STANDING Committee

Environment and Planning

Notice of Meeting

Monday, 11 December 2017

 

 

Wednesday, 06 December 2017

 

 

An Environment and Planning Committee Meeting will be held at 6.00pm on Monday 11,  December 2017, in the Dragon Room, Level 1, Georges River Civic Centre, corner Dora and MacMahon Streets, Hurstville, for the consideration of the business available on Council's website at at http://www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/Council/Council-Meetings.

 

 

 

 

 

Gail Connolly

General Manager

 

 

BUSINESS

1.      Apologies

2.      Disclosures of Interest

3.      Minutes of previous meetings

4.      Committee Reports

 


Environment and Planning Committee Meeting

Summary of Items

Monday, 11 December 2017

 

Previous Minutes

MINUTES: Environment and Planning - 13 November 2017 (17/1831)

Committee Reports

ENV010-17       Report on Submissions - Exhibition of Notification and Advertising Development Control Plans

(Report by Strategic Planner)....................................................................................... 2

ENV011-17       Amendment No. 8 to DCP No. 2 - Hurstville City Centre for 108, 112 and 124 Forest Road and 1 and 3 Wright Street, Hurstville (the "Bing Lee" site)

(Report by Senior Strategic Planner)....................................................................... 82

ENV012-17       Bankstown-Hurstville Bushfire Management Committee - Appointment of Councillor delegate

(Report by Head of Executive Services)................................................................ 313

ENV013-17       Amendment No.2 Generic Plan of Management - General Community Use Areas

(Report by Senior Planner)...................................................................................... 314

ENV014-17       Economic Development Strategy and Place Making Program

(Report by Manager Strategic Planning)............................................................... 369

ENV015-17       Recruitment of Community Representatives for the new Local Planning Panel (LPP), formerly known as Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP)

(Report by Manager Development and Building)................................................ 389   

 


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Committee Reports

Item:                   ENV010-17        Report on Submissions - Exhibition of Notification and Advertising Development Control Plans 

Author:              Strategic Planner

Directorate:      Environment and Planning

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

Recommendation

(a)       THAT Council resolve, pursuant to Section 74C of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, and in accordance with Clause 21 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000, to approve the amendment to Hurstville Development Control Plan No.1 – Part 2.2, Hurstville Development Control Plan No.2 – Part 2.4 and Kogarah Development Control Plan 2013 – Part A2 relating to notification and advertising provisions as described in this report.

 

(b)       THAT Council give public notice of the decision to approve the amendment to Hurstville Development Control Plan No.1, Hurstville Development Control Plan No.2 and Kogarah Development Control Plan 2013, in the local paper within 28 days in accordance with Clause 21 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.

 

(c)       THAT Council endorse the General Manager to make minor modifications to any numerical, typographical, interpretation and formatting errors, if required, in the finalisation of the draft plan.

 

(d)       THAT those persons who made a submission on the draft amendments to Hurstville Development Control Plan No.1, Hurstville Development Control Plan No.2 and Kogarah Development Control Plan 2013 be advised of Council’s decision.

Executive Summary

1.      Council at its meeting dated 7 August 2017 resolved to publicly exhibit the draft amendments to Hurstville Development Control Plan No. 1 (“HDCP No.1”), Hurstville Development Control Plan No. 2 (“HDCP No.2”), and Kogarah Development Control Plan 2013 (“KDCP”).

 

2.      The objective of the proposed amendment is to harmonise the notification and advertising requirements for development applications to ensure consistency with all development applications throughout the Georges River Local Government Area (“LGA”).

 

3.      The proposed amendment replaces the existing requirements for notification and advertising of development applications (“DAs”) across all three DCPs.

 

4.      The draft amendments to all three existing DCPs were exhibited from Wednesday 20 September 2017 to Friday 20 October 2017 and eight (8) submissions were received.

 

5.      A number of comments regarding the proposed amendments have also been received from Council staff.

 

6.      All submissions have been reviewed. Consideration of the submissions in relation to the exhibited draft DCP amendments is provided in Attachment 1 where a response is provided to address each submission. The draft DCP has been amended in consideration of the issues raised in the submissions.

 

7.      This report provides details of the public exhibition of the draft amendments to HDCP No.1, HDCP No.2 and KDCP, and recommends that Council approve the draft DCP as amended in Attachments 2-4.

 

Background

8.      The requirements for notification and advertising of DAs for Georges River Council are currently located in three different DCPs. These are:

 

·    Hurstville Development Control Plan No.1 – Part 2.2

·    Hurstville Development Control Plan No.2 – Part 2.4

·    Kogarah Development Control Plan 2012 – Part A2

 

9.      The notification and advertising requirements are inconsistent throughout the LGA in terms of the types of applications that are notified and the extent of notification.

 

10.    An amendment to the three DCPs is proposed so that the notification requirements are clear, consistent and easily understood for different development types across the whole LGA. The amendment to the DCPs will involve the replacement of the above DCP chapters with the new DCP provisions.

 

11.    Benefits of consistent requirements for the notification and advertising of DAs include:

 

·    Greater certainty for customer service staff in receipting applications;

·    One set of notification standards for development types;

·    Increased community confidence in which developments are notified;

·    Assisting applicants in determining whether a notification or advertising fee is required and reduce time spent requesting additional fees for notification if not paid; and

·    Assisting in the implementation of the NSW Planning Portal.

 

12.    Key elements of the draft DCP involves the categorisation of DAs based on the type of development proposed to determine the extent of notification and advertising that is required.

 

13.    A total of four categories have been established:

 

·    Category A – DAs which will not be notified as they are unlikely to have an adverse impact on the locality, e.g. applications for subdivision, fully compliant secondary dwellings which are not located within 1.5m of the boundary or affected by flooding, internal alterations, etc

·    Category B – Minor developments which will be notified, but are unlikely to have a major impact on the amenity of the locality, e.g. new dual occupancies, new dwelling houses in the foreshore area, new semi-detached dwellings, etc

·    Category C – Other local developments which will be notified, and are likely to have a major impact on the amenity of the locality, e.g. new multi dwelling housing, new residential flat buildings, new child care centres, etc

·    Category D – Major developments which will be advertised due to the significant impacts that may be generated by the development, e.g. demolition and/or alteration of a heritage item, new schools and hospitals, new and/or intensification of places of public worship, etc

 

Public Exhibition

14.    The draft amendments to HDCP No.1, HDCP No.2 and KDCP were placed on public exhibition from Wednesday 20 September 2017 to Friday 20 October 2017. An advertisement was placed in the St George Leader newspaper on Wednesday 20 September notifying of the proposed DCP amendment.

 

15.    The proposed notification and advertising provisions of the DCPs were available for viewing in hard copy at the Hurstville Civic Centre, Hurstville Library and Kogarah Library. The draft plan was also available electronically on Council's website.

 

Submissions Received

16.    A total of ten (10) submissions were received during the public exhibition period – eight (8) submissions from the public and two (2) submissions from Council staff. These submissions relate to a number of items, including requests:

 

·    To increase the area of notification, including DAs pertaining to places of public worship;

·    To increase the notification period, including DAs pertaining to places of public worship;

·    For all places of public worship DAs to be notified and advertised;

·    For site signs to be placed on all developments and photographic evidence of the site sign to be made publicly available;

·    For all DAs to be advertised in the St George Leader newspaper;

·    For clarification on the assessment criteria for minor local developments that are considered to not require notification, including ancillary structures and internal alterations and additions;

·    For all DAs relating to asbestos demolition to be notified;

·    For all new signage DAs to be advertised;

·    For dwelling house DAs that propose first floor side balconies be notified;

·    For secondary dwellings to be notified when they are in close proximity to another habitable dwelling or on a flood-affected site;

·    For change of use DAs pertaining to restricted premises, funeral homes and places of public worship to be notified;

·    For dwelling house DAs to be notified when the proposal is located within the foreshore locality;

·    To insert additional note regarding the notification requirements of Complying Developments;

·    For more stringent assessment criteria to be applied in determining the notification requirements of residential swimming pools and outbuildings; and

·    To remove the requirement of site sign advertisement for dual occupancy developments.

 

17.    All submissions have been reviewed. Consideration of the submissions in relation to the exhibited draft DCP amendments is provided in Attachment 1 where a response is provided to address each submission.

 

18.    The key areas of issues raised in all submissions include:

 

·    Area and period of notification

·    Assessment criteria for notification

·    Notification and advertising of places of public worship developments

·    Placement of site signs to advertise developments

·    Advertisement of developments in the local newspaper

 

Post-exhibition Amendments

19.    In response to the submissions received, the publicly exhibited draft HDCP No.1, HDCP No.2 and KDCP have been amended.

 

20.    A comparison of the exhibited DCP provisions and proposed amendments are provided below in Table A. Proposed amendments are shown in italics.

Table A – Comparison of Exhibited DCP and Proposed Amendments

DCP Section

Exhibited

Proposed Amendment

Category A – Applications Which Will Not Be Notified

a)   The following types of development will not be notified:

·    The proposal development is classified as exempt or complying development under State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008;

·    Applications for strata, stratum or company title subdivision; and

·    Applications for works in drainage easements (i.e. pipe laying)

b)   In addition to those land uses listed in (a) above, the following types of development (Development Types / Land Uses) are excluded from notification subject to meeting the Criteria listed in Table 1 below.

a)   The following types of development will not be notified:

·    The proposal development is classified as exempt or complying development under State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008;

·    Applications for strata, stratum or company title subdivision; and

·    Applications for works in drainage easements (i.e. pipe laying)

b)   In addition to those land uses listed in (a) above, the following types of development (Development Types / Land Uses) are excluded from notification subject to meeting the Criteria listed in Table 1 below.

Note: All potential impacts of the development will be assessed by Council officers in relation to the relevant DCP and LEP. Developments which are fully compliant or only feature a negligible non-compliance are unlikely to generate an adverse impact.

Category A – Applications Which Will Not Be Notified

Table 1

Development Type:

Demolition of buildings

 

Criteria:

Subject to the building not being a State listed heritage item; or a heritage item in Schedule 5 of Hurstville LEP 2012; or a building in a heritage conservation area.

Criteria:

Subject to the building not being:

§ a State listed heritage item; or

§ a heritage item in Schedule 5 of the relevant Local Environmental Plan; or

§ a building in a heritage conservation area.

Category A – Applications Which Will Not Be Notified

Table 1

Development Type:

Applications for new signage

Criteria:

Subject to the signage not being illuminated and located in a residential zone.

Criteria:

Subject to the signage not being:

§ illuminated; and

§ located in a residential zone.

Category A – Applications Which Will Not Be Notified

Table 1

Development Type:

Change of use

Criteria:

Subject to the change of use:

i)      not being in a residential zone; and

ii)     not relying on the provisions of Division 10 – Existing Uses of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act; and

iii)    not being for any of the following land uses:

§ Pub

§ Sex services premises

§ Registered club

§ Child care centre

and

iv)    The proposed operating hours of the business are between 6:00am – 10:00pm.

Criteria:

Subject to the change of use:

i)    not being in a residential zone; and

ii)   not relying on the provisions of Division 10 – Existing Uses of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act; and

iii)  not being for any of the following land uses:

§ Pub

§ Sex services premises

§ Registered club

§ Centre-based child care facility

§ Restricted premises

§ Funeral home

§ Place of public worship

and

iv)  the proposed operating hours of the business are between 6:00am – 10:00pm.

Category A – Applications Which Will Not Be Notified

Table 1

Development Type:

New secondary dwellings

Criteria:

Subject to complying with the setback and height controls in the relevant DCP or LEP.

Criteria:

Subject to full compliance with the setback and height controls in the relevant DCP or LEP.

Note: Council may consider notification of new secondary dwelling developments where the proposal is deemed to adversely impact the amenity of adjoining properties.

Category A – Applications Which Will Not Be Notified

Table 1

Development Type:

New dwelling houses (single storey and two storey) and alterations and additions to dwellings

Criteria:

Subject to:

§ The subject property not being situated within the Foreshore Scenic Protection Area (FSPA); and

§ Full compliance with the maximum height and FSR in the relevant LEP; and

§ There being no first floor rear balconies proposed as part of the Development Application.

Criteria:

Subject to:

§ The subject property not being situated within:

o the Foreshore Scenic Protection Area (FSPA); or

o the street block which adjoins the water as identified in Figure 1.

and;

§ Full compliance with the maximum height and FSR in the relevant LEP; and

§ There being no first floor side and/or rear balconies proposed as part of the Development Application.

Figure 1 – Category A Properties within the Foreshore Area

Category A – Applications Which Will Not Be Notified

Table 1

Development Type:

Outbuildings, swimming pools, landscape works and ancillary structures (e.g., awnings, cabanas, sheds, detached garages, carports, retaining walls, decks)

Criteria:

Subject to the use being in a residential zone and associated with a residential use.

Criteria:

Subject to:

§ The use being in a residential zone and associated with a residential use; and

§ Full compliance with the relevant DCP; and

§ Pool coping levels of no greater than 500mm measured at any point from natural ground level.

Category B – Notification Requirements for Minor Local Development

(a) For development applications involving development defined as minor local development and listed below, the following notification will be undertaken:

§ New dwellings in the Foreshore Scenic Protection Area (FSPA);

§ New dual occupancies (attached or detached);

§ New secondary dwellings (granny flats) greater than single storey;

§ New semi-detached dwellings, or new small lot housing;

§ New Torrens Title subdivisions (excluding subdivision of approved dual occupancy developments); and

§ Any other development that Council considers should be notified.

i)      New dwellings in the Foreshore Scenic Protection Area (FSPA) or street block which adjoins the water as identified in Figure 1;

ii)     New dual occupancies (attached or detached);

iii)    New secondary dwellings (granny flats) greater than single storey;

iv)    New semi-detached dwellings, or new small lot housing;

v)     New Torrens Title subdivisions (excluding subdivision of approved dual occupancy developments); and

vi)    Any other development that Council considers should be notified.

Category D – Development Applications Requiring Advertising

(a) The following development applications will be advertised:

i)      Demolition and/or alteration of a building or land that is or contains a heritage item or is a building in a Heritage Conservation Area listed in Schedule 5 of the Hurstville LEP 2012;

ii)     New hospitals or major works to existing hospitals;

iii)    New educational establishments or major works to existing educational establishments;

iv)    New places of public worship;

v)     New applications for Seniors Housing and Group Homes;

vi)    New Pubs and Registered Clubs or major intensification of existing pubs and clubs; and

vii)   Any development required to be advertised under the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act, Regulations or any other Environmental Planning instrument.

i)      Demolition and/or alteration of a building or land that is or contains a heritage item or is a building in a Heritage Conservation Area listed in Schedule 5 of the relevant Local Environmental Plan;

ii)     New hospitals or major works to existing hospitals;

iii)    New educational establishments or major works to existing educational establishments;

iv)    New places of public worship or intensification of existing places of public worship;

v)     New applications for Seniors Housing and Group Homes;

vi)    New Pubs and Registered Clubs or major intensification of existing pubs and clubs; and

vii)   Any development required to be advertised under the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act, Regulations or any other Environmental Planning instrument.

Site Notice and Site Sign

a)   A site notice / site sign will only be placed on sites for development in Category C and D, and new dual occupancies (outlined in Category B).

a)   A site notice / site sign will only be placed on sites for new dual occupancy and new semi-detached dwelling developments in Category B, and all developments in Category C and D.

Site Notice and Site Sign

 

c) The notice must:

§ Contain lettering which is clear, legible and able to be read from a public road, public place or public reserve.

§ A statement that the application has been lodged;

§ The name of the applicant;

§ A brief description of the development application.

§ A statement specifying that any person may make a submission in writing to Council in relation to the development application.

§ A statement outlining that any submissions are available for viewing by the applicant or any other person with a relevant interest in the application.

§ Directions to Council’s webpage and specifically to online tracking.

c) The notice must:

i)      Contain lettering which is clear, legible and able to be read from a public road, public place or public reserve.

ii)     A statement that the application has been lodged;

iii)    The name of the applicant;

iv)    A brief description of the development application;

v)     The dates the development application is on notification;

vi)    A statement specifying that any person may make a submission in writing to Council in relation to the development application;

vii)   A statement outlining that any submissions are available for viewing by the applicant or any other person with a relevant interest in the application; and

viii)  Directions to Council’s webpage and specifically to online tracking.

Notification Period for Development Applications

a)   A period of 14 calendar days, excluding public holidays, will be allowed for persons to inspect an application and make a submission. The inspection period may be extended by Council if warranted by the circumstances of the case.

b)   In the case of nominated integrated development or threatened species development, any period specified by the Regulations.

c)   To account for the holiday period associated with Christmas and New Year, from 15 December to 15 January the following year, the period to inspect an application and make a submission will be extended to 21 calendar days, excluding public holidays.

d)   To account for the holiday period associated with Easter, the period to inspect an application and make a submission will be extended to 21 calendar days, excluding public holidays. The holiday period for Easter is defined as the week before and the week after the Easter Long Weekend.

e)   Council will not determine a development application before the notification period has expired.

f)    Development applications that have been notified are available to view on Council’s website: www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au

g)   Development applications may also be inspected electronically at Council from Monday to Friday during business hours and submissions can be made by any one during the notification period.

a)   A period of 14 calendar days, excluding public holidays, will be allowed for persons to inspect an application and make a submission. The inspection period may be extended by Council if warranted by the circumstances of the case.

b)   In the case of nominated integrated development or threatened species development, any period specified by the Regulations.

c)   To account for the holiday period associated with Christmas and New Year, from 15 December to 15 January the following year, the period to inspect an application and make a submission will be extended to 21 calendar days, excluding public holidays.

d)   To account for the holiday period associated with Easter, the period to inspect an application and make a submission will be extended to 21 calendar days, excluding public holidays. The holiday period for Easter is defined as the week before and the week after the Easter Long Weekend.

e)   An additional period of 7 calendar days, excluding public holidays, will be granted for persons to inspect an application pertaining to places of public worship (outlined in Category D) and make a submission. This extension is applied in addition to the timeframes outlined in (a), (c) and (d) above.

f)    Council will not determine a development application before the notification period has expired.

g)   Development applications that have been notified are available to view on Council’s website: www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au

h)  Development applications may also be inspected electronically at Council from Monday to Friday during business hours and submissions can be made by any one during the notification period.

 


 

Next Steps

21.    A copy of the draft HDCP No.1 – Part 2 (Amendment No. 6), HDCP No.2 – Part 2 (Amendment No. 7) and KDCP – Part A2 (Amendment No. 3) recommended for approval by Council is attached in Attachments 2-4.

 

22.    Subject to Council’s approval, it is anticipated that a notice will be placed in the St George Leader on 10 January 2018 for HDCP No.1 (Amendment No. 6), HDCP No.2 (Amendment No. 7) and KDCP (Amendment No. 3) to come into effect.

 

Financial Implications

23.    Within budget allocation.

 

Community Engagement

24.    The draft DCP amendment was publicly exhibited in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 for public comment and community engagement.

 

 

File Reference

17/1955

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment View1

Summary of Submissions & Council Response - DCP Amendment - Notification & Advertising

Attachment View2

Hurstville DCP No. 1 - Part 2 - Amendment No. 6

Attachment View3

Hurstville DCP No. 2 - Part 2 - Amendment No. 7

Attachment View4

Kogarah DCP - Part A2 - Amendment No. 3

 


Georges River Council - Environment and Planning Committee Meeting - Monday, 11 December 2017

ENV010-17             Report on Submissions - Exhibition of Notification and Advertising Development Control Plans

[Appendix 1]          Summary of Submissions & Council Response - DCP Amendment - Notification & Advertising

 

 

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Attachment 1 – Summary of Submissions

DCP Amendment – Notification & Advertising Provisions

Submission #

Submission Summary

Council Response

Resident

Submission #1

 

TRIM: D17/185155

·    Notification should be required for all demolition where asbestos is present or suspected of being present.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·    Need clarity on ambiguous terms such as “adverse impact” and “minimal impact” – who and how will this be determined for Category A developments?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·    New dwelling houses and alterations and additions to dwellings should be notified when the proposal includes first floor rear or side balconies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·    Site sign should be placed for all developments that require notification (Category B, C and D).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·    Strongly agree with extension of notification period to 21 days for Christmas and Easter.

Demolition – asbestos-related

The presence of asbestos on site is not always known at the notification stage of a Development Application (“DA”), as such it is difficult to ensure consistency in the notification of demolition works. Nonetheless, the Georges River Council Asbestos Management Policy is currently enforced to protect the health and safety of workers involved in asbestos removal as well as the residents in adjoining properties. The Policy is available on Council’s website, and specifies that applications involving demolition and asbestos removal work will have conditions imposed by Council if Development Consent is issued. This is currently implemented as a standard condition which is inserted in all DA Conditions of Consents. No changes are proposed as this is extraneous to DCP provisions.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: No change to DCP

 

Category A clarification

Upon receipt of a DA that falls under Category A, Council planning officers will immediately conduct a preliminary assessment of the proposed development with respect to statutory compliance (e.g. built form and amenity impacts). A precautionary approach is adopted in this preliminary assessment process and all potential impacts will be considered. Terms such as “adverse impact” and “minimal impact” should be interpreted in relation to the proposal’s compliance with the relevant DCP. Developments which are fully DCP compliant or only feature a negligible non-compliance are unlikely to generate an “adverse impact” and therefore are not considered to require notification. If a Category A development is deemed to impose an adverse impact on adjoining properties and their existing levels of amenity, for example significant overshadowing impacts, then notification may be carried out as per requirements outlined in Category B.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: Insert a notation defining “adverse impact” as italicised below:

 

Category A – Applications which will not be notified

Note: All potential impacts of the development will be assessed by Council officers in relation to the relevant DCP and LEP. Developments which are fully compliant or only feature a negligible non-compliance are unlikely to generate an adverse impact.

 

Dwelling houses – first floor balconies

The Table 1 Criteria for Category A specifies that first floor rear balconies to dwelling houses must be notified. This is due to the visual privacy impacts that first floor rear balconies may have on the rear private open space of adjoining properties. It is recognised that first floor side balconies are equally as likely to impact the visual privacy of adjacent properties, especially since side setbacks are typically narrower than rear setbacks.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: Amend Category A – Table 1 Criteria for “New dwelling houses (single storey and two storey) and alterations and additions to dwellings” to include first floor side balconies, as italicised below:

 

New dwelling houses (single storey and two storey) and alterations and additions to dwellings

Subject to:

-     There being no first floor side and/or rear balconies proposed as part of the Development Application.

 

Site signs

Site signs are intended to advertise DAs to the wider community where the scope of proposed impact is too large for Council to feasibly notify all affected landowners and residents individually. Most Category B developments will only result in a minor amenity impact on immediately adjoining neighbours, whom will individually receive a written notice informing of the proposed development. However, it is recognised that new dual occupancy and semi-detached dwelling developments will alter the existing characteristics of the streetscape due to the creation of two dwellings side-by-side to replace a single dwelling, thereby disrupting the existing pattern of subdivision at street frontage which affects the existing rhythm of the street.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: Amend provisions for “Site Notice and Site Sign” to include new semi-detached dwellings, as italicised below:

 

Site Notice and Site Sign

a)   A site notice / site sign will only be placed on sites for new dual occupancy and new semi-detached dwelling developments in Category B, and all developments in Category C and D.

 

Noted.

Resident

Submission #2

 

TRIM: D17/185942

·    Site sign should be placed on all properties with DAs.

 

 

 

 

 

·    Photographic evidence of the DA sign should be uploaded to Council's DA tracker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·    Address being shown incorrectly on Council’s DA tracker for Kogarah DAs with the address of the former Kogarah Council building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·    There is often a delay in placing the documents on the DA tracker. The two week notification period should commence when the documents become available on Council's DA tracker.

 

 

 

 

·    All DAs should be published in the St George Leader newspaper.

Site signs

Refer to comments relating to “Site signs” in response to Submission #1 above.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: Amend provisions for “Site Notice and Site Sign” to include new semi-detached dwellings.

 

Photographic evidence of site signs

Council currently has an internal procedure requiring photographic evidence of all DA site signs erected on site. These photographs are filed in Council’s internal database and are made available to the general public upon request. The availability of these photographs on Council’s website is subject to future consideration as it is extraneous to DCP provisions.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: No change to DCP

 

Incorrect addresses

Noted – This is a technical issue which currently causes all DAs lodged in the former Kogarah Council LGA to appear on the website with 2 Belgrave Street, Kogarah as the site address. It is to be noted that all DAs are immediately uploaded to Council’s website (DA tracker) upon lodgement. Council staff have been made aware of the issue and typically rectifies the DA site address within 2 to 5 working days of the DA being uploaded online.

 

DA notification

Internal procedures are in place to ensure all relevant DA documents are available on Council’s website from the first day of the notification period. These DA documents remain on the website for public viewing until the DA is determined. No changes are proposed as this is extraneous to DCP provisions.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: No change to DCP

 

List of DAs in newspaper

As noted above, a list of all DAs under assessment that require notification are available for public viewing on Council’s website DA tracker. Immediately adjoining properties will receive individual letters notifying of the DA and a link to the DA tracker. The weekly publication of all current DAs in the Leader newspaper is an exhaustive process which cannot deliver accurate up-to-date information in comparison to the website due to lead times required for newspaper publishing. No changes are proposed as this is extraneous to DCP provisions.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: No change to DCP

Resident

Submission #3

 

TRIM: D17/186239

·    Increase the notification period for new places of public worship, particularly for applications lodged prior to Christmas and Easter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·    Places of public worship applications (Category D) for intensification of scale or major works to existing premise or increased hours of operation should require notification and advertising.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·    The notification period should be increased from 14 days to 1 month; and 2 months over Christmas and Easter periods to allow residents the ability to engage experts outside of holiday periods when formulating a submission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·    Council should also take into consideration postal delays and increase the 14 day notification period accordingly.

 

 

 

 

 

·    Increase the notification catchment to a 300-500m radius around the development.

 

Notification period for places of public worship

Due to recent trends where a large number of requests have been received by Council seeking extensions of time in preparing submissions for places of public worship DAs, it is recommended that the notification period pertaining to places of public worship developments be increased by an additional 7 calendar days (i.e. total 21 calendar days in normal circumstances, and 28 calendar days for holiday periods).

Council Officer’s Recommendation: Amend “Notification Period for Development Applications” by inserting a new Clause, as italicised below:

 

Notification Period for Development Applications

(e) An additional period of 7 calendar days, excluding public holidays, will be allowed for persons to inspect an application pertaining to a place of public worship (outlined in Category D) and make a submission. This extension is applied in addition to the timeframes outlined in (a), (c) and (d) above.

 

 

Advertisement of places of public worship

Council acknowledges the sensitive nature of places of public worship developments and the active community input regarding these land uses. It is recognised that any intensification of an existing place of public worship (including increase in hours of operations, and alterations and additions) is likely to impact the neighbourhood amenity.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: Amend Clause (a)(iv) of Category D as italicised below:

 

Category D (a):

(iv) New places of public worship or intensification of existing places of public worship

 

Increase notification period

Clause (c) of “Notification Period for Development Applications” states that any days falling within the 15th of December and 15th of January are excluded from the calculation of the notification period and the notification period is extended to 21 days. Therefore up to 7.5 weeks is granted for submissions to be made over the Christmas and New Year holiday period. Similarly, Clause (d) specifies a notification period of up to 5.5 weeks during the Easter holiday period. These extensions during the Christmas and Easter holiday periods are considered to be suitable for residents to engage expert opinion. In addition, the 14 days notification period may be increased by Council officers based on the type of development, for example, Clause (e) of Category C specifies that Council may consider an extension in the time available for comment if appropriate on a case-by-case basis. Furthermore, an additional 7 days are granted specifically for places of public worship DAs, refer to comments relating to “Notification period for places of public worship” above.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: No change to DCP

 

Postal delay

Council currently has an internal procedure which requires written notices to be sent out at least 2 working days prior to the start of the notification period. This measure has been set to account for any postal delivery delays.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: No change to DCP

 

Increase notification area

The area of notification is determined based on the impact of a proposed development. It is unfeasible to increase the notification catchment for all developments that require notification using the same numerical radius. Most minor local developments in Category B will only result in a minor amenity impact on immediately adjoining neighbours. The area of notification is expanded for Category C and D due to the greater level of impact that may be experienced by adjoining neighbours.

 

To ensure the community is appropriately notified, site signs are placed with the intention of advertising DAs to the wider community where the scope of proposed impact is too large for Council to feasibly notify all affected landowners and residents individually.

 

In exceptional circumstances, Council may consider a wider notification if the proposed development is likely to result in an adverse impact for a greater catchment as per Clause (c) of Category B and Clause (b) of Category C.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: No change to DCP

 

Resident

Submission #4

 

TRIM: D17/186314

·    The reference to “pub” should be Hotel or Public House.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·    Developments under the Planning Assessment Act should require 3 types of notification:

-     Written notification to 3 adjoining neighbours on each side, 3 across the street and 3 behind the proposed development.

-     Public notice in a local newspaper giving 14 days notice.

-     Site signs for all developments with photographic evidence provided.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·    Wider public consultation should be required for major developments, such as notifying users of the Penshurst Park Sporting Hub.

Land use terminology

“Pub” is a Standard Instrument Local Environmental Plan land use term. A “pub” is defined as a “licensed premises under the Liquor Act 2007 the principal purpose of which is the retail sale of liquor for consumption on the premises, whether or not the premises include hotel or motel accommodation and whether or not food is sold or entertainment is provided on the premises.”

Council Officer’s Recommendation: No change to DCP

 

Notification and advertising requirements

The notification requirements in the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 (“EP&A Act”) are applicable to “designated developments” and “advertised developments”, and are defined under the Environmental Planning & Assessment Regulation 2000 (“EP&A Regulation”).

 

Developments which require public notice under Council’s DCP are generally considered as “local developments” (refer to website link below). These developments must be notified or advertised in accordance with the provisions of Council’s DCP as per Clause 79A(2) of the EP&A Act. The advertising requirements for local developments are addressed by the provisions of Category B and Category C.

 

For further clarification on the different types of developments, refer to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment website: http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/Assess-and-Regulate/Development-Assessment/Systems/Local-Development

 

For Council’s response regarding newspaper advertisement of all DAs, refer to “List of DAs in newspaper” comments in response to Submission #2 above.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: No change to DCP

 

For Council’s response regarding “Site signs”, refer to comments in response to Submission #1 above.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: Amend provisions for “Site Notice and Site Sign” to include new semi-detached dwellings.

 

Wider public consultation

Community facilities such as the Penshurst Park Sporting Hub are generally considered as “Other Local Development”, which falls under Category C in notification requirements. A site sign is required to be placed with the intention of advertising the development to the wider community, including all user groups.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: No change to DCP

Resident

Submission #5

 

TRIM: D17/187706

·    Demolition of heritage buildings and those in a heritage conservation area must be notified.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·    Need clarity on ambiguous terms such as “not significantly altering” and “minimal impact” – who and how will this be determined? It is not the Council’s right to decide on this. This will hinder transparent disclosure and discussion about the merit of a DA.

 

·    It would be helpful for sub-categories in the DCP to be numbered for easy reference.

 

 

·    Category A states that new signage that is not illuminated and is not located in a residential zone will not require notification. Some signage may be offensive to residents. Notification should be required for all signage larger than 1m in dimension.

 

 

 

 

 

·    A site sign should be required for all developments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·    Photographic evidence of the DA site sign should be provided.

 

 

 

 

·    The DCP should specify the colour and dimension of the site sign, and date of notification period.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·    All DAs should be notified via:

-     Site signs; and

-     Advertisement in the local newspaper; and

-     Online notification.

 

·    The notification period should be increased from 14 days to 21 days; and 28 days over the holiday periods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·    Council should establish a subscription mailing list to send electronic notifications regarding advertised DAs.

Demolition – heritage

The intent of the DCP is to advertise all works involving the demolition of a heritage building or a building in a heritage conservation area as per Clause (a)(i) of Category D.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: Reword Category A – Table 1 Criteria for “Demolition of buildings” to ensure greater clarity, as italicised below:

 

Demolition of buildings

Subject to the building not being:

-     a State listed heritage item; or

-     a heritage item in Schedule 5 of the Local Environmental Plan; or

-     a building in a heritage conservation area.

 

Clarification of terms

Refer to comments relating to “Category A clarification” in response to Submission #1 above.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: No change to DCP

 

 

Numbered sub-categories

Noted – The draft DCPs have been amended to number sub-categories for easy reference.

 

Notification for signage applications

Non-illuminated signage is classified under Category A when it is not located in a residential zone. This is aligned with the intent of the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 which permits a wide range of signage as Exempt Development (i.e. not requiring development consent), including some illuminated signage in residential zones. Notwithstanding this, all DAs for illuminated signage in residential zones will be notified as per Category B requirements.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: No change to DCP

 

Site signs

Refer to comments relating to “Site signs” in response to Submission #1 above.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: Amend provisions for “Site Notice and Site Sign” to include new semi-detached dwellings.

 

 

Photographic evidence of site signs

Refer to comments relating to “Photographic evidence of site signs” in response to Submission #2 above.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: No change to DCP

 

Site sign specification

The colour and dimension of site signs are not stipulated by the EP&A Act or the EP&A Regulation. Council ensures that all site signs are of a durable material, an appropriate size and colour, and is clearly visible from a public location. However, it is acknowledged that the period of notification should be included on any site sign for ease of reference.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: Amend Clause (c) of “Site Notice and Site Sign” to include an additional requirement as italicised below:

 

Site Notice and Site Sign

(c) The notice must contain:

-     The dates the development application is on notification.

 

Notification and advertising requirements

Refer to comments relating to “Notification and advertising requirements” in response to Submission #4 above.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: No change to DCP

 

Increase notification period

The current standard DA notification period of 14 days is effective in all surrounding councils (Bayside, Canterbury-Bankstown and Sutherland). As such, it is considered appropriate to retain the current notification period in line with the consistent benchmark adopted by all surrounding councils. In addition, the 14 days notification period may be increased by Council officers based on the type of development, for example, Clause (e) of Category C specifies that Council may consider an extension in the time available for comment if appropriate on a case-by-case basis. With regards to the extension of notification period over the holiday periods, refer to comments relating to “Increase notification period” in relation to Submission #3 above.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: No change to DCP

 

Electronic subscription mailing list

Noted – consideration will be given to the development of an electronic subscription mailing list for planning and development updates.

Resident

Submission #6

 

TRIM: D17/187709

·    All DAs for places of public worship (not just new places of public worship) should be advertised.

Advertisement of places of public worship

Council acknowledges the increasing community interest and concern in relation to places of public worship developments. However, it is considered too exhaustive and excessive to notify all applications related to places of public worship as some applications only propose minor internal alterations that will not affect or alter the existing neighbourhood amenity.

 

As discussed above in response to Submission #3, it is proposed to amend the DCP to include the advertisement of applications which propose the intensification of existing places of public worship.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: Amend DCP provisions as per “Advertisement of places of public worship” section above.

Resident

Submission #7

 

TRIM: D17/189894

·    Category C – increase the notification area or keep the current arrangement for notification.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·    Category D – major works to existing places of public worship (including alterations and additions) should be advertised.

 

 

 

 

·    Category D – the notification area should be increased from adjoining residents to a 200-400m radius of the proposed development.

 

 

 

·    Category D – the notification period should be increased from 14 days to 28 days, and 6 weeks for Christmas and Easter to allow residents to seek expert opinions.

Increase the Category C notification area

The draft DCP is consistent with the existing notification area specified in the Hurstville DCPs. The Kogarah DCP currently does not specify the extent of area for notification. With regards to increasing the notification area, refer to comments relating to “Increase notification area” in response to Submission #3 above.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: No change to DCP

 

Advertisement of places of public worship

As discussed above in response to Submission #3, new places of public worship and developments intensifying existing places of public worship will be advertised.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: Amend DCP provisions as per “Advertisement of places of public worship” section above.

 

Increase notification area

Refer to comments relating to “Increase notification area” in response to Submission #3 above.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: No change to DCP

 

Increase notification period

Refer to comments relating to “Increase notification period” in response to Submission #3 above.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: No change to DCP

Resident

Submission #8

 

TRIM: D17/163994

·    Secondary dwellings should be notified when they are:

-     in ‘close’ proximity to another habitable dwelling; or

-     within a flood control lot.

Secondary dwellings in ‘close’ proximity

Whilst the Category A Criteria for secondary dwellings specifies that notification will not be required if the proposal is fully compliant with the relevant DCP, it is recognised that a secondary dwelling is a form of residential intensification which may affect the existing amenity of adjoining dwellings. The recent widespread increase in secondary dwelling developments has seen building forms being located adjacent to other habitable dwellings (both primary and secondary), which compromises privacy and solar access for both the subject site and the neighbour site. As such, it is intended that secondary dwellings DAs may be notified at the discretion of Council officers on a case-by-case basis if the proposal will adversely impact the amenity of neighbouring properties.

 

Secondary dwellings – flood affected

Secondary dwellings on flood affected properties typically require freeboard to elevate the floor level above the predicted flood elevation which increases the overall height of the development. It is acknowledged that the increased height may impact adjoining properties. Currently, Hurstville DCP No.1 and No.2 does not specify a maximum building height for secondary dwellings as long as the secondary dwelling is only a single storey. As such, it is intended that secondary dwellings DAs may be notified at the discretion of Council officers on a case-by-case basis if the proposal will adversely impact the amenity of neighbouring properties.

 

Council Officer’s Recommendation: Insert a notation in relation to secondary dwellings as italicised below:

 

New secondary dwellings

Subject to full compliance with the setback and height controls in the relevant DCP or LEP.

Note: Council may consider notification of new secondary dwelling developments where the proposal is deemed to adversely impact the amenity of adjoining properties.

Council staff

Submission #9

 

TRIM: D17/182842

·    The Kogarah DCP currently requires notification for change of use for the following (as below). These should not be removed:

-     Restricted premises

-     Funeral home

-     Place of public worship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·    The Kogarah LEP does not have a Foreshore Scenic Protection Area (FSPA) but still has foreshore properties that will be affected by new dwellings and alterations and additions. Notification should be required for all properties in the foreshore area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·    Not only first floor rear balconies will impact on the visual privacy of adjoining properties. In instances where the adjoining allotment pattern is irregular in shape and configuration, such as battle-axe blocks, overlooking may become an issue where first floor terraces and balconies (not only to the rear) are proposed.

 

 

 

 

·    Wording of the provisions in Category A indicate that an assessment of the DA is required to be undertaken prior to notification as a number of developments will not be advertised if they are fully compliant with the relevant DCP and/or LEP requirements. Is this the intention?

·    Need clarity on ambiguous terms such as “adverse impact” and “minimal impact” –how will this be determined for Category A developments?

 

·    Agree that outbuildings and ancillary structures should not be notified as most of these works may be conducted as Exempt or Complying Development. However, neighbour notification should be considered for garages and carports in Heritage Conservation Areas (HCAs), particularly if they are proposed forward of the building line.

·    Building works in relation to the internal alterations to any building should rely on Exempt Development provisions, instead of seeking a DA.

·    The following wording is recommended for the Category A – Table 1 Criteria of both “Outbuildings, swimming pools, landscape works and ancillary structures” and “Internal alterations to any building”:

Council (or a person having delegated authority to determine the application) may notify the proposed development where it has more than a minor impact on the land and where the enjoyment of the adjoining land may be affected by the proposed development after construction.

Notification for change of use

Historically, change of use applications pertaining to restricted premises, funeral homes and places of public worship have been subject to considerable community opposition. Due to the sensitive nature of these land uses, all change of use DAs for restricted premises, funeral homes and places of public worship should be notified as per Category B provisions.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: Amend Category A – Table 1 Criteria for “Change of use” as italicised below:

 

Change of use

Subject to the change of use:

iii)   not being for any of the following land uses:

-    Pub

-    Sex services premises

-    Registered club

-    Child care centre

-    Restricted premises

-    Funeral home

-    Place of public worship

 

Foreshore Scenic Protection Area

It is noted that the Kogarah LEP does not currently have a Foreshore Scenic Protection Area (FSPA) whilst the Hurstville LEP does. However, two storey dwelling house developments (new dwellings and alterations and additions) in the foreshore locality under the Kogarah DCP are required to be notified due to the likely impacts on existing water views. In the absence of a FSPA in the former Kogarah LGA, neighbour notification as per Category B requirements should be enforced when new dwelling houses and alterations and additions to dwellings are proposed in the street block between the water and the nearest inland street.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: Amend Category A – Table 1 Criteria for “New dwellings houses (single storey and two storey) and alterations and additions to dwellings” as italicised below:

 

New dwelling houses (single storey and two storey) and alterations and additions to dwellings

Subject to:

-     The subject property not being situated within:

the Foreshore Scenic Protection Area (FSPA); or

the street block which adjoins the water as identified in Figure 1.

and…

[insert Figure 1 as below]

 

Dwelling houses – first floor terraces and balconies

As discussed above, DAs containing first floor side balconies will be notified. Refer to comments relating to “Dwelling houses – first floor balconies” above in Submission #1.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: Amend DCP provisions as per “Dwelling houses – first floor balconies” section above.

 

In the event that the proposed front terrace and/or balcony is considered to impact the visual privacy of adjoining properties, notification may be required as per Clause(a)(vi) of Category B.

 

Clarification of provisions and terms

As discussed above, it is intended that a preliminary assessment be undertaken immediately upon receipt of a DA to determine the appropriate notification requirements. Refer to comments relating to “Category A clarification” in response to Submission #1 above.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: No change to DCP

 

 

 

 

 

Ancillary structures and internal alterations

It is recognised that ancillary structures that are proposed forward of the building line may impact on the visual streetscape character in a HCA. If the garage or carport is deemed to impose an adverse impact on adjoining properties and their existing levels of amenity, then notification may be carried out as per requirements outlined in Category B.

 

Whilst most internal alteration works may be carried out as Exempt Development, there are some instances where Exempt and Complying Development are prohibited due to environmental restrictions on the land; therefore a notification provision is required to be specified in the DCP for these circumstances.

 

The recommended wording is not supported as the intent is already addressed by Clause(a)(vi) of Category B which specifies that if a Category A proposal is deemed to impose an adverse impact on adjoining properties and their existing levels of amenity, then notification may be carried out.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: No change to DCP

Council staff

Submission #10

 

TRIM: D17/202169

·    For educational purposes, a note should be placed in Category A stating:

Note: Certain Complying Development Applications must be sent a Notice of the application of a Complying Development Certificate to neighbours, by the assessing authority, whether Council or private,  in accordance with Clause 130AB of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Regulation 2000.

 

 

·    In Table 1 of Category A, “Demolition of buildings” only refers to the heritage items of the Hurstville LEP. Reference to the Kogarah LEP is missing.

 

 

 

·    Table 1 of Category A states that outbuildings and swimming pools which are located in a residential zone and associated with a residential use will not be notified. However, Council occasionally receives DAs for outbuildings that exceed a single storey. The Table 1 Criteria should be amended so that only single storey outbuildings with DCP compliant setbacks should be exempt from notification. Furthermore, Council also occasionally receives DAs for swimming pools located 4 metres above the ground. Accordingly, only pools with coping levels <500mm above ground should be exempt from notification.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·    Site signs should only be required for developments that affect the wider community. Accordingly, dual occupancies should not need a site sign as the structure would only impact the immediate neighbours, whom would have been individually notified.

Note in relation to notifying Complying Development

Whilst the informative benefits of the recommended note is recognised, Clause 74B of the EP&A Act specifies that councils are not the relevant planning authority in relation to a SEPP (in this case, State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008). As such, DCP provisions relating to advertising and notification are not applicable to Complying Development. No changes are proposed as this is extraneous to DCP provisions.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: No change to DCP

 

Reference to Kogarah LEP

The absence of “Kogarah LEP” in the Criteria of Table 1 is noted as a typing error and will be inserted accordingly.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: Amend DCP provision as per “Demolition - heritage” section above.

 

Swimming pools and outbuildings

The Kogarah DCP specifies a maximum height of 3.5m for outbuildings and the Hurstville DCP No.1 and No.2 both specify a maximum height of 3m, which equates to a single storey structure in all three DCPs. Any outbuildings that exceed the DCP maximum permitted building height at any point is considered to be non-compliant with the DCP.

 

On steeply sloping sites, all three DCPs specify that a swimming pool may be allowed to extend >500mm above the natural ground level. It is recognised that this may result in amenity impacts to adjoining properties such as view loss and overshadowing. Accordingly, it is recommended to exclude pools with coping levels of >500mm (measured at any point to natural ground level) from Category A.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: Amend Category A – Table 1 Criteria for “Outbuildings, swimming pools, landscape works and ancillary structures” as italicised below:

 

Outbuildings, swimming pools, landscape works and ancillary structures (eg awnings, cabanas, sheds, detached garages, carports, retaining walls, decks)

Subject to:

-     The use being in a residential zone and associated with a residential use; and

-     Full compliance with the relevant DCP; and

-     Pool coping levels of no greater than 500mm measured at any point from natural ground level.

 

Site signs – dual occupancy

Refer to comments relating to “Site signs” in response to Submission #1 above.

Council Officer’s Recommendation: Amend provisions for “Site Notice and Site Sign” to include new semi-detached dwellings.

 


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ENV010-17             Report on Submissions - Exhibition of Notification and Advertising Development Control Plans

[Appendix 2]          Hurstville DCP No. 1 - Part 2 - Amendment No. 6

 

 

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Item:                   ENV011-17        Amendment No. 8 to DCP No. 2 - Hurstville City Centre for 108, 112 and 124 Forest Road and 1 and 3 Wright Street, Hurstville (the "Bing Lee" site) 

Author:              Senior Strategic Planner

Directorate:      Environment and Planning

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

Recommendation

(a)     That Council endorse the proposed amendments to DCP No. 2 – Hurstville City Centre for 108, 112 and 124 Forest Road and 1 and 3 Wright Street, Hurstville (the “Bing Lee” site) for public exhibition.

(b)     That Council publicly exhibit the amendments to DCP No. 2 – Hurstville City Centre for the Bing Lee site in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.

(c)     That Council endorse that the General Manager may make minor modifications to any numerical, typographical, interpretation and formatting errors, if required, in preparation for the public exhibition of the amendments to DCP No. 2.

(d)     That Council advise the NSW Department of Planning and Environment of its decision.

(e)     That a further report be submitted to Council following the public exhibition period.

Executive Summary

1.      On 4 December 2014, the former Hurstville City Council received a Planning Proposal (PP2014/0004) for Nos. 108, 112 and 124 Forest Road, Hurstville to amend the zone, height and floor space ratio of the subject properties. The Planning Proposal has subsequently been amended a number of times and Nos. 1 and 3 Wright Street, Hurstville have been included within the subject site.

 

2.      At its meeting on 13 December 2016 (CCL127-16), Council endorsed that the Planning Proposal be forwarded to the Department of Planning and Environment for a Gateway Determination to amend the Hurstville LEP 2012 to rezone part of the site from B2 Local Centre and R3 Medium Density Residential to B4 Mixed Use, amend the height from 9m, 12m and 23m to 34.5m and 46.5m and amend the Floor Space Ratio for part of the site from 1:1 and 1.5:1 to 4:1. At this meeting Council also supported the preparation of an amendment to Hurstville Section 94 Development Contributions Plan 2012 and Development Control Plan No. 2 – Hurstville City Centre to include part of the site within the boundaries of the Hurstville City Centre and include site specific provisions.

 

3.   This report outlines the amendments to DCP No. 2 - Hurstville City Centre for 108, 112 and 124 Forest Road and 1 and 3 Wright Street, Hurstville (the “Bing Lee” site, see Figure 1) and recommends that Council endorse it for public exhibition. Following the public exhibition, the DCP amendments will be reported to the Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (the “IHAP”) and Council.


 

 

Background of the Planning Proposal (PP2014/0004)

4.      In December 2014, the applicant, Tony Polvere, submitted a Planning Proposal for Nos. 108, 112 and 124 Forest Road, Hurstville to:

·    Rezone part of the site from B2 Local Centre to B4 Mixed Use;

·    Increase the height from 9m and 23m to 42m and 60m; and

·    Increase the Floor Space Ratio (FSR) from 1.5:1 and 4:1 to 6.6:1.

 

5.      Since the lodgement of the Planning Proposal in December 2014, a total of five (5) revised Planning Proposals have been received and reported to Council with variations to the requested height, FSR, quantum of retail/commercial and number of residential apartments.

 

6.      The applicant’s latest revised Planning Proposal (Revision No. 6) was lodged on 11 March 2016 and included Nos. 1 and 3 Wright Street, Hurstville. Revision No. 6 of the Planning Proposal requested to amend the Hurstville LEP 2012 (HLEP 2012) to:

a.   Rezone parts of the site from B2 Local Centre and R3 Medium Density Residential to B4 Mixed Use (part of the site is already zoned B4 Mixed Use);

b.   Increase the maximum height of the buildings for the site to a range between 34.5m and 46.5m (currently 9m, 12m and 23m); and

c.   Increase the maximum the floor space ratio control for the site to 4:1 (currently 1:1, 1.5:1 and 4:1).

Figure1:  Land Zoning Map Extract (Source: HLEP 2012)

 

7.      At its meeting on 13 December 2016 (CCL127-16), Council considered the Planning Proposal and resolved:

 

(a) That Council endorse the forwarding of the Planning Proposal to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment to request a Gateway Approval for an amendment to the Hurstville Local Environmental Plan 2012 in relation to Nos. 108, 112 and 124 Forest Road and Nos 1 and 3 Wright Street, Hurstville to:

§ Amend the Land Zoning Map (LZM ) to rezone Nos 108 and 112 Forest Road Hurstville from B2 - Local Centre Zone to B4 – Mixed Use Zone;

 

§ Amend the Land Zoning Map (LZM) to rezone Nos 1 - 3 Wright Street, Hurstville from R3 - Medium Density Residential Zone to B4 - Mixed Use Zone;

 

§ Amend the Height of Buildings map (HOB) to increase the height of buildings for Nos. 108 and 112 Forest Road and 1 and 3 Wright Street, Hurstville to 34.5m;

 

§ Amend the Height of Buildings map (HOB) to increase the height of buildings for No. 124 Forest Road, Hurstville to 46.5m;

 

§ Amend the Floor Space Ratio map (FSR) to increase the maximum floor space ratio for Nos. 108 and 112 Forest Road and Nos. 1 and 3 Wright Street, Hurstville to 4:1;

 

§ Amend the Lot Size Map (Sheet LSZ_008) to remove Nos. 1 and 3 Wright Street, Hurstville from its application, consistent with the B4 - Mixed Use zone; and

 

§ Amend Clause 4.4A of HLEP 2012 to include a provision relating to the subject site stating that development consent must not be granted for development unless the non –residential floor space is at least 0.5:1.

 

(b) That Council also note the IHAP resolution to support the following:

(i)         The preparation of an amendment to the Hurstville Section 94 Development Contributions Plan 2012 to include 108 Forest Road, 112 Forest Road and 1 and 3 Wright Street in the boundaries of the Hurstville City Centre to reflect the proposed B4 Mixed Use zoning of the land; and

(ii)        The preparation of an amendment to the Hurstville Development Control Plan No. 2 - Hurstville City Centre (Amendment No. 6) to include the subject site within the boundary of the Hurstville City Centre and site specific provisions including (but not limited to), setbacks to the adjoining residential development, street activation provisions and vehicular access points, building massing and form as well as provisions to upgrades to public domain, provide deep soil landscaped areas and through site connections and linkages.

 

8.      In accordance with Council’s resolution, the Planning Proposal was forwarded to the Department of Planning and Environment on 16 December 2016 and Council received a Gateway Determination to exhibit the Planning Proposal on 24 February 2017.

 

9.      The Planning Proposal was exhibited from 17 May to 16 June 2017 and a total of 13 submissions were received. The submissions included two petitions signed by 60 and 30 signatories respectively and mainly raised issues in relation to amenity (including privacy, overshadowing and view loss), traffic and parking, and noise. The Planning Proposal will be reported to the IHAP and Council in early 2018.

 

Amendment No. 8 to DCP No. 2 – Hurstville City Centre

10.    In accordance with Council’s resolution of 13 December 2016 (CCL127-16), Amendment No. 8 to DCP No.2 – Hurstville City Centre has been prepared for the Bing Lee site (attached in Appendix A). This amendment comprises a new section; Section 8 – Controls for Specific Sites and Localities that includes site specific controls for the Bing Lee site in accordance with the Planning Proposal.

 

11.    As a result of extending the Hurstville City Centre to include the Bing Lee site, a number of consequential changes have been made to various sections of DCP No. 2; as outlined below:

 

Section

Proposed Amendments

1 Introduction

Minor changes to wording and formatting

2 Application Process

Minor changes to wording and formatting

3 Strategic Context

Formatting changes only

4 City Centre Precincts

 

Map updates in various precincts and formatting

5 Controls for Residential, Commercial and Mixed Use Development

Map updates and formatting

 

6 Site Planning Considerations

Minor changes to wording and formatting

7 Controls for Other Development Types

Minor changes to wording and formatting

 

8 Controls for Specific Sites and Localities

·    Section 8.1 - 108, 112 and 124 Forest Road and 1 and 3 Wright Street, Hurstville (the “Bing Lee” site)

New section inserted that will include all future site specific DCPs

Appendix 1

 

Update to the amendments table, maps and formatting

Appendix 2

Minor changes to wording and formatting

 

 

12.    The key elements addressed in Section 8.1 of the DCP for the Bing Lee site include:

·    Design Excellence - Promote design excellence through the creation of a sustainable and liveable environment for people through use of expert panels and active engagement between Council and applicants; that aligns with the vision for the Hurstville City Centre.

 

·    Land Dedication – Include details of the land to be dedicated to Council for road widening to address the traffic impacts of the future development of the site.

 

·    Built Form and Setbacks – Provide a vibrant mixed use development that takes advantage of the site’s location

 

·    Façade Treatment and Street Corners – Articulate the building facades and emphasise street corners

 

·    Open Space and Landscaping - Ensure that development contributes to the amenity and quality of streets and the public domain.

 

·    Pedestrian Experience – Promote a built form that provides a comfortable pedestrian environment.

 

·    Transition / Interface - Provide adequate transition between the new development and the adjoining residential development on Wright and Hudson Streets.

 

·    Active Street Frontages – Ground floor frontages along Hudson Street, Forest Road and Wright Street to be active and pedestrian oriented (see Note below).

 

Notes:

1.   The Planning Proposal will be amended to extend the Active Street Frontage along Nos. 1 and 3 Wright Street, Hurstville; consistent with the provision of commercial uses on the ground floor.

2.   The DCP amendments will ensure that the development on the subject site meet the requirements of the State Environmental Planning Policy No.65 Design Quality of Residential Apartment Development (SEPP 65) and the Apartment Design Guide.

 

Draft Hurstville City Centre Urban Design Strategy

13.    In December 2016, Council engaged SJB Architects to prepare a draft Hurstville City Centre Urban Design Strategy (the “draft HCCUDS”) to review and update the existing urban design principles for the Hurstville City Centre, review the existing development standards (including maximum building height and maximum FSR) and prepare block by block urban design controls.

 

14.    Council publicly exhibited the draft HCCUDS from 27 September to 10 November 2017 and the draft HCCUDS will be reported to Council for its endorsement and finalisation.

 

Draft Voluntary Planning Agreement

15.    In relation to the Planning Proposal, Council was provided with an Offer to enter into a Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) to:

1.   Dedicate land to Council for the purpose of widening Forest Road to facilitate traffic movement (within 3 months of the issue of the first construction certificate for the first DA or within 5 years of the gazettal of the LEP amendment); and

 

2.   Provide a monetary contribution to Council of $3,775,750 for the purpose of public facilities including public infrastructure, amenities and services within the Hurstville City Centre (within 28 days of gazettal of the LEP amendment).

 

The VPA was reported to Council at its meeting on 13 December 2016 (CCL128-16 and CON029-16). Council accepted the terms of the Offer and drafted a VPA in accordance with the VPA Offer and signed Heads of Agreement.

 

16.    The draft VPA is currently on public exhibition from 15 November to 15 December 2017.

 

17.    The contributions and dedications are in addition to the Section 94 contributions levied on the future development. An amendment to the Hurstville Section 94 Development Contributions Plan 2012 to include 108 Forest Road, 112 Forest Road and 1 and 3 Wright Street within the boundaries of the Hurstville City Centre to reflect the proposed B4 Mixed Use zoning of the land was prepared. This amendment was adopted by Council on 1 May and became effective on 19 July 2017.

 

18.    It is anticipated that following public notification, should no submissions be received objecting to the VPA, the VPA will be entered into on behalf of Council by signature of the General Manager. Once entered into, the VPA will be registered on the title of the land to which it relates.

 

Next Steps

19.    The next steps in finalising Amendment No. 8 to DCP No. 2 are tabulated below:

 

Council endorses Amendment No. 8 to DCP No. 2 for public exhibition (this report)

18 December 2017

Exhibit Amendment No. 8 to DCP No. 2 (extended exhibition due to holiday period)

Mid-January to end February 2018

Seek an extension to the Gateway Determination - date for finalising the LEP is 3 March 2018

February 2018

IHAP Report on submissions received on the Planning Proposal

Post February 2018

Council Report on submissions received on the Planning Proposal and Amendment No. 8 to DCP No. 2 seeking endorsement for their adoption

Post February 2018

Planning Proposal sent to the Department for finalisation

Post Council consideration

DCP No. 2 – Hurstville City Centre (Amendment No. 8) comes into effect

When the Planning Proposal gets gazetted and a notice is published in the newspaper.

 

 

Financial Implications

20.    No budget impact for this report.

 

Community Engagement

21.    Community engagement will be conducted with regard to Amendment No. 8 to DCP No. 2 – Hurstville City Centre for the Bing Lee site in January-February 2018 as detailed in this report.

 

File Reference

 

17/2532

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment View1

Draft DCP No. 2 - Amendment No. 8 - Table of Contents

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Draft DCP No. 2 - Amendment No. 8 - Section 1 Introduction

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Draft DCP No. 2 - Amendment No. 8 - Section 2 Application Process

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Draft DCP No. 2 - Amendment No. 8 - Section 3 Strategic Context

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Draft DCP No. 2 - Amendment No. 8 - Section 4 City Centre Precincts

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Draft DCP No. 2 - Amendment No. 8 - Section 5 Controls for Residential, Commercial and Mixed Use

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Draft DCP No. 2 - Amendment No. 8 - Section 6 Site Planning Considerations

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Draft DCP No. 2 - Amendment No. 8 - Section 7 Controls for Other Development Types

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Draft DCP No. 2 - Amendment No. 8 - Section 8.1 Bing Lee Site

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Draft DCP No. 2 - Amendment No. 8 - Appendix 1

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Draft DCP No. 2 - Amendment No. 8 - Appendix 2 Council Codes and Policies

 


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ENV011-17             Amendment No. 8 to DCP No. 2 - Hurstville City Centre for 108, 112 and 124 Forest Road and 1 and 3 Wright Street, Hurstville (the "Bing Lee" site)

[Appendix 1]          Draft DCP No. 2 - Amendment No. 8 - Table of Contents

 

 

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[Appendix 7]          Draft DCP No. 2 - Amendment No. 8 - Section 6 Site Planning Considerations

 

 

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[Appendix 8]          Draft DCP No. 2 - Amendment No. 8 - Section 7 Controls for Other Development Types

 

 

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[Appendix 9]          Draft DCP No. 2 - Amendment No. 8 - Section 8.1 Bing Lee Site

 

 

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[Appendix 10]        Draft DCP No. 2 - Amendment No. 8 - Appendix 1

 

 

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[Appendix 10]        Draft DCP No. 2 - Amendment No. 8 - Appendix 1

 

 

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[Appendix 10]        Draft DCP No. 2 - Amendment No. 8 - Appendix 1

 

 

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[Appendix 11]        Draft DCP No. 2 - Amendment No. 8 - Appendix 2 Council Codes and Policies

 

 

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Item:                   ENV012-17        Bankstown-Hurstville Bushfire Management Committee - Appointment of Councillor delegate  

Author:              Head of Executive Services

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

Recommendation:

That a Councillor delegate be appointed to represent Georges River Local Government Area on the Bankstown-Hurstville Bushfire Management Committee.

Executive Summary

1.      The Bankstown-Hurstville Bushfire Management Committee (BFMC) has been established under Section 50 of the Rural Fires Act 1992 and includes areas of bushland located within the Georges River Local Government boundaries.

2.      The Rural Fires Regulation 2013 requires the BFMC to invite local authorities to join to facilitate co-operative interaction between organisations, agencies and the community in relation to bush fire management in the area.  Both Canterbury-Bankstown Council and Georges River Council have been invited to join the BFMC. 

3.      Canterbury-Bankstown have appointed their Mayor as Councillor representative to the Committee. Georges River Council has also accepted the invitation to become a member of the committee and this report recommends that a Councillor representative be appointed to attend the meetings.  Georges River Council’s delegated staff member is the Team Leader Bushcare Regeneration.

 

Background

4.      Bush Fire Management Committees occur in zones designated by the NSW Rural Fire Service, covering all of New South Wales and usually based on Local Government areas. These committees are a forum for the Nature Conservation Council, the NSW Rural Fire Service, Office of Environment and Heritage, Forestry Corporation of NSW and Local Councils as well as other stakeholders, to work for the protection of life, property and the environment from bushfire.

5.      The former Hurstville Council was previously represented on the committee prior to the merger.

6.      It is anticipated that either a Councillor of Georges River Council or Canterbury-Bankstown Council be elected as a Chairperson of this committee alternating between the Local Government areas every two years.

 

Financial Implications

2.      Within budget allocation.

 

File Reference

D17/206943

 

 

  


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Item:                   ENV013-17        Amendment No.2 Generic Plan of Management - General Community Use Areas 

Author:              Senior Planner

Directorate:      Environment and Planning

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

Recommendation

(a)     That Council endorse Amendment No.2 Generic Plan of Management - General Community Use Areas (applicable to the former Hurstville local government area) to include 4 & 6 Dora Street, Hurstville and 25 Cook Street, Mortdale for public exhibition in accordance with Clause 38 of the Local Government Act 1993.

Executive Summary

1.      A draft amendment to the former Hurstville local government area Generic Plan of Management - General Community Use Areas has been prepared to incorporate three (3) additional parcels of land (Nos.4 & 6 Dora Street, Hurstville and No.25 Cook Street, Mortdale) as they have recently been acquired by Council.

2.      In accordance with the Local Government Act 1993, the amendment to the Generic Plan of Management – General Community Use Areas is required to be placed on public exhibition.

3.      Council endorsement is sought to place Amendment No.2 to the Generic Plan of Management - General Community Use Areas on public exhibition for a period of 28 days.

 

Background

4.   The former Hurstville local government area Generic Plan of Management is in place to manage Council-owned land that has not been identified in a site specific plan of management.  The Generic Plan of Management ensures a consistent, transparent and co-ordinated approach to public land management of ‘community land’.

5.   The Local Government Act 1993 requires all Council-owned land to be classified as either ‘community land’ or ‘operational land’.  Land classified as ‘community land’ is land that must be kept for the use of the community, must not be sold and shall be managed and used in accordance with an adopted Plan of Management.  ‘Operational land’ is not subject to a Plan of Management.

6.   The Generic Plan of Management – General Community Use Areas was adopted by the former Hurstville Council at its meeting on the 27 June 2007.  The Generic Plan of Management – General Community Use Areas covers all community land categorised within the former Hurstville local government area as a General Community Use Area.  There are currently twenty two (22) parcels of land included in the General Community Use Area.

7.   At its meeting on the 4 September 2017, Council endorsed an amendment (‘Amendment 1’) to the Generic Plan of Management - General Community Use Areas, to enable a lease or licence to be granted for periods greater than 5 years and not more than 21 years subject to the provisions of the Local Government Act 1993.

8.   In March 2017, Council acquired Nos.4-6 Dora Street, Hurstville (Lots 13 and 14 DP 6510) for use as part of the proposed Civic Precinct.

9.   Council acquired No. 25 Cook Street, Mortdale (Lots 17 and 18 DP 4817) to increase the car park site by some 900sqm in accordance with Council’s Community Strategic Plan which identified a need to increase the car parking capacity of existing Council car park assets.

 

Amendment No.2 to the Generic Plan of Management - General Community Use Areas

10. Amendment No.2 to the Generic Plan of Management (Attachment 1) has been prepared to modify Appendix 1 (Schedule of Land – General Community Use) to include the following parcels of land:

i. Nos. 4-6 Dora Street, Hurstville (Lots 13 & 14 DP 6510), and

ii.  No.25 Cook Street, Mortdale (Lots 17 & 18 DP 4817).

11. Appendix 1 (Schedule of Land – General Community Use) of the Generic Plan of Management – General Community Use Areas identifies all land categorised as a General Community Use Area and managed in accordance with this Plan of Management.

12. Council may grant a lease, licence or other estate over the General Community Use Areas to formalise the use of the ‘community land’ by commercial organisations, individuals providing facilities or services for public use, or by groups such as sporting clubs or schools.  Council may only grant a lease, license or other estate if the lease is consistent with the core objectives for the category of land identified in the Plan of Management and is for a permitted purpose listed in the Local Government Act 1993.

13. The subject parcels recently acquired by Council are intended for ‘Community Uses’.  As a site specific Plan of Management has not been prepared it is necessary for each land parcel to be added to Appendix 1 of the Generic Plan of Management.  However, it is the intention to prepare a Planning Proposal to reclassify the land parcels to ‘Operational Uses’ within the first quarter of 2018.  The sites intend to be utilised as a carpark (25 Cook Street, Mortdale) and as part of the future Civic Precinct (4 & 6 Dora Street, Hurstville).

14. The Generic Plan of Management - General Community Use Areas is required to be publicly exhibited for a period of 28 days with the public provided the opportunity to make a submission to Council within 42 days.

15. Endorsement is sought to exhibit Amendment No.2 to the Generic Plan of Management - General Community Use Areas in accordance with the requirements of Section 38 of the Local Government Act 1993.

 

Financial Implications

16.    Within budget allocation.

 

Community Engagement

17.    It is proposed to place Amendment No.2 to the former Hurstville local government area Generic Plan of Management – General Community Use Areas on public exhibition in accordance with Section 38 of the Local Government Act 1993.


 

File Reference

D17/222185

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

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Attachment 1 - Amendment No. 2 - Generic Plan of Management - General Community Use Areas

 


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[Appendix 1]          Attachment 1 - Amendment No. 2 - Generic Plan of Management - General Community Use Areas

 

 

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Item:                   ENV014-17        Economic Development Strategy and Place Making Program 

Author:              Manager Strategic Planning

Directorate:      Environment and Planning

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation

a)   That Council notes the progress made in commencing an evidence based Place Making Program and outline of the draft Economic Development Strategy,

 

b)   That Council notes the key results of the Place Score Town Centre Values survey and the Business survey,

 

c)   That Council endorses the draft Works Program of Place Making and Economic Development initiatives,

 

d)   That Council endorses the draft objectives and principles of the Economic Development Strategy for the purpose of further stakeholder input including referral to the Economic Development Advisory Committee in March 2018.

 

Executive Summary

1.      Funding from the Stronger Communities Fund has been made available to develop a Place Making Works Program for our centres, as well as centre beautification works, a Masterplan for Beverly Hills and an Economic Development Strategy.

 

2.      Key components of the evidence informing this work has been the results of the recently undertaken Town Centre Care Factor Survey and the Business Survey. These surveys have provided information on people’s current opinions of our town centres, what they value in town centres and opportunities and challenges in supporting a sustainable business environment across the LGA.

 

3.      Based on the survey results and other available data and information, evidence based Place Making initiatives, a longer term Works Program and a draft Economic Development Strategy that incorporates Place Making have been drafted.

 

4.      This report seeks endorsement of:

·    the draft Works Program of initiatives, and

·    the draft Economic Development Strategy objectives and principles for the purpose of further development and testing with stakeholders including the Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC), once established – in March 2018.

 

5.       The objectives and principles of the Economic Development Strategy are:

Objectives:

A.  Provide the context and direction for economic growth of Georges River LGA

B.  Outline opportunities and challenges for each centre as part of the local economy

C.  Provide economic strategies and clear actions for each centre

D.  Support employment and foster business growth

 

Principles:

 

1)   Build on local jobs for local people

2)   Leverage access for employment growth

3)   Ensure investment and programs are evidence based

4)   Accommodate growth through partnerships

Background

 

6.   From the Stronger Communities Fund the following monies relevant to Place Making were allocated:

Place making Strategy for our centres - $250,000

Centre Beautification improvements - $140,000

Masterplan for Beverly Hills - $150,000

A further $280,000 was allocated to the development and implementation of an Economic Development Strategy. The development of which will have synergies and crossover with the Place Making Program.

 

7.   A Place Making Works Program that includes local economic development initiatives has been developed. The Works Program includes short term actions and initiatives as well as medium and longer term proposals.

 

8.   The consultancy firm Place Partners was engaged to educate staff on what place making is, and how to facilitate place-making across the LGA. Attendees learnt that place making is essentially the relationship between people and the environment, and that place makers in government seek to deliver places that are valued by communities by:

·    Building Relationships

·    Creating new places

·    Enhancing existing places

·    Place based asset management, and

·    Place Activation

 

9.    In effectively co-ordinating the development and rollout of the Place Making Works Program and an Economic Development Strategy input and coordination has occurred from units across Council. This process has been undertaken to allow economic development and place making initiatives to be delivered over the next 6 months and for longer term ideas to be considered for inclusion in an on-going program.

 

Surveys

10. In developing this program of work it was considered important to firstly understand community values for town centres and current views from local businesses in terms of facilitating economic development and business growth.

 

11. Place Partners’ ‘Placescore’ service was used to survey the community on their  qualitative opinions of a place and what they value and turn it into quantitative information to guide decision-making and investment across Council. The survey was undertaken between 29th August and 24th September 2017 both via online and face to face surveys. The survey collected responses not only from people who reside in the LGA but also those who work or visit for shopping, study etc.

 

12. A Councillor briefing on the survey results was provided by Place Partners on Monday 20th November 2017. Results were presented across the LGA and by Ward.

 

13. Key LGA wide survey findings included:

 

The top 3 town centre place attributes valued by residents and visitors:

·     Elements of the natural environment (views, vegetation, topography, water etc.)

·     Cleanliness of public space

·     Sense of safety (for all ages, genders, day/night etc.)

 

Popular community ideas for change:

·     Increasing street trees, planting and green spaces

·     Improving general cleanliness and maintenance, and

·     Creating community spaces for socialisation, programs and play.

 

14. A business survey was designed and overseen by Council staff to collect data on the nature and composition of businesses in Georges River and to better understand the opportunities and challenges in supporting a sustainable business environment. The business survey was undertaken on-line between 29th September 2017 to 13th October 2017.

 

15. The business survey found that the majority of business owners were predicting a positive business outlook.

 

The survey also reported a number of challenges that could potentially affect the future growth of local businesses. These included:

·     Traffic congestion and parking,

·     Energy costs, and

·     Rental increases.

 

The number one reason for locating a business in the Georges River area was “proximity to home.”

 

When asked about activities that would be of interest to local businesses, respondents’ top 5 responses were:

·    Business Networking Events

·    Updates on Major Projects in GRC

·    Business Seminars/Workshops

·    Town Centre and Public Space Upgrades

·    Business Expo

 

16. Outcomes of the Community Strategic Plan were also considered in developing the draft Works Program and Economic Development Strategy.

 

Place Making Works Program

17. Initial initiatives developed and being progressed in response to the survey findings are as follows:

 

A.  ‘The Big Wash’ Hurstville

An expanded ‘wash’ or ‘spring clean’ of Forest Road between The Avenue and Queen’s Road that comprises:

•     Initial liaison and communication with landlords and business owners, including collection of business owners’ contact details

•     An expanded week long Council foot path scrubbing and general cleaning service to include shopfront and windows, under awnings and under-awning signage, public bins, graffiti removal and weeding

•     Repainting of public seating

•     Relining of the car spaces in the car park at the corner of Forest road, Ormond and Treacy Streets

•     Mulching and general tidying of garden beds in Memorial and ‘Pigeon’ parks

•     Liaison with pedestrians to remind them of environmental health issues related to littering and the feeding of pigeons

•     Promotion of the initiative, including erection of 2 banners, AO posters and local media releases

 

B.  Kogarah ‘noons with Tunes

 

Utilising the Kogarah Town Square (outside the library) to hold a month long, family orientated event on Friday afternoons for a month in Spring 2018. Targeting local families (after school), workers and students to Kogarah the event could include:

·    Performances by local artists and musicians, local food stalls, free ice creams for children, face painting and jumping castle

·    The installation of temporary additional seating, greenery and shading

·    Outdoor seating and dining incentives for surrounding businesses and

·    Pole banners, signage and other promotion and media

 

C.  Hurstville Makeover Month

 

Partnership between Forest Road businesses and Council to make Forest Road cleaner and more visually attractive and allow businesses and visitors to be more conscious of activities that may negative consequences on the environment of the broader LGA and region. Program to include actions such as:

•     Retail information/educational sessions for businesses in Hurstville,

•     A second expanded Council foot path scrubbing service to include shopfront and windows, under awnings and under-awning signage,

•     Month long liaison with pedestrians on a weekly basis to remind them of environmental health issues related to littering and the feeding of pigeons,

•     Green and leafy photography competition (winners images to be used on streetpole banners)

•     Temporary visual enhancements to Forrest Road, including the hanging of green baskets and the erection of banners,

•     Production of guidelines for internal fitout of retail premises document to be distributed to landlords,

•     Children’s colouring in competition to both promote and educate the event and its broader objectives of being clean and green,

·    Temporary children’s playground/play area in ‘Pigeon Park’ and

•     Broader promotion of the initiative, including local media releases

 

18. Both Hurstville initiatives are in response to the results for the Place Score Survey results specific to the Hurstville Town Centre. The number one community value for Hurstville was “cleanliness of public space.” This was also the number one value across the LGA for visitors, students, workers and Chinese born respondents.

 

19. The Kogarah initiative is in response to the popular values of local history, heritage buildings and features and elements of the natural environment. Key themes in survey respondent’s ideas for improving Kogarah included:

·    Community focussed and pedestrian, bike and child friendly and safe (events & projects),

·    Greenery and street planting, and

·    Integration of heritage/art/performance

 

20. A draft Work Plan includes other medium and longer term initiatives for other centres and across the LGA. The initiatives by category include:

 

Initiative

Capital Works

Maintenance

Events

Studies & Research

Keppel Avenue Reserve, Riverwood - Place Making Upgrades

ü

 

 

ü

St George Hospital and Town Centre Shuttle Bus

 

 

ü

ü

LGA wide Food Bloggers Competition – Facebook

 

 

ü

 

LGA Wide Coffee Art Competition – Facebook

 

 

ü

 

Council Business Start-ups Information Seminars – approvals and regulatory

 

 

ü

 

‘Peak-King Jobs Expo’

Peakhurst and Kingsgrove Jobs & Innovation Expo

 

 

ü

 

Kogarah Cultural narrative and urban design review

 

 

 

ü

LGA Wide – Women in Small Business Networking Event

 

 

ü

 

Kogarah and Hurstville – Place Managers

 

Organisational

 

 

 

Night Time Economy Discussion Paper & Program

 

 

 

ü

Group Solar Energy trial for small businesses

 

ü

 

 

 

Green places review and delivery -Identification & delivery of small to medium scale improved streetscape pedestrian meeting/seating/green spaces for each centre

 

ü

ü

 

ü

 

21. Refer to Attachment 1 for further details. The draft Work Plan will continue to be developed in response to further consultation with key stakeholders and the broader community.

 

Draft Economic Development Strategy

 

22. Prior to formulating the structure and parameters of an evidence based Economic Development Strategy (EDS), a desktop review of other comparable Council’s strategy document, available quantitative data including Census and ID profile data and projections and strategic planning documents including the South District Plan was undertaken.

 

23. The structure and parameters of the EDS were then refined by Council’s internal Place Making and Economic Development Working Group. This process included

 

I.    The identification of key centres for the purposes of facilitating economic development being:

Kogarah

Hurstville

Riverwood, and

Kingsgrove

 

II.   The drafting of objectives and principles being:

Objectives:

A.  Provide the context and direction for economic growth of Georges River LGA

B.  Outline opportunities and challenges for each centre as part of the local economy

C.  Provide economic strategies and clear actions for each centre

D.  Support employment and foster business growth

 

Principles:

 

1)   Build on local jobs for local people

2)   Leverage access for employment growth

3)   Ensure investment and programs are evidence based

4)   Accommodate growth through partnerships

 

Its intended the EDS will also include actions and initiatives relating to each of the LGA’s centres. The draft structure, objectives and principles of the EDS are in Attachment 2. Text in italics is for explanatory purposes only.

 

In developing the EDS, consideration will be given to exploring actions and programs that will support the key sectors within the LGA – key retail, health, education, sport and small/medium businesses.

 

24. The draft EDS and Works Program will be reviewed by and further developed with Council’s EDAC. Council endorsed the Expression of Interest process for the EDAC on 27th November. The first meeting of the EDAC is scheduled for March 2018.

 

Stakeholder Engagement

 

25. Stakeholder engagement and consultation to date, and proposed is as follows:

Consultation Method

Stakeholders

Timing

Status

Place Score Town Centres Survey

Residents, visitors, workers, students etc to our town centres

 

29th August – 14th September 2017

Complete

Business Survey

Business owners across the LGA

29th September 2017 to 13th October 2017

 

Complete

Targeted Business Consultations – information exchange meetings between senior council officers and key employers/land owners

·    Hurstville Private Hospital

·    Club Central

·    NSW Southern Region Chinese Business Association

·    Westfield/Scentre

·    St George Hospital

·    St George Leagues Club

·    Calvary Hospital

·    Westpac (Kogarah Innovation Centre)

·    St George Private Hospital

 

October 2017 – January 2018

Underway

Stakeholder Group Workshops - Test and modify draft objectives, principles and works program

·    Facilitated workshops with:

·    EDAC

·    Councillors

·    Community Forum/Reference Group

·    Local business representatives

 

March 2018

In planning

Public Exhibition (4 weeks) – draft EDS

 

All residents, businesses and investors in LGA

 

April 2018

 

In planning

Conclusion

 

26. Considerable progress has been made in collecting the evidence to guide the drafting of an Economic Development Strategy that incorporates Place Making and developing and commencing the delivery of a Place Making and Economic Development Works Program.

 

27. The Strategy and Works Program will continue to be developed in consultation with Council EDAC and other key stakeholders.

 

28. It is recommended that Council endorses the:

 

·    draft Works Program and

·    draft Economic Development Strategy objectives and principles for the purpose of testing with stakeholder group workshops including one with the Economic Development Advisory Committee

 

Financial Implications

29. Within budget allocation.

 

File Reference

17/220804, 17/220803 and SF16/710

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment View1

Draft Economic Development Strategy

Attachment View2

Place Making Program dated November 2017

 


Georges River Council - Environment and Planning Committee Meeting - Monday, 11 December 2017

ENV014-17             Economic Development Strategy and Place Making Program

[Appendix 1]          Draft Economic Development Strategy

 

 

Page 376

 

Text Box: AGENDA OF ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING - 11 DECEMBER 2017
GEORGES RIVER COUNCIL

Text Box: DRAFT V1B December 2017
     
Text Box:

1. Table of Contents

1.    Introduction                                                                                                                                                            3

2.    OBJECTIVES OF THE STRATEGY                                                                                                                               3

3.    STrategic CONTEXT, Data and TRends                                                                                                         3

4.    OPPORTUNITIES & CHALLENGES                                                                                                                           3

5.    KEY GUIDING PRINCIPLES                                                                                                                                         3

6.    ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES BY CENTRE & SECTOR                                                                3

7.    PLACE MAKING IN GRC – WHAT WE HEARD and what We’re DOing                                              3

8.    IMPLEMENTATION PLAN                                                                                                                                          4

9.    appendices                                                                                                                                                                   5

 

 

 

 

 


 

1.  Introduction

How the Strategy incorporates Place Making, and is evidence based.

2.  OBJECTIVES OF THE STRATEGY

A.    Provide the context and direction for the economic growth of Georges River LGA

B.    Outline opportunities and challenges for each centre as part of the local economy

C.    Provide economic strategies and clear actions for each centre

D.    Support employment and foster business growth

3.  STrategic CONTEXT, Data and TRends

 

·    A Plan for Growing Sydney 2014

 

·    Revised draft South District Plan

 

·    Census data & IDprofile projections

 

 

4.  OPPORTUNITIES & CHALLENGES

To be summarised out of:

·    Business Survey

·    PlaceScore Town Centre Survey

·    Community Strategic Plan

·    Census data & ID profile projections

5.  KEY GUIDING PRINCIPLES

 

1. Build on local jobs for local people

Leverage existing advantages health & retail. Housing diversity & affordability to ensure the range of housing reflects the range of incomes/types of workers.

2. Leverage access for employment growth

Promote to new job generating businesses

3. Create great places

Clean, green, sustainable and inclusive – values that attract people in to invest.

4. Ensure investment and programs are evidence based

Programs and actions need to respond to the evidence. Keep checking on what people value in living and working in GRC.

5. Accommodate growth through partnerships

Advocate to State Government re infrastructure and services support, work with other councils, work with the community, EDAC, resource Business Chambers, support innovation, support and connect to traineeships, linkages to other government and community programs and services

 

6.  ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES BY CENTRE & SECTOR

 

·    Kogarah

·    Hurstville

·    Riverwood

·    Kingsgrove

·    Other centres

Each with actions(s) and economic indicators/targets also identified by sector (small business, home based business, retail, health etc)

7.  PLACE MAKING IN GRC – WHAT WE HEARD and what We’re DOing

 

More detail than Section 4 on the Place Score results then, case studies

The Big Wash and Makeover Month Hurstville

Kogarah ‘noons with Tunes

Keppel Avenue Reserve, Riverwood Partnership & Upgrade

 

8.  IMPLEMENTATION PLAN

 

Collates all actions from Section 6 and sets out the longer term program

 

 

 

 


 

 

9.  appendices

 


Georges River Council - Environment and Planning Committee Meeting - Monday, 11 December 2017

ENV014-17             Economic Development Strategy and Place Making Program

[Appendix 2]          Place Making Program dated November 2017

 

 

Page 381

 

Place Making Works Program – as at November 2017

 

No.

Initiative

Type

Short/long/medium

Term?

 

Key Partners/Stakeholders

Status

Timing

1.  

‘The Big Wash’ – Forrest Rd Hurstville (Cleaner and Greener Hurstville Pt. 1)

•     Initial liaison and communication with business owners (& collection of business contact details)

•     Expanded foot path scrubbing service to include shopfront and windows, under awnings and under-awning signage and general street cleaning & maintenance

•     Liaison with pedestrians - environmental health issues related to littering and the feeding of pigeons

•     Promotion of the initiative (2 banners, AO posters and local media)

 

Maintenance

 

Event

Short term

Forrest Road business owners and landlords

Forrest Road pedestrians

Commenced

Week commencing 24th November

2.  

Kogarah  ‘noons with tunes

•     4 Fridays in Spring 2018 (3.00pm – 8pm TBC)

•     Performances, local food stalls, face painting, jumping castle, free ice creams for kids

•     Town square – additional seating, shading & greenery for the month

•     Outdoor seating and dining incentives for surrounding businesses

•     Pole banners, signage, other promotion & media

•     Target local families (after school), workers and students

 

Event

Medium  term

Shopfront Arts Co-op - Partner TBC

Kogarah families

Kogarah food retailers, cafes & restaurants

Kogarah students

Kogarah workers

In planning:

·    consultant/contractor to be engaged to event manager

·    discussions with Shopfront Arts Co-Op about coordinating local youth, artists and musicians input

February 2018

3.  

‘March Makeover Month’ – Cleaner and Greener Hurstville Part 2

·    Retail information sessions for Hurstville businesses,

•     Second expanded Council foot path scrubbing service,

•     Month long liaison with pedestrians on a weekly basis to remind them of environmental health issues related to littering and the feeding of pigeons,

•     Temporary visual enhancements to Forrest Road, including the hanging of green baskets and the erection of banners, and

•     Children’s colouring in competition to both promote and educate the event and its objectives

•     Temporary children’s play area

•     Broader promotion of the initiative, including local media releases

 

Maintenance

Event

Short Term

Forrest Road business owners and landlords

Forrest Road pedestrians

Westfield (host colouring in competition – TBC)

In planning

March 2018

4.  

Keppel Avenue Reserve, Riverwood - Place Making Upgrades

·    Pop-up sessions over the April School Holidays at the local shopping centre, schools and club rivers to get people’s ideas for the park, including “colouring-in” type ideas to get the local children engaged

·    Based on the pop up responses and do a park improvement plan. Could include seating, bubblers signage directing people to the park and the child and family health centre

·    Matching the $5k provided by Club Rivers to improve the Child and Family Health Centre to also fund air-conditioning, awnings and garden beds around the building.

Capital Works

Study/research

Medium Term

NSW Health

Family and Community Services

Club Rivers

Riverwood residents

Riverwood students

Riverwood Plaza

Early internal council liaison

April 2018

5.  

St George Hospital and Town Centre Shuttle Bus

Explore free shuttle bus for workers and visitors to the Kogarah Health Precinct and Town Centre (particularly to service workers whose shifts commence or finish at night or early in the morning and park in surrounding local areas)

Event

Study

Medium

Possible partnership with St George Public & Private Hospital and St George Leagues Club

Idea

Trial Winter 2018 (TBC)

6.  

LGA wide Food Bloggers Comp – Facebook

 

Event

Medium

LGA Café and Restaurants

Diners

Idea

April 2018 (TBC)

7.  

LGA Wide Coffee Art – Facebook Competition

 

Event

Medium Term

LGA café owners

LGA coffee drinkers

Idea

June 2018 (TBC)

8.  

Council Business Start-ups Information Seminars – approvals and regulatory

 

Event

Medium Term

Business owners

Potential investors

Realise Business

Idea

May 2018 (TBC)

9.  

‘Peak-King Jobs Expo’

Peakhurst and Kingsgrove Jobs & Innovation Expo

 

Event

Medium Term

Peakhurst and Kingsgrove business owners

Potential investors

Realise Business

 

Idea

Second half of 2018 (TBC)

10.

Kogarah Cultural narrative and urban design review

Study

Medium Term

Kogarah town centre residents, visitors, workers, students

 

Idea

Second half of 2018 (TBC)

11.

LGA Wide – Women in Small Business Networking Event

Event

Long Term

Realise Business

Women in Business

Idea

TBA

12.

Kogarah and Hurstville – Place Managers

 

Organisational

Long term

TBA

Idea

TBA

13.

Night Time Economy Discussion Paper & Program

 

Study

Medium Term

TBA

To be developed

TBA

14.

Group Solar Energy trial for small businesses

 

Capital works

Long Term

Kyle Bay shop owners?

Idea

TBA

15.

Green places review and delivery -Identification & delivery of small to medium scale improved streetscape pedestrian meeting/seating/green spaces for each centre

 

Study

Capital Works

Long term

TBA

Idea

TBA

 

 


Georges River Council – Environment and Planning Committee Meeting -  Monday, 11 December 2017               Page 387

Item:                   ENV015-17        Recruitment of Community Representatives for the new Local Planning Panel (LPP), formerly known as Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP) 

Author:              Manager Development and Building

Directorate:      Environment and Planning

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

Recommendation

(a)     That Council endorse the process for the recruitment of the Community Representatives for the new Local Planning Panel

(b)     That delegation be given to the General Manager to call for expressions of interest for Community Representatives for the Local Planning Panel,

(c)     That the General Manager report to Council in February 2018 on the outcomes of the Expression of Interest Process, with a recommendation for the appointment of the 5 x Community Panel members.

Executive Summary

1.      This report provides an update to Council on the changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 to constitute Local Planning Panels (LPPs) which have been referred to previously as Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels (IHAPs) for all Councils in the Greater Sydney Region and Wollongong, and the need to call for expressions of interest from nominations for Community Representatives on the future LPP.

2.      Council resolved at Council meeting on 27 November 2017:

(a) That the General Manager immediately commence the process for the recruitment and appointment of the community members for the Georges River IHAP to ensure that members are appointed prior to the 1 March 2018 commencement date for mandatory IHAPs in the Sydney metropolitan area.

(b) That the existing community members of the Georges River IHAP be thanked for their service to date and be invited to apply for membership of the new IHAP in 2018.

(c)  That the General Manager submit a report to Council in February 2018 detailing the recruitment process and recommendations for appointment of the community members.

Background

3.      On 8 August 2017, the Minister for Planning released a media statement advising that IHAPs would become mandatory for all councils within the Greater Sydney Region and for Wollongong Council.

4.      The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 was amended in September 2017with the inclusion of “Division 4 – Local Planning Panels and Council Delegates”.  This Division outlines the functions of the LPP, constitution and members.

5.      All affected Councils are required to have a Local Planning Panel in place and operational by 1 March 2018.

6.      Once an LPP is in place, the consent authority functions of all affected Councils with respect to the following draft matters can only be exercised by the LPP:

a.   Development that has an estimated cost of more than $5 million, but less than $30 million. (Any Development valued at greater than $30 million will be determined by the Sydney South Planning Panel),

b.   Development where the owner or applicant is the Council, a Councillor, certain members of Council staff, a member of state or Federal Parliament; or a relative of persons referred to in this point,

c.   Development that receives 10 or more unique submissions by way of objection,

d.   Development that contravenes a development standard imposed by an environmental planning instrument by more than 10%,

e.   Designated development,

f.    Development to which State Environmental Planning Policy NO. 65 – Design Quality of Residential Apartment Development applies,

g.   Development involving the demolition of a heritage item,

h.   Development for the purposes of a new licenced premises, that will require certain liquor licences,

i.    Development for the purpose of sex services premises and restricted premises, and

j.    Development applications for which the developer has offered to enter into a Voluntary Planning Agreement.

 

Council is to note that these criteria are currently under review by the Department of Planning and Environment

LPP Membership requirements

7.      Membership is made up of four (4) members comprising:

a.   A chairperson who must be qualified in at least one of the following areas – planning, architecture, heritage, the environment, urban design, economics, traffic and transport, law, engineering, tourism, or government and public administration. This Chairperson will be chosen by the Minister from a pool of experts which has also be approved by the Minister

b.   Two (2) independent members who must be qualified in at least one of the same areas nominated above. These experts will be chosen by Council from the pool of experts recruited by the Department of Planning.

c.   A Community member nominated by Council. The community member does not have to be an expert in one of the fields referred to above but should be chosen to enhance the Panel’s knowledge of local matters.

8.      Section 23K (3) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 outlines the members of LPP. The following persons are excluded from membership of the LPP:

a.   Councillors,

b.   Property Developers,

c.   Real Estate Agents.

Department of Planning and Environment - LPP Local Community Representative requirements

9.      Local Community Representatives should:

a.   Be current residents within the local government area (LGA),

b.   Have knowledge and awareness of the LGA and issues of concern to the local community,

c.   Be able to represent and communicate the interests of the local community,

d.   Have an understanding of the planning process and assessment issues (but not expected to be experts),

e.   Commit to attending the LPP meetings and contributing constructively to the determination of applications, and

f.    Be willing to adhere to the LPP code of conduct and operational procedures.

10.    At present there are no set criteria on the actual number of Community Representatives which Council can appoint and members can represent one or more wards.

11.    It is good practice to have a “pool” of representatives which allows for alternate members in the instances of any conflicts of interest and/or unavailability.

12.    Currently there is no specification on the remuneration of the Panel members, this is to be advised in the near future.

Recruitment process

13.    The advertising period is to be no less than 28 days, and is to be via the local newspaper and also through at least one other means, such as Council’s Website, social media, community forums, libraries, etc.

14.    Applications are to be made to Council’s General Manager.

15.    Once the advertising period has finalised, the General Manager and the appointed selection panel are to review the applications, shortlist the suitable candidates, arrange interviews (if required), identify community representatives and advise the Department on who will be appointed including any alternates.

16.    In information provided by the Department on 20 November 2017, advises this is to be completed within 2 weeks of the end of the advertising period.

Georges River Council Process for the Community Representatives

17.    It is proposed that Council will recruit 5 x Community Representatives, being 1 from each ward.

18.    This also allows for an alternative in the event of one member not being able to attend due to illness, conflict of interest, etc.

19.    The members must have knowledge and be able to represent the whole LGA, even though they are from one specific Ward; as they will operate on a rotational basis with 1 member attending each meeting and making decisions on planning/ development matters across the whole LGA.

20.    They are to provide a local perspective on the matter before the Panel.

21.    They will be subject to the IHAP Code of Conduct and Operational Procedures, to ensure the Panel operates in a more transparent way for the community.

22.    Their specific functions will be dictated by the EPA Act & Regulation and a Charter prepared in accordance with this legislation and the Department of Planning and Environment’s operational requirements/procedures.

23.    Based on the Department of Planning and Environment Guidelines,  the selection criteria for the Community Representatives will include:

a.   Be current residents within the local government area (LGA),

b.   Have knowledge and awareness of the LGA and issues of concern to the local community,

c.   Be able to represent and communicate the interests of the local community,

d.   Have an understanding of the planning process and assessment issues (but not expected to be experts),

e.   Ability to contribute constructively to the determination of applications,

 

Selection Process

24.    The General Manager will appoint a selection panel.

25.    This panel will review all applications, taking into account the guidelines outlined above.

26.    A report will be prepared for Council in February with a recommendation from the General Manager from the selection panel for the 5 x successful Community Representatives and reasons why.

27.    After which the General Manager will notify the successful and unsuccessful applicants as well as the Chairperson of the Panel (if known).

Process of Expressions of Interest

 

28.    The Expressions of Interest will be advertised in the local Leader Newspaper twice during the period, during the month of January. Once towards the beginning of the 28 day period and once towards the end. It will also be advertised on Council’s Website and Facebook.

29.    The advertising period will cease the end of January/early February, to allow time for a report to be prepared for Council in February 2018 with a recommendation for the 5 x Panel Community members.

30.    The Department of Planning and Environment has advised that applications are to be mailed or emailed directly to the General Manager.

31.    Circulating the EOI via the existing Georges River Council Community Panel will also be investigated.

32.    In accordance with Council’s resolution of 27 November 2017, the existing community members of the Georges River IHAP be thanked for their service to date and be invited to apply for membership of the new IHAP (LPP) in 2018.

Financial Implications

33.    Currently there are no statutory fees proposed to be included in the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulations 2000 enabling Council to recover any of the financial costs associated with the operation of the LPPs.

34.    The remuneration of the Panel members themselves (including the Community Representatives), is currently being considered by the Department of Planning and Environment, and will be advised in due course.

35.    Funds exist within the Environmental and Planning budget for the operational of the current IHAP.  At this stage it is unknown whether the allocated budget will be sufficient to fund the new LPP

Community Engagement

36.    Community engagement will be conducted during the Expression of Interest advertisement period which will be for a minimum of 28 days.

 

File Reference

D17/214019