Development Plan Amendment (DPA) by the City of Marion was put out for consultation in 2017.
The City of Marion put out a Development Plan Amendment (DPA) in 2017 called the Housing Diversity DPA.
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.
Read more here for the public forum held in November 2017.