Continuing to Hit the Engagement Sweet Spot

Community engagement in a world with less face-to-face interaction doesn’t end.  It just changes.  But the fundamentals of successful community engagement remain the same. Our goal is to always hit the ‘engagement sweet spot’.  This is the intersection of three engagement fundamentals as highlighted above. At URPS, we have extensive experience in designing and using […]

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COVID-19 Strategy

As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we have had to adapt the way we work so that we can continue to meet your needs.  We have technology in place for the URPS team to be working remotely from this Friday, 20 March 2020. All staff remain contactable by phone and email and our office line remains open. Being […]

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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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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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Join Our Community Engagement Team

Applications have now closed! Thanks to those who have applied. You like: Shaping, coordinating and hosting community engagement events. Empowering people with knowledge and opportunity for input. Closing the loop with user-friendly feedback summaries. Building positive relationships with stakeholders and the community. A diverse range of community engagement projects that mean you are never bored. […]

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Rezoning in South Australia – Now and in the Future

An important component of activating the new Planning and Design Code is the finalisation of a number of Development Plan Amendments (DPAs) currently in the system. Final DPA documentation for Phase 3 Councils (Greater Metropolitan Adelaide) must be submitted to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure / the Minister for Planning at least three […]

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Climate Change Resilience Put to the Test

Australia’s resilience is being seriously tested by the unprecedented heatwaves, hailstorms and bushfires across the country this summer. The recent bushfires necessarily focus community attention on disaster risk management such as fuel load management and early warning capabilities, as well as disaster funding, insurance and recovery actions. But there are many other actions that should […]

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Are you the Strategic / Policy Planner for our Adelaide Office?

URPS is a dynamic and diverse firm of urban and regional planners with offices in Adelaide and Melbourne. We are focused on shaping great communities and offer a professional and positive workplace environment along with a supportive, team-oriented culture. We pride ourselves on exceptional client service and excellence in the quality of advice we deliver. […]

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“Public Health is Everyone’s Business”

This is the popular catch-phrase of Sir Michael Marmot, Chair of the WHO’s Commission on Social Determinants of Health.  It is our experience that a partnership approach drives the best improvements in the health and wellbeing of people and communities. The South Australian Public Health Act 2011 makes Councils responsible for creating Regional Public Health […]

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