Development

A test of the DPA

It took the Adelaide Hills Council and its planning team more than a decade to get the Townships and Urban Areas Development Plan Amendment (DPA)…


Restoring habitat

Over the past two centuries the Hills has evolved into a world-class destination – a thriving community rich in agriculture and tourism – but that…


Vision for the future

The $113m crowdfunding campaign to secure the last vacant block of land in Mt Barker’s CBD and develop it into a town square is an…


New urban plan

A Development Plan Amendment (DPA) that represents more than a decade of work (and rework) has finally been released to the residents of the Adelaide…


Petrol power

The news that Agostino Always AM/PM has planning approval to build a petrol station on the old Shell site in Stirling’s main street means something…


Grand plan for Mt Barker’s CBD

Local architect Geof Nairn’s bold $100m vision for the last undeveloped block of land in Mt Barker’s CBD has all elements many people believe the…


On the rise

The Mt Barker Council’s plan to keep a five-storey future alive for a strip of land between the railway line and the Mt Barker Creek…


Planning reform

Development – whether it’s unwanted or considered inappropriate – is a major source of annoyance for many members of the Hills community. Most residents give…


Building up

Fast-forward two decades and imagine Mt Barker’s town centre streets lined with five-storey apartment blocks and offices. It’s a challenging thought that high rise developments…