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Extraordinary Meeting of Council

3 February 2020

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Notice of Meeting

 

Dear Councillors

 

Notice is given of the Extraordinary Meeting of Council, to be held in the Council Chambers on Monday 3 February 2020 commencing at 7.00pm. The business to be transacted at the meeting is included in this business paper.

 

Craig - GMYours faithfully

 

 

 

 

Craig Wrightson

General Manager

 

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Extraordinary Meeting of Council 3 February 2020

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

APOLOGIES

 

OPENING OF MEETING WITH PRAYER

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENT TO COUNTRY

 

NOTICE OF WEBCASTING OF MEETING

 

public forum

 

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

 

Orders Of The Day

 

Officer Report for Determination

 

1.       Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement - Post Consultation  

 

 

 

 

                        


 

Extraordinary Meeting of Council Meeting 3 February 2020

Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement - Post Consultation

 

 

Subject:          Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement - Post Consultation    

Record No:    SU7286 - 416/20

Division:         Environmental Services Division

Author(s):      Lara Fusco; Terry Tredrea; Christopher Pelcz 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

The DLSPS outlines the 20-year land use vision, planning priorities and actions for the Lane Cove Local Government Area. The priorities and actions contained in the Statement will be implemented over the next 7 years. It translates Council’s current visions and strategies expressed in the Lane Cove Community Strategic Plan and related actions in the Delivery Program into specific land use planning priorities and actions. It is also required to “give effect” to the Sydney regional plan and North District Plan.

 

The purpose of this report is to outline the results of community consultation of Council’s Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement (DLSPS), and present Council’s amended DLSPS (see AT-1) for submission to the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC).

 

Council’s meeting of 19 August 2019 endorsed the DLSPS for public exhibition. A public exhibition of the Draft Statement was held for six weeks from 5 September 2019 to 17 October 2019. A total of 79 written submissions were received. Having regard to comments, concerns and issues raised in submissions from the public, groups and agencies, the exhibited DLSPS has majority support.

 

A number of amendments to the DLSPS are recommended which provide additional information and greater clarity in the document about Council programs, projects and plans, to identify collaboration opportunities with Government agencies and others. These amendments are identified in the Discussion section of this report.

 

It is recommended that Council submit the Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement to the Greater Sydney Commission requesting written assurance for finalisation. The Commission has advised that Council must submit its amended DLSPS for assurance review before 10 February 2020. Upon receipt of a letter of support from the Commission, Council can endorse its Statement either via a council resolution or under delegation, before 31 March 2020.

 

Background

 

The DLSPS has been prepared to meet the requirements of Section 3.9 of the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (the Act). It is consistent with the NSW Government’s Greater Sydney Region Plan (A Metropolis of Three Cities) and North District Plan.

 

The Act provides that Council cannot make the Statement unless the Commission has advised in writing that it supports the content as being consistent with the applicable regional and district strategic plans. EP&A Regulations state that each metropolitan Council must adopt (make) their final Statements (with the Commission’s confirmation) before 31 March 2020.

 

Timing

 

A report outlining the purpose, process and initial timeline of the LSPS was presented for information at the February 2019 Council meeting. In March 2019, the initial DLSPS was presented to a technical ‘Health Check’ panel which was comprised of representatives from the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC), Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and other State Government stakeholders. The purpose of the Health Check was to identify any critical issues prior to public consultation. Council received a ‘green’ (supported) rating.

The Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement was presented to the 19 August 2019 Council meeting, where it was endorsed for public exhibition. Exhibition occurred between 5 September and 17 October 2019.

 

A preliminary feedback meeting took place in October 2019, and a final health check (post-exhibition) occurred on 16 December 2019. At this meeting, the Commission identified many positive aspects of the DLSPS and outlined minor edits and emphasis that could be made. Amendments to the DLSPS are proposed addressing these (and other) issues. The suggested amendments primarily provide additional information about Council programs, projects and plans; identify collaboration opportunities; and improve clarity of the document. The amendments are detailed in this report and Council’s endorsement of the final DLSPS (with amendments) is sought.

 

The Commission has not raised any impediment to the DLSPS being submitted for Assurance or endorsement at the Assurance Panel scheduled for 18 February 2020. To meet this deadline, Council must submit its final DLSPS to the GSC by 10 February 2020, and pending a letter of support from the GSC, Council is required to finalise its LSPS by 31 March 2020.

 

Draft LSPS

 

Council’s DLSPS has 12 Planning Priorities with 60 supporting actions relevant to Lane Cove, covering all four (4) planning themes of the Region Plan and District Plan as follows:

 

Themes

Infrastructure and Collaboration

Liveability

Productivity

Sustainability

Council Planning Priorities

Priority 1

 

Provide, maintain and upgrade infrastructure to meet changing community needs and accommodate future growth.

 

Priority 4

 

Facilitate socially connected communities and enhance our cultural identity.

Priority 7

 

Facilitate location of a diverse range of retail, commercial and industrial businesses in Lane Cove.

Priority 10

 

Enhance our urban tree canopy, bushland and waterways.

Priority 2

 

Identify innovative funding and partnerships to provide for new and upgraded assets and infrastructure.

 

Priority 5

 

Plan for the growth of housing that creates a diverse range of housing types and encourages housing that is sustainable, liveable, accessible, and affordable.

Priority 8

 

Implement transport upgrades and fresh approaches to public transport route design to facilitate time-efficient, people friendly transport within Lane Cove and from Lane Cove to strategic centres, to improve access to employment and services.

 

Priority 11

 

Improve the management of energy, water and waste resources.

 

Priority 3

 

Continue to collaborate with government agencies to deliver enhanced outcomes for the community.

Priority 6

 

Create and renew public spaces and facilities to improve our community’s quality of life.

Priority 9

 

Support shopping precincts to enable local shopping.

Priority 12

 

Adapt to the changing climate and natural and urban hazards by building resilience.

Number of actions

10 supporting actions

20 supporting actions

14 supporting actions

16 supporting actions

 

A range of performance indicators are included, based on those used in the North District Plan, as well as relevant community indicators contained in Council’s Community Strategic Plan. However, it is understood that the Greater Sydney Commission is currently developing its own set of standard performance indicators. Therefore, the final performance indicators may be adjusted and confirmed at a later stage.

 

Public Exhibition

 

The consultation period was conducted from Thursday 5 September 2019 to Thursday 17 October 2019, in accordance with planning regulations, Council’s Community Participation Plan and Consultation Strategy, and included the following: -

 

·         Advertisement in the North Shore Times (Thursday 5 September 2019);

 

·         E-newsletter distributed to over 6,000+ (approximately) registered residents;

 

·         Notification Letters sent to relevant government agencies, including Transport for NSW, NSW Roads and Maritime Services, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Sydney Water, Northern Sydney Local Health District, NSW Department of Education, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, Environmental Protection Authority, NSW Government Architect, NSW Rural Fire Services, Greater Sydney Commission, and Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council.

 

·         Notification Letters sent to adjoining Local Government Areas (City of Ryde Council, Hunters Hill Council, North Sydney Council, and Willoughby Council);

 

·         Online exhibition on Council’s website;

 

·         Online exhibition via Council’s social media platforms;

 

·         Hard copy documents for viewing at Council’s Civic Centre, and Lane Cove & Greenwich Libraries; and

 

·         Information summarising the LSPS Vision and Planning Priorities was produced on 3 full-size banners (850mm x 2000mm). One set was displayed in Council’s Civic Centre and another at the Library – these were also displayed on Council’s website.

 

A total of 79 written submissions were received from the public, 68 of which were received during the exhibition period; an additional 11 were submitted late, but also considered.

 

Submissions were received from:

 

·         Lane Cove residents;

·         Community groups;

·         State agencies;

·         Companies and developers; and

·         Charities and Church organisations.

 

A detailed summary of submissions is attached to this report (see AT-2). Issues submitted are addressed more broadly in the Discussion below.

 

Discussion

 

From the 79 submissions, 288 individual comments were recorded:-

 

-           102 = Neutral on an identified issue.

-           157 = Against on an identified issue.

-           29 = For on an identified issue.

 

Public submissions were generally supportive of the DLSPS, mostly suggesting minor refinements on an identified issue within the document. Most suggestions from the public, from agencies and the GSC were incorporated into the DLSPS. The key issues raised in feedback received are considered below. Some submissions raised more than one key issue, e.g. ‘Housing strategies & targets’ AND ‘Traffic issues’, and for this reason, the number of issues raised, when added together, exceed the total number of submissions received – see AT-2 for more details. Key issues raised included:-

 

1.    Housing

a)  Strategies & targets

b)  Affordability

c)   Zoning & rezonings

d)  St Leonards South

 

2.    Environment

a) Urban responses (to open space; waste; noise; contamination)

b) Natural areas (of bushland and waterways)

 

3.    Centres

a)  St Leonards Strategic (B3 Commercial Core & B4 Mixed Use)

b)  Local areas (B2 Lane Cove Village & B1 Neighbourhood centres)

 

4.    Transport

a)  Sustainable

b)  Traffic issues

 

5.    Culture & Heritage

 

6.    LSPS Methodology

 

Consultation with Government Agencies

 

Council received comments from the following government agencies:-

 

·         Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council;

·         NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment – Development & Transactions and Land and Housing Corporation;

·         NSW Rural Fire Services;

·         Northern Sydney Local Health District;

·         Create NSW – Arts, Screen and Culture;

·         Environmental Protection Authority;

·         Sydney Water;

·         NSW Office of Sport;

·         Heritage NSW, and

·         Transport for NSW.

 

Responses

 

For a detailed listing of all the submissions together with responses to each, see the Submissions Summary (AT-2). The issues of broadest concern raised in the public submissions are summarised below, followed by comment.

 

1.a Housing – Strategies & Targets

 

Eight submissions addressed the need for principles to guide residential development, especially the need for infrastructure to keep pace with growth. Some submissions suggested that population growth predictions and subsequent housing targets set for the Lane Cove LGA are not considered sustainable into the medium term (10-20 years), while Council appears to be exceeding its short term targets.

 

Comment:

 

New text has been added in Planning Priority 5 addressing Principles for Housing, based on Greater Sydney Commission’s advice, Council's sustainability criteria (used for its comprehensive LEP in 2010), and North District Plan's criteria for 'More housing in the right locations'. Population growth and infrastructure are specifically discussed under Planning Priorities 1, 2 and 3. For example, one action under Priority 3 is to "work with State Government agencies and advocate for timely and appropriate infrastructure and services to be integrated into land use planning to support the demands of population growth." 

 

Council's current housing strategy within the LSPS recognises a surplus of housing supply within the 0-5 year housing targets identified within the North District Plan. The DLSPS must also identify areas for new housing that can potentially satisfy the need and deliver more housing in the 6 – 10 year period (2021-2026) at a minimum. A clear statement as to expectation and direction is required from the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) as well as in the future development of the Local Housing Strategy to consider future housing needs into the medium and long term. The Local Housing Strategy will also include more detailed calculations.

 

The table on page 11 of the DLSPS has been amended based on comments from residents to show population growth forecasts for each LGA in the North District area. However, it is important to clarify that 41% growth represents a percentage of Lane Cove's current population, not 41% of the North District of Sydney.

 

1.b Housing – Affordability

 

Four submissions from community groups addressed housing affordability as a problem within Lane Cove LGA, particularly suggesting adoption of the SEPP 70 approach, plus a range of strategies. It was suggested that Council abandon voluntary planning agreements (Council-initiated VPAs) and Special Infrastructure Contributions (State-initiated SICs) as means to fund public benefits. It was further contended that Section 94 (now 7.11) Developer Contributions are adding to housing affordability problems because of their “uncertainty”. Opinions were divided between residents and developers.

 

Comment:

 

LCC have acknowledged that affordable housing is a complex public policy issue, on which Council has limited influence and which requires coordination across all levels of governments. The recommended text has been added to Priority 5 about continued collaboration with NSW Land and Housing Corporation to support the renewal of social housing within the LGA and encourage the NSW Government to investigate future arrangements and innovative purchase and rental models for affordable housing. An additional action has been added to 'Explore options and investigate opportunities for the provision and/or development of affordable and key worker housing'. Additional recommendations will be reviewed and investigated in the preparation of the Local Housing Strategy. Until this is done, it would be premature and difficult to set a realistic affordable housing target or mechanism as an action.

 

While Section 7.11 contribution plans are the primary method of funding local infrastructure, Voluntary Planning Agreements are one method of ensuring essential infrastructure (identified in Council's Section 7.11 Plans) is delivered in a timely manner to support new development. Special Infrastructure Contributions (SICs) are only developed by the NSW State Government and are determined by the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces within designated areas.

 

1.c Housing – Zoning and re-zonings

 

Four submissions from developers and residents requested upzoning on identified sites (spot rezoning). Two submissions from residents addressed medium density housing - one requesting more, one less.

 

Comment:

 

A new set of housing principles, based on Greater Sydney Commission’s advice, the North District Plan criteria for 'more housing in the right locations' and Council's sustainability criteria (developed for its comprehensive LEP in 2010), has been included. These principles seek to guide housing supply in the medium to long term. This will be further examined through the Local Housing Strategy.

 

Priority 5 of the DLSPS includes new commentary around medium density and the suitability of other areas for such development throughout its LGA. It is based on the North District Plan's five criteria for local infill development (i.e. medium density) and why the remaining land is not considered suitable for more medium density.

 

Additional commentary about medium density (including take up rates) and other housing typologies gives a more complete picture.

 

The Housing Diversity section of the DLSPS has also been updated to include more information about NSW Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code and dual occupancies.

 

This approach will result in delivery of ‘More housing in the right locations’.

 

1.d Housing – St Leonards South & Employment Lands

 

Six submissions from developers, community groups and residents addressed St Leonards South, some residents and community groups expressed concern about infrastructure and reliance on St Leonards South. Four other submissions from developers discussed the alternative location of residential development in the commercial core of St Leonards and/or the Lane Cove West light industrial areas.


 

Comment:

 

The housing and commercial sections highlighted in the DLSPS have been amended to include new text and are consistent with the priorities, actions and expectations of the North District Plan (NDP) advising growth in residential and commercial development. For St Leonards South, it proposes a transit-orientated residential development precinct in close proximity to a Strategic Centre and Commercial Office Precinct with three train stations (including Wollstonecraft). This will provide access to jobs, goods and services close to home by creating residential development within 10 minutes of a strategic centre, but not at the expense of the attraction and growth of jobs in existing Commercial Core land. A summary of key infrastructure strategies and initiatives (in St Leonards and other areas) addressing the issues raised is described in the Submission Summary (AT-2).

 

New expanded text under Planning Priority 5 identifies all relevant potential constraints to housing delivery, including suitability of other land for increased densities. Text under Planning Priority 7 has also been expanded to explain Council’s ‘pilot project’ contribution to the higher jobs target, and its proposed timing mechanism for the Draft 2036 Plan to prevent unintended loss of valuable Commercial land.

 

Industrial (employment) land is protected under the North District Plan and Council’s DLSPS reflects this. While St Leonards will play a key role as a Planned Precinct in terms of growth in jobs, existing employment lands (Lane Cove West) will need to continue to function at their capacity in order to maintain local jobs. These areas will therefore be protected from conversion to residential areas.

 

2.a Environment – Urban responses

 

Seven concerns were raised from residents with regards to open space including the retention of the Lane Cove Golf Course; the shortage of open space; suitability of land for open space that open spaces are not clearly defined. Government agencies requested incorporating open spaces in medium and high-density buildings. One concern was raised from a community group that the character of Lane Cove shaped by bushland and landscaping.

 

Six concerns were raised from Government agencies and residents with regard to urban response and the management of urban hazards including supporting better, practical waste management outcomes, adopting EPA guidelines on noise, adopting management of contaminated land, and reducing a reliance on traditional building materials.

 

The Greater Sydney Commission and Sydney Water highlighted water management including implementing Water Sensitive Urban Design Principles (WSUD) principles in all development works and asset management to improve water quality across the whole catchment, as well as implementing community engagement to reduce water consumption across the LGA.

 

One concern was raised from a community group that sustainability should be the driver of all planning priorities in the LSPS. 

 

Comment:  

 

Text in Planning Priority 5 has been amended to clarify that Council's approach increased residential development and open space is described in Planning Priority 6. Council's Draft Open Space Strategy provides the overarching directives for open space in the LGA and includes information and statistics regarding the extensive portfolio of open space throughout Lane Cove.  Due to limited opportunities to increase the overall quantity of open space throughout the LGA, innovative options that look to co-locate new community uses with existing recreational land and intensify capacity within existing precincts do need to be explored. Council will consider a number of opportunities across the LGA and is committed to working closely with community, key stakeholders and commercial leaseholders to achieve economic and amenity outcomes which meet community needs. Existing maps in the DLSPS have been amended to show the locations of proposed open space (and other infrastructure) where relevant and new maps have been created to their relative connections to the Green Grid (see pages 7 & 17 of AT-1).

 

Council have reviewed recommendations and suggested approaches provided by the EPA. Actions under Planning Priority 11 outline specific tasks relating to improving the management of energy, water and waste resources throughout the LGA. Additional content and ongoing actions addressing ways and methods to minimise the impact of the identified hazards such as noise, contaminated land, and waste management. Actions to improve climate resilience, such as reducing reliance on building and construction materials, is addressed under Planning Priority 12.  

 

Council's DLSPS includes an action broadly encompassing Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) measures (under Planning Priority 11) to 'encourage application of water sensitive urban design principles in all development works and asset management'. The Lane Cove River Coastal Zone Management Plan is a strategic level document adopted by Council, which presents a coordinated and integrated approach to address many of the issues facing the estuary and to protect its important values. Council has reviewed the EPA guidance notes on waterway health and added additional text within the DLSPS.

 

The Statement is structured under the four planning themes of the North District Plan (i.e. Infrastructure and Collaboration, Liveability, Productivity and Sustainability) for consistency. The sustainability section of the DLSPS (text, actions, and maps) has been increased to incorporate recent Council resolutions on Climate Change Emergency and energy and water targets. Further actions on sustainable and active transport have also been included.

 

2.b Environment – Natural areas

 

A range of concerns were raised with regard to tree canopy coverage, including mapping the current tree canopy coverage, identifying locations suitable for increased tree canopy coverage, and the proposed housing strategy will cause loss of tree canopy.

 

An additional concern from a community group raised bushland acquisition as a means to ameliorate the detrimental impacts of building development in the periphery of bushland areas.

 

Comment:

 

Planning Priority 10 gives the rationale for Council's aim of increasing the urban tree canopy from the current 38% to 40%, with four actions under Priority 12 supporting this. Tree Preservation Regulatory Controls apply throughout the LGA in order to uphold the amenity of the area through the preservation of trees and other vegetation. A Draft Landscape Master Plan has been created for St Leonards South to specifically detail the trees to be either protected or replaced which will result in an overall increase in canopy cover in the precinct.

                                                                                                     

Clause 9 of State Environmental Planning Policy 19 - Bushland in Urban Areas requires that Council must consider the impact that a development may have on any adjoining bushland zoned or reserved for public open space purposes. Lane Cove Council's Plan of Management for Bushland in Lane Cove was adopted by Council in 2007 with the aim to protect and conserve bushland in Lane Cove with specific actions identified for development adjacent to bushland areas.

 

Council has also mapped and distinguished between Urban Bushland (zoned E2 Environmental Conservation), recreational areas (zoned RE1 Public Recreation) and high environmental value land (see page 56 of AT-1). Further, Council’s new Housing Principles list areas for new development to avoid, including areas of high environmental value.

3.a Centres – St Leonards Strategic (B3 Commercial Core & B4 Mixed Use)

 

Two concerns were raised from developers with regard to the development of economic role of the St Leonards Strategic Centre, including the undersupply of office floor space and urban service floor space across the St Leonards South precinct, and completing a detailed market study to determine long term market needs for commercial and industrial lands. 

 

Three additional concerns from residents raised that future planning of the St Leonards Town Centre requires more collaborative governance between all stakeholders and high-density residential development as incompatible with liveability and socially connected communities. One developer suggests mixed-use zoning as a method to deliver housing and employment targets across the LGA.

 

Comment:

 

Council are of the opinion that future commercial floor space can be delivered within the precinct under the current planning controls without the need for additional mixed use rezonings in the medium term (i.e. 6-10 years). The western extent of the St Leonards precinct will continue to play a key role in the employment growth of St Leonards. An additional action has been included to collaborate with neighbouring Council's to protect and manage employment lands such as in St Leonards and Lane Cove West, from rezoning critical employment land to residential use. A detailed study for the Eastern Economic Corridor may be developed in the future in collaboration with the GSC, however, a strategic review of industrial and urban services land is already included as an action under Planning Priority 7.

 

The DLSPS contains a diagram illustrating the different levels of government and the interrelationship of different planning and policy documents is available at page 6 of the LSPS. While collaboration was already addressed under Planning Priority 3, further text and actions relating to collaboration (including St Leonards) has been added to clarify.

 

Specific outcomes related to mixed use zoning in the commercial centre of St Leonards will be guided by the relevant strategic and statutory documents applicable to the St Leonards and Crows Nest Strategic Centre. However, further text explaining Council’s pilot projects & preference for a longer term timing mechanism for the Draft 2036 Plan before rezoning existing Commercial Core land has also been included. This approach is consistent with a key District Plan action for St Leonards which is to leverage off the new Crows Nest Metro Station to deliver additional employment capacity.

 

High density residential development in proximity to key transport and economic corridors is in alignment with the North District Plan has been delivered as part of the State Governments targets for housing mix, housing availability and housing affordability.

 

3.b Centres – Local areas (B2 Lane Cove Village & B1 Neighbourhood centres)

 

Four concerns from developers were raised regarding the future of retail in the Village and supporting growth for neighborhood shopping experiences to cater to emerging trends in retail formats, including traffic and transport impacts on retail. 

 

Two further concerns from developers supported the retention of low-density development within these villages, whilst also facilitating urban renewal of villages in Lane Cove.

 

Comment:

 

Council is committed to working with the community and encouraging a diversity of retail offerings and services within the Lane Cove Village and neighbourhood centres, including innovative usage of commercial premises such as shared work spaces, technology driven organisations and programs that raise awareness of local businesses. Council has already developed and implemented strategies for revitalising the Lane Cove Village precinct; upgraded parking facilities and capacity in the Lane Cove Village (i.e. Little Lane and Rosenthal Avenue).

The desired future character of the Lane Cove Village and centres is expressed in the DLSPS as pedestrian friendly, active and small scale as outlined in the LEP and DCP in order to best serve the needs of the community who live and work in these areas and retain the unique local character valued by the community.

 

4.a Transport – Sustainability

 

Five concerns from residents were raised with regards to the suitability of Transport Orientated Development (TOD) to the St Leonards South precinct, including topography, distances to future Metro and prioritising pedestrian traffic. Two concerns urged for more upgrades to service commuters via public transport in St Leonards.

 

Comment:

 

Active and sustainable transport are identified within the vision and Planning Priority 8 of the DLSPS and a new active transport map (see page 46 of AT-1) has now been included. It is noted that much of detail identified in this submission is above the level of detail required by the DLSPS.  Notwithstanding, Council will continue to work closely with the NSW State Government and the relevant Government public transport agencies including Roads and Maritime Services and Transport for NSW in order to support greater connectivity between the public transport systems in the St Leonards Precinct.  Residents living beyond walking distance of the two train stations are referred to the Actions of Planning Priority 8 for strategies to improve sustainable transport.

 

Other text and actions related to sustainable transport have been suggested by Transport for NSW (and been incorporated) where relevant. This includes considering provisions for charging points for electronic vehicles, transport demand management initiatives, maximum parking rates for transit orientated developments and other appropriate sustainability measures have also been added.

4.b Transport – Traffic issues

 

Two concerns from residents were raised with regards to traffic and parking exacerbated by proposed high density residential accommodation.

 

Comment:

 

Planning Priority 1 is based on a commitment to undertake measures towards reducing traffic congestion whilst working within the existing road network.  Transport networks at St Leonards and Crows Nest will be substantially upgraded by the construction of the new Metro line and include new pedestrian and cycle infrastructure, consistent with the State Government’s Movement and Place Framework. Better utilisation of the Victoria Road City Serving Corridor for buses have also been proposed.

 

5. Culture and Heritage

 

Two concerns had regard to improving cultural infrastructure, two concerns from Government Agencies were raised to support Aboriginal culture and communities, and another two concerns from residents sought for more heritage and tourism actions and content within the document.

 

Additional concerns from residents were raised with regards to Council to be proactive in preserving Lane Cove lifestyle and character, with one submission from a Government agency supporting Council’s heritage initiatives in the DLSPS.

 

Comment:

 

Council is very supportive of improving cultural facilities and this considered to be captured in text section on Planning Priority 4 and as an action under Priority 3 by implementing Council’s Create Lane Cove: Cultural Action Plan to expand the public art program.

Aboriginal cultural heritage and continued connection to community, land and water has been included in the amended Context section which has been taken from Council's adopted Reconciliation Action Plan. Council has also committed to working with the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council and Aboriginal Heritage Office to ensure Aboriginal sites are protected for future generations, under Planning Priorities 4 & 6.

The North District Plan does not set targets for tourism or heritage. Notwithstanding, heritage continues to be an important value for the community which is reflected in the DLSPS (Planning Priority 6), as well as the LEP. A key action to 'involve professional and community groups in the protection of Aboriginal and European Heritage sites' has been identified under Planning Priority 6.

The Lane Cove LEP and DCP offer detailed planning and design guidance that aims to ensure that development complements and enhances the existing character of particular areas. Local character is to be further addressed in existing and future Public Domain Masterplans and plans of management, and the Local Housing Strategy.

 

Some additional text about Lane Cove's character has also been included in Context section of DLSPS.

 

6. LSPS Methodology

 

Nine concerns were raised from residents more broadly with the structuring, formatting, and conceptual themes underpinning the DLSPS. More specifically these concerns spoke to the vision and structure of the document including the quality of final LSPS; timing of goals for the life of the document; seeking greater clarity as to how goals will be met and with more ambition in their intent; overlapping planning priorities to show greater consistency and cohesion between them; concentrating too heavily on conceptual ideas rather than ‘factual conditions’; and that the document is incomplete by insufficient community engagement and consolation, not accounting for all relevant matters to the LGA, and the impacts of adjoining LGAs to Lane Cove and the LSPS. 

 

Comment:

 

The LSPS is a high-level strategic document aiming to capture the key priorities and actions across the LGA supported by the EP&A Act.

 

A new Implementation Plan (listed in the appendix) listing all priorities and actions (and their indicative timing) has been included to demonstrate consistency, with many of the identified supporting documents accessible on Lane Cove Council's website (i.e. 2019-2021 Delivery Plan and Operational Plan) and other State Government documents. All Planning Priorities are given equal importance in the LSPS, and where actions overlap between priorities or serve more than one priority this is a positive outcome in terms of efficiency.    

                                                                                                                         

Council 's Consultation strategy for the DLSPS was outlined in its Council Report and adopted. This was publicly exhibited for 6 weeks, in excess of legislative requirements. 

 

Comments regarding the clarification of specific terms are addressed in detail in the submission summary in AT-2 (under the same heading).

 

Council staff have reviewed other Council's DLSPS documents previously and provided support for them as they do not conflict with our Council's Vision, Priorities or Actions. Any actions that relate to collaboration with other Council's on cross boundary issues have been addressed accordingly (i.e. St Leonards, Lane Cove West Industrial Area, Eastern Economic Corridor).

 

Amendments

 

Based on the Discussion above, submissions received and Commission’s review, a series of amendments have been incorporated into Council’s Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement (see AT-1). The amendments do not change Council’s vision for Lane Cove, nor policy positions of Council. The reasons for the changes have been categorised into three groups:

 

A.        Provide additional information about existing Council programs, projects and plans, or those intended to be undertaken and identified in the Lane Cove Community Strategic Plan or Delivery Program, or additional information explaining State Government policy, infrastructure investment or initiatives;

 

B.        Identify collaboration and advocacy that is undertaken by Council, and future opportunities, such as with Government agencies, neighbouring councils and others; and

 

C.        Improve clarity of the document, for example, minor wording changes to improve sentence structure, new map labelling, and simplification of monitoring and reporting measures.

 

The proposed amendments to the DLSPS are summarised in the table below. The reason given in the fourth column of the table corresponds with A, B or C noted above.

 

Part

Page

Proposed Amendments to Draft LSPS

Reason

(A, B, or C)

Executive Summary

4

Inputs section updated to include commentary about public exhibition and technical working groups.

C

Policy Context

5

Amended to demonstrate consistency with provisions of EP & A Act.

C

About this Statement

6

Figure 1 amended to include ‘State Environmental Planning Policies’ and ‘Section 9.1 Directions’.

A

7

Figure 2: A new Structure Plan has been created to show important connections to surrounding centres, new areas for housing and open space, and other items highlighted by the North District Plan.

C

Themes

9

Wording of Planning Priority 12 updated to include urban and natural hazards (consistent with NDP Priority N22).

B

Context

11

Section expanded to incorporate Aboriginal and bushland history of the area, and population estimates corrected.

A

12

Previous plan was deleted and the text has been moved to Figure 2.

C

Priority 1

16

Text amended to give example of transport infrastructure responding to changing demographic distribution

A

Reference consistency with NSW Movement & Place Framework

17

New map showing existing infrastructure created.

C

Priority 3

21

Text amended to incorporate collaboration comments about Draft 2036 Plan and continued collaboration with surrounding councils and DPIE.

B

22

One new action to incorporate collaboration comments with surrounding councils and DPIE on employment lands.

B

Priority 4

 

26

Text expanded to address culture and diversity in community, night time economy, and Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council. 

B

27

Three new actions on engaging community and underrepresented groups, night-time economy and collaboration with Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council.

B

Priority 5

28-33

Text section expanded to include further discussion on historic housing supply, more commentary around medium density (existing and future), housing principles, housing diversity and affordable housing.

A

33

One existing action edited to include boarding houses and one new action on affordable housing.

A

Priority 6

34

Text about from Office of Sport submission on recreation.

B

37

Text on ‘Embracing Heritage’ expanded to mention Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council.

B

37

One existing action on opportunities for more open space updated and two new actions about opportunities for funding and Green Grid connections added.

B

Priority 7

41-44

Text amended to include commentary around Council’s pilot projects, Draft 2036 Plan, urban encroachment of industrial land and urban freight.

A & B

44

One new action to address urban freight.

B

Priority 8

45

Amended to include commentary around increasing bus services, modal shift, maximum parking rates and other sustainability measures.

B

46

New map to show active transport (walking and cycling paths layered on top of green grid).

C

47

Three new actions to address sustainable transport, transport demand management, maximum parking rates, charging points for electric vehicles and other sustainability measures.

B

Priority 10

54-57

Amended to include additional text on:

·          Tree Canopy cover,

·          Council’s Open Space Plan,

·          High value environmental land,

·          Foreshore Areas,

·          Modified urban waterways, and

·          Scenic and Cultural Landscapes.

B

New map showing High Environmental Value Land created.

B

Priority 11

58-60

Amended to include additional commentary on achieving net-zero carbon emissions, it includes:

·          Energy (Emission) reduction targets,

·          Waste Management, and

·          Water consumption targets.

B

59

Two new actions to address waste management and energy and water consumption. One existing action also updated to include Environmental Protection Authority.

B

Priority 12

 

61-63

Reworded to incorporate urban and natural hazards. Further text to make clear that the Urban Forest Management Plan will map tree canopy cover. Text on hazards affecting Lane Cove included.

B

64

Four new actions have been included to respond to climate change, urban and natural hazards.

B

Implementation

65

Text amended to clarify Implementation, Monitoring and Report and Review of this Statement.

C

 

 

 

 

Appendix – Land Use Priorities

68 - 69

Land Use Priority tables updated to include North District Plan Priorities N7 and N14 and reworded Council Priorities.

C

Appendix – Implementation Plan

70 - 82

Shows implementation timetable for all actions in LSPS and their consistency with relevant adopted Council plans.

C

 

 

 

 

General

 

Applicable SEPPs mentioned where relevant.

C

 

All maps and figures labelled throughout document.

C

 

Other amendments have also been made throughout the document based on advice received from the Greater Sydney Commission.

 

Next steps

 

Given that the Greater Sydney Commission and Department of Planning, Industry & Environment has not raised any impediment to the DLSPS being submitted for Assurance or endorsed at the Assurance Panel, Council is required to submit its amended LSPS to the Commission by 10 February 2020 to satisfy EP&A requirements.

 

On 18 February 2020, the Commission’s Assurance Panel will convene to determine if Council’s DLSPS is consistent with relevant objectives and actions of A Metropolis of Three Cities Plan and the North District Plan.

 

Following the meeting of the LSPS Assurance Panel, a written ‘letter of support’ is to be issued to Council. The letter may also include conditions or terms for support.

 

Once Council has received this letter, the LSPS can be ‘made’, subject to any conditions or terms, if any. It is also required to be published on the DPIE e-planning portal.

 

Once endorsed by the Greater Sydney Commission, the LSPS will have greater strategic and statutory weight than previous local strategic documents, responding to the expectations of the NSW Government as set out in the Greater Sydney Region Plan and North District Plan and articulating how Council will implement the objectives and actions of these plans.

 

The Local Strategic Planning Statement must be reviewed at least every 7 years. Future amendments will be made in conjunction with the review of the Integrated Planning Reporting Framework documents (i.e. Community Strategic Plan, Delivery Program and Operational Plan etc.) which underpin Council’s suite of strategic plans. As necessary, specific actions arising from the review of the LSPS will be added into Council’s four-year delivery program and annual operational plan.

 

Council will also be required later in 2020 to submit its draft Local Housing Strategy to the Department of Planning, Infrastructure and Environment for endorsement by the Secretary.

 

Conclusion

 

Council’s vision of a connected, inclusive and sustainable community provides the foundation for this Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement (DLSPS) which in turn sets out our 20 year strategic land use vision.

 

The vision (DLSPS) calls for growth and change to be managed in a way that enables the Lane Cove community to enjoy a high level of amenity, liveability, economic prosperity in a healthy environment that promotes sustainability now and in the longer term.

 

The DLSPS document identifies our special social, economic, environmental, physical and cultural characteristics which form our identity, shared community values, that we embrace and wish to maintain and enhance. The document provides a line of sight from the Regional and District Plans of the Greater Sydney Commission through the various State policies and regulations, through to Council’s strategic and statutory plans (LEPs and DCPs) to the actions and priorities of our Community Strategic Plan adopted on 18 June 2018.

 

The amended DLSPS is presented for Council’s consideration and endorsement request the Greater Sydney Commission to undertake an assurance review and advise Council accordingly.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That:-

 

1.    Council endorse the Amended Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement (AT-1);

 

2.    Council submit the amended Statement to the Greater Sydney Commission for assurance, pursuant to Section 3.9 (3A) of the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979;

 

3.    The General Manager be given delegated authority to make any minor changes to the document arising from the GSC’s assurance determination, if required, and finalise the Local Strategic Planning Statement by 31 March 2020; and

 

4.    If any substantive changes in policy arise resulting from the Greater Sydney Commission’s response, the matter be reported back to Council for finalisation.   

 

Michael Mason

Executive Manager

Environmental Services Division

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1View

Amended Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement

83 Pages

 

AT‑2View

Submissions Summary

47 Pages