20 April 2018
CITY OF UNLEY SET TO STIMULATE LOCAL ECONOMY WITH RATE REBATES
The City of Unley will introduce rate rebate incentives to encourage mixed-use developments and greater economic activity in the heart of Unley, Unley Central.
In general the Unley Central precinct includes the section of Unley Road from the intersection of Mary and Marion streets to the intersection of Thomas Street and Edmund Avenue.
The Council has endorsed the introduction of an Economic Development Rates Incentive Policy, which will see two types of rebates offered – a developer rebate and a residential rebate.
City of Unley Acting Mayor Peter Hughes said the initiative was in line with Council’s 2033 Community Plan that strived to position Unley as a destination for its enviable lifestyle, environment, business strength and civic leadership.
“This is an example of Council supporting the economic prosperity of the Unley Central precinct. As part of our vision, we want to promote a district that is thriving, growing and attracting new businesses and residents,” A/Mayor Hughes said.
Under the developer rebate incentive, a rebate on general Council rates will be provided to developers during the construction phase of an eligible development for a period of no more than three years.
13 April 2018
Council are seeking your views on a bicycle boulevard and traffic calming measures in Weller Street, Millswood/Goodwood. This will involve installation of slow points along the street, kerb extensions at intersections and changes to the Mitchell Street/Weller Street intersection. The goal of the improvements is to create a more cycling friendly environment as well as reduce traffic volumes and speeds on Weller Street. Concept plans are available here.
If you are happy or unhappy with this proposal then please go to the same website and Have Your Say. You need to do this before April 20th.
11 April 2018
You may recall late last year that Steph Key, the then Member for Ashford, held a public consultation regarding beautifying the underpass. Even though Steph has now retired it seems that this matter may be progressing. Elected members will meet with staff late in April. My conversation with Jane Stimson was less hopeful.
08 April 2018
An interesting dilemma was discussed in this morning's Sunday Mail: should your solar panels be used to prevent/minimise development on your neighbour's property? I remember thus being discussed at a few Development Assessment Panels without a definitive outcome. There are clearly two sides to the argument, both of which are valid. I personally enjoy the savings benefit that our solar panels afford us (about $1000 per year). I would hate that somebody, at the stoke of a pen, could approve a development that would overshadow the panels and render our panels ineffective. The new all-encompassing state development plan should make the time to research this issue and develop a solution that is fair to all. Currently most development plans talk about sunlight to habitable rooms and a precedent for adequate is 2 hours per day.
02 April 2018
We all knew that the Labor government had massive changes to planning in store but had hoped that Liberal government might soften the blow. Apparently, this is not the case and the new government will push through with the planning code that the old government had been working on. The new code will become the state's single planning rule book for assessing all development applications. All planning applications will be lodged electronically to an ePlanning portal. In this new system residents are most likely be how they wish their area to be zoned and then not even receive notification when a development is proposed next door. To some extent this may work but only if the rules are the rules and that the Development Assessment Commission or Council Assessment Panel cannot add their own judgement to height or density as they see fit. Unfortunately, Unley's intricate and hard fought planning code may be dismantled against the wishes of residents.
01 April 2018
Many of you have found that when you telephone the Council and ask for information the call is often put through to the best person able to answer your enquiry. That person is often unavailable and you leave a message hoping that someone will call you back. It happens to most of us, every time we make an enquiry of an organisation: sometimes we even have the privilege of waiting for what seems like forever for the phone to be answered. In Unley the phone was nearly always answered before the third ring as this was the measure used to measure success at this point of contact. In future success will be measured if your question is able to be answered by the first customer service officer that you speak to (phone or front counter). Staff are undertaking extensive training so they can answer the questions without having to forward the call. Hopefully, this will lead to better satisfaction for both the officer and the customer.