Ordinary Council Meeting
21 May 2018
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1. Mayoral Minute - Update on Planning Matters - St Leonards South Planning Proposal and Medium Density Housing Code
Record No: SU6910 - 29448/18
Division: Lane Cove Council
Author(s): Councillor Pam Palmer
Councillors, in these lasts few weeks there has been a great deal of progress in terms of commitments from the NSW Government and Greater Sydney Commission in relation to the St Leonards South Planning Proposal and the Medium Density Housing Code.
I have met with, and had various discussions with, our local Member and Planning Minister the Hon. Anthony Roberts MP in relation to these issues. The Minister has listened and been responsive in relation to both. The Minister acknowledges the good work Council has done in Strategic Planning in our current LEP and the need for certainty in regard to our current considerations of the St Leonards South Planning Proposal and the Medium Density Housing Code.
In response to my Mayoral Minute considered at its March Meeting, Council resolved to seek an extension of time for Council to complete the St Leonards South Planning Proposal to allow for the public release and consideration of the St Leonards / Crows Nest Planned Precinct Draft Land Use Infrastructure and Implementation Plan. I am pleased to say a 12 month extension has been granted to allow this to occur. This is important, as clearly the NSW Government has a role to play in providing infrastructure across this precinct, which is important for the community and for Council’s planning.
The second issue on which Council sought clarity and a commitment, was confirmation that if the St Leonards South Planning Proposal proceeds and given the recent rezonings in St Leonards east of the railway line, these rezonings will satisfy Council’s housing supply targets to 2026. I am pleased to say that Council has received correspondence from the Greater Sydney Commission (refer AT-1) which acknowledges this. The two key sentences in the letter are:-
“Based on Council's estimates of capacity created via planning strategies currently being considered and Council's 2009 LEP, the LGA has the potential to exceed a 6-10 year (2021-2026 target).......”
“In this regard we recognise that the additional capacity you are creating now through your local planning will be counted towards your achievement of a 10 year target.”
Based on the letter and discussions with the Greater Sydney Commission, to bring this into effect Council can develop a 10 year Housing Strategy (as all councils are required to do once the target is known), based on the St Leonards East and South precincts only.
Finally, in relation to the Medium Density Housing (Complying Development) Code, following Council’s decision at the Extraordinary Meeting of 1 May 2018, Council staff lodged a Planning Proposal to remove “Multi-dwelling Housing” from the R2 zone, to provide a permanent solution to prohibiting operation of the Code in this zone. I am pleased to say Lane Cove was the first to submit such a Planning Proposal and Gateway Approval to commence exhibition is now imminent. It has become evident from discussions with the Department that it is still unlikely that the Planning Proposal will be processed and Gazetted by the 6 July 2018, when the Code commences. Again, Minister Roberts was responsive and has indicated agreement in principle to deferral of commencement of the Code until our Planning Proposal comes into force. This is important because there otherwise may have been a window of time when Complying Medium Density Development would have been permitted in the R2 zone.
1. Receive and note the Mayoral Minute; and
2. Thank the local member the the Hon. Anthony Roberts MP, Minister for Planning, the Minister for Housing, and the Special Minister of State for his assistance in this matter.
Councillor Pam Palmer
Greater Sydney Commission Housing Strategy St Leonards South