HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE CODE????

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???

  1. Read the NPSP Council response to the Code (available on its website)
  2. 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
  3. Share your concerns with our local member, the Hon Steven Marshall MP: dunstan@parliament.sa.gov.au
  4. 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

  1. Like/share Facebook posts
  2. 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
  3. Attend the Community Alliance rally planned for the steps of Parliament House at 11am, Sunday March 22

PORTRUSH ROAD AND MAGILL ROAD JUNCTION UPGRADE

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

 

2019 Review

It’s been a busy year! Here is a quick summary:

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. Other
    – 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

 

 

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