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Agenda

Ordinary Council Meeting

23 October 2017

The meeting commences at 6.30pm. If members of the public are

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Notice of Meeting

 

Dear Councillors

 

Notice is given of the Ordinary Council Meeting, to be held in the Council Chambers, 48 Longueville Road Lane Cove on Monday 23 October 2017 commencing at 6:30pm. The business to be transacted at the meeting is included in this business paper.

 

Craig - GMYours faithfully

 

 

 

 

Craig Wrightson

General Manager

 

Council Meeting Procedures

 

The Council meeting is chaired by the Mayor, Councillor Pam Palmer. Councillors are entitled to one vote on a matter. If votes are equal, the Chairperson has a second or casting vote. When a majority of Councillors vote in favour of a Motion it becomes a decision of the Council. Minutes of Council and Committee meetings are published on Council’s website www.lanecove.nsw.gov.au by 5pm on the Thursday following the meeting.

 

The Meeting is conducted in accordance with Council's Code of Meeting Practice. The order of business is listed in the Agenda on the next page. That order will be followed unless Council resolves to modify the order at the meeting. This may occur for example where the members of the public in attendance are interested in specific items on the agenda.

 

Members of the public may address the Council Meeting on any issue for a maximum of 3 minutes during the public forum which is held at the beginning of the meeting. All persons addressing the Meeting must speak to the Chair. Speakers and Councillors will not enter into general debate or ask questions.

 

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Please note 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 the Government Information (Public Access)  Act 2009, 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.

 

 

 


Ordinary Council 23 October 2017

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

APOLOGIES

 

OPENING OF MEETING WITH PRAYER

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENT TO COUNTRY

 

NOTICE OF WEBCASTING OF MEETING

 

MATTERS RECOMMENDED BY THE GENERAL MANAGER TO BE CONSIDERED IN CLOSED COMMITTEE

 

Confidential Items

 

1.       Senior Staff Matter

It is recommended that the Council close so much of the meeting to the public as provided for under Section 10A(2) (a) of the Local Government Act, 1993, on the grounds that the matter will involve the discussion of personnel matters concerning a particular individual; it further being considered that discussion of the matter in open meeting would be, on balance, contrary to public interest by reason of the foregoing. 

 

public forum

 

Members of the public may address the Council Meeting on any issue for 3 minutes.

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES

 

2.      ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING - 21 AUGUST 2017

 

Orders Of The Day

 

Notices of Motion

 

3.       Notice of Motion - Public Transport Solutions

 

Officer Reports for Determination

 

4.       St Leonards South - Draft Development Control Plan, Draft Landscape Master Plan and Draft Section 94 Plan

 

5.       Councillor Representation on Council and External Committees for 2017-18

 

6.       September 2017 Traffic Committee Meeting

 

7.       LEP Planning Proposal 32 - 2 Greenwich Road, Greenwich

 

8.       Adoption of the Disability Inclusion Action Plan

 

9.       Local Government Conference NSW 2017

 

10.     Below Ground Stratum Lease Lithgow Street St Leonards

 

Officer Reports for Information

 

11.     New Waste Diversion Initiatives

 

12.     Pecuniary Interest Returns 2017

 

13.     Council Snapshot  

 

 

 

 

                   


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 23 October 2017

Notice of Motion - Public Transport Solutions

 

 

Subject:          Notice of Motion - Public Transport Solutions    

Record No:    SU6065 - 62513/17

Division:         Lane Cove Council

Author(s):      Councillor Karola Brent 

 

 

 

Background

 

With no direct access to Sydney Trains and no plans of introducing a Metro stop, Lane Cove relies on bus connectivity as the sole public transportation option in and out of our suburb. The current frequency and capacity of buses during peak hours is less than satisfactory and has deteriorated over time.

 

Also the current bus route planning is designed to radiate from the city and it would be beneficial in terms of service frequency at a lower cost, if routes within the LGA deposited passengers in the Village/Interchange to travel to the city. This would allow buses to circulate within the LGA without going to the city, providing users with more frequent services to the Lane Cove Village and ultimately to the city if required.

 

Council has previously operated the Village Express Bus Service and researched and consulted on a service for the Lane Cove West Business Park and the Rosenthal Project. The outcome was low potential utilisation, which is further exacerbated by regulatory impediments to cost recovery through fees and a ban on overlapping with existing public transport routes. Clearly further research and planning is required as bus routes and the frequency of services is mentioned by residents as one of the top issues affecting them living in Lane Cove.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:-

 

1.   Lobby Transport for NSW for increasing capacity of buses in and out of Lane Cove during peak hours; and

 

2.   Develop a transport mobility plan which connects Lane Cove's residential areas to the Village / Epping Road Bus Interchange via a local bus service and, if viable, lobby Transport for NSW for introducing the necessary route changes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Councillor Karola Brent

Councillor

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

There are no supporting documents for this report.

   


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 23 October 2017

St Leonards South - Draft Development Control Plan, Draft Landscape Master Plan and Draft Section 94 Plan

 

 

Subject:          St Leonards South - Draft Development Control Plan, Draft Landscape Master Plan and Draft Section 94 Plan    

Record No:    SU6338 - 57697/17

Division:         Environmental Services Division

Author(s):      Christopher Pelcz; Terry Tredrea; Anthony Crichton 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

The purpose of this report is to bring Council up to date on actions required by the 13 July 2015 Councl resolution in regard to the St Leonards South Master Plan. Since that time, a Draft Development Control Plan, Draft Landscape Master Plan and Draft Section 94 Development Contributions Plan have been prepared. This report also seeks to provide an overview of issues and details contained in these documents prior to exhibition.

 

The Interim Statement for the St Leonards and Crows Nest Station Precinct, highlighting a series of actions relating to state infrastructure within the larger precinct, has now been released by NSW Planning & Environment.

 

Following the release of this plan, Council submitted its formal response to the Planning Proposal Gateway Conditions on 29 September 2017.  Council has been advised that it has addressed the conditions of the Gateway Determination, however the formal approval to exhibit has not yet been received from the Department of Planning and Environment.

 

The Draft Local Environmental Plan amendment for St Leonards South will be publicly exhibited for a period of 6 weeks along with its supporting documents. A draft Development Control Plan, Draft Landscape Master Plan and Draft Section 94 Development Contributions Plan have been produced which are commended to be exhibited concurrently.

 

Background

 

On 13 July 2015, Council adopted the St Leonards South Master Plan. This was the result of an extensive urban design response to a series of public forums and design workshops from mid 2014 to mid 2015.

 

Council resolved to amend the Master Plan and Land Cove Local Environmental Plan to permit the rezoning of a portion of the precinct up to Park Road (east-side) for the purposes of higher density residential development (as seen in Figure 1).

 

Figure 1: The liveable precinct boundary

 

To ensure the community and Council’s vision of a highly liveable precinct, Council resolved to prepare a series of planning documents to support the Planning Proposal.

 

A Development Control Plan would control the built form, particularly regarding Park Road west and River Road south, to moderate the impacts on properties. A Landscape Master Plan would ensure integration of the built form and private domain with the public domain thereby enhancing the liveability of the precinct. Similarly a Section 94 Development Contributions Plan would ensure that the required infrastructure needed to support such growth can be funded.

 

Gateway Determination

 

Council submitted its Planning Proposal for the LEP amendment to NSW Planning and Environment on 19 May 2016. As a result, in its Gateway Determination the Department set out a list of conditions for Council to meet prior to public exhibition.

 

Council has now submitted its formal response to the conditions outlined in the Gateway Determination on Friday 29 September 2017.

 

NSW Planning and Environment are in the final stage of reviewing all of Council’s documentation. Once this is completed the formal public exhibition period of the St Leonards South Planning Proposal and its supporting documents can commence.

 

Infrastructure Commitments from Agencies

 

Since Council’s 13 July 2015 resolution, staff have consulted with the relevant infrastructure agencies and NSW Planning & Environment.

 

NSW Planning & Environment have now made available their Interim Statement for the St Leonards and Crows Nest Station Precinct. This document states a series of actions in order to fund and deliver the required infrastructure in the precinct. This includes the Departmental advice that working with local councils the Department:

 

“will investigate and develop a Special Infrastructure Contribution (SIC) plan for the Precinct. The SIC will assist in funding district level infrastructure upgrades including roads, schools and regional open space over a 20 year timeframe.

will work with the Department of Education and landowners to identify a site for new educational facilities such as a new primary school within the Precinct to accommodate future demand.

 

will work with Transport for NSW to prepare a detailed transport plan for the Precinct.

 

will refine the local infrastructure requirements for the Precinct and assist Councils to cost local infrastructure upgrades recommended in the Plan”.

 

Staff have consulted with NSW Education and Communities which advised (28 October 2016) “that I wish to assure you that the Department is monitoring the range of planning proposals in Lane Cove and adjacent local government areas in order to factor in the anticipated growth into its enrolment estimates on which classroom numbers will be planned.”

 

While there is a need for ongoing dialogue (and forms part of the existing Gateway determination), these measures address the requirements of Council’s 2015 resolution to consult with Department Agencies.

 

Discussion

 

As stated above, these supporting documents include the Draft Development Control Plan, Draft Landscape Master Plan and Draft Section 94 Development Contributions Plan. An outline of each of these documents, which will need to be jointly exhibited with the Planning Proposal, is provided below.

 

Draft Development Control Plan

 

The draft Development Control Plan (see AT-1 and AT-2) was created by Annand Associates Urban Design (AAUD).

 

It will become Locality 8 of Council’s Development Control Plan 2009, in Part C – Residential Localities. The desired future character of the precinct is for “a liveable, walkable, connective, safe, dense Transit-Oriented Development, which builds upon the transit and land-use opportunities of St Leonards Station and commercial centre.

 

Figure 2 envisages a pattern of public east-west pedestrian paths, linking two major open spaces – Newlands Park and a new 3,800 m2 local (central) park. Crossing this are public north-south shared paths and private green spines. Two buildings will also provide multi-purpose (child-care centres and community hall) facilities.

 

Pocket parks will be created on Marshall Ave and at the bottom of Holdsworth Avenue and Berry Road. Buildings are located and their heights calculated to provide greater scale in proximity to St Leonards Station.

 

 

 

Figure 2: The liveable precinct (note: some of the number of storeys shown have since had minor amendments, see Draft DCP)

 

In total the St Leonards Precinct will provide more than 16,600sqm of public open space; made up of Newlands Park, the new local Park, various pocket parks, east/west landscaped pedestrian links and part closed roads.  Additional to such Council will establish the over rail urban open space plaza of 5000-6000m2 and is in close proximity to the regional open space of Gore Hill Oval 3.3 ha.  The quantum of public open space when combined with the requirement to provide private open space in the form of communal green spines provides a generous choice of open space type and size for urban living in close proximity to the major transport hub of St Leonards CBD.

 

This equates to a precinct open space provision of approximately 0.42 ha per 1000 people with the inclusion of Gore Hill Oval and the over rail open space, this increases to 1.16ha per 1000 people. The general open space provision for LGA is 2.59 ha per 1000 people.  As a comparison Green Square which is a urban environment provides 0.2 ha per 1000 people and the neighbouring North Sydney LGA is 0.91ha per 1000 people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Access Network

 

Figure 3: The access network

 

Figure 3 illustrates the broad principles of access within the precinct. East-west pedestrian pathways connect the central and western portions of the precinct to Newlands Park and the St Leonards railway station. This is elaborated upon in the Landscape Master Plan. A new roadway between Park and Berry Roads will relieve traffic seeking to access River Rd and Pacific Highway. Further studies will detail the dual-use pathways linking north-south to the cycle route. The Green spines provide further private north-south pedestrian access.

 

Undergrounding of Services

 

Services such as electricity and street lighting are to be set underground at the developer’s expense. Council will commission a master plan of all utility services following public exhibition. AusGrid will coordinate reticulation of electricity and lighting within the precinct.

 

Setbacks

 

As a general rule, the buildings are predominantly set back 4m from the street. At Level 6, each building is setback a further 3m.

 

The most obvious exceptions to this are the setbacks facing low density residences along Park Road and River Road. Figure 4 for Park Road indicates a much reduced bulk and scale to protect visual and sunlight amenity of residents opposite. Figure 5 shows likewise, particularly to River Road

 

Figure 4: Setback to Park Road

 

Figure 5: Setback to River Road

 

Building Height

 

Section 6 of the DCP shows building height as the maximum height that may be achieved for a site by taking advantage of an incentive by conforming with Council’s requirement for community benefits.  This process is addressed below under Incentives. Height has been assessed against sunlight requirements of the Apartment Design Guidelines. Heights decrease with distance from the St Leonards rail station. While the LEP measures height in metres from natural ground level, the DCP provides and specifies the equivalent number of storeys.

 

All levels are measured from the street/property frontage. In response to the southerly slope of the precinct, stepping in building height will occur in a southerly direction at the building cores. Building heights will not step E-W.

The top most level is for roof garden only and should allow 4.5-5.1m for lift access to roof level and lift over run (the area of lift over run varies considerably with building height, lift speed etc).

 

The ground level of buildings has been established by the Landscape Master Plan. This is based on stepping the communal open space between the buildings in equal steps north to south and west to east. See Figure 8.26 of the DCP, entitled Required Site Level.

 

Incentives

 

Schedule 8.1 and Section 9 of the DCP reiterates the provisions of the LEP amendment. Each “Area” is identified and individually linked to a list of requirements sought by Council in return for bonus FSR and Height.

 

As explained in Section 9, in order to achieve these “development incentives”, each site must amalgamate in the pattern indicated by Council. This pattern is based on maximising solar access, and ensuring no lot is isolated by development. It is also informed by economic viability analysis. In addition, all Areas are required to be consistent with the Landscape Master Plan (for public and private open space).

 

Further bonus FSR and heights are linked to targeted sites for community benefit. These include:

 

·    East-West Connections (will be embellished by developer and then dedicated to Council)

·    Key Worker Housing (units will be transferred to Council’s ownership in perpetuity)

·    Open Space (will be embellished by developer and then dedicated to Council)

·    Multi-purpose facilities which will include Child Care Centres & Community Halls (including fit-out).

 

In terms of landscaping, major provisions of the Draft Landscape Master Plan (AT-3) have been repeated in the Draft Development Control Plan to ensure consistency across all planning documents.

 

Vehicle Access

 

Figure 6 shows an indicative intrusion of basement parking to a maximum of 50% of the Green Spines (private communal open space). Actual locations will depend on a variety of factors. Basements are only permitted to intrude in certain circumstances, this is explained in section 6.9 of the Draft Development Control Plan.

 

Vehicle access should be provided from the street frontage at the lowest point of each site. Basements which project out of the ground should be treated as per the Landscape Master Plan.

 

Figure 6: Indicative Vehicle Access/Parking

 

Draft Landscape Master Plan

 

The draft Landscape Master Plan (see AT-3) was created by Oculus Landscape Architecture & Urban Design (Oculus).

 

 

Figure 7: The landscaped vision

 

The Landscape Master Plan is a stand-alone document and will form a section within the precinct-specific DCP for St Leonards South. It also provides the basis for much of the Draft Section 94 Development Contributions Plan. Given its integral role, legal and technical advice has been sought on mechanisms to enforce the provisions of this Landscape Master Plan.

 

In order to promote and deliver the designs explained in this document, all future Development Applications in this precinct will be required to be constructed and completed to its exact specifications in order to qualify for the LEP Incentive Height of Buildings and Floor Space Ratios components.

 

The Landscape Master Plan document demonstrates the interrelationship of the public and private open space typologies (as seen in the figure below).

 

 

Figure 8: Open Space Typologies

 

Section 4 of the Draft Landscape Master Plan highlights and explains the preferred designs of:-

 

-     Public Open Space

 

parks (new local park and pocket parks),

streetscape,

East-West pedestrian/cycle links, and

Shared Streets (East-West vehicular link).

 


 

-     Private Open Space

 

shared communal open space surrounding the apartments (“green spines”),

setbacks,

private courtyards and terraces, and

roof gardens. 

 

Public: Local Park and east-west link

 

As suggested by the Master Plan, a new park is envisaged, linked to Newlands Park by an accessible east-west pedestrian pathway. Figure 9 illustrates the informal nature of the park. Pocket parks are to be embellished and dedicated along part of Marshall Avenue, as well as use of the southern portions of Holdsworth Avenue and Berry Road. The east-west pathway (Figure 10) illustrates the proposed measures to ensure accessibility by using public east-west connections and public lifts in the two community buildings.

 

Figure 9: Local Park and east-west pedestrian link

 

Figure 10: Accessibility link for east-west pedestrian pathway

 

Public: Private property boundaries and ‘Green Spines’.

 

Figure 11 illustrates how each logical collection of buildings is fenced for privacy, but envisages a shared central, communal landscaped area, known as the ‘Green Spine’. The Spines are accessible and connected (by a lockable gate) to the adjacent east-west pedestrian links.

 

Figure 11: Private Property Boundary and Entry Points

 

Figure 12 is a typically landscaped Green Spine, showing an equitable distribution of landscape elements such as playground, BBQ area and seating, tree retention and lawn. Each collection, or ‘pod’, has a landscape plan specific to that pod. It is a requirement of bonus height and density that the specific landscape plan is complied with.

 

Basements may intrude into 50% of the Green Spines area, allowing for one metre of topsoil for deep soil planting. In other locations, basements may intrude up to 1.5m above ground, but only where suitably clad and landscaped.

 

Figure 12: Typical design of green spine

 

Private Setbacks & Courtyards

 

These are typically 4m from the front boundary and able to contain deep soil planting (trees). They provide privacy for apartments and may accommodate level changes (see Fig. 13). Within the Green Spines, private courtyards provide privacy, while opening onto communal open space.

 

Figure 13: Typical Setbacks

 

Roof Gardens

 

Roof gardens are recommended to maximise private communal open space opportunities for a building with the Green Spine, with potentially longer hours of daily sunlight. They complement the Green spines, but are accessed by lift. They contain shelters and balustrades for protection. The enclosed spaces on the roof are typically 4.5m above the building height control, and should contain only non-habitable communal floor space.

 

 

Figure 14: Design of Roof Gardens

 

Trees (Public and Private)

 

Trees are valued for their microclimate amenity and their ability to soften building bulk and scale. Council’s starting position is that existing street and private trees be retained (subject to a Preliminary Tree Assessment Report). However, the LMP identifies streets whose trees are to be removed for a variety of reasons (see AT- 3: Tree Removal & Retention page). These include the harmful impacts of power lines on trees, root destruction of walking/cycling paths, and conflict with the proposed water-sensitive rootcell system for street drainage (see Sustainability). Further conflicts may arise in the undergrounding of services.

 

Public trees are identified in the Street Tree Masterplan (Figure 15), whose species are consistent with the existing character of the precinct.

 

Private trees within the Green Spines are to be retained (subject to a Preliminary Tree Assessment Report). The Green spines are to have a minimum canopy cover of 50% (existing plus planted).  A palette of suitable species is provided as part of the Landscape Master Plan.

 

Figure 15: Street Tree Masterplan

 

Other Landscaping Elements

 

These include materials, lighting, public art, sustainability and the practicalities of staging development.  Environmental measures, such as soil management, noise/vibration, solar access, wind impact, and water conservation are more directly addressed in the DCP, Section 8.

 

Draft Section 94 Developer Contributions Plan

 

The draft Section 94 Developer Contributions Plan (see AT-4) was researched and prepared by GLN Planning (GLN). The document is supported by a detailed costing of works by Quantity Surveying firm Mitchell Brandtman and studies from HillPDA on Open Space Acquisition.

 

Note: Other HillPDA documents were also used to support the St Leonards South Planning Proposal. All these documents include recent sales data and will be jointly exhibited with the St Leonards South Planning Proposal.


 

Purpose of a Section 94 Plan

 

Under the provisions of the NSW Environmental Planning & Assessment Act, Councils are able to obtain development contributions as a means of funding local infrastructure required as a result of new development. The plan must establish the relationship between the expected types of development in the area to which the plan applies and the demand for public amenities and services to meet that development.

 

Currently in NSW, there is a Section 94 contributions cap of $20,000 per residential lot or dwelling. However a recent Planning Circular (AT-5) by NSW Planning & Environment allows this to be increased if the plan is reviewed by the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART). It states that:

 

“In areas where a contributions plan is proposed that exceeds the thresholds, the council will be able to have the plan assessed by IPART in accordance with the Department’s Development Contributions Practice Note (February 2014) to ensure the plan only contains essential local infrastructure”.

 

Types of works

 

Most of Council’s proposed works are deemed as essential local infrastructure. Such works include:

 

·         Social infrastructure (Open Space)

·         Roads and drainage; and

·         Plan Administration.

 

Although a definition of ‘non-essential works’ is not explained in the practice notes prepared by NSW Planning and Environment,  the non-essential works actually refers to the fit- out of the multi-purpose facilities (child-care facilities and community halls). These can be funded through other means (namely the Planning Proposal bonus mechanisms).

 

IPART Review

 

IPART’s role in the process is explained in its fact sheet attached to this report (AT-6).  They will ultimately determine whether:-

 

·         the contributions plan complies with the requirements of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 and the Department of Planning and Infrastructure’s Development Contributions Practice Notes (July 2005),

·         each plan includes appropriate Essential Infrastructure as required for the proposed development (as defined in the IPART Practice Note), and

·         the costs (including both land value and capital costs for construction/works) assigned to this infrastructure are reasonable.

 

When a plan is to be submitted to IPART, the existing Practice Note recommends that:

 

new contributions plans that require assessment are to be submitted for review following public exhibition, but prior to adoption by council. The plans that the council submits to IPART should incorporate any changes made in response to submissions the council received during the exhibition period”.

 

As a result of this, Council “should not proceed with adoption of the plan until such time as they have received confirmation in writing that all issues raised have been satisfactorily addressed”.

 

Contributions for Affordable Housing

 

Under Section 94F of the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, a Council cannot collect money, via a levy for affordable housing unless they are specified in a State Environmental Planning Policy.

 

State Environmental Planning Policy 70 – Affordable Housing (SEPP 70) does not apply to the Lane Cove LGA and Council does not have an Affordable Housing Policy for the Lane Cove LGA. Therefore Council could not apply a section 94 developer contribution or an Affordable Housing Levy to this precinct.

 

Staff have met with senior management of NSW Planning and Environment to discuss Council’s commitment to provide “Key Worker Housing” in the St Leonards South Precinct both for the benefit of future residents of this precinct and for current employees of Royal North Shore Hospital and other hospitals in the area. The Department has indicated that it has no objection to the principle of amending SEPP 70 so as to allow Key Worker Housing (KWH) to be provided as housing units.

 

In the meantime, in the absence of an amended SEPP 70 mechanism, Council is able to finalise and exhibit the Planning Agreement to provide KWH in the form of units.  It is our strong preference for the completed units to be transferred to Council in perpetuity and be managed by a registered Community Housing Provider.

 

The opportunity has been taken to locate KWH in the north-east corner of the site so as to maximise the number of units that can be provided (34 units) and so as to locate units as close as possible to public transport – St Leonards Railway Station and bus and rail transport.

 

Community Consultation

 

Statement of Intent

 

This exhibition represents a significant change for the Precinct and calls for detailed community consultation, and as such the consultation is designed to allow public comment on the St Leonards South Draft Development Control Plan, Landscape Master Plan, Section 94 Developer Contributions Plan. These documents (and others) will be publicly exhibited jointly with the St Leonards South Local Environmental Plan amendment, subject to Gateway Determination requirements. Any comments received will be reviewed and evaluated to determine whether or not to proceed with the proposal as exhibited.

 

Method

 

Level of Participation

Inform

Inform

Consult

Form of Participation

Open

Targeted

Open

Target Audience

Lane Cove Community and community groups

Surrounding Property Owners and tenants within the St Leonards South precinct, Government Agencies and Greenwich Community Association.

Property Owners adjoining the St Leonards South precinct.

 

Proposed Medium

Advertisement and

eNewsletter

 

Notification Letters

Public Exhibition,

Website Exhibition

Community information sessions during public exhibition period.

Indicative Timing

6 weeks

6 weeks

6 weeks

 

It is recommended that Council organise at least two (2) information sessions during the public exhibition period to explain all these planning documents.

 

Conclusion

 

Council’s vision for St Leonards South is to create a liveable precinct by ensuring a holistic best practice approach to housing while having regard to amenity, urban design, open space, pedestrian and traffic movements.

 

The documents explained in this report are the next step in the process of achieving this vision by implementing site-specific planning controls which will coordinate development.  All planning documents produced for St Leonards South will ensure delivery and funding of the community and Council’s vision for a highly liveable precinct.

 

Upon formal sign off by NSW Planning and Environment the formal public exhibition period will commence.

 

It is recommended that Council endorse the documents described in this report for public exhibition and be jointly exhibited with the Planning Proposal.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:-

 

1.   Receive and note the report;

 

2.   Endorse the Draft Development Control Plan, Draft Landscape Master Plan and Draft Section 94 Plan for public exhibition in conjunction with the Draft Local Environmental Plan amendment for St Leonards South for a period of 6 weeks in accordance with the consultation strategy outlined in this report.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Mason

Executive Manager

Environmental Services Division

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1View

St Leonards South Draft DCP - Part A

30 Pages

Available Electronically

AT‑2View

St Leonards South Draft DCP - Part B

35 Pages

Available Electronically

AT‑3View

St Leonards South Draft Landscape Master Plan

76 Pages

Available Electronically

AT‑4View

St Leonards South Draft Section 94 Plan

60 Pages

Available Electronically

AT‑5View

Planning Circular - Changes to Section 94 Plans

3 Pages

 

AT‑6View

Fact Sheet - Contribution Plans IPARTs Assessment Process

15 Pages

 

 

 


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 23 October 2017

Councillor Representation on Council and External Committees for 2017-18

 

 

Subject:          Councillor Representation on Council and External Committees for 2017-18    

Record No:    SU868 - 61834/17

Division:         Corporate Services Division

Author(s):      Craig Dalli 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

Council currently operates various advisory committees, and participates in other external committees to provide a forum for discussion on broad, local and regional issues among Council representatives, local agencies and community members.  The purpose of this report is to review the Committee Structure and determine Councillor representation on these Committees for the next 12 months.

 

Discussion

 

Review of Committees and Membership

 

In conjunction with the induction and briefing of the new Council, consideration was given to firstly the need for certain committees moving forward and the extent of Councillor representation on each of the Committees, particularly external organisations governed by their own rules and objectives. Issues considered include:-

 

·    Dissolving or merge Internal Advisory Committees that no longer meet or have achieved their purpose;

·    Consult with External Committees on appropriate Representation;

·    Number of Councillors on each committee to share workload and alternates; and

·    Remove meeting time conflicts.

 

Councillors should also note the following procedures apply to committees:-

 

·    The Mayor is an ex-officio member of all Internal Advisory Committees;

·    All Councillors can attend Internal Advisory Committees; and

·    All Councillor representatives on Internal Advisory Committees may arrange an alternate Councillor to attend as required.

 

Councillors represent Council on a number of Advisory and External Committees, a list of these Committees, their purpose, proposed future operation and representation and meeting frequency is shown below:-

 

Advisory Committees

 

Age Friendly Advisory Committee

 

Established in July 2014 to provide advice and assistance to Council on the implementation of the Age Friendly Action Plan including prioritisation and awareness of strategies and initiatives. The Committee meets at least bi-monthly after hours. Committees Charter allows for twelve (12) Community Representatives and two Councillors (alternates allowed).

 

Proposed Representation: One Councillor

 


 

Anzac Working Party

 

Formed in 2014 to co-ordinate local events and activities from 2014- 2018 to mark 100 years of the ANZAC’s.  The Working Party comprise representatives from the RSL Sub-branch, designated Councillors and staff nominated by the General Manager and two Councillors (Alternates allowed).

 

Proposed Representation: Two Councillors

 

Bushland Management Advisory Committee

 

Commenced in the 1980’s to discuss bushland management issues, monitor implementation of the Bushland Plan of Management and provide advice and recommendations on bushland management within the LGA. Committee meets monthly on a Wednesday at 6:00pm in the Committee Room.  The Committee includes four (4) Community Representatives, 3 Representatives of the Lane Cove Bushland and Conservation Society, One (1) member from an active Bushcare Group and one Councillor (Alternates allowed).

 

Proposed Representation: One Councillor

 

Carisbrook Advisory Committee

 

Carisbrook is the oldest surviving house in its area, purchased in 1969. The House and Gardens are managed and maintained by Council, and the Lane Cove Historical Society manages the furnishing and showing of the House. The Committee includes one Councillor and assists in setting the direction and to provide advice and recommendations on Carisbrook House. The Committee meets every 6 weeks on Wednesdays at 9.30am in the Human Services Committee Room.

 

Proposed Representation: One Councillor

 

Council Selection Committee

 

This Committee considers nominations and provides recommendations to the General Manager for Council's Citizenship Awards, Australia Day Awards, community appointments to Council’s Advisory Committees, tenders, grants, and other awards as arising. The Meetings are held as required during Council Workshops on 2nd Monday of the month. All Councillors and the General Manager are members.

 

Proposed Representation: Appoint all Councillors and the General Manager.

 

Internal Audit Committee

 

Provides independent assurance and assistance to Council on risk management, control, governance, and external accountability responsibilities. The role of the Committee is also to provide advice and recommendations to the General Manager on business functions and processes subjected to an internal audit. The DLG Guidelines recommend that the Mayor not be the Councillor representative on this Committee. There are two independent representatives on the Committee and one councillor. The Committee meets quarterly at Council, on a Wednesday at 2.30pm.

 

Proposed Representation: One Councillor

 


 

Lane Cove Aboriginal Advisory Committee

 

Formed in 2013 to increase knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal culture, to foster positive relationships between Council and Aboriginal people and provide advice to Council regarding aboriginal education, health, tourism, employment, culture and customs. Meetings are held monthly on the 4th Monday in the Training Room at 7.15pm. The Committee’s Charter provides for eight (8) community representatives, two Councillors (alternates allowed) and appropriate staff as determined by the General Manager.

 

Proposed Representation: Council not continue with the Committee and work with Northern Sydney Aboriginal Heritage Office.

 

Lane Cove Access and Inclusion Committee

 

Formed to increase and promote general awareness of access, mobility and safety issues in the community.  Oversees implementation of advice and recommendations to the Disability Inclusion Action Plan. Meets on the last Wednesday of every second month at 10am. Includes five (5) representatives of access related service providers, up to five (5) community representatives, two Councillors and appropriate staff as determined by the General Manager.

 

Proposed Representation: One Councillor

 

Lane Cove Bicycle Advisory Committee

 

Provides advice, recommendations on bicycle issues, facilities and significant input into the development of the Lane Cove Bicycle Plan. This Committee meets quarterly in the Committee Room at 6pm. The Committee’s Charter provides for seven (7) community representatives, one Councillor and appropriate staff as determined by the General Manager.

 

Proposed Representation: One Councillor

 

Lane Cove Cultural Advisory Committee

 

Assist in the formulation of cultural planning strategies and initiatives.  The Committee meets quarterly on a Wednesday at 6pm in the Training Room.  The Committee’s Charter provides for twelve (12) community representatives, two Councillors and appropriate staff as determined by the General Manager.

 

Proposed Representation: One Councillor

 

Lane Cove Festival Committee (Formerly Cameraygal Festival Committee)

 

Organises the Festival and provides advice and recommendations to the General Manager on the Festival. Committee meets from February to August and also in October on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 6pm in the Committee Room. The Committee’s Charter provides for twelve (12) community representatives, two Councillors and appropriate staff as determined by the General Manager.

 

Proposed Representation: One Councillor

 

Lane Cove Literary Awards

 

This Committee was established to organise the annual Lane Cove Literary Awards competition. The competition normally opens in May and closes in August, with the awards ceremony in November. The Committee of three Councillors and appropriate staff as determined by the General Manager meets as and when required.

 

Proposed Representation:  Two Councillors

 

Lane Cove North Advisory Committee

 

This Committee was formed in 2015 to provide a community forum examining and discussing the wider issues affecting the Lane Cove North area, associated with the high level density. The Committee’s Charter provides for eight community representatives, two representatives from each of Stringybark Creek Residents Association and Lane Cove North Residents Association and all West Ward Councillors.

 

Proposed Representation:  Given the precinct is now largely developed the Committee be disbanded.

 

Lane Cove Public Art Advisory Committee

 

Provides advice, critique, and comment on the ongoing development, guidance, and implementation of the Lane Cove Council Public Art Policy in relation to public art projects valued above $70,000. The Committee’s Charter provides for seven community, four Councillors and appropriate staff as determined by the General Manager.

 

Proposed Representation:  One Councillor

 

Lane Cove Recreation Precinct Liaison Committee

 

Discusses issues with the current tenants and other stakeholders regarding the development of the Golf Course sports precinct, the Committee. The Committee’s Charter provides for five community representatives with having an interest in Sports to be accommodated at the facility and two having an interest in town planning/architecture or urban design.

 

Proposed Representation:  Appropriate staff as determined by the General Manager.

 

Marjorie Propsting Memorial Library Consultative Forum

 

Provides advice on matters affecting Library services at the Marjorie Propsting Memorial Library. Representation includes a Greenwich Library staff member, up to 3 representatives of the Greenwich Community Association, 1 representative of the Greenwich Kindergarten, 1 representative of the Greenwich Senior Citizens’ Association, and 1 East Ward Councillor.

 

Proposed Representation:   The Committee be disbanded and matters be addressed with stakeholders at an annual forum.

 

Publications Editorial Task Force

 

This Committee of three Councillors provides advice to the General Manager on the draft Quarterly Newsletter to the community and any other relevant publications. The Committee meets on an as required basis in the Committee Room in the Civic Centre at 6pm prior to Council Meetings.

 

Proposed Representation:   Appoint three Councillors (one being the Mayor)

 


 

Sustainability Advisory Committee

 

Provides advice on the formulation, prioritisation and implementation of strategies and initiatives to achieve sustainability as primarily set out in the Sustainability Action Plan. Meets five times a year on a Wednesday at 6pm in the Council Chambers.  The Committee’s Charter allows for five community representatives with one youth representative and up to three councillors.

 

Proposed Representation:  One Councillor

 

COUNCILLOR APPOINTMENTS TO EXTERNAL ORGANISATIONS

 

Centrehouse Management Committee

 

Centrehouse is a not-for-profit community art and leisure centre offering leisure learning for the community, including various courses for children to adults and facilities for hire. The Management Committee meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month at Centrehouse at 5.30pm. As this is an external Committee, the role of the Committee is governed by Centrehouse with one Councillor being appointed.

 

Proposed Representation:  One Councillor

 

Civic Risk Mutual

 

CivicRisk – Metro (formerly Metropool) is made up of six (6) Councils which self insure against Public Liability and Professional Indemnity claims and purchase excess layers of insurance. CivicRisk Mutual (formerly United Independent Pools) is a partnership of 16 Councils which manages property, motor vehicle and crime cover. The Boards meet quarterly on a Wednesday at 10am at a host council.  No alternates are permissible.

 

Proposed Representation:  The General Manager and Executive Manager - Corporate Services.

 

Sydney North Planning Panel (SNPP)

 

The Sydney North Planning Panel formerly JRPP determines Development Applications for the following types of development:-

•     Development with a Capital Investment Value (CIV) over $20 million;

•     Development with a CIV over $5 million which is, council related; lodged by or on behalf of the Crown (State of NSW); private infrastructure and community facilities.

•     Development with a CIV between $10 million and $20 million which are referred to the regional panel by the applicant after 120 days.

 

Two Council representatives are appointed by Council, at least one (1) Council representative is required to have expertise in planning, architecture, heritage, the environment, urban design, land economics, traffic and transport, law, engineering or tourism. As this is an external Committee, the role of the Committee is governed by the NSW State Government.

 

Proposed Representation:  Two expert members of the Lane Cove IHAP.

 

Kindy Cove Management Advisory Committee

 

This Committee provides advice and recommendations on the management and operation of the Long Day Care Centre, from a parent and community perspective. The Committee meets on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7.00pm, usually at Kindy Cove.

 

Proposed Representation:  No appointment be made

 

Lane Cove Historical Society

 

The Society meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 2.30pm and provides a forum for the promotion and discussion of history in Lane Cove. As this is an external Committee, the role of the Committee is governed by the Lane Cove Historical Society.

 

Proposed Representation:  No appointment be made

 

Lane Cove Occasional Child Care Centre

 

This Committee provides advice and considers issues in relation to the management of the Occasional Child Care Centre. The Committee meets on the 4th Monday of each month at 7.30pm in the Centre.

 

Proposed Representation:  No appointment be made

 

Lane Cove Retirement Units Association Ltd Board

 

Council purchased land in Central Avenue in 1966 for the development of units and transferred the land to the Association in 1994. The Association, a company limited by Guarantee, seeks to provide suitable accommodation for aged persons capable of independent living, and manages the land and buildings at Pottery Gardens. The Board meets six times a year on a Tuesday at 6.45pm. As this is an external Committee the role of the Committee is governed by the Lane Cove Retirement Units Association, whose constitution provides for two (2) Councillor representatives.

 

Proposed Representation:  Two Councillors

 

Northern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils – (NSROC)

 

NSROC is a voluntary group of Northern Sydney Councils who have joined together on policy advocacy for the region, professional development of staff, shared service delivery and joint procurement. The Board of the organisation meets quarterly at 6:00pm on the second Thursday of February, May, September and November at a rotating venue between member Councils. As this is an external Committee, the role of the Board is governed by the constitution of NSROC, which is an incorporated association. The Mayor’s alternate must be the person acting as Mayor at the time, the Deputy Mayor ordinarily.

 

Proposed Representation:  The Mayor and one Councillor.

 

NSW Public Libraries Association (Inc.)

 

The NSW Public Libraries Association (NSW PLA) is the peak body that represents the interests and development of public libraries in metropolitan New South Wales. The Association was established to ensure resource sharing programs, and for exchanging ideas. The Association meets quarterly on a Friday at alternate venues. As this is an external Committee, the role of the Association is governed by the constitution of the NSW MPLA.

 

Proposed Representation:  One Councillor

 


 

Shorelink Committee

 

The Shorelink Library Network was established in 1983 when five (soon to be 3) participating councils signed a Deed of Agreement. This Committee discusses the Shorelink Library Network and comprises a Councillor, an alternate and Manager – Library Services. Membership includes Lane Cove, Mosman and North Sydney Council’s, with Willoughby and Northern Beaches (Manly) withdrawing by June 2018. This Committee meets 10:00am every 3rd Tuesday of each month at Council. As this is an external Committee, the role of the Committee is governed by Shorelink.

 

Proposed Representation:  One Councillor

 

Traffic Committee

 

The Lane Cove Traffic Committee is established under a Constitution developed and managed by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS). Its core functions are to enact NSW Government road and traffic regulations at a local level and to ensure adequate safety measures are in place. The Committee includes representatives from RMS, Sydney Buses, North Shore Police LAC and the Local Member of Parliament (or nominee). The Committee meets in the Committee Room at 10:00am on the third Tuesday of each month.

 

Proposed Representation:  No appointment be made

 

Willoughby/Ryde/Hunters Hill/Lane Cove District Bushfire Committee

 

This Committee was established to meet the requirements of the Rural Fires Act in minimising the impact of bushfires on the community and approves priorities and locations for hazard reduction works. Representatives are from the four (4) Councils, National Parks and Wildlife Service, NSW Police Service, TollAust and NSW Fire Brigades. The Committee meets quarterly at the Lane Cove Fire Station, Artarmon at 10am on a Thursday.

 

Proposed Representation:  One Councillor

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That:-

 

1.   Council determine the ongoing need for the respective Advisory Committees and ongoing involvement in each External Committees as well as the level of representation on each of the Committee including not continuing with the following Committees:-

- Lane Cove Aboriginal Advisory Committee;

- Lane Cove North Advisory Committee; and

- Marjorie Propsting Memorial Library Consultative Forum;

 

2.   Council determine Councillor representation on Advisory and External Committees for 2017-18, with it being noted that the Mayor is an ex-officio on all Council Advisory Committees.

 

3.   It be noted that any available Councillor may attend Internal Advisory Committees;

 

4.   Council authorise all Councillor representatives on Internal Advisory Committees to arrange an alternate as required; and

 

5.   Advisory Committee Charters be amended where necessary to reflect Councillor Representation.

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Dalli

Executive Manager - Corporate Services

Corporate Services Division

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

There are no supporting documents for this report.

 


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 23 October 2017

September 2017 Traffic Committee Meeting

 

 

Subject:          September 2017 Traffic Committee Meeting    

Record No:    SU1326 - 59430/17

Division:         Open Space and Urban Services Division

Author(s):      Santosh Rai 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

The Lane Cove Traffic Committee Meeting was held on Tuesday, 26 September 2017. The Agenda is included as AT-1. The Traffic Committee recommendations are shown in the Minutes of the Meeting, included as AT-2.

 

 

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council adopt the recommendations of the Lane Cove Traffic Committee Meeting held on Tuesday, 26 September 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martin Terescenko

Manager Assets

Open Space and Urban Services Division

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1View

AGENDA - Traffic Committee - September 2017

13 Pages

 

AT‑2View

MINUTES - Traffic Committee - September 2017

16 Pages

 

 

 


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 23 October 2017

LEP Planning Proposal 32 - 2 Greenwich Road, Greenwich

 

 

Subject:          LEP Planning Proposal 32 - 2 Greenwich Road, Greenwich    

Record No:    SU6704 - 59827/17

Division:         Environmental Services Division

Author(s):      Christopher Pelcz; Terry Tredrea; Anthony Crichton 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

A Planning Proposal was lodged with Council on 11 April, 2017 in relation to land at 2 Greenwich Road, Greenwich (AT-1), known as the site of the Northside Clinic mental health hospital. The proposal was accompanied by an Urban Design report (AT-2) and sought to amend the Lane Cove Local Environmental Plan 2009 to:-

 

·    Allow Additional Permitted Uses for this site as ‘Shop Top Housing’ in the B3 Commercial Core zone;

·    Increase the Height of Buildings from the current 25 metres to 33 metres, and

·    Depending on the outcome of the St Leonards/Crows Nest Strategic Employment Review, reduce the FSR from 3.0:1 to either 2.4:1 or 2.7:1.

 

The Planning Proposal is inconsistent with regional, local and precinct strategic planning controls for the following reasons:-

 

1.   The proposal seeks to provide 915m2 of commercial floor space, a relatively small quantity of employment land within the Precinct. This is inconsistent with the Priorities and Actions of the Draft North District Plan, which envisages the site as being part of a “Health and Education Super Precinct”.

2.   Shop top housing in the B3 Commercial Core of St Leonards would set an undesirable precedent for future landowners, which is also inconsistent with the zone objectives of the Lane Cove Local Environmental Plan 2009. Nor does “shop top housing” address the objectives of these strategic employment lands.

3.   An extension of the proposed 2.75:1 FSR to the western side of St Leonards South precinct is inconsistent with the objectives and recommendations of Council’s St Leonards South Master Plan and its subsequent Draft Planning Proposal.

4.   The case has not been made that commercial development of the site (currently permitting 8 storeys and FSR of 3:1) is dependent upon residential development.

 

Therefore, it is recommended that Council not support Planning Proposal 32 to permit shop top housing at 2 Greenwich Road, Greenwich as it lacks strategic and site-specific merit at the regional, local and precinct level.

 

Note: The Proposal was submitted on the basis that the release of the St Leonards/Crows Nest Strategic Employment Review was imminent. At the time, the applicant stated an intention to submit an Addendum to address it, this did not occur within the required 90 day response period. However, by the time of its release the ‘caretaker period’ during Council Elections had already begun. This meant Council was unable to consider the proposal within the timeframe.

 

As a result, the applicant submitted the Planning Proposal for a Rezoning Review (AT-3) in August 2017 on the basis of a deemed refusal. Council was therefore required to submit a formal response within 21 days, this is attached to this report (see AT-4, AT-5 and AT-6).

 

Council’s formal submission expands on the position described in this report.

 


 

Background

 

 

Site Details

 

As shown in the figure above, the site is located at 2 Greenwich Road, Greenwich and has a site area of approximately 2,140 m2. Other current planning controls on the site are summarised below:

 

Current Zoning

B3 Commercial Core

Current FSR

3.0:1

Possible GFA

6,420 m2

Current Height Limit

25 metres

 

Proposal Details

 

Urban design analysis from the applicant, propose a height limit of 33 metres and two separate built form scenarios with different floor space ratios. Scenario 1 is based on achieving an FSR of 2.4:1, potentially resulting in a ‘stepping down’ built form from Pacific Highway. While Scenario 2 proposes an FSR of 2.7:1, resulting in a more ‘box-type’ built form.

 

According to the applicant, these separate options were put forward for different reasons:

 

·    Scenario 1 responded to the current planning context (B3 Commercial Core zone immediately north of Greenwich R4 High Density Residential zone)

 

·    Scenario 2 was designed “to accord with and achieve the likely objectives...of the DOP&E’s priority precinct planning process...

 

 


The ‘Scenario 1’ concept would permit 60 apartments, and Scenario 2 would permit 70 apartments. Both permit a ground floor commercial floor plate of 915m2.

 

Note that “Shop top housing” means residences above either retail or business premises (which is defined as one type of commercial premises).

 

The applicant argues that Scenario 1 effectively “integrates with the current state of the surrounding context”. This has been interpreted by the applicant to mean maintaining shadow impacts on the current southern neighbours to that currently permitted.


 

 

The ‘Scenario 2’ concept design has been provided “to accord with and achieve the (yet to be adopted) objectives of the DOP&E’s priority precinct planning process for the subject site in the context of the wider precinct.” That is - the St Leonards/Crows Nest Station Strategic Employment Review. Currently, this document has not been released, has no status and is yet to be given such. Therefore, the Draft North District Plan is the most relevant regional strategic planning document for the St Leonards “super precinct”.

 

The following table shows the two Scenarios compared with current controls:

 

 

Scenario 1 

(current context)

Scenario 2

(Priority Precinct)

Current controls

FSR

2.4:1

2.7:1

3.0:1

Building Height

33 m (11 storeys)          - following ground contours

33 m (11 storeys”)

-      RL116 metres

 

25 m (8 storeys)

GFA Residential

4,230m2

4,880m2

0

(not permissible)

GFA Commercial

915m2

915m2

6,420m2

GFA Total

5,145m2

5,795m2

6,420m2

Apartment yield

60

70

0

(not permissible)

Envelope

Stepped down

Box

       --

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discussion

 

In terms of what is “the DOP&E’s priority precinct planning process”, this area is subject to the St Leonards/Crows Nest Strategic Employment Review. The Review is currently examining ways “to maintain employment in the area, provide new homes, shops, cafes and open space and maximise access to public transport” (Dept of Planning website - St Leonards and Crows Nest). Supporting infrastructure would also be identified through this process.

 

Because the St Leonards/Crows Nest Strategic Employment Review is yet to be finalised, the proposal should not pre-empt the outcome of the Review. The applicant has been advised that Council supports the current Local Environmental Plan provisions and Draft North District Plan.

 

Notwithstanding this, it was requested that the applicant defer the Planning Proposal at least until after the publication of the Interim Statement for the Strategic Employment Review. Despite this advice, the applicant formally commenced the Rezoning Review stage.

 

Relevant Plans

 

Therefore, the three strategic plans are particularly relevant to the site:

 

1)   Draft North District Plan;

2)   Council’s St Leonards South Master Plan;

3)   Lane Cove Local Environmental Plan 2009.

 

Draft North District Plan

 

Action P4 of the Draft North District Plan includes seven key considerations the Review will have regard to, including:-

 

·    leverage off the new Sydney Metro station at Crows Nest to deliver additional employment and residential capacity

 

·    identify actions to grow jobs in the centre

 

·    promote synergies between the Royal North Shore Hospital and other health and education-related activities, in partnership with NSW Health” (page 51)

Action L3 specifically states that Lane Cove Council will “progress the priority precinct investigations at St Leonards/Crows Nest with Department of Planning and Environment” (page 95).

 

Note: Reference is made to the Strategic Directions of A Plan for Growing Sydney, 2014. These refer in particular to employment growth and are dealt with in greater detail in the Draft North District Plan.

 

St Leonards South Master Plan

 

The St Leonards South Planning Proposal has received Gateway approval, and is soon to be publically exhibited. Within the Gateway conditions, it is stated that proposals would need to be consistent with any findings of the Strategic Employment Review. Therefore, it is recommended that Council not pre-empt the outcome of this review, as it applies to other St Leonards sites.

 

Lane Cove Local Environmental Plan 2009

 

As per the Standard Instrument, Lane Cove LEP has standard objectives for the B3 Commercial Core zone.

 

Merit Test Assessment

 

Strategic Merit Test:

 

The two proposed scenarios can effectively be judged as one proposal against the Strategic Merit Test.

 

·    Replacing 6,420m2 commercial floor space with 915 m2 commercial floor space represents an 86% reduction in employment GFA for this site. Such a reduction of employment floor space is inconsistent with the Draft North District Plan, which envisages the Precinct as a “Health and Education Super Precinct”, which sets a higher employment target of 63,000 jobs by 2036. This will require additional employment floor space of 284,000sqm. This is predicated on the object of “to leverage health, education and knowledge clusters.” (p.5) The proposal is inconsistent with this strategic objective.

 

·    Over the past two decades the most significant employment growth in the precinct has been in the health and education sector. This proposal, however, seeks to replace the existing hospital with a reduced level of commercial floor space and an increased quantum of residential floor space.  This strategic outcome is not supported as the loss of health sector floor space is inconsistent with the proposed objectives and actions of the draft North District Plan. This would jeopardize the potential to increase future medical floor space on this site, and more generally on the southern side of Gore Hill Freeway.

 

·    It is stated that the employment function of the site will be “relocated in early 2018 to a larger, modern, purpose-built facility at 2 Frederick Street, St Leonards”, and together with the ground floor 915 m2, would therefore not adversely impact the draft North District Plan’s employment objective and target for the Precinct. It would however, permanently remove this strategic site from potential employment stock, in conflict with the Precinct’s higher employment target of 63,000 jobs by 2036.

 

·    Seeking to establish shop top housing land use in the B3 Commercial Core of St Leonards sets a compromising precedent for the rest of the zone and precinct when one objective of the draft North District Plan relevant to this employment precinct is to “identify actions to grow jobs”. (page 51) 

 

·    Seeking to establish shop top housing land use is inconsistent with the objectives of the B3 Commercial Core zone in the Lane Cove LEP 2009. For example, the provision of “appropriate employment opportunities”.

 

·    The proposal to add substantial residential use to this B3 Commercial Core site is predicated on the argument that, “the collocation of residential accommodation on the site represents a highly suitable land use required to meet the housing needs of the local population..” (Planning Proposal page 39). This case has not been supported by evidence.

 

·    It is claimed in the Urban Design Report (Appendix 1 – Strategic Merit Test) that the proposal is consistent with the three priorities of the Draft Northern District Plan:

 

Productivity – the 150 employees will transfer to the new Artarmon building, so no nett loss to the broader precinct. However, the current site is significantly lost to future employment use. The North District Plan predicts a need for 34% greater employment floor space over the next 20 years, not less.

Liveability – will create “greater housing diversity and affordability near transport”. Given the current strong rise in house prices in St Leonards South, it cannot be claimed that housing affordability would increase. Also, the contribution of this proposal towards Lane Cove’s dwellings target is irrelevant because current proposals within St Leonards (as well as Mowbray and Lane Cove areas) would already exceed Council’s dwellings target.

Sustainability – As part of a TOD precinct, the proposal contributes to sustainability. However, the proposal is not seen as part of the (St Leonards South) TOD precinct – see below.

 

·    It is claimed that the proposal is consistent with Council’s St Leonards South Master Plan (2014). However, the proposed residential high-rise (33m) would set a unwanted precedent for up-scaling the rest of the Greenwich Road R4 zone that is currently 12m. This is in the context of the imminent exhibition of the Planning Proposal for the St Leonards South (eastern side), which seeks to protect the orderly development of the precinct by containing residential uplift to the area east of Park Road, closest to the railway station. An extension of the proposed 2.75:1 FSR to the western side of the St Leonards South precinct is inconsistent with the strategic direction of the current LEP, Planning Proposal for St Leonards South and Master Plan, the western limits of which would need to be based on separate traffic and feasibility analyses.

 

·    Scenario 2 assumes “the remaining portion of North Greenwich [St Leonards South] suburb, between Greenwich road and Park Road to follow a similar path in terms of densification and strategic response to the current context” (Urban Design Report, Part 4). The preferred pattern for St Leonards South, however, trends downward as it progresses west, down to a height of 25m and FSR of 2.75:1.  While Scenario 2 corresponds with the FSR, it is 8m higher (at 33m).  It also assumes a change of use to shop top housing, which is not part of the St Leonards South Master Plan.

 

Site-Specific Merit Test:

 

·    The impact of traffic on streets and intersections has not been addressed. It is necessary to support the statement:

 

Future shop top housing on the site is not expected to generate significantly more traffic than land uses and development that are currently permitted. Further, given the walkability and accessibility by public transport of the site, active and sustainable transport modes will be promoted.” (Planning Proposal page 7)

 

This contention is baseless and the applicant would be required to submit a Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA) report undertaken by a qualified traffic engineer. Such a report would need to demonstrate that the proposed development would not adversely impact traffic operations in Greenwich Road or any other adjoining road networks. On-site parking should be provided in accordance with the Council DCP.

 

Although the proposed building appears to comply with the new Draft Better Placed Design Principles (see AT-2, pages 31+), a SEPP65 review would be required at the detailed design stage.

 

Conclusion

 

The proposal to amend Lane Cove LEP 2009 to permit additional permitted uses as Shop Top Housing on this site in the B3 Commercial Core zone is not supported for the following reasons:

 

1.   It is inconsistent with the draft North District Plan:

 

·    Which envisages the Precinct as a “Health and Education Super Precinct” (p.51).

·    The proposal is inconsistent with the strategic objective “to leverage health, education and knowledge clusters” (p.5); and

·    The current site is lost to future employment use.

 

2.   It is inconsistent with Council’s St Leonards South Master Plan, resolved by Council on 13 July 2015:

 

·    Which seeks to protect the orderly development of the precinct by containing residential uplift to the area east of Park Road, closest to the railway station; and

·    It also assumes a change of use to shop top housing, which is not part of the St Leonards South Master Plan.

 

3.   It is inconsistent with the Lane Cove LEP, as shop top housing in the B3 Commercial Core of St Leonards:

 

·    sets an undesirable precedent for the rest of the B3 Commercial Core zone.

·    is inconsistent with the objectives of the B3 Commercial Core zone, such as providing “appropriate employment opportunities”.

 

The Interim Statement for the St Leonards/Crows Nest etc Employment Review is yet to be finalised or given any status, it is considered premature to assume a thorough assessment can be made of this proposal.

 

Notwithstanding the above, the Proposal is inconsistent with the findings of the Strategic Employment Review as it requires a minimum amount of “employment floor space outcome in any redevelopment in 2-3 storey podiums”. 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council endorse the submission to the Planning Proposal Review outlined in AT-4 to not support Planning Proposal 32 to permit a shop top housing development at 2 Greenwich Road, Greenwich as it lacks merit for the following reasons:-

 

(i)         It is inconsistent with the draft North District Plan, which envisages the Precinct as a “Health and Education Super Precinct”.  The current site would be lost for future employment use.

(ii)        It is inconsistent with Council’s St Leonards South Master Plan, which seeks to protect the orderly development of the precinct by containing residential uplift to the area east of Park Road and closest to the railway station.

(iii)       It is inconsistent with the B3 Commercial Core objectives within the Lane Cove Local Environmental Plan, such as providing “appropriate employment opportunities”.

(iv)       While the Interim Statement and supporting documents has been released by NSW Planning & Environment it is inconsistent with its employment objectives, opportunities and key considerations for this character area and particularly the findings of the St Leonards and Crows Nest Station Strategic Employment Review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Mason

Executive Manager

Environmental Services Division

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1View

Planning Proposal Report - 2 Greenwich Rd

58 Pages

Available Electronically

AT‑2View

Appendix 1- Urban Design Report (2 Greenwich Rd)

57 Pages

Available Electronically

AT‑3View

Request for Rezoning Review - 2 Greenwich Road

2 Pages

 

AT‑4View

Council's Formal Response to Rezoning Review

5 Pages

 

AT‑5View

Council's Formal Response - Timeline for Planning Proposal for 2 Greenwich Rd

2 Pages

 

AT‑6View

Council's Formal Response - Response to St Leonards/Crows Nest Station Investigation Precinct

3 Pages

 

 

 


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 23 October 2017

Adoption of the Disability Inclusion Action Plan

 

 

Subject:          Adoption of the Disability Inclusion Action Plan    

Record No:    SU6606 - 60903/17

Division:         Human Services Division

Author(s):      Carol Sinclair 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

Under the NSW Disability Inclusion Act 2014 (DIA) each Local Government area is required to undertake disability inclusion action planning and develop and implement a plan of action to ensure that the plans are implemented. Copies of the plans are required to be submitted to the NSW Disability Council and also to be lodged with LGNSW. 

 

The draft Plan was submitted to Council for approval to place on exhibition on July 17, 2017. This Report outlines the results of the consultation process and feedback and brings the Plan back to Council and recommends that Council formally adopt the Plan.

 

Background

 

Council at its meeting of 17 July, 2017 considered a report on the Draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan and resolved:-

 

1.   Council note the draft DIAP was sent to LGNSW and the Disability Council, as required by the Act;

 

2.   Council approve the Draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan and the Draft Consultation Outcome Report for the purpose of Public Consultation; and

 

3.   Council receive a further report following the consultation.

 

Discussion

 

In accordance with Council Policy, Community Consultation was undertaken for a period of six (6) weeks, closing on 7 September 2017.  The consultation strategy included:-

 

·    Static public exhibitions at the Civic Centre and Library;

·    An email to all registered members of the community interested Council consultations;

·    A website exhibition; and

·    Public notice in the North Shore Times.

 

Council received three submissions. The comments within them are presented in the table below.  There were no comments indicating that the Disability Inclusion Action Plan should not be adopted.

 

Comment

Current Status

Request that the DIAP be put on hold until after the Council elections now that the amalgamations are not going ahead

 

The time-frames for finalisation of the Plan was part of the NSW Disability Inclusion Act 2014.

Request that Council be judicious with money – concerned that lot of accessible car parking spaces are vacant

 

Discussed with the Manager, Transport and will be considered when reviewing the parking for the whole area.

Unable to locate a copy of the Draft Plan in the Foyer

 

Copy provided to the resident

 

Concern of no changes following previous complaint about the pedestrian crossing between the Plaza and the Post Office

Noted – the request has now been included in the Action Plan

Request for information on the verge mowing service

 

Information provided – Plan has also been updated to include this issue.

 

Conclusion

 

It is considered that the minimal response during the public exhibition period reflects the extensive initial consultation process and general community support for the Draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan (AT-1) and the Summary of Consultation Outcomes (AT-2). It is therefore recommended that Council formally adopt the revised Plan and integrate the Plan into its operational and strategic plans

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That:-

 

1.   The Revised Draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan: July 2017, as attached AT-1 be adopted.

 

2.   The Consultation Outcome Report: July 2017, as attached AT- 2 be adopted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jane Gornall

Executive Manager - Human Services

Human Services Division

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1View

Disability Inclusion Action Plan

48 Pages

 

AT‑2View

Disability Inclusion Action Plan Summary of Consultation Outcomes

65 Pages

 

 

 


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 23 October 2017

Local Government Conference NSW 2017

 

 

Subject:          Local Government Conference NSW 2017    

Record No:    SU6609 - 61171/17

Division:         Corporate Services Division

Author(s):      Craig Dalli 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

Council has received correspondence from Local Government NSW concerning their Annual Conference.  In preparation for the Conference, Local Government NSW have asked all councils to consider the key issues affecting its community.  These issues will be discussed and debated during the business sessions of the Conference.  This report recommends that Council give consideration to the primary issues affecting the Lane Cove community and endorse the delegates including the four (4) voting delegates for the motions at Conference and the Board election.

 

Additionally, as the Conference dates clash with the Ordinary Council Meeting scheduled for Monday 4 December 2017, it will also be recommended to reschedule the Ordinary Council Meeting to Monday 11 December 2017.

 

Discussion

 

The Annual Conference of Local Government NSW (LGNSW) will be held from 4 to 6 December 2017 at the Hyatt Regency SydneyA Draft Program for the Conference is shown attached as AT-1.

 

Details of the requirements and criteria for submission of motions to be considered at the Conference are outlined below. It is noted that under LGNSW rules and the formula for calculating voting entitlements, Council will be entitled to nominate four (4) voting delegates for voting on motions and four (4) voting delegates for the Board election.

 

Criteria for Motions

 

In order to ensure debate centres on advancing the sector wide policy agenda, proposed motions should seek to be strategic (as opposed to operational), affect members state-wide and introduce new or emerging policy issues and actions.  As much as possible proposed motions should call on a specific body (e.g. LGNSW, state government, federal government, a specific Department or Minister) and have a specific outcome that the motion is aiming to achieve.     

 

It is recommended that new motions have regard to the resolutions and outcomes of last year’s Conference.  These are attached as AT-2, ‘2016 Action Report’.  Motions will only be included in the Business Paper for the Conference where they comply with the following seven (7) board endorsed criteria:-

 

1.   Are consistent with the objects of the Association;

2.   Relate to Local Government in NSW and/or across Australia;

3.   Concern or are likely to concern Local Government as a sector, not focused on a local issue only;

4.   Seek to advance the Local Government policy agenda of the Association and/or improve governance of the Association;

5.   Have a lawful purpose (a motion does not have a lawful purpose if its implementation would require or encourage non-compliance with prevailing laws);

6.   Are clearly worded and unambiguous in nature; and

7.   Do not express preference for one or several members over one or several other members.

 

Categories

 

Councils have been requested to identify issues or motions relating to the following overall categories:-

 

·    Industrial Relations & Employment

Industrial relations and employment related legislation, industrial awards and rates of pay, WHS and workers compensation compliance, human resources policy, practice and benchmarking, workforce planning and development, staff and councillor training and development, skills shortages, staff attraction, retention and productivity, employment security, workplace change, Code of Conduct, leadership and management capacity, capability framework and council governance.

 

·    Economic

Own source revenue (e.g. rates, fees, charges etc.), intergovernmental fiscal relations (e.g. grants, cost shifting etc.), financial management and governance including long term financial planning and asset management, financial sustainability, economic policy affecting Local Government, local and regional economic development (including tourism), transport (e.g. roads, bridges, airports, pedestrian and cycle facilities, rail), Local Water Utilities, stormwater and floodplain infrastructure, other infrastructure and disaster management and recovery.

 

·    Infrastructure and Planning

Public Transport provision (i.e. including buses, trains, light rail etc). Infrastructure provision, upgrade, maintenance and management i.e. Roads, bridges, airports, pedestrian cycling facilities. Traffic management and pedestrian safety, telecommunications and digital economy infrastructure particularly in rural areas, financial assistance and incentives from State and Federal Governments for infrastructure delivery and maintenance.

 

·    Environmental

Land use planning (including environmental, heritage conservation and development planning), ecologically sustainable development, waste management in accordance with the waste hierarchy and extended producer responsibility, natural resource management, protection of local, regional and state natural environments including air quality, rivers and waterways and biodiversity, biosecurity and weeds management, pollution prevention including energy consumption and soil contamination, environmental risk management through reduction of hazards and pollutants and remediation/rehabilitation of degraded environments, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and responsible resource consumption and conservation.

 

·    Governance / Civic Leadership

Local Government legislative and regulatory settings (e.g. Australian and/or NSW Constitutional recognition, Local Government Act review), corporate governance (e.g. role differentiation for Mayors, Councillors, General Managers and senior staff, Codes of Conduct, Political donations), structural reform (e.g. amalgamations and/or boundary changes, shared resources and services), Local Government elections (e.g. financial impact of electoral reforms on councils, impact of electoral reforms), participation (e.g. women’s participation rates as councillors, cultural diversity in leadership, other opportunities for citizens to genuinely participate in council processes), and policies and programs of other spheres of government that impact on Local Government governance or citizen involvement in local democracy.

 

·    Social Policy

Social planning, social impact assessment, access, equity and social justice, community development and community cultural development, community halls and neighbourhood centres, ageing and disability services, women’s services, youth services and children’s care and education services, issues of concern and interest to NSW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, cultural services (performing and visual arts, art galleries, performing arts centres, museums, public art, community arts, festivals, celebrations, heritage, new media and digital arts), Libraries, Health services (regulatory activities reducing public health risks, promoting healthy lifestyles, immunisation, early childhood health centres or rural medical services), Recreation facilities and services, and crime prevention planning.

 

Suggested Motions

 

In view of the criteria and categories for Motions, the following are suggested Motions for the 2017 Conference.

 

Stop Work Order Provisions

 

MOTION

 

That LGNSW lobbies the NSW Government to provide protection for councils who, acting in good faith, issue Stop Work Notices and enforce such Notices through the Courts, from any potential liability for delay costs.

 

Background

 

Councils have powers to issue ‘Stop Work Notices for work on development sites not complying with consents, regulations and building standards. However, councils under the current legal framework can be exposed to delay costs of the builder/developers where a court subsequently allows unauthorised work to remain. This motion seeks to protect councils in the Courts from being passed on any such costs when acting in good faith.

 

Private Certification

 

MOTION

 

That LGNSW lobbies the NSW Government seeking changes to the Private Certification framework to remove the self selection of the Private Certifier by introducing the following system:-

 

1.   Certifiers register with council to bid for work and the council vets certifiers credentials e.g. Licences issued;

2.   Applicant applies to Council for CC;

3.   For each CC, an online bidding process is conducted in which the certifiers submits a price for the work;

4.   Council contracts with lowest bidder to perform the works;

5.   Applicant pays fees;

6.   Private Certifier performs work;

7.   If issues arise, Council instructs certifier to rectify under contractual obligations. Non responsive, Private Certifier risks not getting future work.

Background

 

Local Government as industry has been concerned about the current framework under which Private Certifiers operate in the assessment and issuing of Construction Certificates (CC’s). In particular, concerns relate to conflicts of interest, accountability and the integrity of the current subservient system whereby it is common that a builder/developer engages on a commercial basis, a Private Certifier on behalf of the owner.

 

RMS Leases/Licences Conditions

 

MOTION

 

That LGNSW makes representations to the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight seeking a review of onerous and costly leasing/licencing conditions imposed on councils and community organisations including sea scouts, schools and rowing/sailing clubs for facilities and infrastructure adjoining or over RMS controlled waterways.

 

Background

 

Over time the RMS have been imposing more and more onerous conditions on leases/licences of waterfront land facilities for not for profit community organisations such as sailing, rowing and community facilities and infrastructure provided by councils.

 

As an example, RMS have been requiring as part of certain lease/licencing agreements the need for port bed clearance reports prior to signing off on agreements. This requirement necessitates engagement of divers to inspect the base of structures, clearance of any rubbish and contaminants and a further inspection to ensure any removal. Such processes can cost up to $5,000 plus any clean up/clearance costs. An onerous exercise and costs incurred by not for profit community organisations and Councils.

 

Local Rules for Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels

 

MOTION

 

That LGNSW lobbies the Minister for Planning and Environment to provide in the framework for the operation of Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels, capacity for individual councils to establish Terms of Reference and local rules for referral of applications.

 

Background

 

Councils such as Lane Cove which have had an IHAP since 2012, have identified that imposing a statewide governance framework and operating rules may not achieve the desired objectives for IHAP’s. Therefore, this motion acknowledges that a ‘One size fits all approach’ is not appropriate and that scope should be available for Councils to apply rules reflective of local planning objectives, environments and circumstances for the referral of items to their IHAP. For example rules may include and address the following issues:-

 

·    Harmonising local planning delegations with IHAP thresholds;

·    Exemption of $5 million threshold for councils to determine certain developments of greater value under delegated authority;

·    Ability to refer applications below the IHAP threshold where it would be in the public interest;

·    S82A reviews should be referred to the Panel and if the DA was determined by the Panel, then an alternate Panel should undertake the review;

·    Councils should have the opportunity to choose whether or not they appoint a community representative for each ward or the whole LGA. A pool of community representatives is suggested with only one being appointed to each Panel on a rotating basis;

·    Community representatives should be independent and not be active members of associations or groups with a pre-determined position on development; and

·    Given the cost of operating an IHAP, the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 should be amended to allow setting of a fee for applications referred to IHAPs to ensure cost recovery.

 

Conclusion

 

Therefore it will be recommended that Council give consideration to the primary issues affecting the Lane Cove community including the suggested Motions outlined in this report and refer them for consideration by Local Government NSW for inclusion on the 2017 Conference Agenda.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:-

1.    Give consideration to the suggested Motions outlined in this report and other primary issues affecting the Lane Cove community and submit same for debate at the 2017 Local Government NSW Annual Conference;

2.    Nominate and authorise delegates to attend the Conference including Council’s four (4) voting delegates for motions before the Conference and the Board election; and

3.    In view of the timing of the Conference, the Ordinary Council meeting scheduled for Monday 4 December 2017 be rescheduled for Monday 11 December 2017 and the public notified accordingly.

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Dalli

Executive Manager - Corporate Services

Corporate Services Division

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1View

Local Government NSW Annual Conference - Draft Program 2017

4 Pages

 

AT‑2View

2016 Action Report

15 Pages

 

 

 


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 23 October 2017

Below Ground Stratum Lease Lithgow Street St Leonards

 

 

Subject:          Below Ground Stratum Lease Lithgow Street St Leonards    

Record No:    SU571 - 58050/17

Division:         General Managers Unit

Author(s):      Craig Wrightson 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

This report seeks Council’s authority to extend the proposed below ground stratum lot provided for in the Voluntary Planning Agreement for 88 Christie Street, St Leonards. The stratum lot would be extended down to the bottom level of parking (currently it extends only one level). As an offset for the additional below ground lot, the owner will dedicate an additional 16 spaces to Council, bringing the total space within the public car park to be dedicated to Council to 316 spaces.

It is recommended that Council accept the offer and sell a stratum lot to the owners of 88 Christie Street, St Leonards.

 

Background

 

Council has entered into a Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) with the owners of the site at 88 Christie Street, St Leonards in relation to the Planning Proposal to convert the site to a Mixed Use zoning. The VPA requires the Developer to make a number of ‘Contributions in Kind’. Item 6 of the ‘Contributions in Kind’ requires:-

 

“Construction and dedication to Council of a stratum lot for a 300 space basement public carpark as close to the proposed supermarket as reasonably possible beneath the Development (Basement Public Car Park).

 

Council in return is required to:-

 

”Grant by Council of an easement for vehicular and pedestrian access through the Basement public Car Park stratum lot for vehicular and pedestrian access to the residential car parking spaces within the Development in favour of the Development at no cost to the Developer or the Land Owner.”

 

Whilst a stratum Lot was originally proposed for vehicle and pedestrian access, the owner is now proposing the extension of the “Basement public Car Park stratum lot” down to the bottom of the proposed car parking levels (approx 11 levels). This would allow for part of the car park and ramp network to extend under the original Car Park stratum lot to provide for a more efficient layout.

 

Discussion

 

The VPA for 88 Christie Street is designed to deliver Council’s vision for St Leonards of a public open space over the rail corridor integrating with a retail precinct and library to deliver a high quality amenity for workers and residents.

 

A key component of the VPA was the dedication to Council of a 300 space public carpark which would service both the retail and users of the public open space. The 300 spaces will occupy the upper levels of the underground car park so as to be convenient to the proposed supermarket, retail space and library.  This means the residential parking will not start until basement level 5, necessitating an express ramp, rather than requiring residents to circulate down through the retail parking. In addition, greater car park efficiency is achieved by extending the car park layout by approximately half a space along the western boundary as shown below.

 

Proposed below ground extension over boundary line

 

 

In consideration of Council granting the expanded below ground Stratum Lot, the owner’s of 88 Christie Street have offered to dedicate an additional 16 car spaces to Council for use in conjunction with the 300 space public car park. Depending on the basement level, underground car space construction costs range from $50,000 to $85,000, make the total consideration between $800,000 and $1,360,000. The consideration is considered acceptable; particularly given the space has no utility value to Council.

 

Section 55(3)(d) of the Local Government Act provides an exemption to tendering for the sale of Council land, and given there is no alternate potential purchaser, no further market testing is required prior to the transaction proceeding.

 

Conclusion

 

88 Christie Street is a key site to deliver Council’s vision for St Leonards of a public open space over the rail corridor integrating with a retail precinct. The proposed subterranean extension under Lithgow Street will improve car parking efficiency whilst delivering an additional 16 spaces for public use, it is therefore supported.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That:-

 

1.         Subject to finalisation of the partial road closure of Lithgow Street, St Leonards, Council create a below ground stratum lot for the purposes of allowing an extension of the western subterranean boundary of 88 Christie Street, St Leonards under Lithgow Street;

 

2.         Council transfer the below ground stratum lot to the owner of 88 Christie street, St Leonards in exchange for the provision of 16 car parking spaces within the development; and

 

3.         All associated costs be borne by the owners of 88 Christie Street, St Leonards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Wrightson

General Manager

General Managers Unit

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

There are no supporting documents for this report.

  


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 23 October 2017

New Waste Diversion Initiatives

 

 

Subject:          New Waste Diversion Initiatives    

Record No:    SU1667 - 61283/17

Division:         Environmental Services Division

Author(s):      David Wilson; Craig Wrightson 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

This report outlines the progress of two recent regional waste initiatives designed to reduce waste to landfill as Council strives to reach the NSW Government’s target to increase the amount of waste diverted from landfill to 75%. The new Woodlawn Waste Processing Facility, Northern Sydney Community Recycling Centre and Repair Café Sydney North projects all contribute to further increasing Council’s performance. It is recommended the report be received and noted.

 

Discussion.

 

Woodlawn Waste Processing Facility

 

On Friday 8 September 2017, the Hon Pru Goward  MP, Minister for Family and Community Services, Minister for Social Housing, and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault opened a new ‘Red Bin’ Waste Processing Facility at the old Woodlawn Mine site (near Goulburn).

 

The new $100 million waste processing facility at the Woodlawn Eco-precinct was delivered by Veolia, and has begun transforming waste into useful compost for environmental rehabilitation using red-lid bin waste from 11 Sydney Councils, including five Northern Sydney Council members of NSROC (Hunter’s Hill, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, Ryde and Willoughby).

 

The official opening came after the facility’s start-up on 1 July, which signified a new era in reducing the amount of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) sent to landfill. Since the start of the new financial year, the NSROC Councils have had around 42% of their total red-lid bin waste processed at the new Mechanical and Biological Treatment (MBT) facility for eventual use as compost for rehabilitating the Woodlawn mine site.

 

On average, 55% of the general waste (from the red-lid bin) that goes into the facility is turned into useful compost, adding to the existing Council recycling services for cardboard, plastics, metals, and garden organics. By recovering the resources in MSW at the MBT facility, Councils and Veolia will, together, significantly lower the amount of waste that is currently being sent to landfill. Over the ten year contract between the NSROC Councils and Veolia, up to 280,000 tonnes of waste diverted away from landfill.

 

The MBT is a purpose-built plant designed to maximise the recovery of the organic content of the household waste. It will also in the future incorporate a second stage process that will make a fuel product from part of the waste that can be used in cement manufacturing. The MBT incorporates the knowledge and technology that Veolia has gained operating similar facilities in Europe for over 30 years.

 

The process is shown in the figure below and a short video will be shown at the Council meeting. Lane Cove’s waste is transported by train from Banksmeadow (a new transfer facility constructed as part of the project) to Veolia’s facility near Goulburn NSW, where the new MBT has been constructed as part of the greater Woodlawn Eco-precinct. Waste is tipped from council trucks and compacted into containers at both the Banksmeadow and Clyde transfer stations for shipment by train to Woodlawn, saving thousands of truck movements. This project will also save millions of dollars in waste levy charges payable on landfill, where more than 30% of the disposal cost is actually the levy.

 

 

Ultimately, Council will ultimately achieve approximately 70% diversion rate from all household waste by using this system when combined with our recycling of mixed containers, paper and green waste.


 

Northern Sydney Community Recycling Centre - Artarmon

 

The Northern Sydney CRC is a joint initiative of Hunter’s Hill, Lane Cove, North Sydney, Ryde and Willoughby councils which continues to be well received by residents and the number of people dropping off problem waste has continued to increase since the launch in April 2017. Promotion of the CRC has been important to ensure the community knows where it is and what they can drop off. In addition to each council’s web pages and social media, there have been three articles in local papers; newspaper advertisements have been placed in local papers in May and between July and September; postcards were dropped in 130,000 letterboxes; 11,000 flyers were included with Council’s rates notice; billboard were used at five train stations for a month and advertisements placed on 40 bus backs for six weeks. Each council has a free standing banner in its reception area and four short videos have been adapted for the Artarmon location.

 

To the end of September 2017, 89 tonnes of the EPA’s nominated wastes had been dropped off, of which about 70% has been paint. In that same period, over 5300 customers have visited the CRC and in each of the months of July, August and September there were over 1000 customers. E-waste is very popular and in the period to 31 August over 36 tonnes of e-waste had been dropped off. Furthermore, over 800 kg of X-rays have been collected and sent for recycling.

The correct management of these types of material ensures safer handing of them, reduces environmental impacts (particularly from paint) and reduces the volume of waste to landfill.

 

Repair Café Sydney North

 

On a smaller scale. the Repair Cafe Sydney North has been operating from the Chatswood South Uniting Church for a number of years. The Repair Cafe repairs everyday broken goods – such as home gadgets, jewellery, clothing, shoes, backpacks and umbrellas effectively preventing these easily repairable items going to landfill. The Cafe also teaches people how to undertake their own repairs.

 

Since the Uniting Church land has been sold, the Cafe has been looking for an alternate rent free venue.  Council has agreed to provide space at the Lane Cove Living and Learning Centre for the group on a rent free basis for 12 months in exchange for the Cafe running a number of sustainability seminars for Council.

 

The Cafe had a very successful ‘pop – up’ event on September 24 and based on the success of the event will relocate to the Living and Learning Centre as of January 2018. Their activities align well with increasing awareness of reducing waste and also divert materials from landfill by their reuse.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That the report be received and noted.

 

 

 

Craig Wrightson

General Manager

General Managers Unit

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

There are no supporting documents for this report.

 


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 23 October 2017

Pecuniary Interest Returns 2017

 

 

Subject:          Pecuniary Interest Returns 2017    

Record No:    SU2095 - 59873/17

Division:         Corporate Services Division

Author(s):      Craig Dalli 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

The purpose of this report is to table the Pecuniary Interest Returns of Designated Staff and Councillors as required by the Local Government Act 1993.  This report recommends that Council notes the tabling of these returns.

 

Discussion.

 

Section 449(3) of the Local Government Act 1993 (“LG Act”) requires Designated Staff and Councillors holding these positions as of 30 June 2017 to lodge a “Disclosures by Councillors and Designated Persons Return” to the General Manager by 30 September 2017. It is noted that newly elected Councillors are required to complete a Pecuniary Interests Return within three (3) months of being elected to Civic Office and will therefore be tabled at a future meeting.

 

Conclusion

 

All returns for Designated Staff and Councillors in office as at 30 June 2017 have been submitted.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council note the tabling of Pecuniary Interest Returns of Designated Staff and Councillors for the return period 1 July 2016 till 30 June 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Dalli

Executive Manager - Corporate Services

Corporate Services Division

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

There are no supporting documents for this report.

 


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 23 October 2017

Council Snapshot

 

 

Subject:          Council Snapshot    

Record No:    SU220 - 61532/17

Division:         General Managers Unit

Author(s):      Craig Wrightson 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

Attached for the information of Councillors is a review of Council’s recent activities, entitled Council Snapshot.  This report provides a summary of the operations of each Division.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That the report be received and noted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Wrightson

General Manager

General Managers Unit

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1View

Council Snapshot - September 2017

40 Pages