March 2019.....18 months on and still no outcome!!
Marion Council have received Feedback in the last few months from Planning Minister Stephan Knoll. The initial Government response was that Council’s proposal was short of target by approx 500 homes. Council’s response is not to change the plan given the modest number; especially with all the medium density development happening.
The association has taken the matter up with Local State Member David Speirs to see if he can improve the progress, as the uncertainty is causing concerns.
Revised DPA signed off and sent to the Minister End of December 2017
Council updated the DPA based on the feedback and submitted it to a Special Full Council Meeting on Monday 27 Nov 6.30 pm It was endorsed unanimously and the final DPA was signed off by the mayor and CEO and issued to the State Planning Minister by the end of December! In Jan 2018 we have no news on its progress, and given the election it is unlikely to be resolved any time soon.
This was based on the revised recommendations tabled on the night
Minutes of the meeting and the full DPA will be available shortly. Go to Website for more details.
It was a surprising result given the concerns about the process and some of the details. However the minister will now need to decide if the DPA is to go ahead?
So in a nutshell:
It all seems like the Council made up their minds after intense debate in several late night forums, to not take the advice of their Planners and push it through based on the fact that they believe that the revisions reflect the majority of the feedback and an overriding fear that the State Government will not tolerate any further delay or an extended process, and could probably impose their own DPA on the City of Marion. The changes to the Draft DPA seem to centre around exclusion of certain areas rather than material changes to the policy aspects.
Some residents will be happy others not so happy
It is likely that this will be the DPA we have to work with. Those that are not happy with the outcome will have to take those concerns to the minister.
Those unresolved issues will need to be addressed in another way:
Thanks to all those who participated and presented on this issue, as a community we can be proud of our efforts and it remains to be seen if we made a difference to the outcome.....we believe we did.
5049 CC (MRA) Public Forum Wednesday November 1 - outcomes
Thank you to all of those 50+ people who attended our DPA forum. It was a highly successful, engaging and informative event.
We had three representatives from Marion Council Planning team, including their new manager, presenting the principles about the changes to the DPA as it applies to Marino. Councillor Tim Guard was in attendance and listening very intently.
Two local consultant building professionals presented their perspectives on the changes; They were Angela Davison -Principal of Town Planning HQ and Geoff Alexander, Principal of Alex Star Building Design and Certification.
All were highly experienced, qualified and expert planners with a combined 90 years in the profession.
Ric Bierbaum our facilitator for the evening (MRA Committee memeber) used all his skills to support the community members to have their say and pose some questions to the expert panel.
The key issues highlighted in the presentations:
The key outcomes from the Q&A
David Bagshaw brought the session to a close with a summation of what he had heard and his professional view as a resident and an architect. In essence, he noted how big and complex the task was and how hard it was to truly imagine the impact of the changes, as the information provided was very generic. As thorough as the presenters were, more case studies or live examples are needed to help people understand the impact in Marino. He noted that there needed to be more modelling of the impact beyond “statistical yield”. He reiterated that the DPA has little emphasis on “amenity” and “essential character” of Marino. He suggested that Marino needed to be treated as a “Special Area” and its essence protected and enhanced through the DPA; it needs more guidelines not only for individual development but zones to ensure the character of streets and neighbourhoods are consistent rather than haphazard, with little regard to neighbourhood character. Overall it is seen as a good idea but “it is too little too late”, and too early to be decisive about whether it is good or bad in its current or slightly amended form?
It was an informative, civil and engaging forum with lively, considered and passionate inputs from all. A full transcript of the proceedings along with a copy of the presentations will be available on the website in the next few days.