The City of Unley is seeking feedback on the proposed directions for the Unley Central Precinct (the area surrounding the council chambers). Please find the details below. We encourage FOCUS members to make a representation to members of the consultation teams listed in the details below



We are seeking your feedback on the proposed directions for the Unley Central Precinct.

Council’s vision for our city is that we be recognised for our “vibrant community spirit, quality lifestyle choices, diversity, business strength and innovative leadership”.

To help realise this vision, the City of Unley prepared the Unley Central Precinct Plan in 2014. The study explored the potential for higher and more dense building forms to achieve new commercial and residential developments in and around the District Centre.  The Precinct Plan also identified opportunities to improve the public realm and the movement through the area to support this development.

To help guide new development and achieve the goals of the Precinct Plan, Council needs to change its Development Plan. Council has engaged a consultant team lead by URPS to provide recommendations on the desired urban design, built form, land use, traffic, transport and parking to guide the preparation of planning policy.


Unley Central Precinct Plan

Shaping Future Development in the Unley Central Precinct

We encourage you to review the documents above and provide feedback in the following ways:

  • Provide your comments through the Your Say Unley webpage survey


  • Send an email with “Unley Central Precinct Consultation” in the subject heading, to pobox1@unley.sa.gov.au


  • Send a written submission to “”Unley Central Precinct Consultation”, PO Box 1, Unley, 5061


  • Meet members of the consultant team at the Unley Library on
    • Thursday 19 November 2015, between 6pm and 8pm; and
    • Saturday 21 November 2015, between 1pm and 3pm.


  • Meet members of the consultant team at the  Unley Shopping Centre on
    • Thursday 19 November 2015, between 3pm and 5pm; and
    • Saturday 21 November 2015, between 10am and 12noon.

Consultation commences Friday 6 November and concludes on Monday 23 November 2015.

We look forward to your contribution to promoting economic activity and to shaping a vibrant future for our city.


The Community Alliance submission on the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Bill 2015 can be found at their website from the link below

From the Eastern Courier Messenger, 27 October 2015. 



14 October 2015

The Honourable John Rau
Deputy Premier
Minister for Planning
11th Floor, 45 Pirie Street
SA 5000

Dear Minister Rau

FOCUS (The Friends of the City of Unley Society Inc ) is appalled by the changes proposed in the new Planning Development and Infrastructure Bill. Unley residents value the heritage and ambience we currently enjoy after many years of battling to protect our heritage. FOCUS is not against development as long as it demonstrates good design, complies with the Unley Development Plan and has considered resident feedback.

FOCUS considers the main objectives of the Reform currently are to facilitate rapid development with no regard to social and environmental impacts and sustainable development.

The Legislation is complex and much of the details will be in regulations and other documents including the proposed Community Engagement Charter and the Planning and Design Code.

This Bill will have the following outcomes which FOCUS does not approve of:

  • Local Councils, local councillors, politicians and residents will be side lined from local planning.A uniform system across regions will reduce local character. This will result in a loss of heritage and character in historic zones. Adelaide will lose its unique areas and become a bland one size fits all city. Council and community will have NO say in what happens in their patch.
  • The economic interests of developers will over ride social and economic objectives. There is too much opportunity to pass plans that do not comply with the local DAP.

Local communities will be responsible for costs incurred by the new Planning system.

  • The Planning Minister having complete power of the Planning System with no real Parliamentary oversight. All appointments are made by the Minister or approved by him.
  • Appeal rights are compromised, there is a loss of rights and abilities to challenge inappropriate developments in fact the adjacent area for Notification has been reduced from 60 metres to 40 metres.

FOCUS is disappointed that this Bill extends well beyond the recommendations of the Expert Panel and gives far more power to the Minister.

If passed this Bill will result in a sense of community disenfranchised and diminished and will not address social needs and objectives.

FOCUS is a member of the Community Alliance and fully endorses the Submission they have lodged.

Please contact me for further information.

Ros Islip
President FOCUS


FOCUS YEAR 2014-2015

The principal goal of FOCUS is to preserve the heritage and character of Unley, and despite all the efforts of FOCUS, other heritage groups and Council, the State Government continues to introduce legislative changes that ignore the Unley Development Plan and encourages the destruction of the heritage and character of Unley.

The 2014 Annual General Meeting held on Tuesday 16th September 2014 featured Mr Peter Wells, the Principal Conservation Architect in the State Heritage Unit. Peter provided an informative lecture including photographs to demonstrate the unique architectural styles that dominate the streets of Unley. He also provided an insight into what constitutes the State and Local Heritage Places.

On Thursday 6th October 2014 FOCUS chaired an open meeting to “Meet the Candidates” for the Unley Council Elections. Mr Joe Haslam very ably chaired the session and candidates were provided with questions to prepare their answers. It is disappointing that many of the unsuccessful candidates have not remained involved in local issues.

The February Meeting was deferred to Tuesday10/3/15 when Mr Lee Anderson, the Technical Officer _ Arboricultural for the City of Unley gave a very interesting presentation on the trees and Council’s Vegetation Policy.

Some key points made included:

  • Unley covers 14 square kilometres with less than 3% open space.
  • There are 26,000 trees in Unley, 23,000 are street trees.
  • In 2009 when the last study of the age of the street trees — 40% were classed as veteran, mature or semi mature.
  • State Government Legislation changed in November 2011 making it easier to remove regulated trees on private property.

The July Meeting featured David Pisoni and Steven Griffiths from the Liberal Party, and Mark Parnell representing the Greens responding to the approval of the Cremorne Plaza Redevelopment by the Development Assessment Commission. FOCUS deplores the fact that this Development does not comply with the Unley Planning Policy and sets a dangerous precedent.

Warren Jones chaired the discussion. All agreed the development is not acceptable and no further action can be taken by the community. The development now faces the market.

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