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 […]

Read Ahead

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 […]

Read Ahead

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 […]

Read Ahead

Practical design solutions for infill development

Waste collection has traditionally been relatively straight forward – bins along the kerb are collected by the council garbage truck once a week.  This is not so straightforward as the density of development increases and there are more competing planning objectives to achieve. We have facilitated the approval of a number of apartment buildings in […]

Read Ahead

Apartments to boost Glenelg

The re-zoning of the Jetty Road retail strip has paved the way for DAC’s recent approval of a 7-storey apartment building adjacent Moseley Square. The new planning guidelines increase height limits to create more living opportunities and, in turn, stimulate the Jetty Road precinct and Glenelg generally. The approved building features 33 high-end apartments ranging […]

Read Ahead

X-Golf – Reimagining how we Recreate

Much has been made of the impediments to active recreation – people are time-poor, they don’t want to be tied to one club, they seek greater flexibility as to when they participate and they don’t want to be restricted by poor weather. X-golf addresses many of these disincentives by reducing the time involved in playing […]

Read Ahead

Central Adelaide Opens to Acclaim

A great development success story for Adelaide that aligns beautifully with Council’s vision for a smart, green, liveable and creative city is how City of Adelaide Lord Mayor, Martin Haese, described Central Adelaide at its official opening earlier this month. “The City of Adelaide is ranked as the fifth most liveable city in the world […]

Read Ahead

Pembroke School – Engage Early and Well

The Kensington Residents Association has applauded Pembroke School and URPS on the proposed new middle school building stating “We appreciate the transparent process and the genuine way in which you have consulted… Your approach is an exemplar to other developers of the approach that should be taken when major developments are proposed.” Pembroke School plans to […]

Read Ahead