as the wider community?
WHAT DO YOU THINK???
Stay informed about what is happening locally by attending one of these (late notice) DPTI community information sessions and reading “Backlash over $98m intersection upgrade” (The Advertiser February 4, page 7).
Check out the fact sheet here: Portrush_and_Magill_intersection_Upgrade_Pro.._
and the DPTI webpage here: https://www.dpti.sa.gov.au/infrastructure/road_projects/magill
It’s been a busy year! Here is a quick summary:
- General Meetings included the following:
March – an engaging talk by Denise Schumann about Norwood’s early history and colourful characters
May – a very successful, informal get-together at Lost Barrel
August – the AGM with Tony Zappia from Studio 9 Architects informing us about the Coles redevelopment plans
November – a pre-Christmas social night at The Norwood Hotel
- Council and Other Meetings
– Monthly NRA Committee meetings with one or more members attending most NPSP Council meetings
– Private meetings with the Mayor addressing local concerns
– Numerous sessions with council planners dealing with impending State Planning changes
– establishing closer contact with other local associations such as Kensington Residents, Kent Town Residents, St Peters Residents, Rotary, Community Alliance, Salvation Army
- Heritage Campaign
The ongoing fight with the State Government about their development planning changes continued on many fronts. Several written submissions were made directly from the NRA and support was given to the Community Alliance of South Australia and the new Protect Our Heritage organisation. A Norwood historical walk guided by Denise Schumann was conducted in August as well as two heritage bus trips hosted by Rowena Dunk in September. We attended presentations by the State Planning Commission and helped precipitate the Dunstan Forum in November with the Premier, Planning Minister and Planning Commissioner. On-line and paper petitions were launched and continue to seek signatures from people concerned about heritage, while numerous calls have been made for residents to write to their MPs.
– A written submission to the Civil Aviation Authority raised concerns about the proposed helipad on the new Peregrine building
– NRA Committee members assisted Norwood Rotary with their post pageant Fair at Richards Park in November
– A follow up presentation by Studio 9 Architects on the Coles redevelopment was organised and attended by NRA, Cork Tree and Council representatives
NOVEMBER NOTES – NORWOOD RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
A few things to inform you all about:
- Rotary post-pageant fair
- Christmas social night
- Dunstan Planning Forum
- Coles re-development
Norwood Rotary will be holding a children’s/family fair at Richards Park after the Christmas Pageant on Saturday 23rd November (see below).
The NRA will be assisting them in setting up and running the event as well as having our own stall there promoting the Association. We’ll also be selling some delicious marmalades and jams and maybe a few other items to raise some money. We welcome any other contributions to our table – if you think you can donate something please contact us at our email address (firstname.lastname@example.org).
CHRISTMAS SOCIAL NIGHT
Please come along to our end of year get together for a more relaxed, informal gathering. It will be at The Norwood Hotel (in the room to the left as you come in from Osmond Terrace) from 6:00pm Wednesday, 27th November. Like the previous happy hour, we’ll provide some finger food and you can buy drinks at the bar. It would be nice to see as many members as possible there. For you non/ex members perhaps you’d also like to come along and join/re-join on the night!
DUNSTAN PLANNING FORUM
This was held at the Norwood Concert Hall on the 4th November and it was great to see many of you there. With the Premier, Planning Minister and Planning Commission Chairman speaking and a spirited Q&A session it was a valuable component of the whole engagement process. The premier invited us all to submit extra questions to his office (via email@example.com) and has promised to respond to all queries. This is your chance to educate yourself further and/or apply more pressure. There is a consultation period of five months for the recently released Design Code and this will be essentially the final opportunity to help shape the new development planning process. Rest assured that your Association will be actively involved and will be writing a submission during this time.
The development application has now been lodged. You may have seen the recent Advertiser article about this. A few of us have been invited to find out more detail from the Architects themselves and we’ll report back on this immediately afterwards. Being a category Two application only adjacent property owners can make submissions/objections to the development (by 21st November). See our Facebook page for some more detail…
FREE CHILDREN’S FUN FAIR
At Richards park – nestled in between Magill Rd, entrance next to Heatworks, East of Osmond Tce & North of Verdun St
Come along and …
have lunch, enjoy the jumpy castle, purchase a lucky dip, talk to the jolly old fella and lots more
Between 11am – 1pm on 23rd November
It’s on straight after the Norwood Christmas Pageant
Everyone who is concerned about the changes to State development planning should get along to this forum. An ideal opportunity to hear from all the leading figures and to be able to participate in the discussion. Take note of the requirement to RSVP and to submit questions in advance. See you there!
Norwood, Payneham and St Peters Mayor Robert Bria addressed the Environment Resources and Development Committee on the proposed State Planning changes. See the article above. His full speech can be read here:
This will be a very important meeting about the proposed State Government changes to planning rules. If you care about our built heritage you MUST come along and support the resistance to some of these changes that will affect our living environment, particularly here in Norwood. It will be held at the Norwood Concert Hall on Wednesday, 18th September – full details on the poster above.
See you there!
Heritage…..It’s More Than A Place
Historian Denise Schumann is passionate about Norwood’s history and its beautiful 19th century-built heritage. She is dismayed at recent developments on The Parade where the unique character of this historic main street and the surrounding streets is being impacted by high-rise contemporary buildings punctuating the skyline as land values increase.
These so-called ‘hip’ developments affect the amenity of one of Adelaide’s oldest suburbs. While being described facetiously as ‘urban renewal’, they systematically erode the character, change the cultural landscape and chip away at the very fabric of local life. Influential groups such as the Property Council of South Australia see the scale of our built heritage and way of life as obstacles to more lucrative developments.
Denise will walk us through the streets of Norwood, revealing the stories, the people and the lessons of history and why we need to preserve our neighbourhood. She will highlight what the loss of local planning powers means and the effects of transferring decision-making powers to remote authorities such as the State Planning Commission and Renewal SA.
Come along and hear what Denise has to say, but please first confirm your attendance.
Norwood Residents Association Heritage Walk
Date: Saturday 31 August 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Depart: Norwood Town Hall, Cnr The Parade and George Street
Led by Denise Schumann OAM
Maximum number 20 people.
Please register with Chris Francis, President of the NRA (0419 826 918)
A reasonable gathering despite the inclement weather attended our recent AGM.
The usual end of term reports were given (you can read the President’s report here: PRESIDENT’S REPORT (Aug 7, 2019) )
after which elections were held which saw all sitting office bearers re-elected unopposed and three new committee members added.
The talk by Tony Zappia on the proposed Coles redevelopment was most instructive. To summarise the current plans we were told:
- The three significant trees will remain (cork, river red gum and one on the northern side) although there may be a loss of some of the mature trees on the southern boundary.
- The car park on Edward St will stay much as it is but with a reconfiguration for easier pedestrian access and some shaded parking. There is no no housing planned for Edward St.
- The Coles delivery area will move from the southern side to the east (off George St).
- The open parking off George St will be lowered and screened from the road.
- Townhouses (six from memory) to be built on George St.
- All new building will be in the centre of the site which will be totally demolished. The Coles supermarket will occupy the ground level, roughly the same size as now.
- Above this will be a level with commercial space (targeted for a medical centre) plus parking.
- The third level will be all parking.
- Above, there will be the so called ‘floating’ townhouses – some 25 or 26 in number (two story) as well as open space for the residents.
- Also planned are two apartment towers of six stories (making nine total above ground) comprising 26 units each (mainly two bedroom). These will be at the northern end.
- The access between The Parade and Coke St will remain as per the current mall.
- There is provision for a ground level ‘piazza’ between the western car park and the mall.
We were told a great emphasis is being put on the environment with more tree planting, the aesthetics (an Italianate colonnade theme is envisaged), heritage and design.
Some details were quite sketchy and more changes are possible.The sites plans were informative but there were no decent elevation drawings to give us an idea of how it might actually look. The claim is that meetings and negotiations are going well with no ‘show stoppers’ and a development lodgement is expected ‘within a few months’. The anticipated build time is 18 months to two years.
There is an offer to give another update further down the track and if enough members are interested we will pursue this.