Posts Tagged ‘town planning

A FAB idea for Alice

Oct 05, 2010 | 2 Comments

 A FAB idea for Alice

A group of top architects, non-Government organisations and concerned citizens is bypassing the Northern Territory Government to create a people’s town planning movement in Alice Springs. Frustrated by ad hoc decisions prompted by constant stream of exceptional development permits that violate current planning statutes, Coalition FABAlice (Coalition for a Better Alice) wants to come up with a town plan for Alice Springs — setting long-term guidelines that actually mean what they say. Ama...Read more

“Our town is running out of time”

Sep 29, 2010 | Discuss

"Our town is running out of time"

By Domenico Pecorari Recent ministerial approvals, such as the residential subdivision at AZRI and the 5-storey redevelopment of the old Melanka site in town, have highlighted a planning process that gives nothing more than token consideration to development concerns raised by the Alice Springs community. The more recently announced proposals to expand the AZRI suburb further southward onto Airport land and the push for a six-storey office development in the centre of town will cement this undem...Read more

Angela, Pamela and Alice revisited

Sep 28, 2010 | 5 Comments

Angela, Pamela and Alice revisited

Mining activity is not usually considered a town planning issue, but when a mine is so close to a town, there is every reason the people of the town should be allowed to have a say about it, just as they would about any kind of industrial or residential rezoning. The Government’s announcement today that it will not support development of a uranium mine near Alice Springs is in principle a move towards town planning with a democratic basis. The fact is of course that the Federal Government ...Read more

So Gerry, do we have a plan?

Sep 21, 2010 | Discuss

So Gerry, do we have a plan?

Alice Springs people may feel powerless when it comes to deciding the future of their town, but that doesn’t mean they agree with what the Darwin-based government is deciding on their behalf. A street survey published in today’s Centralian Advocate reveals significant opposition to the idea of raising the height limit of buildings in the town centre, with six out of ten people interviewed saying they want to keep the limit where it is — and one calling for more consultation an...Read more

Here we go again.

Sep 13, 2010 | Discuss

Here we go again.

By Dave Richards Architect Domenico Pecorari has once again come to the defence of Alice’s built environment (see below), as developers, real estate agents and Darwin launch another ad-hoc assault on the townscape – not to mention the democratic process. This time it comes in the form of  an application for a six-storey building in the town centre of Alice Springs, which,  if approved by the Planning Consent Authority would twice as high as any other building in the town centre. So...Read more

Alice skyline to take a cut

Feb 25, 2010 | 1 Comment

Alice skyline to take a cut

A proposal to build a five storey-apartment building in the central business district of Alice Springs has been approved, breaking down the town’s long-standing building height limit. Developers and real estate agents have welcomed the decision as part of the solution to the town’s accomodation shortage. But the group Heritage Alice Springs has warned that the building will dwarf the abutting Hartley Street Heritage Precinct  and contravene the Government’s own rules on develo...Read more