2022 candidate for City of Prospect.
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. There have been many unintended consequences such as a lack of parking, flooding, minimal significant trees, traffic, reduced water pressure and lack of visual appeal.
What role should Councils play in protecting local heritage places from demolition or inappropriate development?
Councils should be responsible for identifying significant buildings in their council area. They should also have a say on demolitions, building to land ratios to prevent flooding and storm water issues, and styles that are in keeping with local area.
How would you seek to improve protections for heritage places in your area?
Firstly by doing a study of all buildings in the area to determine their significance. A permanent register would make it easier for the future to determine the significance of a property. I would also like to make it easier for a property owners to self heritage list their own properties. Also more support from local and state government for maintenance of heritage properties.
We rarely see new places added to local heritage listings. Why do you think this is?
Councils need to undertake the work. This was recently done by the Town of Walkerville leading to 37 more properties being listed. Preserving the history of a suburb is important as it is often and the very reason many people moved into the area.
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?
Many, many residents complain in Prospect about the over development of the area, the lack parking, the poor design and the increase in traffic due to the high rise developments over the last 10 years. We need better representation by councils ie more people and stricter guidelines, potentially unique to each council or suburb.
What are the impacts of infill development in your area? What changes would you seek in the rules around infill development?
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?
heritage grants, restriction of plot ratios, consideration of flooding and effects of the neighbours, the streetscape and the suburb as a whole
How should the community be informed and involved in decisions about new developments?
Should be listed on the council website and available to those who sign up for notifications. All direct neighbours should be notified and signage on the property (as is currently)
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?
There could be a register kept so they are know and an audit done annually to check on them
What involvement should Councils have in decisions about protecting or removing significant and regulated trees?
they need to be involved
What actions would you advocate to slow or mitigate the impacts of climate change in your local government area?
1. improving the tree canopy 2. banning the use of glyphosates in childrens playgrounds and dog parks 3. investigate the use of cooler and recycled roads 4. permeable pathing 5. consider a fourth bin for glass recycling
What issues are there with traffic and parking in your area?
Huge issues with both a lack of parking and increased traffic due to ill-considered urban infill. eg lack of onsite parking, garages too small for SUVs and used for storage and drying and these are often not provided for.
How could transport options be improved in your area?
Public transport is pretty frequent, the Gawler line was out for several years due to electrification but should be fine now. Security concerns would be the only potential issue.
What would your top three priorities be for improving planning policy and outcomes in your local government area?
better plot ratios to prevent flooding
more onsite parking and the right size
better council representation