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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Congratulations Nicole Halsey

We are very excited to see Nicole Halsey elevated to Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia at the recent PIA SA Awards for Excellence 2017.  Nicole has been a key part of the management team at URPS since our foundation in 2003. Recognised as a leader on the South Australian and national planning stages, […]

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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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Active in Nature

There is nothing more exciting for those of us who facilitate community engagement than seeing feedback influence plans and these plans become reality. URPS has been working with the Department of Environment Water & Natural Resources in recent years to develop investment priorities for metropolitan parks in Adelaide.  This has involved the establishment and facilitation […]

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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 […]

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Helping Errington Special Education Centre

Shaping great communities happens beyond simply the project work we do at URPS. The Bearded Bogans are a team involved in pedal prix events throughout South Australia.  They go further than just competing, raising money for Errington Special Education Centre at the same time. URPS has been a proud sponsor of the Bearded Bogans team […]

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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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