Reward for planning team

DCM Award win

Two Wells growth strategy recognised

District Council of Mallala has been recognised for its partnership and process for planning at the 2013 Planning Institute Australia (SA Division) awards for Planning Excellence announced on Friday, November 8.

The PIA awards were held at the Sebel Playford on World Town Planning Day and recognise, reward and celebrate outstanding planning achievements.

DCM chief executive officer, Charles Mansueto said the council nominated two projects; the Two Wells Growth Planning Framework (TWGPF), with the Hickinbotham Group and Connor Holmes, and the Strategic Directions Report – Development Plan Review, with URPS.

The Framework won the Improving Planning Processes and Practices Award category, which recognises the achievements of planners, planning authorities and development entities in translating good planning policy into improved processes and practices in the workplace and ‘on the ground’.

“As the planning system struggles to plan and deliver urban growth areas across Greater Adelaide, there is much to be learnt from the growth planning framework and the partnership approach that has been used at Two Wells,” Mr Mansueto said.

“The judges noted the planning and implementation framework ‘provides a model of integrated land use, infrastructure and environmental planning with comprehensive community engagement throughout’.

“It also boasts exemplary early engagement with key infrastructure bodies, including social infrastructure agencies such as education and health.

“The framework also benefited from sophisticated place making community engagement undertaken by Village Well at the project’s commencement”.

Mr Mansueto said the judges commented the use of an economic modelling tool is a first for South Australia in the way it assesses council and developer contributions to the project.

Minister for Planning, John Rau, also acknowledged the TWGPF with a Certificate of Commendation.

The award and commendation were accepted by DCM mayor, Duncan Kennington and Hickinbotham’s Two Wells project manager, Ruth Vagnarelli.

“The awards are a positive recognition for District Council of Mallala, its community, and all who have been involved with the project since its inception,” Mr Kennington said.

Hickinbotham Group’s Two Wells project manager, Ruth Vagnarelli, said the award win was acknowledgment of the successful collaboration between state government, local council, the community and developers, noting the expansion hoped to create more than 3000 regional jobs over the next 20 years.

“The collaboration and partnership between the Hickinbotham Group, District Council of Mallala, State government and, importantly, the community, helped shape the Two Wells Growth Planning Framework,” Ms Vagnarelli said.

“This best-practice Framework will guide the township’s expansion and help ensure growth complements the existing town and region. To win the ‘Improving Planning Processes and Practices Award’ as well as receive a Certificate of Commendation from the Planning Minister is a testament and credit to all involved.

“We commend council for its ongoing commitment to Two Wells to ensure growth is well-managed and co-ordinated with local jobs and local services as the community grows.”

The Two Wells residential development project is set to begin next year.

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