Thursday, 7 November 2013

SA - Prospect Mayor says new planning changes good for the area

Prospect Mayor says new planning changes good for the area

Prospect Mayor David O'Loughlin says new planning changes are good for his council area.
Prospect Mayor David O'Loughlin says new planning changes are good for his council area. Source: News Limited
PROSECT Mayor David O'Loughlin says a new plan to allow higher-density living on the city rim "kicks arse" at the same time the Local Government Association, of which he is president, has launched a scathing attack on those very changes. 

Mr O'Loughlin, also Labor candidate for the seat of Adelaide, was happy to spruik the State Government's city rim rezone plan that will allow up to 7500 new higher density housing along Fullarton, Greenhill, Port, Unley, Prospect, Main North and Churchill roads.

"It kicks arse," Mr O'Loughlin last week said of the plan.

"Restricting large development to the main roads will preserve the beauty of the side streets for generations to come.

"Prospect Council got exactly what it asked for and more."

Under the government's plan, any projects in the rezoned areas that are five storeys or higher will be assessed by the State Government's Development Assessment Commission instead of councils' development assessment panels.

Local Government Associaton (LGA) vice-president Mayor Lorraine Rosenberg said the government had not consultated the LGA or local councils regarding the withdrawal of planning powers.

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"On the surface, it appears as if communities are being further sidelined from planning processes," Ms Rosenberg said.
She said Mr O'Loughlin's comments in support of the planning changes conflicted with the LGA's views.

"There is some potential for conflict because the views of our members at the moment has not been canvassed," Ms Rosenberg said.

"The complication is he is still president of the LGA and his comments will still be seen as LGA comments.

Ms Rosenberg said the LGA was yet to receive a briefing from the State Government on the changes.
Mr O'Loughlin is expected to request a six-month leave of absence from his role as LGA president to campaign for the seat of Adelaide.
He said his candidacy "may raise concerns" about his ability to negotiate on local government issues in the lead-up to the election.
He can not vacate the chair before November 21 because his leave must be signed off by the LGA board.
"It has the potential to (create conflict) so that's why we get the vice-president to comment on anything that's political," Mr O'Loughlin said.

"I'm not doing any media on sensitive topics."

Mr O'Loughlin his comments in relation to the government's planning changes were specific to Prospect and made in his role as Mayor.

"I want to be the primary spokesperson for my council."
He began a two-year term as LGA president on April 19 this year and said he would continue in the role if he was not elected to State Parliament.
He has been Mayor of Prospect since 2006.