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Minutes

Extraordinary Meeting of Council

4 February 2019

All minutes are subject to confirmation at a subsequent

meeting and may be amended by resolution at that meeting.

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Extraordinary Meeting of Council 4 February 2019

Minutes

 

PRESENT: Councillor P. Palmer (Chair), Councillor S. Bennison, Councillor K. Brent, Councillor D. Brooks-Horn, Councillor K. Morris, Councillor D. Strassberg, Councillor F. Vissel and Councillor A. Zbik.

 

ALSO PRESENT: General Manager, Executive Manager – Corporate Services, Executive Manager – Environmental Services, Executive Manager – Open Space & Urban Services, Executive Manager – Human Services, Director – Major Projects, Executive Officer to the General Manager, and Coordinator – Strategic Planning.

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST:  Nil

 

APOLOGIES 

Apologies were received on behalf of Councillor D. Hutchens.

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RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Brooks-Horn and Palmer that the apology be accepted and leave of absence be granted.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Strassberg, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

The Mayor gave an acknowledgement of Country.

 

WEBCASTING OF COUNCIL MEETING

The Mayor advised those present that the Meeting was being webcast.

 

SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDERS

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RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Bennison and Brooks-Horn that Standing Orders be suspended and that members of the public who wish to address Council be allowed to do so for a maximum of three minutes.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Strassberg, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

PUBLIC FORUM

John Southwood of Greenwich spoke on the Draft St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Plans.

Penny Mabbutt of Greenwich spoke on the Draft St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Plans.

Patricia Quealey of Greenwich spoke on the Draft St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Plans.

Robert Hunter of Greenwich spoke on the Draft St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Plans.

Peter Dean of Greenwich spoke on the Draft St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Plans.

Merri Southwood, on behalf of the Greenwich Community Association spoke on the Draft St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Plans.

Tom Lawson of Greenwich spoke on the Draft St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Plans.

David Turner of Greenwich spoke on the Draft St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Plans.

Peter Garner of St Leonards spoke on the Draft St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Plans.

David Johnson of St Leonards spoke on the Draft St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Plans.

Ivor Rees of St Leonards spoke on the Draft St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Plans.

Bruce Donald of North Sydney spoke on the Draft St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Plans.

David Lloyd of Greenwich spoke on the Draft St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Plans.

David Kelly of St Leonards spoke on the Draft St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Plans.

Liz Gill of Greenwich spoke on the Draft St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Plans.

Jennifer Schneller of Northwood, spoke on the Draft St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Plans.

Don Murchison of Greenwich spoke on the Draft St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Plans and pedestrian and cycling safety issues along River Road.

Arlette Jubian of Greenwich spoke on the Draft St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Plans.

Sue Yelland of Wollstonecraft spoke on the Draft St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Plans

Helen Pearson of St Leonards spoke on the Draft St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Plans.

Elsepth Hodge of St Leonards spoke on the Draft St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Plans.

Lisa Perry of Greenwich spoke on the Draft St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Plans.

Sue Waddly of Wollstonecraft spoke on the Draft St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Plans.

Charlotte Storey of Waverton spoke on the Draft St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Plans.

Letisha of Waverton spoke on the Draft St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Plans.

Christine Lucas of Greenwich spoke on the Draft St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Plans.

Ian Tildes of Greenwich spoke on the Draft St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Plans.

Councillor Bennison left the meeting at 8:27pm.

Councillor Bennison returned to the meeting at 8:29pm.

Councillor Brent left the meeting at 8:37pm.

Councillor Brent returned to the meeting at 8:39pm.

Councillor Strassberg left the meeting at 8:46pm.

Councillor Strassberg returned to the meeting at 8:47pm.


 

RESUMPTION OF STANDING ORDERS

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RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Bennison and Brooks-Horn that Standing Orders be resumed.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Strassberg, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Adjournment

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RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Palmer and Bennison that the meeting be adjourned for five (5) minutes to allow Councillors to consider points raised relating to the Draft St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Plans.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Strassberg, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Resumption

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RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Palmer and Brooks-Horn that that the meeting be resumed.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Strassberg, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Adjournment

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RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Palmer and Brooks-Horn that the meeting be adjourned for a further five (5) minutes.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Strassberg, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Resumption

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RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Palmer and Brent that the meeting be resumed.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Strassberg, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 


 

Officer Reports for Determination

 

Draft St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Plans - Council submission

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RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Palmer and Bennison that having regard to the strategic planning framework (contained in the GSC’s A Metropolis of Three Cities and North District Plan), community consultations and other planning matters, Council authorise the General Manager to make a submission highlighting the following:

Positive Aspects

The Draft St Leonards/Crows Nest 2036 Plan & associated studies are generally considered to be consistent with the approach, strategic direction and Actions for the St Leonards Planned Precinct as set by the Greater Sydney Region Plan and the North District Plan as it:

·     Retains a focus for existing commercial land for employment, including land along Pacific Highway east (and west) of the existing railway line as these are the most accessible and desirable sites that could potentially attract new commercial tenants to the area (Action 34 b. of North District Plan);

·     Supports Council’s Over-rail plaza development (Action 34 e. of North District Plan); and

·     Retains the Artarmon industrial area for employment land (Action 34 g. of North District Plan).

·           Retains the draft St Leonards South residential growth precinct plans under Council control

·           Recommends a review of the draft St Leonards South plans by the Independent Planning Commission; and

·     Support key aspects of Council’s commercial revitalisation program by the considered and strategic ‘pilot’ project (mixed use) approach (Actions 36 a, b, c, and f. and Action 37 of North District Plan)

Issues of Concern – Changes Required

1.   Significant Sites

·    The proposed Significant Sites do not meet the criteria of delivering a public benefit to contribute to revitalisation of the precinct, the primary purpose of additional mixed use rezonings.

·    Analysis indicates that both Significant Sites 1 and 2 should not be considered as significant or rezoned to mixed use due to site constraints that prevent them from achieving good urban design and planning outcomes. In particular Significant Site 1 would not be able to achieve the required residential building separation distances specified in the Apartment Design Guide and the separation between building proposed in the Urban Design Report.

·    The primary objective for additional mixed use rezonings is to revitalise the area and achieve the high jobs targets in the North District Plan – this cannot be justified given that the plan fails to fully consider current strong demand for additional standalone commercial office floor space and the effectiveness of Council’s pilot project approach.

 

 

 

Reason

The primary objective for additional mixed use rezonings is to revitalise the area and achieve the high jobs targets in the North District Plan – this cannot be justified given that Lane Cove Council has already achieved this outcome as part of this pilot project approach

2.   Lack of Jobs Focus

·    If the high jobs target and actions specified in the North District Plan are to be achieved, then more commercial floor space is needed in this Precinct. However, recent leasing activity and development approvals have given a strong indication that there is demand for additional stand alone commercial office floor space in this area without the need for more mixed use rezonings – this is yet to be fully considered.

·    Current plans fail to captialise on this new demand for additional standalone commercial core land and need to be fully considered if the actions of the North District Plan envisaging a more adequate balance of retaining commercial, mixed use (including residential) and new residential development are to be realised.

Reason

Overall if the high jobs target and actions specified in the North District Plan are to be achieved, then more commercial floor space is needed in this Precinct.

3.   Timing of additional Mixed Use Development

·    A new statement be made in the Plan requiring a review of the Plan in 2026, after delivery of the Sydney Metro project in 2024, to consider the impacts of the Metro Station on commercial land and the effectiveness of Council’s ‘pilot’ project approach in the medium term.

Reason

Should any further mixed use development be recommended by the Draft 2036 Plan it must have regard to the Greater Sydney Commission’s comments and only be considered by Council after delivery of the Sydney Metro project in 2024. This would provide a period of review in order to evaluate and monitor the impacts of the Metro Station on commercial land and the effectiveness of Council’s ‘pilot’ project approach in the medium term.

4.   Lack of Connectivity

·    That Council re-iterate that given the likely large pedestrian volumes that will be generated by the Metro Station, it is considered critically important that in addition to the measures mentioned in the draft studies, that provision for an underground connection from Oxley Street to the underground Metro Station (on the other side) be investigated and integrated into Metro Station planning.

·    Council’s preference is for pedestrian underpass connections to St Leonards station and Crows Nest Metro stations (possibly SIC-funded) Likewise, a pedestrian crossing of River Road is supported.

Reason

To minimise disruption to traffic flows and maximise pedestrian amenity, convenience and safety.

5.   Special Infrastructure Contributions

·    In lieu of the Draft 2036 Plan findings Council does not support the imposition of the SIC for the St Leonards South Precinct – and requests a formal exemption from the imposition of the SIC on the St Leonards South area only.

Reason

Technical studies (i.e. SIC – Feasibility Testing report and other technical infrastructure studies) demonstrate that St Leonards South has “no capacity to pay”, timing of planning proposal pre-dates the “announcement of a proposed SIC”.

6.   Actions and Recommendations of Draft 2036 Plan Relating to Overshadowing Plus Consideration of Planning Proposals

·    Given the NSW Government Architect’s advice all solar height planes (on page 26), solar access controls (on page 49) be amended in order to be consistent with the Apartment Design Guide and Land and Environment Court principles.

·    Actions and Recommendations on page 49 should be amended to state “Only Planning Proposals supported or initiated by councils be considered during the life of this plan” to achieve better consistency with the related objective.

Reason

To ensure actions align with the related objective.

Further Considerations

7.   Social Infrastructure and Open Space

·    Social Infrastructure and Open Space Study to be amended to better acknowledge and incorporate Lane Cove Council’s new Community Strategic Plan and Delivery Program (and findings) – particularly in relation to families.

·    Other studies also need to be amended to acknowledge that, in precinct terms, that the Lane Cove portion contributes 73% of all new public open space within the Planned Precinct.

·    Overall, while the Draft 2036 Plan expresses support for Council’s plans for new open space in St Leonards, it should consider the expansion of other quality and different types of Open Space and social infrastructure across the remainder of the precinct to support population growth.

·    Proposed expansion of the existing pocket park along Lithgow Street to the new Plaza as a linear park (Draft Green Plan) on Pacific Highway is not possible; this should be a shared user path only.

8.   Schools

·    The Draft 2036 Plan to adopt the Department of Education comments described above and specify the location and type of schools in the Precinct.

·           The requirement for a new high school has become urgent with the expanding number of existing students and influx of new students. The new high school timing, location and capacity needs to be included in the 2036 plan. 

·           The TAFE site be retained to meet the need for further tertiary education

Reason

To provide greater certainty to all stakeholders.

9.   Transport Connectivity

·    As the Crows Nest Metro Development Application only addresses provision of a transport interchange in a very general sense by stating that an Interchange Access Plan “will be developed” as part of the future detailed application, the location and funding be identified.

·    The space requirements for any potential amelioration or interchange (particularly where a building is proposed) should be considered upfront, as this may impact building setbacks and, in turn, building envelopes.

·    If only one interchange is provided in the precinct, Council indicates a preference for a separation of pedestrian and road traffic and pedestrians i.e. a underground crossing.

Reason

Given the large number of people (pedestrian, cycle etc) and the findings of the studies, a bus stop upgrade would be needed between the two (2) stations.

10. Tree Planting

·    Amend Figure 27 of the Draft 2036 Plan to better accord with tree planting principles.

·    Council has developed its own ‘Green Plan’ which is more comprehensive and should be integrated into the Draft Green Plan.

Reason

In some instances, Council’s plans have gone into much more detail. All ‘pilot’ projects in St Leonards CBD have now been approved and under construction.

11. Sustainability Measures

·    Amend Sustainability Considerations section in Utilities Report to state where there is potential for conflict between provision of green roofs and solar panels ‘urban design outcomes must be considered’.

Reason

Eliminate any potential conflicts that could arise for limited rooftop space.

12. Mix of Housing Types

·    Council agrees with future approach suggested by Market Feasibility and Employment Review for the Department to undertake follow up planning to deliver medium density in other areas around the strategic centre.

Reason

To ensure housing diversity.

13. Retaining Commercial Land on Pacific Highway (West of Railway Line)

·    The findings of the Draft 2036 Plans confirm that the existing Commercial Core land along Pacific Highway (west of the St Leonards train station) is a ‘priority for job intensification’ and will likely contribute to future health and education jobs – this is supported.

 

Reason

Mixed Use along Pacific Highway (west of railway line) would result in unacceptable built form outcomes and would take away valuable commercial land that primarily related to the Royal North Shore Hospital.

14. Health Services

The Draft 2036 plan notes that health services are an industry of significant employment in the St Leonards and Crows Nest area. However, the plan does not have enough detail about the impact and demand for inpatient and outpatient services at Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH).

       Council requests that the impact on increased demand for inpatient and outpatient services at RNSH be considered before the plan is finalised. If required, a plan be adopted by NSW Health to provide the required additional resources and capital investment at RNSH.

15. Community Sentiment

Overall, the residents in the Lane Cove LGA have expressed a high level of dissatisfaction with the Draft St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Plan in its current form.

Concerns raised by residents relate to:-

1)     The density, bulk and scale of the proposed changes in building heights and floor-to-space ratios;

2)     The impact of development on traffic flow, parking and accessibility;

3)     Overshadowing of new buildings upon other buildings and green open space;

4)     The overemphasis of residential development at the expense of commercial development;

5)     The lack of open recreational space that includes use for sporting activities and sporting facilities; and

6)    Given the magnitude of the requested amendments to the St Leonards and Crows Nest Draft 2036 Plan outlined in this submission, Council requests that any revision of the St Leonards and Crows Nest Draft 2036 Plan be presented again for a period of public consultation prior to any formal approval.

Actions Prior to Finalisation

That the Department, Greater Sydney Commission and the three (3) affected Councils work together to refine what has been exhibited in the context of the matters raised above and other issues raised by our neighbouring Councils (Willoughby and North Sydney), prior to finalisation of the Plan.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Strassberg, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

 


 

CLOSE

 

The meeting closed at 9:57pm.

 

Confirmed at the Ordinary Council Meeting of Monday, 18 February 2019, at which meeting the signature herein is subscribed.

 

 

MAYOR

 

 

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