PRO: 115 King William St | 86M | 25lvls | Office
Looks like this one's a go'er.
Adelaide's 25-storey city office tower now set to be approved
* DANIEL WILLS, POLITICAL REPORTER
* From: The Advertiser
* July 11, 2010 11:23PM
PLANS for a 25-storey King William St office tower rejected by Adelaide City Council as too tall are set to be approved by the state's top development authority.
The proposed $17 million, 86m tower would be constructed next to the Pirie St tram stop and would become the city's sixth-tallest building.
It has been recommended for approval in a report to be tabled at a Development Assessment Commission meeting today. The council's Development Assessment Panel and the state DAC previously clashed over the Grote St Freedom Apartments and a 13-storey Light Square office block. DAC meetings are closed to the public and a council code of conduct bars sitting DAP members from speaking about developments outside of meetings.
Councillor and former DAP member Sandy Wilkinson told The Advertiser the DAC seldom denied a development application.
"It makes a mockery of the planning process," he said.
"The State Government is confusing a good environment for development with an ad-hoc, anarchistic free-for-all.
"It's going to result in a discordant-looking streetscape."
The State Government stripped the council of approval powers for developments valued over $10 million following a spat over the Tower 8 proposal.
The council can give advice on major developments but the DAC has the ultimate authority.
Property Council of Australia SA executive director Nathan Paine said that constant clashes between DAP recommendations and DAC rulings caused "confusion" among potential investors.
"There's a valid question in whether there is a need for applications that are ultimately going to be assessed by the DAC to be presented to the DAP," he said.
"Members of the DAP could very well use their position in those circumstances to grandstand for political outcomes without repercussions from an assessment perspective."
The DAC report states that amendments have been made to the plans since they were viewed by the council, including energy-efficiency measures.
Mr Paine said the proposal was evidence investor confidence in the Adelaide market remained high.
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