Capitalising on Domestic Travel

Australians took more than 6 million leisure trips overseas last year.  Covid-19 has confined us to domestic travel for the foreseeable future.  And half of all Australians want to travel domestically when restrictions lift with coastal areas being particularly popular.  This turns attention to our own tourism hot-spots. Glenelg is one of South Australia’s tourism […]

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Multi-Million Dollar Boost for Murray Bridge

Thomas Foods International’s commitment to the Murray Bridge region and South Australia has been boosted by the recent planning approval of its new meat processing facility.  The Council Assessment Panel (CAP) was impressed with the best practice, modern processing facility proposal, declaring it to be an exceptional development on a very well chosen site.  The […]

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Tourism Co-investment Fund Goes Live

With SA’s borders set to reopen on 20 July and overseas travel off the list for the foreseeable future, regional tourism is set to capture a major slice of the $65 billion up for grabs that Australians would normally spend on overseas travel. The Nature-based Tourism Co-investment Fund is a grant program designed to assist […]

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Infill Development A Focus At URPS

Our work facilitating and assessing infill development can be contentious at times.  Neighbours are often worried about the impact of such development on their amenity, whether it be changing character, loss of sunlight, or more traffic and less parking availability.  We acknowledge these apprehensions and work hard to ensure that impacts are mitigated in all […]

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The Cullinan – A Sparkling Addition to Adelaide

Undertaking transformative development isn’t easy.  It takes clear vision and design skill, as well as lots of negotiation and adaptation. These attributes were never more on display than during the design and assessment process for the recently approved Cullinan development, located on Waymouth Street at the south-west corner of Light Square. The design team for […]

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Net Community Benefit a Flexible Approach to Assessment

Development assessment typically focuses on the consideration of impacts and determination of whether such impacts are acceptable to surrounding established activities. The concept of net community benefit brings a different approach to development assessment, with attention given to whether the community will benefit sufficiently for the impacts anticipated.  In other words, whether the pros for […]

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Delivering Critical Infrastructure in Regional Areas

“Mobile phone service is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity in many situations and while better regional communications can have a positive impact on our regional economic activity it’s also a critical safety issue”.  These were the words of Member for Barker Tony Pasin when speaking of new telecommunications towers in regional South Australia […]

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Evolving Balcony Guidance

The City of Adelaide has been re-examining its approach to balconies that encroach over the public realm. The Council allowed balcony encroachments in certain circumstances for many years.  Then in 2019, it changed its policy to prevent them. Following feedback from the development industry, the Council has revisited this policy. With advice from URPS and […]

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