Driveways: In or Out?

One of the more confusing development assessment issues confronting infill development in South Australia is whether common driveways are included in the calculation of average site areas. There have been previous rulings by the ERD Court excluding common driveways from the calculation of site area.  Importantly, the Court has emphasised that it is a question […]

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Sunny Future for Port Augusta

The combination of renewable energy companies innovating, assessing authorities taking a pragmatic approach to design detail for large-scale projects and a regional community embracing new technology as an economic driver means that Port Augusta has a bright future.

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Seriously at Variance Needs to be Just That – Serious

Determining if a proposal is “seriously at variance” with Development Plan policy can be challenging. The implications of such a determination are significant given the South Australian Development Act states that a planning authority must not grant consent to any development application that is seriously at variance. Woolworths Ltd recently proposed the replacement of a […]

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Continuing Support in Agribusiness

This time last year we ran a news article about “why planners need to get behind agribusiness”.  URPS has continued to do this by giving evidence in a recent ERD Court hearing in support of frost fans protecting a vineyard near the Barossa Valley. The proposal involves 6 frost fans spaced at 200-300m intervals across […]

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We have the technology, let’s use it

Architects have the technology and ability to create fantastic computer models of development proposals.  These models provide quick and easy answers to questions by decision makers during the assessment process.  Our existing decision-making forums, however, have typically not kept pace with this technology. Meeting venues often do not have the technological infrastructure to support operating […]

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