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You have to be in the know ...

posted 22 Aug 2018, 19:12 by Christel Mex   [ updated 22 Aug 2018, 19:33 ]

Last night I moved a unanimous motion to endorse Council's submission for our response to the State Government's new draft planning policies. As I have written previously, there are 99 new policies out for consultation nested under 16 categories. The community is now locked out having a say on individual developments and instead can only have a say on high-level policy documents like these. So you have to 'be in the know' to understand and be informed about what's going on, because unless you are on their mailing list you won't hear about the new policies.  You may not know that our precious Historic Conservation Zones and Contributory Items are not included in the policies. You may not know that all the inner suburbs are earmarked for medium density and urban infill. You may not know that you will have no right of appeal when a developer demolishes and builds high next door. And you may not know that our residential areas may be in for a huge change, and our historic streetscapes may be gone forever. Last night I said I was very frightened for our residents as these policies provide the overarching framework and policies for the future.  On their own, the policies are generalised ‘feel-good’ statements. But as always, the devil is in the detail and this time, in the stark omissions. You have until 21 September to have a say. For more information and to lodge a submission go to You can also post a submission to GPO Box 1815, Adelaide 5001 or email