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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‘Codifying’ Heritage and Character

The management of heritage and character in the draft Planning & Design Code has proven to be one of the more contentious elements of planning reform. At URPS, we have always believed that preserving and enhancing the built-form heritage of a city with complementary new buildings is an exciting part of urban development.  The great […]

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Growing council finds ways to deliver more for less

The population of peri-urban Adelaide Plains Council (previously known as District Council of Mallala) is expected to double over the next 20 years through new residential development at Two Wells. The Council faces the significant challenge of establishing infrastructure and services for this new development, while also meeting the requirements of its established community. Resources are […]

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Regional Planning Approach Supports Economic Transition

The Latrobe Valley is facing a challenging economic transition. In order to stimulate jobs and grow businesses, the Victorian Government introduced an Economic Growth Zone in the Latrobe Valley in November 2016. A number of financial incentives are being offered to encourage expansion of existing local business and attract new economic activity. In addition, the […]

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