2022 candidate for Adelaide City Council.
Heritage survey responses.
Do you think that Councils and community members need to have a greater voice in planning and development decisions affecting their local area?
Yes The loss of planning powers by local government have been very damaging to local communities. We no longer have notification , or the right to comment. Where any consultation occurs it is push polling by developers allegedly aimed at supporting communities. YourSay is a travesty because it allows state wide lobby groups to swamp local sensitivities.
What role should Councils play in protecting local heritage places from demolition or inappropriate development?
Demolition control Increased listing Financial incentives Planning Legislation needs to be less generic and more site specific
How would you seek to improve protections for heritage places in your area?
By being elected and advocating for building listing I have previously been on the Council that achieved 1300 local listings. I have only achieved less than a dozen State Listings As Minister for the City of Adelaide I achieved National Heritage Listing of the Park Lands If elected I will actively lobby the Federal Government to improve their EPBC legislation
We rarely see new places added to local heritage listings. Why do you think this is?
The State Government is resistant and is opposed to restricting developer rights Heritage protection might better be communicated as Tourism Conservation . Benefits , knowing where we come from, understanding our history, the beauty of fine design and site specific architecture, tourism , amenity . Keeping buildings , retains embedded energy , reduces landfill and increases economic benefits by requiring skilled restoration
How has the Planning and Design Code impacted on the heritage, amenity, and environment of your area? What changes would you seek to the Code?
Complete review it is a disaster
What are the impacts of infill development in your area? What changes would you seek in the rules around infill development?
The infill is over scale over height , ugly and overbearing. It takes solar access , amenity and ambiance from existing residents. It is generally up market so damages access to affordable housing. The height limits should be adhered to not honored in the breach and conservation zones introduced
Construction of new housing typically uses 30% labour and 70% materials. Renovation of existing housing stock typically uses 70% labour and 30% materials. What policy changes would you like to see made to encourage people to renovate, rather than demolish and build anew?
Demolition control Strict planning metrics
How should the community be informed and involved in decisions about new developments?
Every adjoining /near owner should be informed , the rights to comment restored and all decision making be local rather than a disconnected panel
Do you think there is adequate tree canopy across your local government area?
How would you like to see significant and regulated trees in your area protected from removal?
No building on Park Lands
What involvement should Councils have in decisions about protecting or removing significant and regulated trees?
There are always exceptions and extenuating circumstances and Councils need some capacity for local decision making
What actions would you advocate to slow or mitigate the impacts of climate change in your local government area?
Stop allowing paving of green areas. Keep Park Lands . Introduce more EV charging points. Introduce distributed renewable systems.
What issues are there with traffic and parking in your area?
Too many parking stations Dangerous fast bikes and scooters on foitpaths
How could transport options be improved in your area?
Keep wheeled vehicles off footpath
What would your top three priorities be for improving planning policy and outcomes in your local government area?
Block WCH heritage destruction
Beef up EPBC
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