MINUTES


Environment and Planning Committee

 

Monday, 14 October 2019

7.00pm

 

Level 1, Georges River Civic Centre

Hurstville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Present

Council Members

Councillor Nick Katris (Chair), Councillor Leesha Payor, Councillor Vince Badalati, Councillor Rita Kastanias, Councillor Con Hindi, Councillor Christina Wu, Councillor Stephen Agius and Councillor Kathryn Landsberry.

Council Staff

General Manager – Ms Gail Connolly, Director Environment and Planning - Ms Meryl Bishop, Manager, Strategic Planning – Ms Catherine McMahon, Manager Development and Building – Mr Ryan Cole, Executive Assistant to the Director Environment and Planning – Ms Leanne Allen and Acting Executive Services Officer – Ms Nelly Caleo.

 

Opening

The Chair, Councillor Katris, opened the meeting at 7.10pm.

Acknowledgement of Country

Councillor Katris acknowledged the traditional custodians of the land, the Biddegal people of the Eora Nation.

Apologies/Leave of Absence  

There were no apologies or requests for leave of absence.

 

Notice of Webcasting

The Chairperson, Councillor Katris advised staff and the public that the meeting is being recorded for minute-taking purposes and is also webcast live on Council’s website, in accordance with Section 4 of Council’s Code of Meeting Practice. This recording will be made available on Council’s website.

Disclosures of Interest

Councillor Hindi declared a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary interest in relation to item ENV035-19 – Adoption of Local Strategic Planning Statement and endorsement of the Housing Precincts for LEP 2020, for the reason that a relative of his owns a property impacted by the LSPS. Councillor Hindi will remain in the meeting during discussion and voting on this item.

Public Forum

 

ITEM

SPEAKER

ENV035-19 - Adoption of the Local Strategic Planning Statement and Endorsement of the Housing Precincts for LEP 2020

Mr Jamie Gordon

ENV035-19 - Adoption of the Local Strategic Planning Statement and Endorsement of the Housing Precincts for LEP 2020

Mr David Hoy

ENV035-19 - Adoption of the Local Strategic Planning Statement and Endorsement of the Housing Precincts for LEP 2020

Mr Sydney Kak

 

Confirmation of Minutes of Previous Meetings

Environment and Planning - 09 September 2019

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Badalati

That the Minutes of the Environment and Planning Committee Meeting held on 09 September 2019 be confirmed.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

Committee Reports

ENV033-19       Planning Proposal for the reclassification of Part Lot 1 and whole of Lot 2 DP1200078, Taylors Reserve, Lugarno

(Report by Independent Consultant)

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Kastanias and Councillor Hindi

(a)     That Council endorse the Planning Proposal (PP 2017/0003) to amend the Hurstville Local Environmental Plan 2012 as it applies to the Council owned site known as the Taylors Reserve, bounded by Lime Kiln Road and Woodlands Avenue, Lugarno which seeks to:

i.    Amend Part 2 to Schedule 4 of HLEP 2012 to include Lot 2 and part of Lot 1 in Deposited Plan 1200178 and noting in Column 3 Any trusts etc not discharged as Reservations to the Crown Grant and minerals;

ii.   Add a new map to HLEP 2012 titled ‘Land Reclassification (Whole Lots) Map - Sheet RPL_003’ which identifies Lot 2 in Deposited Plan 1200178 outlined in red as ‘Operational Land’; and

iii.  Add a new map to HLEP 2012 titled ‘Land Reclassification (Part Lots) Map - Sheet RPL_003’ which identifies part of Lot 1 in Deposited Plan 1200178 outlined in red as ‘Operational Land’,

be forwarded to the delegate of the Minister for Planning requesting an Alteration to the Gateway Determination under Section 3.34 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act).

(b)     That prior to being forwarded for a Gateway Determination, Council seek an amendment of the Gateway Determination dated 17 July 2018 under section 3.34 (7) of the EP&A Act, requesting Condition 4 be amended to “The time frame for completing the LEP is 31 August 2020” and Council consider and determine the Planning Proposal prior to 30 June 2020.

(c)     That should an Alteration to Gateway Determination be issued by DPIE to permit exhibition of the Planning Proposal, a public hearing take place in accordance with the provisions of the NSW Local Government Act 1993 and the DPIE’s Practice Note PN 16-001 Classification and Reclassification of Public Land through a Local Environmental Plan.

(d)     That should an Alteration to Gateway Determination be issued by DPIE to permit exhibition of the amended Planning Proposal, a post-exhibition report be provided to Council, outlining any submissions received during the exhibition period, including any submissions made at the public hearing.

(e)     That Council note that the delivery of the public road will be a separate process.

 

(f)      That Council consider maintaining the existing alignment of the informal accessway in order to retain tree canopy and maximise the area available for public use of Taylors Reserve, noting that the low traffic volumes and low design speed on the informal accessway offers the flexibility to do so.

(g)     That should the Planning Proposal proceed to gazettal, Council commit to a program to replace the mature trees that will be required to be removed with plantings of appropriate species within Taylors Reserve.

(h)     That should the Planning Proposal proceed to gazettal, Council consider the loss of open space in Taylors Reserve in the implementation of the Council's Open Space, Recreation and Community Facilities Strategy.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

ENV034-19       Heritage Building Grants Program 2019-20

(Report by Strategic Planner)

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Agius

(a)       That the Heritage Building Grants Program 2019-20 offers be made to successful applicants as outlined in Table 3 and in Attachment 1 of this report – ‘Summary table of submissions and recommendations for Heritage Grant Funding 2019-20’.

(b)       That Council note the grants received from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage:

a.    up to $7,000 (ex. GST) annually over a two year period for the Local Heritage Advisor Service; and

b.    up to $6,250 (ex. GST) annually over a two year period for the Small Heritage Grants Service (‘Georges River Council’s Local Heritage Grants’).

(c)       That, if required, the General Manager allocates up to $7,241.50 from savings identified in the Environment and Planning Directorate to the Heritage Building Grants Program.

(d)       That the variation to the 2019/20 Budget be made at the Quarter 2 budget review.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

ENV035-19       Adoption of the Local Strategic Planning Statement and endorsement of the Housing Precincts for LEP 2020

(Report by Manager Strategic Planning)

Note:     Councillor Hindi declared a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary interest in relation to this item, for the reason that a relative of his owns a property impacted by the LSPS. Councillor Hindi remained in the meeting during discussion and voting on this item.

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Badalati and Councillor Kastanias

(a)     That Council note the outcomes of the LSPS Stage 2 Community Engagement.

(b)     That Council note the submissions received to the exhibition of the Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement.

(c)     That Council endorse the Local Strategic Planning Statement, as amended in response to the issues raised during the exhibition period, for submission to the NSW State Government for the purpose of Assurance (due date for lodgement 30 October 2019).

(d)     That Council provide delegation to the General Manager to approve any minor and/or insignificant changes as required following the Greater Sydney Commission’s final Health Check and Assurance of the Council’s Local Strategic Planning Statement.

(e)     That Council endorse the following staged approach to implementing actions of the Local Strategic Planning Statement:

a.   LEP 2020 to focus on Harmonisation and Housing,

b.   LEP 2021 to focus on Housing Choice

c.   LEP 2022 to focus on Jobs and Activation,

d.   LEP 2025 to focus on land use changes beyond the next 5 years.

(f)      That Council place the final Local Strategic Planning Statement on its website.

(g)     That Council include the following Precincts for rezoning under LEP 2020 and inclusion in the Council’s Housing Strategy:

a.   Peakhurst (North and West of Peakhurst Park) Precinct

b.   South Hurstville – Culwulla Street Precinct

c.   South Hurstville Hillcrest Avenue Precinct

d.   Penshurst Apsley Estate Precinct.

(h)     That Council not proceed with further investigation of the Olds Park Precinct for rezoning under LEP2020 due to traffic issues, its location outside a centre and distance from a train station.

(i)      That Council amend the LSPS to state that the investigation into rezoning the land in the vicinity of Connells Point Road, Greenacre Road and Rowe Street, South Hurstville from R2 to R3 occurs as part of the preparation of LEP 2025 or a future LEP.

AMENDMENT: Councillor Payor and Councillor Landsberry

(a)     That Council note the outcomes of the LSPS Stage 2 Community Engagement.

(b)     That Council note the submissions received to the exhibition of the Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement.

(c)     That Council endorse the Local Strategic Planning Statement, as amended in response to the issues raised during the exhibition period, for submission to the NSW State Government for the purpose of Assurance (due date for lodgement 30 October 2019).

(d)     That Council provide delegation to the General Manager to approve any minor and/or insignificant changes as required following the Greater Sydney Commission’s final Health Check and Assurance of the Council’s Local Strategic Planning Statement.

(e)     That Council endorse the following staged approach to implementing actions of the Local Strategic Planning Statement:

a.   LEP 2020 to focus on Harmonisation and Housing,

b.   LEP 2021 to focus on Housing Choice

c.   LEP 2022 to focus on Jobs and Activation,

d.   LEP 2025 to focus on land use changes beyond the next 5 years.

(f)      That Council place the final Local Strategic Planning Statement on its website.

(g)     That Council not proceed with the following Precincts for rezoning under LEP 2020 and amend the LSPS accordingly:

a.   Peakhurst (North and West of Peakhurst Park) Precinct

b.   South Hurstville – Culwulla Street Precinct

c.   South Hurstville Hillcrest Avenue Precinct

d.   Penshurst Apsley Estate Precinct

e. Connells Point Road Precinct

(h)     That Council not proceed with further investigation of the Olds Park Precinct for rezoning under LEP2020 due to traffic issues, its location outside a centre and distance from a train station.

(i)      That investigation for rezoning of precincts identified in (g) a to e above be carried out as a part of LEP 2025 or future LEP.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:           Councillors Payor, Landsberry and Kastanias

Against the Motion:   Councillors Katris, Agius, Badalati, Hindi and Wu (Abstained)

 

On being Put to the meeting, voting was three (3) votes FOR and five (5) votes AGAINST. The Motion was LOST.

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Badalati and Councillor Kastanias

(a)     That Council note the outcomes of the LSPS Stage 2 Community Engagement.

(b)     That Council note the submissions received to the exhibition of the Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement.

(c)     That Council endorse the Local Strategic Planning Statement, as amended in response to the issues raised during the exhibition period, for submission to the NSW State Government for the purpose of Assurance (due date for lodgement 30 October 2019).

(d)     That Council provide delegation to the General Manager to approve any minor and/or insignificant changes as required following the Greater Sydney Commission’s final Health Check and Assurance of the Council’s Local Strategic Planning Statement.

(e)     That Council endorse the following staged approach to implementing actions of the Local Strategic Planning Statement:

a.   LEP 2020 to focus on Harmonisation and Housing

b.   LEP 2021 to focus on Housing Choice

c.   LEP 2022 to focus on Jobs and Activation

d.   LEP 2025 to focus on land use changes beyond the next 5 years.

(f)      That Council place the final Local Strategic Planning Statement on its website.

(g)     That Council include the following Precincts for rezoning under LEP 2020 and inclusion in the Council’s Housing Strategy:

a.   Peakhurst (North and West of Peakhurst Park) Precinct

b.   South Hurstville – Culwulla Street Precinct

c.   South Hurstville Hillcrest Avenue Precinct

d.   Penshurst Apsley Estate Precinct

(h)     That Council not proceed with further investigation of the Olds Park Precinct for rezoning under LEP2020 due to traffic issues, its location outside a centre and distance from a train station.

(i)      That Council amend the LSPS to state that the investigation into rezoning the land in the vicinity of Connells Point Road, Greenacre Road and Rowe Street, South Hurstville from R2 to R3 occurs as part of the preparation of LEP 2025 or a future LEP.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:           Councillors Katris, Agius, Badalati, Hindi, Landsberry and Kastanias

Against the Motion:   Councillors Payor (Abstained) and Wu (Abstained)

 

 

ENV036-19       Establishment of a Trial Program - Smoke Free Zone

(Report by Coordinator – Parking and Rangers)

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Landsberry

(a)     That Council endorse the Smoke Free Zones at the Kogarah Town Square, Hurstville Memorial Square and Hurstville Central Plaza.

(b)     That improved signage be placed in the three locations to better notify the public that smoking, spitting and littering is prohibited in the areas.

(c)     That patrols continue to be undertaken in the three areas to assist with educating members of the community and promote voluntary-compliance with the signage.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

ENV037-19       Legal Services Report - September 2019

(Report by Director Legal Services and General Counsel)

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Agius

(a)       That the report “Legal Services Report – September 2019” be received and noted.

(b)      That the Legal Report to the Environment and Planning Committee provide detailed information on court matters (excluding costs).

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

Conclusion

The Meeting was closed at 8.17pm.

 

 

 

Chairperson