From the Advertiser:
Just as an aside, it is interesting to note that member for Adelaide, Rachel Sanderson, from the supposedly, pro-business Liberal party is on the side of the NIMBYs.
City dwellers oppose 'gross-overdevelopment'
Sunday Mail (SA)
August 18, 20123:07PM
MORE than 200 inner city residents have protested in Whitmore Square today against planning reforms allowing taller buildings.
The residents, who live in the south west corner of the city, say the Capital City Development Plan Amendment will dramatically raise building heights and their homes will be overshadowed.
Premier Jay Weatherill and Planning Minister John Rau did not attend, despite invitations, while Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood told the group he opposed the amendment in its current form. But he supports city development which allows more city residents to walk to work.
Protest group spokeswoman Julie Jordan said the amendment dramatically raises building heights and relaxes planning policy, saying homes will be overshadowed and residential streets will become access lanes for apartment towers.
"Already hundreds of high-rise apartments have been fast-tracked, including the massive New Mayfield development on Sturt Street, with 425 apartments, shops, offices, nearly 500 car spaces, and towers of 10, 12 and 14 storeys." she said.
"High-rise developments are being fast-tracked without public notification or rights of appeal. This amendment is the most retrograde planning policy in many years.
"It was hatched behind closed doors with the community shut out.
"This will mean gross over-development of the unique and historic city.
"It allows high-rise towers adjacent to small cottages, with residents denied the right even to know what's being built next door to them, let alone object."
Mr Yarwood said the Adelaide City Council had not endorsed the DAP, but noted there needs to be a 'balanced dialogue' and more residents meant more people on the streets, which mean safer streets.
"Some of these developments will bring life to our city, it will bring vibrancy," he said.
Member for Adelaide Rachel Sanderson and Greens MLC Mark Parnell also addressed the group with strong criticism of the amendment.
Some residents carried placards saying their solar panels would be in darkness when the New Mayfield development proceeds.