Extraordinary Meeting of Council
29 October 2018
Notice of Meeting
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OPENING OF MEETING WITH PRAYER
ACKNOWLEDGMENT TO COUNTRY
NOTICE OF WEBCASTING OF MEETING
1. Mayoral Minute - St Leonards and Crows Nest Draft 2036 Plan
Record No: SU6005 - 67246/18
Division: Lane Cove Council
Author(s): Councillor Pam Palmer
Councillors, as you are aware the State Government released the St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Draft Plan (previously known as the LUIIP) on the 15 October 2018 which outlined development and infrastructure in the Crows Nest/St Leonards area to 2036. It is appropriate that Council give some initial consideration to the Plan at a high level, but I would firstly like to outline the history of the planning for the precinct.
In 2012, Council resolved to commence preparation of the St Leonards South Master Plan which was ultimately adopted by Council in July 2015. It was the result of extensive consultation, including a series of public forums and design workshops from mid 2014 to mid 2015.
Also in 2015, the NSW State Government commenced consideration of the St Leonards Precinct being designated a ‘Priority Precinct’, under A Plan for Growing Sydney. Eventually this was announced in July 2016. Stage 1 was to consist of a Strategic Employment Review and Stage 2 a Land Use and Infrastructure Implementation Plan (LUIIP).
Prior to the announcement, to give effect to Council’s Masterplan, the draft Local Environmental Plan amendments were submitted in May 2016 to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment. The Department approved it in September 2016, subject to a number of supporting studies being undertaken and a requirement that “Prior to finalisation, the planning proposal is to be amended to demonstrate consistency with any available findings of a draft or final strategic planning review for the St Leonards and Crows Nest Station Precinct'.
In August 2017, the NSW State Government released an interim statement for the St Leonards / Crows Nest Precinct which included the Metro Station at Crows Nest and the precinct’s key assets, the vision, objectives and guiding principles for the area.
The studies required by the Gateway approval were subsequently completed by Council and the NSW Department of Planning and Environment authorised the public exhibition to proceed.
Council sought the community's feedback in relation to draft Local Environmental Plan (LEP) amendments between 30 October 2017 and 5 January 2018. The exhibition included:-
• Amendments to LEP 2009 to implement new site-specific planning controls (including zoning, building heights, floor space ratios, lot sizes and land reservation acquisition) which will control development in the St Leonards South Precinct.
• A Draft Development Control Plan that details development controls for the precinct.
• A Draft Landscape Master Plan that details designs for public and private domain areas and the overall streetscape.
• A Draft Section 94 Contributions Plan that provides a means for funding local infrastructure required as a result of the new development.
At its meeting held on the 19 March 2018, Council resolved to:-
“1. Write to the Hon. Anthony Roberts MP, Minister for Planning, the Minister for Housing, and the Special Minister of State, requesting:-
a. 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”.
This was to allow the community and Councillors to understand the Government’s plans for the whole area, particularly in relation to the provision of infrastructure, prior to further considering the Planning Proposal. A 12 month extension was subsequently granted.
Whilst waiting for the release of the LUIIP, Council resolved in July 2018 to:-
“....request an extension to the exhibition period of the Draft LUIIP to allow at least 12 weeks for the community consultation so that Council can incorporate community feedback into its
submission on the Draft LUIIP.”
Council then resolved at its meeting on the 15th October 2018 to:
“ Request the consultation period in relation to the St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Draft Plan be extended to 16 weeks to 4 February 2019.”
Council did not receive a response to its letter pursuant to the July 2018 resolution, and disappointingly when the St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Draft Plan (previously known as the LUIIP) was released the exhibition period was only for six (6) weeks.
The volume of documents that make up St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Draft Plan reinforces the need for the Government to extend the consultation timeframe. Staff have commenced the review process, but as previously resolved, Council needs time to organise two (2) consultation sessions to allow Council the opportunity to incorporate community feedback into Council’s submission. At this stage the only information sessions are in Crows Nest, within the North Sydney LGA. In addition, the Draft Plan requires the St Leonards South Planning Proposal to be referred to an independent panel during the exhibition period, no detailed timing or information pack for the panel has been prepared.
Council should continue to pursue an extension of the consultation period and given the impending Christmas period, Council’s latest resolution requesting an extension to 3 February is entirely sensible given the tasks required and the Government’s own rate of progress, having taken over two (2) years to reach this stage.
Councillors will no doubt have initial thoughts on the Draft Plan, and I welcome the formation and debate on a motion to state Council’s initial response to the Draft Plan.
That Council determine its position.
Councillor Pam Palmer
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