Two weeks ago Council voted not to go ahead with the potential sale of the 'air rights' on the Civic Centre site. This was introduced by the Mayor, supported by all Councillors excepting myself. In hindsite it was a poorly timed and probably also a poor idea. However, this is a red herring when it comes to discussing and debating what should be approved for the Central Unley Development Plan Amemndment. The two are linked but not the same. The Mayor's motion last week only agreed to Council not developing the Civic Centre site in the life of this Council, that is until Nov 2018. This is only the new (1970's buildings).
The DPA covers all the area from Thomas St to Mary St on the west and Edmund Ave to Frederick St to the north. All other areas on Unley Rd are already zoned to allow for 5 storey buildings. The area is as deep as Mornington Rd and Rugby St. This area currently has no height limits. There seems to be little objection to decreasing the height on the western side to between 2 and 11 storeys. However, the area discussed above remains controversial. Options for the Development Strategy meeting to consider are:
- Is it crucial to keep the village green where it is?
- Should the height limits on boundaries be 2, 3 or 5 storeys? And if so in what locations? At the recent rally Sandy Wilkinson (heritage advisor) clearly stated that these height limits can be reached and the cottages retained with sensitive design.
- Can Council just not make a decision about the eastern side?