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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Helping you get Code Ready

Being prepared for the significant transformation that the Planning & Design Code will bring is important for anyone who interacts with the South Australian planning system. At URPS, we have been conducting a number of training sessions for clients and others in the industry to help people understand: ePlanning – the online planning portal to […]

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$50 Million Agribusiness Investment in Adelaide’s North

South Australia’s Mitolo Group is investing $50 million in a significant expansion of its processing, packing, distribution and administration headquarters.  The planned expansion of the Group’s Virginia facility has been declared a “major development” by the SA Minister for Planning.  URPS is excited to be managing the planning process for this world class production facility. […]

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The Location. The Challenge. The Success.

Space is at a premium in many Melbourne neighbourhoods characterised by highly urbanised, cheek-by-jowl buildings.  Heritage is also a significant component of inner Melbourne’s attractiveness that provides an additional layer of complexity when undertaking development. Design excellence is required to deliver outcomes that are sensitive to existing heritage fabric, responds to the physical constraints of […]

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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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