There was generally in principle support for the idea behind increased housing diversity but with many reservations.
For background information on the Housing Diversity DPA read this article.
5049 CC (MRA) Public Forum Wednesday 1 November 2017
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.
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