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Agenda

Ordinary Council Meeting

16 August 2021

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 on

Monday 16 August 2021 commencing at 7pm.  The business to be transacted at the meeting is included in this business paper.   To coincide with the messaging from the NSW Government and in the interests of public health, the August meeting will be conducted online.  Councillors will be attending and participating in the meeting via video conference and the meeting will be webcast.   Members of the public who wish to address Council about items on the Meeting Agenda please refer to the below Council Meeting Procedures.

 

Yours faithfully

Craig - GM

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.    Council uses the online video conferencing platform Zoom for the Public Forum.   A link to the video conference, which will include all Councillors attending the Council meeting, will be made available for community members to participate.    

 

All speakers wishing to participate in the public forum must register by using the online form no later than midnight, on the day prior to the meeting (Sunday, 15 August) and a Zoom meeting link will be emailed to the provided email address. Please note that the time limit of three minutes per address still applies so please make sure your submission meets this criteria. Alternatively, members of the public can still submit their written address via email to service@lanecove.nsw.gov.au. Written addresses are to be received by Council no later than midnight, on the day prior to the meeting. (500 words maximum).

 

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. Should you require assistance to participate in the meeting due to a disability; or wish to obtain further information in relation to Council, please contact Council’s Executive Manager – Corporate Services on (02) 9911 3550.   


Ordinary Council 16 August 2021

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

 

public forum

 

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

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES

 

1.      ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING - 19 JULY 2021

 

Mayoral Minutes

 

2.       Update on Review of Developer Contributions

 

Orders Of The Day

 

Officer Reports for Determination

 

3.       Draft Climate Resilience Plan - Post Public Exhibition

 

4.       Finalisation of Draft Dog Strategy

 

5.       Council Response Cumberland Council Community Needs

 

6.       Successful Grant Application from Safer Roads Program for Centennial Ave and Mowbray Road

 

7.       NSW Housing SEPP Consultation - Draft Submission

 

8.       Update on NSW Planning Reforms

 

9.       Fourth Quarter Review  - Delivery Program and Operational Plan 2020 - 21

 

10.     Council Snapshot July 2021

 

 

 

 


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 16 August 2021

Update on Review of Developer Contributions

 

 

Subject:          Update on Review of Developer Contributions    

Record No:    SU6136 - 50448/21

Division:         Lane Cove Council

Author(s):      Councillor Pam Palmer 

 

 

Background

 

At the July Council Meeting Council considered a report on the NSW Government’s proposed changes to Infrastructure Contributions which would significantly impact every council’s ability to deliver the infrastructure necessary to support increased population. As a guide, our Council stands to lose approximately 50% of the funds it currently receives from Developer Contributions.

 

At the July meeting it was resolved that Council:-

 

1.   Continue to support NSROC to seek from the State Government the following:-

a.   The issue of rate reform should be uncoupled from the review of development contributions to ensure the cost of providing new facilities to meet the needs of a growing population is not shifted to the existing community.

b.   No council is worse off under the reforms.

c.   Further detailed modelling being carried out by the State Government at the individual council level to understand impacts on each council, rather than at the higher, more generalised level done to date.

d.   A delay to implementing reforms currently anticipated to commence from 1 July 2022 so that the above points can be carried out.

e.   Restoration of payment of developer contributions at Construction Certificate stage rather than Occupation Certificate stage.

f.    Removal of the ‘Essential Works List’ from developer contribution plans, as it essentially prohibits the funding of social infrastructure.

2.         Make a late submission to the Parliamentary Upper House Enquiry in line with 1.

 

The submission was made by Council staff in line with the resolution.

 

I am pleased to see the report of the Upper House Committee, released on 10 August 2021 (refer AT-1) supports Council’s concerns. Recommendation 1, states:-

 

“That the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Infrastructure Contributions) Bill 2021 not proceed, until the draft regulations have been developed and released for consultation and the reviews into the rate pegging system, benchmarking and the essential works list have been published by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal.”

 

NSROC has taken the lead in the advocacy work and production of a clear evidence base for understanding the impacts of the reforms. This has included providing the GLN Modelling, for the region collectively and for each Council, which was a key piece of evidence in the Committee’s deliberations. This work clearly demonstrates the value of our ROC, which has now teamed up with other Sydney ROC’s to develop a cohesive position.

 

The President of NSROC, Mayor Giles-Gidney and the General Manager’s Advisory Committee Chair, Debra Just (CEO of Willoughby Council), have met with Minister Stokes to discuss the concerns, and while there was no immediate signals as to a change in the Government’s position, the differences between the Government’s modelled outcomes of the reforms vs the NSROC modelling was acknowledged as a key issue, and the Minister has requested a review of the modelling.

 

In terms of further advocacy, the General Manager and myself attended a virtual meeting hosted by the City of Sydney on 6 August.  As a result the majority of Sydney councils will co-ordinate to ensure the reforms do not proceed in their current form.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That:-

 

1.         the report be received and noted; and

 

2.         Council continue to support NSROC and other councils in advocating to ensure the reforms do not proceed in their current form.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Councillor Pam Palmer

Mayor

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1 View

Report No 9 - PC 7 - Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Infrastructure Contributions) Bill 2021

35 Pages

 

  


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 16 August 2021

Draft Climate Resilience Plan - Post Public Exhibition

 

 

Subject:          Draft Climate Resilience Plan - Post Public Exhibition    

Record No:    SU8243 - 48608/21

Division:         Environmental Services Division

Author(s):      David Wilson; Ada Wong 

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

Council at its meeting of 21 June 2021, resolved to place on public exhibition the for the Draft Climate Resilience Plan (CRP) for six (6) weeks and that a further report be prepared for Council following this process.

 

The Draft CRP was placed on public exhibited from 23 June to 4 August 2021, twenty-eight survey responses and two separate submissions were received. The responses were generally supportive, although the respondents requested more defined resilience targets and actions while some who do not support the adoption of any climate actions. Overall, 87% of responses supported the Draft CRP.

 

Having regard to the responses, amendments have been made to the Draft CPR to incorporate these suggestions. The revised Draft CPR, incorporating these changes is attached and is recommended to be adopted by Council (AT-1).

 

Background

 

Council and the Lane Cove community recognise the potential impacts of our changing climate and as a result declared a climate emergency in 2019. Council made a commitment to develop a CRP to identify local climate shocks, community stresses and risks in response to our changing climate.

 

The Draft CRP has been developed in collaboration with key stakeholders in the community and Council staff by performing a resilience risk assessment in line with the framework utilised by Resilient Sydney. Goals, targets and priority actions have been identified to help build resilience over the next five years and beyond.

 

Draft CRP Summary

 

In building climate resilience, both mitigation and adaptation to a changing climate needs to be addressed.

 

Climate mitigation is the ability to reduce the impacts of a changing climate, while adaptation involves ensuring infrastructure upgrades consider the changing climate, both privately and Council owned assets. Furthermore, in response to the increased frequency of extreme events (storms, floods, bush fires), emergency management planning needs to be adapted and modified to ensure we can respond to these changes.

 

The Draft CRP sets goals and targets on five (5) resilient themes:

·    resilient people,

·    resilient buildings,

·    resilient urban open space,

·    resilient natural environment, and

·    resilient governance.

 

The goals and targets will guide the implementation of the priority actions over the next five years to respond to the challenges posed by a changing climate.

Public Exhibition

 

Council resolved on 21 June 2021 that the Draft CRP, be placed on public exhibition for six (6) weeks until the 4 August 2021 and that a further report be prepared for Council on the responses.

 

Public consultation was undertaken via:

 

·    Online exhibition on Council's website;

·    Online exhibition via Council's social media platforms; and

·    E-newsletter.

 

DISCUSSION

 

At the end of the exhibition period, twenty-eight (28) survey responses were received with 87% (26) of responses supporting the adoption of the Draft CRP and 13% (4) against Council adopting climate actions. Two written submissions were received.

 

Comments raised in the survey and submissions are summarised in Table 1. Copies of the full survey responses and submissions have been circulated separately to Councillors. Proposed amendments to the Draft CRP are listed below (shown attached as AT-1).

 

Table 1: SUMMARY OF SUBMISSIONS & PROPOSED CHANGES TO DRAFT CPR

 

Comments

Proposed changes to Draft CPR

Defined actions

 

Clearly defined actions that would be completed within a shorter time frame.

Proposed changes:

 

The original Draft CPR had several actions that required further investigation. Actions with more clearly defined outcomes have now been provided.

 

Actions 1.03 1.05, 1.08, 1.10, 2.01, 2.03, 2.06, 2.11, 3.01, 3.03, 3.04, 3.06, 3.08, 3.09, 3.13 and 4.01 have changed from investigative actions into defined actions. i.e. change wording from “investigate” to “develop and implement”.

Tree Canopy

 

Concern was expressed that it is not enough to just maintain the 40% tree canopy. Stronger targets required to increase tree canopy beyond 40%.

 

Proposed changes:

 

Add “increase” to the Resilient Natural Environment target to "We seek to increase and ensure at least 40% tree canopy coverage is maintained.”

 

Climate Change

 

There is lack of evidence that climate change is man-made, and Council should focus on local matters rather than climate actions.

No changes proposed

 

Council declared a climate emergency in 2019 with support from residents. The Draft CRP plan has been developed in response to Council making a commitment to identify local climate shocks, community stresses and develop a plan to reduce disruptions and increase emergency preparedness in the face of the changing climate.

 

Bob Campbell Oval/Lane Cove Golf Course

 

Concern was expressed about artificial turf at Bob Campbell Oval and removing significant trees from golf course which do not align with the Draft CRP.

No changes proposed

 

To allow increase usage of the Bob Campbell Oval to promote a healthier lifestyle, Council has proposed to install an environmentally friendly 4G pitch, which is free of the crumbed black rubber infill and will be the most advanced artificial pitch in Australia.

 

Regarding the proposed construction of the sport and recreation facility at the golf course, Council will ensure there will be no net loss in tree canopy.

 

Timeframes for implementation of Actions

 

Concern was expressed on the long lead time to identify and reduce urban heat island.

Proposed changes:

 

Add an interim target of 2024 to identify heat island hot spot and change the Resilient Urban Open Space target to “By 2024, we seek to identify urban heat island hot spots in Lane Cove and reduced hot spots by 2030.”

 

The revised changes align with Action 3.04 on the Smart Precinct initiative to identify urban heat island hot spots in Lane Cove.

 

Sustainable Development Controls

 

More defined development controls to ensure sustainable buildings are achieved, such as mandating solar panels, water harvesting, community garden and grey water reuse in buildings.

No changes proposed

 

Action 2.01 relates to changes to planning controls to increase energy efficiency, solar panels, water harvesting, community garden and grey water reuse.

 

Council has made representation to the Department on Planning to increase BASIX targets. As described in Action 2.07 Council will continue to advocate with regional partners in raising sustainable building requirements in BASIX.

 

Community Education

 

Concern was expressed community lacks the knowledge to build a resilient home.

Proposed changes:

 

Add the words “provide guidance” in building resilient homes to reduce urban heat island in Action 1.01.

 

 

Renewable Energy Targets

 

Request Council to set a renewable energy target for council assets and a community solar target to match the average rate of installation across Sydney.

No changes proposed

 

No change proposed for this plan and further analysis is required to set a renewable target for Council and the community.

 

It is recommended that renewable targets to be outlined in the development of the 2021-2026 Sustainability Action Plan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Native Trees/Bees

 

Request actions on promoting native trees, native bees.

 

No changes proposed

 

Action 3.03 relates to promotion of edible gardens, bee keeping, keeping mature trees has addressed the comment.

Bushland protection

 

Concern was expressed on the lack of actions on the natural open spaces.

 

Proposed changes:

 

Add Action 4.04: Continue to implement Bushland Plan of Management

Street trees protection

 

Concern was expressed on tree lopping by electricity service providers.

No changes proposed

 

Council will continue to build relationships with electricity supply contractors to improve pruning practices around powerlines in accordance with AS4373-2007.

 

Emerging technology

 

Request actions to maintain awareness of emerging technologies and trends

 

Proposed changes:

 

Add Action 5.07: Maintain awareness of emerging technologies and trends, and regularly review and ensure all actions are relevant and along with industry best practices.

Transport - Cycling

 

Request an increase in actions in promoting and enabling cycling as a mode of transport.

Proposed changes:

 

Add to Action 2.01 increased bike storage facilities.

 

The plan has referred to the implementation of the Bike Plan in Action 3.05.

 

Local Schools

 

Request for better connection between Council and local schools in relation to climate resilience.

 

Proposed changes:

 

Although school communities were not specifically mentioned, actions 1.01, 1.04, 1.05, 2.03, 2.08, 3.03 and Action 4.01 shall include promotions to school communities.

 

Vulnerable population

 

Concerns were raised on the impacts on vulnerable persons in our community, who maybe disproportionately impacted and experience greater difficulty in recovering from adversity.

 

Proposed changes:

 

Add in Action 1.01 an emphasis in resilience actions to prepare and protect vulnerable persons who may be impacted by climate change i.e. increased costs associated with cooling a home during heatwave conditions or the impacts on homeless or displaced persons.

 

Local food

 

Request to increase actions on food-sensitive urban design and promote ‘edible city’.

 

No changes proposed

 

Community gardens and edible gardens will be encouraged through design controls and promotional programs in Actions 2.01 and 3.03.

 

Mixed use developments have been prioritised at                St Leonard’s South incorporating food-sensitive urban design.

Food Waste Collection

 

Request actions on food waste collection

 

No changes proposed

 

The Council has planned to partner with NSROC in a Food Organics trial in Lane Cove in 2022.

Verge gardens

 

Request actions to promote verge gardens.

 

No changes proposed

 

Council has a nature strips policy where residents can receive assistance for verge landscaping.

Transport - Car Free

 

Request Council to consider holding annual car free day

No changes proposed

 

The feasibility of an annual car free day requires further research within Council and with the community.

 

Heat stress and heat stroke

 

Concern was expressed whether Council can provide first-aid to members of public with heat stress and heatstroke.

 

No changes proposed

 

First aiders and first aid facilities are available at occupied facilities when members of public suffer heat stress/heat stroke.

 

Creek erosion

 

Request for actions on mitigating erosion of creek-lines from storm water.

 

No changes proposed

 

Monitoring of creek lines and implementation of strategies to control areas of stormwater erosion to lessen its impact, is currently undertaken by Council.

 

Reference to Aboriginal culture

 

Absence of a reference to resilience nature of the Aboriginal people and cultures, submission made by Resilient Sydney

 

Proposed changes:

 

Add a paragraph to Chapter 6: Building Climate Resilience to acknowledge that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as one of the most resilient cultures in the world. Learning from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community Elders and leaders, it is important to build social cohesion and sense of belonging in the Lane Cove community to increase our resilience and ability to respond to emergencies.

 

 

CONCLUSION

 

The development of the Draft CRP has incorporated extensive stakeholder engagement from within the Council’s diverse range of functional areas, members of the youth centre and members of four (4) Council Advisory Committees.

 

In addition, the feedback received from the public exhibition period has been valuable in reviewing and improving the Draft CRP. The inclusion of these amendments has helped to produce more defined targets and actions, that will enable a more effective local response to our changing climate and provide the opportunity for a more resilient community.


 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That:-

 

1.   Receive and note the report;

2.   Adopt the Revised Draft Climate Resilience Plan (shown attached as AT-1); and

3.   Conduct the next review of the Climate Resilience Plan in 2026 and report on progress annually through Council’s Annual Report.

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Brisby

Executive Manager

Environmental Services Division

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1 View

Revised Draft Climate Resilience Plan (to be updated)

64 Pages

 

  


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 16 August 2021

Finalisation of Draft Dog Strategy

 

 

Subject:          Finalisation of Draft Dog Strategy    

Record No:    SU8288 - 49326/21

Division:         Open Space and Urban Services Division

Author(s):      Helen Haigh 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

Council resolved at the July 2020 Council meeting to develop a Dog Strategy as a proactive way to provide a strategic approach to the future provision of off-leash dog spaces. A consultant was engaged to develop the Strategy in early 2021. The strategy contains recommendations to improve communication and education through the creation of Communications Plan and dog related training events This aims to provide a positive atmosphere that assists dog owners in learning about dog ownership and training in conjunction with creating a more harmonious use of public open space for all.

 

A public exhibition of the Draft Strategy was carried out for 6 weeks from 23 June until 4 August 2021. Twenty-two (22) submissions have been received. Amendments have been made to this document following community consultation and the Dog Strategy is now presented to Council for adoption.

 

Background

 

Council resolved at the July 2020 Council meeting to develop a Dog Strategy as a proactive way to provide a strategic approach to the future provision of off-leash dog spaces. A consultant was engaged to develop the Strategy in early 2021.

 

Council resolved at its meeting 21 June 2020 that: -

 

1.         Council adopt for the purpose of public exhibition, the Draft Dog Friendly Strategy;

 

2.         Council undertake community consultation for a period of six (6) weeks as per the

consultation strategy outlined in the report; and

 

3.         Following the exhibition period, the Draft Dog Strategy, together with a report on

any submissions received and any proposed amendments, be considered by Council.

 

Discussion

 

The strategy was placed on public exhibition for six (6) weeks from 23rd June to 4th August 2021.  The consultation strategy involved the following: -

 

·    E-newsletter (July 2021);

·    Online ‘Have Your Say’ to the Draft Dog Strategy;

·    Facebook post to notify community of ‘Have Your Say’; and

·    Signs at dog off-leash areas.

 

Twenty Two (22) written submissions were received in relation to the Draft Dog Strategy. Comments and issues raised are summarised in the table below. Copies of the full submissions have been circulated separately to Councillors. A range of feedback was submitted including some that were seeking more opportunities for dogs in public spaces and others that were concerned the Strategy was providing too many opportunities for dogs.

 

Comments and Issues Raised in Submissions

 

Comment

Response

Kingsford Smith Oval (KSO) (mentioned 6 times) - Concern about the gates, too many dogs on the oval, Council not listening to Lane Cove Dog Lovers Association (LCDLA).

Council have worked with the community during 2020 to establish a fair system.  Whilst the situation will never suit all users of the space, a compromise has been made with gates opening and closing at set times. This has contributed to creating a safer work environment for Council staff. A full report and minutes on these decisions can be found on Council website at the December 2020 Council Meeting.

Council have worked closely with the LCDLA to develop a Code of Conduct at KSO. This included holding several meetings to amend the Code with the final copy sent 7 October 2020 to the president. Council also met with the president of the group as part of the stakeholder consultations for this strategy. 

Bushland (mentioned 4 times) – dog poo, off-leash dog, concern about prohibiting dogs.

A Communication Plan will be developed and include education and interpretive signs about disposal of dog poo, keeping dogs on leash in bushland areas.  Council to investigate declarations as wildlife protection areas to serve to increase awareness of the ecological significance of bushland for wildlife by having dogs on-leash not prohibiting dogs.

Fencing (mentioned 3 times)

 

The current situation where fences are located will remain. A description of a Dog Park is included in the strategy as well as best practice design guidelines.  The guidelines will be utilised along with community consultation if removal or the addition of a fence is sought.

Sportsgrounds (mentioned 3 times) - Inadequate time available for dogs on sportsgrounds. Call for more flexible rules to sharing the space, call for fully enclosed.

A sportsground is a sportsground first and foremost.  Council opted to designate sportsgrounds as off-leash areas as part of the 2007 review. Sportsgrounds will remain off-leash areas when organised sports is not being played.  Any group has access to book a sportsground. Sportsgrounds will not be fully enclosed.  Dog Parks will be fully fenced.

Dog Incidents / Attacks – not enough information, attacks over stated. (mentioned 2 times)

 

A paragraph has been added to the ‘Legal Framework’ section of the strategy to cover dog incidents.  All data is readily accessible from the Office of Local Government.  Information on dog attacks is reported to this portal by Council Rangers on a monthly basis.

The Canopy - Loss of public space, privatisation of space. (mentioned 2 times)

Lane Cove Village is a dog-friendly on-leash space.  Dogs have been prohibited from The Village Green (grass area) and areas as prescribed under the Companion Animals Act. Areas below ground level are privately managed.

Comparison of size of off-leash areas with other Councils not included. (mentioned 2 times)

 

Availability of total size of off-leash areas in surrounding LGA’s was not sought. As a comparison Ku-ring-gai (KRG) LGA is 86km2 compared to 11km2 for Lane Cove LGA.  KRG Council have 21 OLA’s while LCC has 19 OLA’s.  It is apparent the OLA’s are going to be smaller in LCC in comparison to KRG due to the amount of available open space.

Suggested for how to report dog incidents, existing dog clubs and other resources available as website resources. (mentioned 2 times).

A Communications Plan will be developed and include the creation of a central webpage for dog related resources and information.

Responsible Ownership – for dog owners, other citizens and Council staff. Concern about people who are afraid of dogs. (mentioned 2 times)

The strategy includes the role of Council Rangers and refers to responsible dog ownership.  Council acknowledges some citizens are frightened of dogs and has taken this into consideration when preparing the best practice design guidelines. Rangers regularly patrol Councils open space areas.

Cats. (mentioned 2 times)

 

Council encourages cat owners to keep cats indoors at night. Information on responsible cat ownership can be found on Councils Wildlife webpage.

Poo bags and bin locations. (mentioned 2 times)

Bags and bins are provided at all off-leash areas.  Council recommends carrying dog poo bags when walking dogs. Education of correct disposal of dog poo will be incorporated in the Communications Plan.

Lighting of off-leash areas. (mentioned 2 times)

An Action Table has been created and included in the Strategy. An action has been included to investigate and consult with the community on lighting of off-leash dog areas.

Barking Dogs (at home). (mentioned once)

 

Dealing with barking dogs is dealt with through the EPA.  A link can be found on Councils website: https://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/your-environment/noise/neighbourhood-noise/dealing-with-barking-dogs

Concerns there are a lack of actions. (mentioned 2 times)

An Action Table has been added to the Strategy.

Transparent evidence-based approach. (mentioned once)

The Strategy demonstrates how information was gathered through Sections; Existing context, Investigations and Consultation. Followed by how the information was utilised in Sections Discussion through to Strategies. Then concludes with Recommendation and Actions.

Pesticides – notification periods and more information

Pesticide notification in these areas is carried out under the Pesticide Notification Plan 2019. An action has been included in the Action Table to investigate the length of notification period at off-leash areas.

Concern over the North Sydney Council option was not utilised.

The strategy includes further clarification why the default approach to dogs being allowed to be off-leash in all public spaces was not considered.

Presence of Dogs at Tambourine Bay/ Warraroon Reserve (mentioned once) and Bob Campbell Oval (mentioned 2 times)

Bushland staff and Council Rangers will work together to improve the education and enforcement of off-leash areas at Tamborine Bay Reserve and Warraroon Reserve. Bob Campbell Oval (BCO) off-leash areas are patrolled by Rangers. The Masterplan for this oval can be found on Councils website. Other concerns raised in regard to BCO Masterplan will be addressed by the Open Space Team through the ongoing project. To stay up to date please see the Councils Hot Topic webpage.

Concern about a reduction and an increase of off-leash areas. (mentioned 2 times)

Existing off-leash areas are to be retained and no additional areas have been proposed. A hierarchical system and best practice design guidelines have been established to assist in any future proposals after community consultation.

 

Comments were made for specific areas as noted in the table below.

 

Playground

number of comments

Playground

number of comments

Kingsford Smith Oval

6

The Canopy

2

Pottery Green

4

Tambourine Bay

2

Blackman Park

3

Tantallon Oval

2

Bob Campbell Oval

2

 

 

 

Proposed Amendments to the Plan

 

Feedback from the community has been acknowledged and specific amendments have been made to the Dog Strategy. The amendments are displayed in the table below and the updated Dog Strategy is attached at AT-1.

 

Section

Amendment

Executive Summary - recommendations

Written to be consistent with Section 7. Summary Recommendations.  Points reworded for clarification were;

·    The “village green” at The Canopy to be a dog prohibited area. No additional dog prohibited areas are warranted.

·    No other changes are proposed to the existing arrangements for fencing and gates at other off-leash areas.

·      Consideration will be given to classifying bushland reserves as wildlife protection areas to assist in increasing awareness of environmental significance of bushland for wildlife.

2.2 Legal Framework and 6.10.2 Digital and paper-based Information

Addition of dot point about penalties in relation to the Companion Animals Act. Exact penalties not specified as this is determined by NSW legislation. 

2.4 Existing Arrangement s for Dogs in Lane Cove Council Area

Addition of Reporting and enforcing attacks and incidents heading and paragraph

Addition of Commercial Dog Walking heading and paragraph

2.5 Relevant Plans and Strategies

Addition of Keeping Animals Policy heading and paragraph.

3.2 Best practice design of Dog Parks

Addition of dot point to consider “potential conflict with the existing path network and access to other public amenities”

 

4 Community and Stakeholder Feedback

Community Survey – expanded paragraph to clarify the survey was utilised to create the strategy.

5.3 What is the right default framework?

An additional sentence has been added for further explanation on why the North Sydney Council default was not considered.

6.8 Bushland Reserves

Paragraph expanded to clarify wildlife protection areas statement.

7 Summary of Recommendations

Written to be consistent with Executive Summary recommendations dot points

7 Summary of Recommendations

Addition of Table of Actions – as shown below

Table of Actions

The actions have been taken from the recommendations and prioritised. Council has a standard priority framework within all its plans, with priorities categorised as, Beneficial (standard priority), Important (Medium Priority), Critical (High Priority).

 

Recommendation

Action

Priority

1

Manage and maintain off-leash areas and Dog Parks

Ongoing

Beneficial Ongoing

2

Consider extending flag system in use at Kingsford Smith Oval to other shared sportsgrounds

Council to consult with community sports groups and parks users

Important

 

3

Consider extending the pesticides notification period to allow dog owners to choose if they wish to avoid the

space for a longer period

Council to establish and implement longer notification period for pesticide use in off-leash dog areas

Critical

4

Audit and review location and content of all dog related signage

Council to develop plan to prioritise audit schedule for parks

Important

Ongoing audits once schedule developed

5

Create a comprehensive Information, Education and Communications Plan to identifies the role and best use of each means of communicating with the community

Council to develop Communication Plan

Important

Ongoing implementation of Communications Plan once developed

6

Educate and inform (i.e. through dog related training events and activities) requirements and expected standards of behaviour of dogs and their owners in public places

Include in Communications Plan

Important

 

7

Include a central hub for dog related information on Council’s website as part of Communications Plan

Include in Communications Plan

Critical

8

Consideration will be given to classifying bushland reserves as wildlife protection areas to achieve greater consistency with other Northshore councils

Council with consult with community

Important

 

9

Create interpretive signage at bushland entries that explains environmental significance of bushland areas and sensitivity to a range of risks including dogs

Include in Communications Plan

Important

 

10

Investigate public lighting to extend the use of off-leash areas. Carry out a trial if appropriate as part of the investigation.

Council to investigate options and develop implementation plan

Beneficial

11

Consideration will be given to classifying

bushland reserves as wildlife protection areas to achieve greater consistency with other Northshore councils

Council to consult with community

Important

 

12

Investigate appropriateness of swimming area for dogs at Blackman Park.  Follow up with a trial

Council to consult with community

Beneficial

13

Enforce the requirements and expected standards of behaviour of dogs and their owners in public places

Council to continue with education and enforcement of Companion Animals Act

Critical

14

Review Dog Strategy

Review every 5 years

Beneficial

15

Include Dog Strategy within the planning framework of the Lane Cove Open Space Plan and update plans where necessary

Include dog strategy when relevant plans are up for review

Important

 

 

Conclusion

 

The community has had the opportunity to comment on the draft Dog Strategy. The submissions have been reviewed and changes, as noted above, have been made to the document. The Dog Strategy is now recommended for adoption by Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council adopt the Revised Dog Strategy included as AT-1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martin Terescenko

Executive Manager - Open Space and Urban Services

Open Space and Urban Services Division

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1 View

Revised Dog Strategy 2021

54 Pages

 

  


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 16 August 2021

Council Response Cumberland Council Community Needs 

 

 

Subject:          Council Response Cumberland Council Community Needs      

Record No:    SU6250 - 50384/21

Division:         Human Services Division

Author(s):      Corinne Hitchenson 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

At the Extraordinary Council Meeting on 2 August 2021, Council resolved to contact Cumberland City Council (Cumberland Council) to ascertain the needs of their community during the current COVID-19 pandemic and identify how Lane Cove may be able to assist. This report is an update on the activities to date.

 

Background

 

At the Extraordinary Council Meeting on 2 August 2021, Council acknowledged that residents in the local government areas such as Cumberland Council are suffering mentally and financially and that the extended lockdown highlights the issue of some families going without food.

 

It was resolved that Council:

 

·    “In the first instance contact the Mayor of Cumberland, Councillor Steve Christo to establish what the needs are the Cumberland community;

 

·    Approach the store managers of Woolworths, Coles (Lane Cove), and other organisations if required, to develop and implement a process for the collection and distribution of store cards (Woolworths/Coles) to the residents of the Cumberland LGA as directed by the Mayor and/or his representative(s) of Cumberland Council; and,

 

·    Submit a report on progress to the August meeting of Council”

 

Council contacted Cumberland Council, including a letter to Mayor Steve Christo, to help ascertain the needs of the local community.

 

Currently Cumberland Council is connecting people in need with local providers and charities who can assist with food and essential items. The Council is also developing an ‘Assistance Register’ where people in need can register what they need and people/organisations/companies who have goods/services to offer can register and be connected with them. 

 

Initial conversations with local supermarkets have established their interest in identifying how best to support the cause with the collection process for store gift cards presenting some practical considerations, including security challenges.

 

It is understood that the charity Foodbank is currently running a lockdown appeal for NSW residents which provides the opportunity for donations of funds, food or services for those who are unable to source food. With a surge in requests for support, Lane Cove locals can, for example, consider donating a crisis hamper to Australians in need for a tax deductible donation of $35 and/or explore other opportunities to lend their support to residents outside the Lane Cove area by visiting www.foodbank.org.au. The Foodbank distribution warehouse is currently open during lockdown. 

 

 

 

Discussion

 

Lane Cove locals have continued to show their generosity throughout crisis appeals including recent drought relief fundraisers. Council has to date promoted the donation of goods to the local Sydney Community Services however prior to this report had not identified how locals could support fellow Sydneysiders experiencing challenges due the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

 

While we await further confirmation from Cumberland Council following their establishment of an Assistance Register, Council can help raise awareness of the Foodbank crisis hampers which can help to provide food to those in need. Upon receiving further clarification from Cumberland Council, Lane Cove can then recommence conversations with local supermarkets about a store gift card and/or pursue other avenues of support identified by Cumberland Council.   

 

Conclusion

 

Council can help Sydneysiders experiencing challenges such as food security due to COVID-19 lockdowns by promoting the Foodbank charity which helps to provide food to those who are going without.

 

In addition, Council can continue to show its support to Cumberland Council residents in response to the needs identified in their Assistance Register including, if required, continuing to establish a process for Lane Cove locals to donate supermarket gift cards.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That:-

1.   Council promote the opportunity for locals to donate to Foodbank to help unite those in need with food; and,

2.   Continue to liaise with Cumberland Council on the specific ways to offer support to their community.

 

 

 

 

 

Jane Gornall

Executive Manager - Human Services

Human Services Division

 

ATTACHMENTS:

There are no supporting documents for this report.


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 16 August 2021

Successful Grant Application from Safer Roads Program for Centennial Ave and Mowbray Road

 

 

Subject:          Successful Grant Application from Safer Roads Program for Centennial Ave and Mowbray Road    

Record No:    SU1326 - 49733/21

Division:         Open Space and Urban Services Division

Author(s):      Sashika Perera 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

In July 2021, the NSW Government announced that funding under the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program is expected to improve 97 crash sites on New South Wales roads from 2021 to 2023. It also announced a list of successful projects for the 21/22 financial year, which included the following projects for Council:-

 

·    Upgrade of the Mowbray Road bend between Ralston and Roslyn Streets; and,

·    Mowbray Road/Centennial Avenue traffic signal upgrade.

Council has secured $690,000 under the Australian Safer Roads Program for both projects.

 

The grants provide 100% funding for the upgrade of the Mowbray Road bend between Ralston and Roslyn Streets whilst the grant for the Mowbray Road/Centennial Avenue traffic signal upgrade partially covers the cost. This project was originally planned to be 100% funded by Council in the 2022/23 Budget and Council’s agreement is being sought to bring the project forward and fund the balance of the Mowbray Road/Centennial Avenue intersection upgrade project by varying the 2021/2022 Budget.

 

Discussion

 

The NSW Government administers funding under the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program. Grants are awarded based on a benefit to costs ratio. A points system that has regard to crash frequency, severity and human impacts allowing calculation of the benefits of the works, which is then compared to the cost of the project. The higher the benefit to cost ratio, the higher change the project will receive funding.

 

Council made an application under the program upgrade of the Mowbray Road bend between Ralston and Roslyn Streets and the Mowbray Road/Centennial Avenue traffic signal upgrade. The Ralston and Roslyn Streets had a higher score, which is why Council was able to 100% funding, compared to the lower scoring Mowbray Road/Centennial Avenue traffic signal upgrade, where only partial funding was obtainable as the full cost of the project would result in a lower benefit to cost ratio.

 

To be eligible for the Blackspot program, project proposal needs to demonstrate a benefit to cost ratio of at least 2 to 1. However, to compete with other priority projects across NSW, Council always strives for a strong benefit to cost ratio to secure funding.

 

Upgrade of the Mowbray Road bend between Ralston and Roslyn Streets

 

Mowbray Road between Ralston and Roslyn Streets has historically seen multiple off-road crashes on the bend. In the 2014/15 financial year, Council implemented an anti-skid surface and hazard/advisory signs. Post implementation monitoring indicated that the number of crashes at the bend significantly reduced.

 

However, as the anti-skid surface reached its life expectancy, the number of crashes also increased. Between July 2014 and June 2019, there were eight crashes recorded at the site where four were left off carriageway crashes and two head on crashes. The existing guardrail at the bend has been replaced five times between 2018 and 2020.

 

While antiskid surfacing has proven to be an effective short-term solution, a redesign of the road is required to address the root cause of the issue which is super elevation of the carriageway.

 

The scope of improvement works involves:

·    Design and adjustment to super elevation of bend;

·    Reconstruction of kerb and gutter and road pavement;

·    Application of skid resistance surface.

The design and construction of the project is 100% covered by the grant of $315,000.

 

The grant timeframe for the works, weather permitting and subject to site conditions, requires completion by the end of the 2021/2022 financial year.

 

Mowbray Road/Centennial Avenue traffic signal upgrade

 

The right turn movement from Mowbray Road West into Centennial Avenue has been an ongoing concern, particularly during peak hours given the lack of gaps in traffic flow travelling westbound. This has been exacerbated by the lack of a designated right turn lane and signalised arrow.

Over the last five years (1 July 2014 to 30 June 2019), there were six right turn crashes recorded where vehicles turning right from Mowbray Road (western approach) into Centennial Avenue collided with westbound traffic.

 

The intersection has also seen six off road crashes where five crashes involved motorcycles during wet weather.

 

The scope of works is as follows: 

·    Installation of designated signalised right turn arrow from Mowbray Road West into Centennial Avenue;

·    Introduction of a designated right turn lane from Mowbray Road West into Centennial Avenue;

·    Introduction of an additional right turn lane from Centennial Avenue into Mowbray Road West;

·    Continuation of the Shared User Path up to the intersection.

The total estimated cost of the project is $1.1M. Under the grant, the project has been allocated $377,000. Originally, the project was proposed to be budgeted for the 2022/23 financial year.

 

Council made its Blackspot submission in September 2020 and given the announcement for the successful projects was not made until July 2021 the budget for the 2021/22 financial year has no funding for Council’s contribution. If Council wishes to proceed, this year’s budget will need to be varied to fund the remainder of the project. It is proposed to forward fund the balance of the project from the Capital Works Reserve, which has a sufficient balance to cover the $723,000 difference.

 

The grant timeframe for the works, weather permitting and subject to site conditions, requires completion by the end of the 2021/2022 financial year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:-

 

1.   Receive and note the report;

2.   accept the 2021/2022 Safer Roads Program Grants for Mowbray Road between Ralston and Roslyn Streets and the Mowbray Road/Centennial Avenue traffic signal upgrade; and

 

3.   fund the balance of the Mowbray Road/Centennial Avenue traffic signal upgrade project by varying the 2021/2022 Budget to forward fund the balance of the project from the Capital Works Reserve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martin Terescenko

Executive Manager - Open Space and Urban Services

Open Space and Urban Services Division

 

ATTACHMENTS:

There are no supporting documents for this report.


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 16 August 2021

NSW Housing SEPP Consultation - Draft Submission

 

 

Subject:          NSW Housing SEPP Consultation - Draft Submission    

Record No:    SU8053 - 49334/21

Division:         Environmental Services Division

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

 

 

Executive Summary

 

The NSW Government has developed a new draft State Environmental Planning Policy for Housing (Housing SEPP) which aims to facilitate the delivery of more diverse and affordable housing types. The aim of this report is to summarise these changes, and to authorise the General Manager to make a submission on matters which are considered to have a negative impact on Lane Cove. 

 

A previous Explanation of Intended Effect (EIE) (AT-1) for a proposed Housing SEPP was exhibited between 29 July and 9 September 2020. Council made a submission to the EIE (AT-2) and supported a number of changes including the amalgamation of the Affordable Rental Housing SEPP, the Housing for Seniors and People with a Disability SEPP, and the Affordable Housing (Revised Schemes) SEPP to more accurately reflect the housing needs and preferences of the broader community. Council also identified issues that were not supported such as build-to-rent housing permissibility in the B3 Commercial Core, parking and lift requirements for seniors housing.

 

A new consultation draft of the Housing SEPP (AT-3 and AT-4) has been prepared by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) to provide all stakeholders with the opportunity to offer feedback on new and amended planning provisions prior to the making of the SEPP. The exhibition period is 1 August to 29 August 2021, whch has provide limited opportunity for full evaluation and preparation of this report. This new Housing SEPP is intended to be finalised by DPIE by October 2021.

 

It is recommended that Council authorise the General Manager to make a submission on the Draft Housing SEPP as outlined in the report and includeg any other matters deemed relevant.

 

Background

 

Previous consultation - Explanation of Intended Effects

 

Between 29 July and 9 September 2020, DPIE exhibited an Explanation of Intended Effect (for a proposed Housing Diversity SEPP - now called Housing SEPP) that addressed matters related to seniors housing, build-to-rent housing, student housing, co-living, boarding houses, social housing developments.  

 

In the submission, Council outlined support for the following matters in the EIE:

·    removing the requirement for boarding houses to be mandated within the R2 – Low Density Residential zone;

·    amending the floor space ratio (FSR) bonus for all boarding house development to a standard maximum of 20%;

·    specific requirements to ensure affordability of boarding house apartments.

·    amendment to the definition of height for seniors housing to be the same as the Standard Instrument, as this would increase clarity and consistency;

·    a separate Standard Instrument definition for student housing and co-living, which should nevertheless allow councils to adopt standards that may have regard to local demand and context;

·    measures to ensure councils continue to address the loss of existing affordable housing by requiring monetary contributions, including allowing councils to levy monetary contributions to offset the loss of dwellings that were low-rental at any time within the 5 years preceding the lodgement of the development application;

·    amending the 'location and access to facilities' provisions so that point-to-point transport such as taxis, hire cars and ride share services cannot be used for the purpose of meeting the accessibility requirements. Otherwise, “access” depends entirely on the tenant’s capacity to pay for transport;

·    amending the SEPP provisions to clarify that development standards in a local environmental plan prevail to the extent of any inconsistency with the SEPP; and

·    site compatibility certificates (SCC) to be valid from 24 months to 5 years, provided that a development application is lodged within 12 months of the date on which the SCC is issued.

Apart from the removal of SCCs, these matters have been are carried forward into the draft SEPP.

 

Notwithstanding, Council’s submission also highlighted concern for the following matters. To date, there has not been a positive response to any of these issues raised by Council:

 

·    the Built-to-Rent housing model (now permitted in B3 Commercial Core areas) is a direct land use conflict and would have the potential to undermine the primacy of a commercial core and create unintended land use conflicts including noise, privacy, poor amenity and social disconnection. 

·    there should be a concentration threshold for the provision of age care development under the seniors SEPP, so that once a certain concentration of developments has been reached within a set area e.g. 2 square km, the SEPP will no longer apply.

·    the exemption from the lift access requirement for development applications made by or jointly with a social housing provider is not supported.

·    car parking for seniors housing developments should be mandated by Council’s Development Control Plans as opposed to a standard control applying across the state.

·    Council would support a generic standard or threshold to moderate the number of seniors housing developments in a given location.

Discussion

 

Main changes

 

The proposed Housing SEPP will now consolidate 5 SEPPs:

 

·    ARH SEPP;

·    Seniors SEPP;

·    SEPP No 70;

·    SEPP No 21—Caravan Parks; and

·    SEPP No 36—Manufactured Home Estates.

 

Also included are controls for Short-Term Rental Accommodation, Group Homes and Build-to-Rent.

 

The draft Housing SEPP consolidates existing provisions from these parent SEPPs, but not the provisions for caravan parks and manufactured home estates which will be transferred to the Housing SEPP in their current form. Comprehensive reviews of the regulatory frameworks for group homes, caravan parks and manufactured home estates will be conducted in late 2021 and will include further consultation.

 

The draft Housing SEPP does not include the newly made provisions relating to Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) social and affordable housing provisions, as a review of these provisions will be undertaken 24 months after the Housing SEPP is made, as part of a broader review. However, these provisions will be included in the final SEPP.

 

A majority of the proposed amendments through the Housing SEPP, including most notably the amalgamation of the SEPPs described above are supportable to more accurately meet the housing needs and preferences of the broader community. 

 

Decrease in FSR bonus for Seniors Housing

 

The proposed decrease in FSR bonuses for Seniors Housing, including for vertical villages is not supported. No explanation or justification is given for the diminishing of incentives. These are currently of minor incentive, and to reduce them further undermines the basic policy of supporting a diverse range of affordable housing, especially for a vulnerable group in society.

 

Removal of site compatibility certificates

 

The removal of the very lengthy process of seeking Site Compatibility Certificates (SCC) for seniors housing developments is particularly supported. This is made possible by the expansion of Seniors Housing to a wide range of zones, including all residential and commercial zones, and the removal of the definition of ‘land zoned primarily for urban purposes’. The result is more certainty and the removal of an unnecessary delay to processing.

 

Concentration of Seniors Housing

 

It is still considered that there should be a concentration threshold for the provision of age care development under the seniors SEPP, so that once a certain concentration of developments has been reached within a set area e.g. 2 square km, the SEPP should no longer apply. This is because the SEPP is sometimes used in order to access the concessions granted and areas can ultimately end up with an oversupply of seniors housing, placing demands on services and unintended, out-of-character built form outcomes.

 

Other amendments – Build-to-rent

 

The Housing SEPP also incorporates Build-to-rent (BTR) housing which is large-scale, purpose-built rental housing that is held in single ownership and professionally managed. The new BTR housing provisions include:

 

·    allow for development of BTR housing anywhere that residential flat buildings are permitted, as well as in the B3 Commercial Core.

·    introduce minimum car parking rates and apply councils’ maximum car parking rates where relevant.

·    apply council height and FSR standards.

·    prevent residential subdivision for 15 years in all zones, except the B3 zone where the BTR housing development cannot be subdivided into separate lots, in perpetuity.

·    require a consent authority to be satisfied that a BTR housing development in the B3 zone will be readily capable of conversion to commercial premises.

·    support the flexible application of the Apartment Design Guide, requiring consideration of the amenity provided by common spaces and shared facilities.

·    introduce a State Significant Development (SSD) pathway for BTR housing developments that have a CIV of more than $100 million for the Greater Sydney Region (except in the City of Sydney) and more than $50 million for development on other land.

 

Conclusion

 

As a relevant stakeholder, it is recommended that Council authorise the General Manager to submit this feedback and any other matters deemed relevant on the consultation draft by 29 August 2021 prior to the finalisation of the Housing SEPP.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:-

 

1.    Receive and note the report;

 

2.   Authorise the General Manager to make a submission on the Draft Housing SEPP and any other matters deemed relevant.

 

3.   A copy of Council’s final submission be circulated to Councillors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Brisby

Executive Manager

Environmental Services Division

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1 View

Draft Housing Diversity SEPP - Explanation of Intended Effect

30 Pages

Available Electronically

AT‑2 View

Previous Council Submission - September 2020

3 Pages

Available Electronically

AT‑3 View

New Housing SEPP - FAQs - August 2021

9 Pages

Available Electronically

AT‑4 View

Draft Housing SEPP consultation Plain English supporting document - August 2021

4 Pages

Available Electronically

  


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 16 August 2021

Update on NSW Planning Reforms

 

 

 

Subject:          Update on NSW Planning Reforms    

Record No:    SU3486 - 50417/21

Division:         Environmental Services Division

Author(s):      Mark Brisby; Craig Wrightson 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

The NSW planning system has been in a state of perpetual reform over the past decade, with the focus on increasing transparency and efficiency in decision-making, engaging communities, and the importance of strategic planning and integrated infrastructure delivery to meet the needs of the States growing population. More recently, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic the NSW Government has announced several initiatives to accelerate the creation of jobs and keep the economy moving.

 

This report provides an overview of the recent key changes within the NSW planning system and the likely impact upon Council in the coming months and years.

 

Background

 

An overhaul of the entire NSW planning system was proposed by the NSW Government almost a decade ago with the release of a “Green Paper” in 2012 and “White Paper” in 2013. A new Planning Act was proposed to replace the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (the EP&A Act), however this failed when the Planning Bill 2013 and Planning Administration Bill 2013 did not progress through the Upper House of the NSW Parliament.

 

Since this time, the EP&A Act has been amended in a piecemeal manner, generally in accordance with the fundamental reforms outlined in the Green and White Papers, to:

 

•       engage communities in decision-making;

•       improve evidence-based strategic planning;

•       have a streamlined and transparent approval system;

•       better integrate planning for infrastructure to support growth; and

•       provide a more robust, transparent and consistent building regulation and certification system.

 

Discussion


Since 2020, the
NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE)  has been undertaking a large policy reform program in line with the Planning Reform Action Plan. During this period, the rate of release of reform material has increased significantly placing stress on Council’s planning resources to consider and respond, while undertaking business as usual activities.

 

DPIE from March 2021 commenced producing a quarterly Planning and Public Spaces Outlook which identifies the extent of major planning reforms and other initiatives being implemented over a six-month period, a July – December edition has now been released and is included as AT-1. Staff will, going forward, monitor the release of the schedules work for the period, with a view to better programming resources to meet the tight timeframes for submissions on the relevant matters.

 

In the past 12 months Council has responded to the following:-

 

Period

Title

Comment

July 2020 – July 2021

Accelerated Assessment Programs and Council Report Public Spaces Legacy Program

DPIE undertook accelerated assessment of large-scale projects and Council participated in the Public Space Legacy Program to improve DA processing times.

July 2020

Rollout of NSW Planning Portal Digital Services

Council from 1 July 2020 exclusively accepts DAs via the portal. Council has integrated the transfer of documents into Council’ systems and developed a best practice fee payment via the new CRM system.

March 2021

Employment land uses – expanding complying development

Council did not make a submission but participated in a discussion group about making Data Centres complying development to outline Council’s experiences.

March 2021

Design and Place SEPP

No submission was made, awaiting detail in the next round when DPIE will release a consultation paper on the Draft Design and Place SEPP in late 2021.

April 2021

Council Report State Government's proposed changes to Clause 4.6 variations

Council opposed retrospective removal of prohibition of Cl 4.6 variations.

May 2021

Standard Conditions for certain types of development

Council staff are nearing completion of a review of these conditions to determine their suitability and opportunities for localisation.

June 2021

Staff Submission Employment Zones Reforms

Council opposed Amalgamation of B1 Neighbourhood Centres and B2 Local Centres and other matters.

July 2021

Council Report Infrastructure Contributions Reform

Council opposed the reduction in Contributions by limiting the Essential Works List and other matters.

August 2021

Housing SEPP

Report to this Council Meeting.

August – September 2021

Proposed Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2021

Consultation commenced on 10 August, closing 22 September 2021.

 

In addition, in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, in 2020 a suite of legislation changes and initiatives within the NSW planning system were implemented to keep the economy moving and support jobs growth. Specifically the measures, which were due to initially expire in September 2020, but were extended until March 20 21, and again to March 2022, include:-

·          Allowing retail premises, including supermarkets, to receive deliveries 24 hours a day;

·          Ministerial Orders for temporary cycleways, extended construction hours, food trucks and dark kitchens, temporary workers accommodation, home business operating hours and vehicle sanitation stations;

·          Enabling the public inspection of documents through the NSW Planning Portal.

·          Provisions for public meetings and public hearings of planning bodies to be held online;

·          Amending the timing of local infrastructure contribution payments to later in the development process; and

·          Extending the time where a development consent “lapses” and clarifying when commencement” of a development consent occurs.

 

On 10 June 2021, a further Ministerial Order was signed to allow construction work to occur from 7am to 5pm on Saturday and limited work from 9am to 5pm on Sunday, to ensure workers can practice social distancing and allow work to continue safely throughout the pandemic. The Order requires all feasible and reasonable measures to minimise noise are taken and only allows low noise work on Sundays, such as tiling, painting and safety checks. DPIE is evaluating all the temporary measures to determine if any should remain in place permanently.

 

Finally, the Greater Sydney Commission has announced the commencement of a two-year review process of the Greater Sydney Region Plan with the release of Next Steps for Greater Sydney, July 2021, marking the formal beginning of this process and outlining the steps for review.

 

Conclusion

 

As this report demonstrates, the NSW planning system is undergoing significant reform with the NSW DPIE continuing to roll out changes. The July quarterly Planning and Public Spaces Outlook outlines significant future reforms, which will continue to pose significant stress on Council’s available planning resources while attempting to maintain business as usual. Councils have, through LGNSW raised concerns with the DPIE about the cumulative impact of the reforms and resourcing.

 

The DPIE has acknowledged that the demands on councils for engagement are considerable but highlights the need for the reforms are greater than ever, given the planning system’s role in assisting economic recovery post the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Council will continue to be advised of changes and their likely impact, as relevant.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That the report be received and noted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Brisby

Executive Manager

Environmental Services Division

 

 

 

Craig Wrightson

General Manager

General Managers Unit

 

ATTACHMENTS:

There are no supporting documents for this report.


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 16 August 2021

Fourth Quarter Review  - Delivery Program and Operational Plan 2020 - 21

 

 

Subject:          Fourth Quarter Review  - Delivery Program and Operational Plan 2020 - 21    

Record No:    SU238 - 45490/21

Division:         Corporate Services Division

Author(s):      Simon Cole 

 

 

Executive Summary

This report reviews quarterly progress between April and June 2021 towards the goals and strategies adopted by Council in the 2020-21 Delivery Program and Operational Plan.  It is recommended that the report be received and noted.

 

Background

The 2020-21 Delivery Program and Operational Plan was endorsed by Council on 15 June 2020. 

The quarterly review of the 2020-21 Operational Plan assists Council to measure performance in meeting the key areas of focus in Council’s Delivery Program.  

The achievements in the financial year and during the Council term are reported against the aspirations of the community contained in the goals and objectives of the Community Strategic Plan, “Liveable Lane Cove: 2035”.

 

Discussion

The Fourth Quarter Review of the 2020–2021 Delivery Program and Operational Plan is attached at AT-1

 

Notable achievements during the quarter include:-

 

·    2021 Shoreshocked youth music festival organised with other Northern Sydney Councils;

·    2021 Seniors Festival held with most events booked out;

·    First ANZAC Day held at The Canopy with more than 800 people attending;

·    Adoption of the Village Public Art program with site-specific artwork selected for two sites;

·    World Environment Day was celebrated in the Plaza (5 June) promoting worldwide awareness and action for the environment;

·    Lane Cove Sport and Recreation Precinct development application submitted (2 June);

·    Lane Cove’s first ever Community Panel, comprising 35 local community members, came together to develop a vision and criteria for the greenspace currently occupied by the Lane Cove Golf Course. 

·    Community consultations held including an information session regarding the design for the St Leonards Plaza;

·    Longueville Park upgrade - The Deborah Hutchens Playground opened;

·    The Lane Cove Literary Awards 2021 opened (3 June);

·    The Greening our Cities Grant allowing for the planting of over 300 street trees was completed in the last two financial quarters of 2021; and,

·    A Lane Cove flora survey was completed, including mapping of vegetation and identification of flora species.  

·    The Canopy won the Greater Sydney Commission – Developer Supported by Infrastructure Award Category.

 

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receive and note the Fourth Quarter Review of the 2020-2021 Delivery Program and Operational Plan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steven Kludass

Executive Manager - Corporate Services

Corporate Services Division

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1 View

4th Quarter Delivery Program and Operational Plan 2020 - 2021

60 Pages

Available Electronically

  


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 16 August 2021

Council Snapshot July 2021

 

 

Subject:          Council Snapshot July 2021    

Record No:    SU220 - 49956/21

Division:         General Managers Unit

Author(s):      Craig Wrightson 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

Attached for the information of Councillors is a review of Council’s recent activities. This report provides a summary of the operations of each division for July 2021.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That: the report be reviewed and noted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Wrightson

General Manager

General Managers Unit

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1 View

Monthly Snapshot July 2021

23 Pages