Lane Cove Council

 

 

 

 

 

Ordinary Council

 

 

 

AGENDA

 

 

 

DATE OF MEETING:          5 November 2007

 

LOCATION:                          Council Chambers

 

TIME:                                     6.30pm.  Note. If members of the public are not interested in any business recommended by the General Manager to be considered in Closed Session or there is no such business, Council will ordinarily commence consideration of all other business at 7pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meetings held in the Council Chambers are recorded on tape for the purposes of verifying the accuracy of minutes and the tapes are not disclosed to any third party under section 12(6) of the Local Government Act, except as allowed under section 18(1) or section 19(1) of the PPIP Act, or where Council is compelled to do so by court order, warrant or subpoena or by any other legislation.

 

 

Lane Cove Council business papers and minutes are available on Council’s website www.lanecove.nsw.gov.au.

 


ORDINARY COUNCIL

 

5 NOVEMBER 2007

 

 

 

ITEM                                                  REPORT CONTENT                                                PAGE

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

APOLOGIES

 

OPENING OF MEETING WITH PRAYER

 

SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDERS

 

At the first meeting (first Monday) of each month, people who wish to address Council on any matter in a report on the agenda for that meeting (for a maximum of three minutes) be allowed to do so at the conclusion of Closed Committee or if there is no Closed Committee at the commencement of the meeting.

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES

 

1.      ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING - 15 OCTOBER 2007

 

Orders Of The Day

 

2.       Order Of The Day No. 22

SUBJECT: Meeting in the Plaza - Saturday 3 November 2007.................. 3

 

Corporate Services Division Reports

 

3.       Corporate Services Division Report No. 51

SUBJECT: Presentation of Annual Financial Reports - Year Ended 30 June 2007................................................................................................................................... 4

 

Open Space and Urban Services Division Reports

 

4.       Open Space and Urban Services Division Report No. 37

SUBJECT: Open Space Plan...................................................................................... 5

 

Environmental Services Division Reports

 

5.       Environmental Services Division Report No. 453

SUBJECT: S96- 6 Private Road, Northwood................................................... 11

 

Human Services Division Reports

 

6.       Human Services Division Report No. 23

SUBJECT: Metropolitan Public Libraries Association (MPLA) Annual General Meeting and Election of Office Bearers................................ 17

 

7.       Human Services Division Report No. 24

SUBJECT: Kindy Cove Child Care Centre Accreditation...................... 18

  

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

 

***** END OF AGENDA *****


ORDINARY COUNCIL

 

ORDER OF THE DAY NO. 22

 

5 NOVEMBER 2007

 

 

 

 

          

Ordinary Council at the Meeting 5 November 2007

31/10/2007 to Ordinary Council

Order Of The Day No. 22

Subject:           Meeting in the Plaza - Saturday 3 November 2007    

Record No:     su1914 - 33122/07

Author(s):       Myrna Eisenhuth 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

Councillors are next due to meet with the public in the Plaza on Saturday 24 November 2007 between 10:30am and 12:00 midday.  However, this is the date of the Federal Election.  Council could choose not to have a Meeting in the Plaza for November, or meet the week prior (17 November) or the following week (1 December).

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council determine whether to resolve a Meeting in the Plaza for November.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Wrightson

Executive Manager

Corporate Services Division

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

There are no supporting documents for this report.

CNL051107OD_22.doc

*****   End of Order Of The Day No. 22   *****

     


ORDINARY COUNCIL

 

CORPORATE SERVICES DIVISION REPORT NO. 51

 

5 NOVEMBER 2007

 

 

 

 

Ordinary Council at the Meeting 5 November 2007

15/10/2007 to Ordinary Council

Corporate Services Division Report No. 51

Subject:           Presentation of Annual Financial Reports - Year Ended 30 June 2007    

Record No:     su772 - 30679/07

Author(s):       Craig Wrightson 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

 

Presentation of Council’s Annual Financial Reports for the year ended 30 June 2007are presented to Council.  It is recommended that the report be received.

 

Discussion

 

 

Section 418 of the Local Government Act 1993, requires that as soon as practicable after a council receives a copy of the auditor's reports: (a) it must fix a date for the meeting at which it proposes to present its audited financial reports, together with the auditor's reports, to the public, and (b) it must give public notice of the date so fixed.  The audit of the Annual Financial Reports for the year ended 30 June 2007 has been completed by Council's Auditors – PricewaterhouseCoopers, and a copy of their Audit Reports is included with the Financial Reports.

 

Notice was given in the Northside Courier on 17th October 2007 of the intention to present the Reports at this meeting.  The Reports have been available for inspection at the Administration Centre since 10 October 2007.  Written submissions were invited and will be received until 6th November 2007 in accordance with the Local Government Act.  At the time of writing this report no submissions had been received.  The audited financial reports, together with the auditor's reports, are now formally presented to Council.  Council's Auditor will be in attendance at the meeting to present the Auditor's Report and to answer any questions.  A copy of the Financial Reports for the year ended 30 June 2007 is attached.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receive the Annual Financial Reports together with the Auditors Report for the Year ended 30 June 2007.

 

 

Craig Wrightson

Executive Manager

Corporate Services Division

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1 View

General Purpose Financial Report, year ended 30/6/2007

66 Pages

 

 

CNL051107CSD_51.doc

*****   End of Corporate Services Division Report No. 51   *****

  


ORDINARY COUNCIL

 

OPEN SPACE AND URBAN SERVICES DIVISION REPORT NO. 37

 

5 NOVEMBER 2007

 

 

 

 

Ordinary Council at the Meeting 5 November 2007

30/10/2007 to Ordinary Council

Open Space and Urban Services Division Report No. 37

Subject:           Open Space Plan    

Record No:     su1270 - 32836/07

Author(s):       Susan Butler 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

The Draft Open Space Plan has been on public exhibition for 60 days and a number of submissions have been received. Some amendments have been made to the draft Plan and now the final Open Space Plan has been prepared for adoption by Council.

 

Background

 

Council at its meeting of 6 November 2006 resolved in part that:-

 

“The General Manager be requested to report back to Council with an Open Space and Recreation Plan integrating the Bushland Plan of Management, Estuary Management Plan, Golf Course Plan of Management, Playground Strategy, and to establish overriding principles for a Sport and Recreation Plan and Plan of Management for Blackman Park.”

 

The Draft Open Space Plan was presented to Council at its meeting on 16 July 2007 prior to being placed on public display for 60 days during August and September. A number of briefing sessions were carried out with Council’s Community Reference Groups, and with other community based groups including the Bushland Management Advisory Committee, Golf Course Management Advisory Committee and Sports Committee. The Draft Plan was exhibited on 6 to 8 September at a staffed display suite at Lane Cove Plaza. The Draft Open Space Plan was available on Council’s website over the consultation period and there was an on line survey.

 

Further, at the Council meeting of 16 July 2007, the report on the “Recreational Needs In and Near Charlish Park” was considered. It was resolved:

 

1          Council receive and note the report “Recreational Needs In and Near Charlish Park

 

2          The report be updated with comments received up to Friday 20 July and be publicly exhibited for a period of 60 days as a supporting document in relation to the Draft Open Space Plan and Draft Major Projects Strategic Plan.

 

3          A further report be submitted to Council following the exhibition period on any submissions received.

 

The Draft Open Space Plan considered the open space values of Charlish Park, whilst the recreational needs of the park still need to be addressed. This will be undertaken in the Recreation Plan currently being developed and due for completion in February 2008. With the adopted Major Projects Strategic Action Plan recommending a new five (5) year lease for the Lane Cove West Bowling Club, the delay in considering the recreational needs of Charlish Park does not have an adverse impact on the proposed actions in either the Open Space Plan or Major Projects Strategic Action Plan. Further, the Open Space Plan delivers on the overriding principles for a Sport and Recreation Plan, as resolved by Council last November.

 

Discussion

 

Twelve (12) submissions were received and there were seven (7) responses to the survey. A summary of the matters raised in the submissions is detailed below. Given the small sample size of the survey response, it is not possible to reach any conclusion, therefore the individual issues raised have also been incorporated into the table below. These include submission from a number of groups including: Bushland Management Advisory Committee (BMAC); Sustainability Advisory Committee (SAC); Lane Cove Bushland and Conservation Society (LCB&CS); RASAD; Lane Cove North Residents Association (LCNRA); Stringy Bark Creek Residents Association (SBCRA); Ku-ring-gai District Soccer Association (KDSA) and 5 individuals.

 

Issue

Submission

Response

Comments Relating to Part A: Open Space Plan

Page 6. Open Space Plan needs to be in the context of knowing Council’s overarching community plan

Individual submission

Council’s Corporate Plan provides planning framework

Page 3. All Open Space is zoned RE1 in draft LEP. Bushland needs to be zoned separately from other open space as in the existing LEP

BMAC; LCB&CS

Council will continue to make submissions to Department of Planning requesting this to be considered

Page 4. Rewrite values in plainer English

BMAC; LCB&CS; SAC

done

Pages 4, 11, 15, 31. Need to emphasise the value of passive open space for uses such as sitting and looking, visual value of open space. Value of small parks should not be underestimated; small pockets of green are essential in high density areas as a place to sit and read, think or just look about, providing visual relief, retreat for residents wishing to escape high density living for a time.

LCB&CS; RASAD; LCNRA

added to Part A section 3.3, rewritten key issues in Part B Sections 2 and 3, added to Appendix 1

 

 

Comments Relating to Section 1 – Environment and Heritage

Page 9. Not sufficient emphasise on the importance of the Plan of Management for Bushland

LCB&CS

added new action in Section 1 Goal 2. Action 7

Page 7. No action to address impact of drought on trees like swales on contours to reduce runoff, recharge groundwater

Individual submission

These are included in site specific plans eg Bushland Plan of Management

Pages 7 to 10. Needs to be more explicit canvassing of issues arising from linkages between public open space and private open space and grey areas between. Sustainability conception of open space is not limited to land use zonings and includes wildlife corridors, street scapes, biodiversity, social well being. This can be beneficial (no fences) or unwanted (encroachments) capture of open space.

SAC

Plan refers to Open Space on both public and private land. Section 1, Goal 2 actions are not limited to public land only.

 

Comments Relating to Section 2 - Community

Page 13. Need for policies and practices to be developed to increase the sustainable capacity of grounds to meet the demands from growing population

KDSA, survey responses

add as new action in Section 2 Goal 2 Action 6

Page 14. Need for policy for community contribution to infrastructure and associated tenure of Open Space areas, particularly sports grounds

KDSA

Add as new action in Section 2 Goal3 Action 9

Page 11. No mention of scout, guide halls and boat sheds 

 

Individual submission

added in key issues in Section 2 Key Issues

Page 12. Need for parks for group activities, including carpark, game field, playground, barbeque and big undercover eating areas

Individual submission

added to Section 2, Goal 1 Action 2

Page 12. Need to mention parks that are accessible and what facilities they have

Individual submission

added  to Section 2 Goal 1 Action 3

Page 11. Clarify who are the partners mentioned in aims

LCB&CS

Added to Section 2 Key Issues

Page 13. Plan misses opportunity to make Lane Cove more self sufficient in relation to food, should include community gardens where residents can grow their own food. Considers the use of native species as street trees as short sighted and sometimes inappropriate; suggests turning nature strips and easements over to food growing and planting fruit and nut trees as street trees

Individual submission

Comments have been noted. New action added at Section 2 Goal 2 Action 7

 

Page 12. Recreational needs study – consult with all groups not just sporting groups

RASAD, individual submission

noted

Page 12. Fees and charges for Open Space should not rise to point where they price out members

RASAD

noted

Page 13. Applaud decision to establish community based working groups for relevant programs eg playground strategy

RASAD

noted

Page 13. Applaud idea of partnerships with appropriate groups, Involve residents in working groups to identify local character, key values, existing and potential experiences

RASAD

noted

Page 13. Continue to involve community to provide advisory and input into management of open space

BMAC

noted

Page 13. Look at community based programs similar to Bushcare for revitalising neglected open space areas

SBCRA

noted

 

 

Comments Relating to Section 3 – Diversity, Amenity and Quality

Pages 15 & 16. More facilities for the younger community - skateboarding, dirt push bike jumps, mountain bike course, adventure playgrounds, netball hoops and practice courts, tennis practice walls, real athletics fields, graffiti wall, on ground chess or draughts, youth co-ordinator to run experience parks

3 individual submissions

matter to be considered further in Recreation Plan

 

Comments Relating to Section 4 - Accessibility

Page 20. Need to ensure the exclusion of bicycle tracks from bushland

LCB&CS; BMAC

amend Section 4 Goal 3 Action 3 and link to Bushland Plan of Management

Page 21. Maximise participation as priority rather than equity and diversity which can lead to not meeting the demands of the majority

KDSA

amend Section 4 Goal 4 Action 1

 

Comments Relating to Section 5 – Planning, Management and Monitoring

Page 23. Recreation Study should involve a working group that includes community members of appropriate groups, plan should include key demands and desires of the community

LCNRA

noted

Page 23. Blackman Park Plan of Management needs to include all users not only sporting clubs

SBCRA

noted

 

Page 24. Increase capacity eg changing grass types, artificial surfaces, changes to zonings to allow games under lights, etc

KDSA

matter to be considered further in Recreation Plan

Page 26. Need some way of educating/encouraging community members to report problems

Individual submission

included in Section 5 Goal 3 Action 11

Page 25. Policy for personal trainers – procedures and fees should not be too restrictive but use of megaphones totally banned from parks near residential areas

RASAD

noted

Page 25. Need very strong reasons for deleting any playgrounds, maybe substitute outdoor training equipment for playgrounds in some areas

LCNRA

noted

 

Comments on Section 6 - Provision

Pages 28 to 30. An aim of the plan should be no net loss of open space.

BMAC

Council has adopted guiding principles for the sale or development of open space as part of the Major Projects Strategic Action Plan

Pages 28 to 30. When open space is sold or alienated for another purpose, a space of equal size is established in area of need

RASAD

Major Projects Strategic Action Plan refers to purchase of other land. The objective should be the strategic value of land to be purchased rather than the size of the land.

Page 28. Little opportunity to acquire substantial areas of additional open space in the future

BMAC

added to Section 6

Page 30. No mention of acquisition of foreshore land referred to in Major Projects Plan

Individual submission

added to Section 6 Goal 1 Action 9.

Pages 28 to 30. Do we have sufficient unencumbered open space to satisfy the needs of the growing population

RASAD, survey response

matter to be considered further in Recreation Plan

Pages 28 to 30. Quarantine bushland from pressure to encroach and develop within it

 

Bushland specifically excluded from consideration in Major Projects Strategic Action Plan

Page 29. Community needs to be involved in any decision to declare open space redundant

RASAD

add reference to Community Consultation Plan

Pages 36 & 37. Area of open space per 1000 people should reflect areas such as drainage reserves, and figure not used as justification to sell off open space

BMAC

include reference to Open Space without bushland in App 4

 

Comments on Specific Sites Discussed in the Major Projects Strategic Action Plan

266 Longueville Rd – suggestions for low-key recreation, children’s playground, quiet forms of recreation eg personal trainers. Tree planting should be an essential part of all changing open space

Individual submission

noted

Has there been a proper consideration of alternate uses of the open space, particularly Burns Bay and Richardson St sites, what were the options, how was the community informed

Individual submission

addressed in recent report to Council on the Major Projects Strategic Action Plan

 

Comments Regarding funding

Formidable number of worthy tasks that will require significant resources

LCB&CS

Noted

Funds for the critical actions for environment and heritage

RASAD

Noted

Council to maintain adequate funding to continue best practice for sustainable management of open space

BMAC

noted

 

There are also a number of more minor changes and corrections to the draft Plan and a number of priorities have been changed. Changes are underlined in the attached Open Space Plan and a summary of the minor changes has been prepared.

 


Recreational Needs in and around Charlish Park

 

A report was presented at the Council meeting on 16 July 2007 regarding the recreational needs in and around Charlish Park. At the time of the meeting, 27 replies had been received in response to a survey to residents living nearby. A further 51 responses were received following this, and these responses reinforced the value placed by the community on the importance of Open Space, especially in an area with many residential units. The survey results have been incorporated into the Open Space Plan and will also be considered as part of the Recreation Plan.

 

Conclusion

 

The community has had the opportunity to comment on the Draft Open Space Plan. Submissions from the community have been reviewed and a number of changes as noted above have been made to the draft Plan. The Open Space Plan is now ready for adoption by Council.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That the amended Open Space Plan dated November 2007, included as Attachment 1, be adopted.

 

 

 

 

 

Wayne Rylands

Executive Manager

Open Space and Urban Services Division

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1 View

Amended Open Space Plan - November 2007, incorporating final changes

40 Pages

 

 

CNL051107US_37.doc

*****   End of Open Space and Urban Services Division Report No. 37   *****

  


ORDINARY COUNCIL

 

ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES DIVISION REPORT NO. 453

 

5 NOVEMBER 2007

 

 

 

 

Ordinary Council at the Meeting 5 November 2007

24/10/2007 to Ordinary Council

Environmental Services Division Report No. 453

Subject:           S96- 6 Private Road, Northwood    

Record No:     DA06/377-01 - 32020/07

Author(s):       May Li 

 

 

Property:                                              6 Private Road, Northwood

 

Section 96 Application No:                   377/2006A

 

Date Lodged:                                       17 July 2007

 

Cost of Work:                                      $985,000.00 (cost of the original development)

 

Owner :                                               N L P & H E Symons

 

Author:                                     May Li

 

 

DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSAL TO APPEAR ON DETERMINATION

Section 96 Modification to Development Consent 377/2006 including minor amendments to the design of the dwelling house and removal of a Brushbox tree at the rear of the property

ZONE

2(a2) - Residential

IS THE PROPOSAL PERMISSIBLE WITHIN THE ZONE?

Yes

IS THE PROPERTY A HERITAGE ITEM?

No

IS THE PROPERTY WITHIN A CONSERVATION AREA?

No

DOES DCP 1- BUSHLAND APPLY TO THE PROPERTY?

No

BCA CLASSIFICATION

Class 1a & 10a

STOP THE CLOCK USED

No

NOTIFICATION

Neighbours:

No.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 & 10 Private Road, No.43, 45, 47 Cliff Road, Northwood

Ward Councillors:

Councillor Hassarati, Freedman, & Smith

Other Interest Groups:

Northwood Action Group

 

 

REASON FOR REFERRAL:

 

The Section 96 application has been called to the Planning and Building Committee by Councillor Smith due to the possible increased impact of the proposal. 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:

 

The development application No. 377/2006 for demolition of the existing single storey dwelling house and construction of a two storey dwelling house with basement garage was conditionally approved under delegated authority on 25 May 2007.

 

The removal of a Brushbox tree at the rear of the property was included in the original development proposal and was not supported. Measures relating to the retention and protection of the tree were imposed in the conditions of the development consent (Conditions 67, 68, 70, and 75).

 

The applicant has lodged a Section 96 application for removal of the Brushbox tree and minor amendments to the design of the dwelling house relating to the rear deck, rear roof and ridge height of the building.

 

Council’s Tree Assessment Officer has reviewed the Section 96 application relating to the Brushbox tree and he has advised that the tree should be retained and protected. 

 

The minor amendments to the design of the dwelling house are unlikely to change the bulk and scale of the approved building and are also unlikely to cause any significantly adverse impacts to the amenity of the adjoining properties.  The amendments to the design of the dwelling house are supported. 

 

SITE:

 

The subject site is a regular shaped parcel of land located at the southern side of Private Road, Northwood between Upper Cliff Road and Northwood Road.  Surrounding development comprises a mixture of a single storey and two storey dwelling houses. 

 

The site is opposite a heritage item at 1 private Road, Northwood.  Copy of Site Plan and Notification Plan attached (AT1 and AT2).

 

PROPOSAL

 

The application seeks to modify the Development Consent No. DA377/2006 as follows:

 

1)           Deleted Condition 2 relating to the width of the deck on the ground floor. 

 

Officer’s Comment

 

Section 3.6(3) of Council’s Code for Dwelling House, Fence, Private Swimming Pools and Outbuildings states:

 

‘Elevated decks, terraces or balconies greater than 1m above natural ground level are not to exceed a width of 3.0m of usable area.  This clause does not apply where privacy is not an issue’.

The Section 96 Modification application requests that the proposed elevated ground floor deck be increased in width by an additional 600mm, to a total width of 3.6m and that 1.7m high privacy screens be provided along the eastern and western edges of the deck.  The applicant states that the proposed privacy screens with a height of 1.7m would obstruct any potential over-viewing into the adjoining properties and would direct views towards the rear of the site.  The proposed installation of the privacy screens is also consistent with Condition 3 of Council’s Consent DA377/06. 

 

The small additional width with the privacy screens would not impact on the privacy of the adjoining properties and is supported.

 

2)         Amended Condition No.35 to allow a ridge height of the dwelling house to be increased from RL 52.40 to RL56.60.

 

Officer’s Comment

 

The maximum approved building height of the dwelling house is 8.7m above natural ground level.  The increase of the ridge height by 200mm is a minor change to the building’s height.  The building height of the Section 96 application still complies with the maximum height requirement of the Code. 

 

The proposed increase would not detrimentally impact on the design of the building or neighbours and is supported.

 

3)         Replacement of the pitch roof with a flat roof over the rear ground floor patio

 

Officer’s Comment

 

The proposed flat roof is located at the rear of the proposed dwelling house and would present a roof form of lesser bulk than the original proposed pitch roof.  If approved, the roof would be conditioned that it be retained as non trafficable and not used as a balcony.

 

4)         Removal of the Brushbox tree

 

The Manager of Open Space’s Comment

 

The applicants have submitted a s96 application for the removal of the Brushbox tree and the conditions of consent that relate to this tree’s protection (amendment to Condition 67 and deletion of Conditions 68, 70 and 75). Council’s position from the lodgement of the original development application has been that this tree is a prominent tree in the streetscape and is to be retained.

 

Two further tree reports were provided with this S96 application; supplementary comments prepared by Guy Parossien of Landscape Matrix dated 10 July 2007 and a later report prepared by Stuart Pittendrigh dated August 2007.

 

The applicant’s justification for the removal of the Brushbox is on the basis of the tree’s vigour. Both tree reports refer to the tree’s declining vigour and the impact of excavation within the critical root zone of the tree from building works on this site and the neighbouring property at 8 Private Road.

Works on the site have been proceeding without full regard to the conditions of consent requiring tree protection measures for this Brushbox tree. Peter Maish, Council’s Tree Assessment Officer, inspected the tree on a number of occasions in late July and August and an on site meeting on 6 September 2007 and assessed the tree as still worthy of retention as he did not consider that it was in an irreversible state of decline. At the site meeting in early September the owner, builder and the arborists were advised that the tree protection measures were inadequate and the tree needed to be watered and mulched as a matter of priority. A number of breaches of the conditions of consent relating to this tree were identified for action on 24 September 2007.

 

The second development application for the swimming pool (DA07/161) indicates the applicant proposes further excavation in the immediate vicinity of the tree (which is shown to be removed on these plans). Peter Maish has provided comments regarding the need to ensure that there are no further negative impacts on the tree, including no further excavation within the root zone of the tree. 

 

The failure of the applicant to take the required actions to protect the tree may lead to the tree’s continual decline. However, the applicant’s failure to apply the conditions of consent hastening the tree’s decline should not be used as the basis to justify the tree’s removal. The conditions of consent to retain the Brushbox should be retained.

 

Given the comments of Council’s Arborist, the section of the section 96 modification seeking the removal of the tree is not supported.

 

Refer to Attachment 1 for Plans of the Section 96 application

 

Lane Cove LOCAL Environmental Plan 1987 (Section 79c(1)(a))

 

The proposed development for a dwelling house is permissible within the zone of the subject site. 

 

The Brushbox tree is a prominent tree in the streetscape and the removal of the Brushbox tree would not improve the existing amenity and environmental character of the area.  It is considered that the section of the Section 96 application for the removal of the Brushbox tree does not comply with the aims and the objectives of Lane Cove Local Environmental Plan 1987 and is not supported.

 

Other Planning Instruments

 

Lane Cove Code for Dwelling Houses, Fences, Private Swimming Pools and Outbuildings

 

The Section 96 Modification proposal complies with the requirements of the Code.

 

RESPONSE TO NOTIFICATION (Section 79C(1)(d))

 

The Section 96 Modification proposal was notified in accordance with Council’s notification policy.  A submission from Mrs Baxter , the owner of 4 Private Road, Northwood was received in response to the notification of the development application.  The issues raised in the submission can be summarised as follows.

 

·          No objection to the ridge height increasing as long as the proposal does not reduce the winter sun to the living area of 4 Private Road, Northwood

Officer’s Comment

 

Mrs Baxter’s property is located to the east of the subject site.  The minor increase to the ridge height of the proposed dwelling house is unlikely to increase any significant over shadowing impact to the living areas of 4 Private Road, Northwood.

 

·          The amended flat roof has a potential to become a patio/outdoor living area and create over looking to the adjoining properties.

 

Officer’s Comment

 

The applicant states that the flat roof would not be used as an outdoor living area and would be separated from the decking area on the first floor by a balustrade.  If approved, an additional condition would be imposed to ensure that the roof area would not be used as an extension to the deck. 

 

CONCLUSION

 

The matters in relation to Section 79C and Section 96 of Environmental Planning Assessment Act 1979 considerations have been considered in this assessment.

 

The Section 96 amendments to the proposed dwelling house would not create any significant impact to the amenity of the adjoining properties. However, the Brushbox tree is a prominent tree in the streetscape and the removal of the tree is not supported.  The conditions of consent to retain the Brushbox tree should be retained.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That pursuant to the provisions of Section 96 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act,  1979, as amended, development consent DA8.2006.377 for demolition of the existing dwelling house and construction of a two storey dwelling house on lot 1 DP 170480 and known as 6 Private Road, Northwood is amended in the following manner:

 

1.         By amending condition 1 to read as the follows:

 

            1.        (20) That the development be strictly in accordance with drawing number 06.24.1 D dated 3.7.07 and 06.24.2.B dated 3.4.07 by prepared by Meadowbank Homes Pty Ltd.”

 

2.         By amending Condition 2 to read as follows:

 

            “2.        The flat roof over the patio area on the ground floor shall not be used for outdoor living area and must be separated by a balustrade at the southern edge of the rear deck on the first floor of the dwelling house.”

 

3.         That the requested removal of the Brushbox tree be refused and the conditions associated are reaffirmed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Mason

Executive Manager

Environmental Services Division

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1 View

Site Location Plan

1 Page

 

AT‑2 View

Neighbour Notification Plan

1 Page

 

 

CNL051107ES_453.doc

*****   End of Environmental Services Division Report No. 453   *****

  


ORDINARY COUNCIL

 

HUMAN SERVICES DIVISION REPORT NO. 23

 

5 NOVEMBER 2007

 

 

 

 

Ordinary Council at the Meeting 5 November 2007

26/10/2007 to Ordinary Council

Human Services Division Report No. 23

Subject:           Metropolitan Public Libraries Association (MPLA) Annual General Meeting and Election of Office Bearers    

Record No:     SU2122 - 32389/07

Author(s):       Jennifer Bice 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

The Annual General Meeting of the Public Libraries NSW – Metropolitan Association Inc (PLM) will be held on Friday 30 November 2007 at Strathfield Library.  The election of Office Bearers will take place at the AGM, including the Councillor positions of President and Vice President.

 

The PLM is an Association of Council Libraries from the greater Sydney area.  The Association was established to facilitate resource-sharing programs, such as the Inter Library Loan van and as a forum for the exchange of ideas and promotion of public libraries. The position of President and Vice-President are held by Councillors.  Lane Cove Council, as a member of the PLM, may wish to nominate a Councillor to stand for the office of President or Vice President. The meetings are held quarterly, usually on Friday mornings, at various Councils throughout the Greater Sydney area.

 

Councillor Win Gaffney is currently the Council representative for the PLM and has attended all of the quarterly meetings of the Association since her appointment by Council. Councillor Gaffney has indicated her interest in standing for the position of Vice-President of the Association.  The Manager, Library Services normally also attends Association meetings.  The closing date for nominations is Friday, 23rd November, 2007.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Councillors nominate if they wish to stand for the position of President or Vice President of Public Libraries NSW – Metropolitan Association.

 

 

Jane Gornall

Executive Manager - Human Services

Human Services Division

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1 View

Letter and nomination forms from Mr Paul Scully, Secretary, Public Libraries NSW - Metropolitan Association Inc

4 Pages

 

 

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ORDINARY COUNCIL

 

HUMAN SERVICES DIVISION REPORT NO. 24

 

5 NOVEMBER 2007

 

 

 

 

Ordinary Council at the Meeting 5 November 2007

26/10/2007 to Ordinary Council

Human Services Division Report No. 24

Subject:           Kindy Cove Child Care Centre Accreditation    

Record No:     SU2047 - 32533/07

Author(s):       Jane Gornall 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

Through the National Childcare Accreditation Council (NCAC), the Australian Government operates a quality assurance accreditation program for family day care centres, outside hours school care and long day care services in Australia.

 

The purpose of the accreditation process is to ensure that children in care have stimulating, positive experiences and interactions that will foster all aspects of their development.

 

The accreditation process originally was done every three years, but is now every second year. 

 

Kindy Cove Child Care Centre has recently been re-accredited by NCAC.

 

Background

 

Kindy Cove is required to register with the NCAC and meet the requirements of the quality Assurance system for parents to be eligible to receive the Child Care Benefit.

 

The process of accreditation is long and involved including:

·    Self-study Report and Continuing improvement assessment.  The next study is due in November 2009.

·    Validation. This process includes the completion of Validation surveys – completed by the Director, staff and families.  The validator also visits and assesses the Centre.

·    Moderation process - to ensure consistency on a National basis.

·    Accreditation decision – Centres must achieve a score of satisfactory or higher on all of the 7 quality areas – listed below.

 

The accreditation process has changed since Kindy Cove undertook its last accreditation process in 2005.  Originally there were ten (10) quality areas.  Currently there are seven (7) areas.

 

Kindy has been advised that considerable changes will also be made to the accreditation process, due to start with Kindy Cove again in 2009.

 

Quality Area

 

1.   Relationship with Children

2.   Partnerships with Families

3.   Planning and evaluation

4.   Children’s Experience and Learning

5.   Protective Care and safety

6.   Health, nutrition and wellbeing

7.   Managing to support quality

 

Attached is a copy of Kindy Cove’s quality profile Certificate (Attachment 1).  As can be seen from the Certificate, Kindy Cove achieved a near perfect score in all the 7 quality areas.

 

Also included is the profile from the 2005 study for comparison (Attachment 2).

 

Council should be proud of this achievement and the work and enthusiasm of all of the staff involved.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:-

 

1.         Receive and note this Report.

 

2.         Notes the receipt of accreditation at Kindy Cove Child Care Centre.

 

3.         Congratulate the staff of the Centre on the excellent result achieved.

 

 

 

 

 

Jane Gornall

Executive Manager - Human Services

Human Services Division

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1 View

National Child Accreditation Council Summary of all Ratings 2007

11 Pages

 

AT‑2 View

National Child Accreditation Council Summary of all Ratings 2005

2 Pages

 

 

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ORDINARY COUNCIL

 

5 NOVEMBER 2007

 

 

 

 

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