2022 candidate for City of Unley.
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 Unley Council should be able to have an offset fund in Unley for new developments that increase the built form that are treeless. Councils are very accountable to their local community.
What role should Councils play in protecting local heritage places from demolition or inappropriate development?
Unley has been fortunate that our heritage overlays now protect 80% of our residential areas. State Government should be able to plan overall population densities like the 30-year plan and leave Councils to determine how they will achieve this. This enables Local Communities to be able to protect their heritage along with the livability of living alongside new developments. E.G. Unley Rd, Greenhill Road and Glen Osmond Road in Unley have a 30-degree boundary envelope... NOT the statewide 45 degree. Unfortunately, our other roads do not have this overlay.
How would you seek to improve protections for heritage places in your area?
I have sought and seek to work with our local heritage group called FOCUS. It has been instrumental in highlighting local shortcomings and bringing to attention of the Mayor specific needs.
We rarely see new places added to local heritage listings. Why do you think this is?
In Unley we have done heritage by area and defining what is not heritage.
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?
Local power to deliver with State Government planning goals. One size does not fit all!
What are the impacts of infill development in your area? What changes would you seek in the rules around infill development?
We lose over 2 hectares each year of tree canopy to near 212 developments each year that that lose 35% tree canopy!!! Often permanently Unley Council resolved unanimously to seek the Minister for Planning to approve a tree canopy offset fund for new developments that increase the built form and do not have 15% tree canopy cover. The purpose of the fund is to buy land to plant trees on and to incentivise developers and owners to plan around tree and to encourage the tree that they are required to plant to actually grow!
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?
We will see how UNLEY'S HERITAGE OVERLAYS PROTECT OUR housing stock but i am hopeful that it will as it would have prevented some heritage demolition that has been approved prior.
How should the community be informed and involved in decisions about new developments?
I believe that CAP committees and new planning rules should allow a sider circl of people to be able to presnet to their CAP
Do you think there is adequate tree canopy across your local government area?
No we have 28% and should have 31.4%
How would you like to see significant and regulated trees in your area protected from removal?
We need an offset for their removal of about $400,000.00 for a significant tree to buy the land 200m2 to plant a replacement significant tree on.
What involvement should Councils have in decisions about protecting or removing significant and regulated trees?
These should be CAP decisions with beet offsets.... eg to purchase replacement land to plant a future significant tree on
What actions would you advocate to slow or mitigate the impacts of climate change in your local government area?
Plant trees Encourage active transport...walking and Cycling Have a zero CO2 Climate and energy Plan for their own operations Building of new buildings that are environmentally low impact
What issues are there with traffic and parking in your area?
Cars too many cars seeking too few parks
How could transport options be improved in your area?
Build a fast train to Mt Barker rather than increase the flow of cars
What would your top three priorities be for improving planning policy and outcomes in your local government area?
An Unley Council tree canopy offset fund for new developments
Better protection of significant and regulated trees
Allowing Council to plan the overlays in the 20% and other 30 degree envelope to the other main medium and high density roads