MINUTES


Environment and Planning Committee

 

Monday, 09 December 2019

7.00pm

 

Level 1, Georges River Civic Centre

Hurstville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Present

Council Members

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

Council Staff

Director Environment and Planning - Ms Meryl Bishop,  Manager Development and Building – Mr Ryan Cole, Executive Assistant to the Director Environment and Planning – Ms Leanne Allen,  Executive Services Officer – Ms Marina Cavar

Opening

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Landsberry and Councillor Badalati

That the meeting be declared open at 7.39pm.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

The Chair, Councillor Katris opened the meeting at 7.39pm

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 ENV046-19 (Draft Georges River Stormwater Management Policy 2019), for the reason that he owns a property in the LGA.

Councillor Hindi declared a Non Significant, Non Pecuniary Interes in relation to Item  ENV047-19 (Appointment of Community Representatives to the Georges River Council Local Planning Panel for the Kogarah Bay and Hurstville Wards) for the reason that he may know some of the applicants. Councillor Hindi will remain in the meeting during discussion and voting on items ENV046-19 and ENV047-19.

Councillor Katris declared a Non Significant Non Pecuniary interest in relation to Item ENV047-19 (Appointment of Community Representatives to the Georges River Council Local Planning Panel for the Kogarah Bay and Hurstville Wards) for the reason that he may know some of the applicants. Councillor Katris will remain in the meeting during discussion and voting on this item.

Councillor Katris declared a Non Significant, Non Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item ENV046-19 (Draft Georges River Stormwater Management Policy 2019) for the reason that he owns a property in the LGA. Councillor Katris will remain in the meeting during discussion and voting on this item.

Councillor Christina Wu declared a Non Significant Non Pecuniary interest in relation to Item ENV047-19 (Appointment of Community Representatives to the Georges River Council Local Planning Panel for the Kogarah Bay and Hurstville Wards) for the reason that she knows some of the applicants. Councillor Wu will remain in the meeting during discussion and voting on this item.

Councillor Stephen Agius declared a Non Significant Non Pecuniary interest in relation to Item ENV047-19 (Appointment of Community Representatives to the Georges River Council Local Planning Panel for the Kogarah Bay and Hurstville Wards) for the reason that he knows some of the applicants. Councillor Agius will remain in the meeting during discussion and voting on this item.

Councillor Vince Badalati declared a Non Significant Non Pecuniary interest in relation to Item ENV047-19 (Appointment of Community Representatives to the Georges River Council Local Planning Panel for the Kogarah Bay and Hurstville Wards) for the reason that he knows some of the applicants. Councillor Badalati will remain in the meeting during discussion and voting on this item.

Councillor Payor declared a Non Significant Non Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item ENV047-19 (Appointment of Community Representatives to the Georges River Council Local Planning Panel for the Kogarah Bay and Hurstville Wards) for the reasons that she knows one of the applicants that applied for the position to represent the Hurstville Ward. Councillor Payor will leave the meeting for the voting on this item.

Public Forum

There were no registered speakers

 

Confirmation of Minutes of previous meetings

Environment and Planning - 11 November 2019

RECOMMENDATION : Councillor Kastanias and Councillor Landsberry

That the Minutes of the Environment and Planning Committee meeting held on 11 November 2019 be confirmed.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

    

Committee Reports

ENV045-19       Summary of Development Applications Lodged and Determined - July to September 2019

(Report by Manager Development and Building)

 

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor  Badalati and Councillor Landsberry

(a)          That Council receive and note the Summary of Development Applications Lodged and Determined report for the first quarter of the 2019/2020 financial year being July 2019 – September 2019.

(b)          That the General Manager undertake a communication program to increase awareness in the community that as a result of the changes to the NSW Planning Legislation in March 2018, elected Councillors have no direct involvement in considering and determining development applications and to provide information on the Council’s delegation framework for the determination of applications     

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

 

ENV046-19       Draft Georges River Stormwater Management Policy 2019

(Report by Manager Development and Building)

Note:  Councillor Katris declared a Non Significant Non Pecuniary Interest in relation to this item.  Councillor Katris remained in the meeting during discussion and voting on this item.

Note:  Councillor Hindi declared a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in relation to this Item, Councillor Hindi remained  in the meeting during discussion and voting on this item.

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Kastanias and Councillor Landsberry

(a)     That Council endorse the Draft Georges River Stormwater Management Policy 2019 for public exhibition for a minimum of 28 days and to commence after 20 January 2020.

(b)     That Council publicly exhibit the Draft Georges River Stormwater Management Policy 2019 through the following methods:

i.        Advertisements in the local paper;

ii.       Uploaded to Council’s Your Say webpage;

iii.      Documents will be publicly available at Council’s libraries and Customer Service Centre;

iv.      Advertising on Council’s Social Media accounts; and

v.       Availability of information on Council’s website.

(c)     That Council authorise the General Manager to make minor modifications to any numerical, typographical, interpretation and formatting errors, if required, in preparation for the public exhibition of the Draft Georges River Stormwater Management Policy 2019.

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

(e)   That the staff be commended for a comprehensive and detailed document that appears to be fair and consistent.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

 

ENV047-19       Appointment of Community Representatives to the Georges River Council Local Planning Panel for the Kogarah Bay and Hurstville Wards

(Report by Manager Development and Building)

RECOMMENDATION:  Councillor Hindi and Councillor Kastanias

That this matter be deferred to Closed Confidential Session.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Consideration of Business in Closed Session

At this stage of the meeting, time being 7:57pm, Councillor Katris advised that the meeting would move into Closed Session in accordance with the provisions of Part 1 of Chapter 4 of the Local Government Act 1993, Accordingly, members of the press and public are excluded from the closed session and access to the correspondence relating to the item considered during the course of the closed session will be withheld.

This action was taken to allow discussion of the following item

 

ENV047-19      Appointment of Community Representatives to the Georges River Council Local Planning Panel for the Kogarah Bay and Hurstville Wards

                         (Report by Manager Development and Building)

 

That in accordance with the provisions of Part 1 of Chapter 4 of the Local Government Act 1993, the matters dealt with in this report be considered in closed Council Meeting at which the press and public are excluded. In accordance with Section 10A (2)  (a) it is considered the matter deals with personnel matters concerning particular individuals (other than Councillors)

The Chair, Councillor Katris asked the Director Environment and Planning if any representations had been received from the public that the item should not be discussed in closed session.

The Director replied that no representations had been received to the item in closed session.

The Chair, Councillor Katris, asked if there were any members of the public gallery who would like to speak on the reasons Council proposes to consider the items in closed session, there were none.

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Kastanias

That the meeting move into Closed Session, time being 7:57pm

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

CONSIDERATION OF CONFIDENTIAL RECOMMENDATIONS

Note: Councillor Payor left the meeting at 8.10pm

 

ENV047-19      Appointment of Community Representatives to the Georges River Council Local Planning Panel for the Kogarah Bay and Hurstville Wards

                         (Report by Manager Development and Building)

Councillor Payor declared a Non Significant Non Pecuniary Interest in relation to this item for the reasons that she knows one of the applicants that applied for the position to represent the Hurstville Ward. Councillor Payor was not present for discussion or voting on this item.

Councillor Hindi declared Non Significant Non Pecuniary Interest in relation to this item for the reason that he may know some of the applicants. Councillor Hindi remained in the meeting during discussion and voting on this item.

Councillor Katris declared a Non Significant Non Pecuniary interest in relation to this item for the reason that he knows some of the applicants. Councillor Katris remained in the meeting during discussion and voting on this item.

Councillor Christina Wu declared a Non Significant Non Pecuniary interest in relation to this item for the reason that she knows some of the applicants. Councillor Wu remained in the meeting during discussion and voting on this item.

Councillor Stephen Agius declared a Non Significant Non Pecuniary interest in relation to this item for the reason that he knows some of the applicants. Councillor Agius remained in the meeting during discussion and voting on this item.

Councillor Vince Badalati declared a Non Significant Non Pecuniary interest in relation to this item for the reason that he knows some of the applicants. Councillor Badalati remained in the meeting during discussion and voting on this item.

RECOMMENDATION : Councillor Hindi and Councillor Kastanias

(a)     That Council consider and appoint two community representatives from the confidential list contained in Attachment 1 for the Kogarah Bay and Hurstville Wards, to the Georges River Local Planning Panel.

(b)     That all community representatives are appointed for all Georges River Council wards so that they can operate on a rotational basis throughout the year to allow flexibility and efficiency for the operation of the Georges River Local Planning Panel.

(c)     Each member is to be appointed in accordance with the terms and conditions identified by the Minister for Planning and the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.

(d)    The recommendation of the Committee to appoint two community members on the Local Planning Panel to represent the Kogarah Bay ward and Hurstville ward is referred to Council for adoption.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Councillor Katris, Agius, Kastanias, Landsberry, Wu

Against the Motion: Councillor Badalati

 

Note: Councillor Payor returned to the meeting at 8:11pm

 

OPEN SESSION

RECOMMENDATION : Councillor Kastanias and Councillor Hindi

That the meeting revert to Open Session.

Record of Voting :

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

   

Conclusion

The Meeting was closed at 8.14pm

 

 

Chairperson