MINUTES


Environment and Planning Committee

 

Monday, 10 February 2020

7.00pm

 

Level 1, Georges River Civic Centre

Hurstville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


PRESENT

Council Members

Councillor Nick Katris (Chair), The Mayor Councillor Kevin Greene (ENV001-20, ENV003-20 and ENV004-20) Councillor Leesha Payor, Councillor Con Hindi, Councillor Vince Badalati, Councillor Rita Kastanias, Councillor Stephen Agius and Councillor Kathryn Landsberry

Council Staff

Director Environment and Planning - Ms Meryl Bishop, Manager Strategic Planning – Ms Catherine McMahon, Manager Development and Building – Mr Ryan Cole, Executive Manager, Office of the General Manager – Ms Roxanne Thornton, Executive Assistant to the Director Environment and Planning – Ms Leanne Allen.

 

OPENING

Councillor Katris, opened the meeting at 7.05pm.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

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

APOLOGIES/LEAVE OF ABSENCE  

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Badalati and Councillor Kastanias

That an apology on behalf of Councillor Wu be accepted.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

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 Katris declared a Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item ENV001-20 (Adoption of the Commercial Centres Strategy - Part 1 Centres Analysis) for the reason that he is part owner of a property in the Ramsgate Village centre on Rocky Point Road and although it’s under the jurisdiction of Bayside Council, is taking the precautionary measures of declaring this interest and not dealing with the report. Councillor Katris will leave the meeting and not participate in debate or voting on the item ENV001-20.

Councillor Agius declared a Pecuniary Interest in relation to items ENV001-20 (Adoption of the Commercial Centres Strategy – Part 1 Centres Analysis) and ENV003-20 (Draft Georges River Local Housing Strategy and Draft Inclusive Housing Strategy) for the reason that he owns a property located within a Commercial Centre and in Georges River LGA. Councillor Agius will leave the meeting and not participate in debate or voting on items ENV001-20 and ENV003-20.

Councillor Hindi declared a Non- Significant Non- Pecuniary  Interest in relation to item ENV003-20 (Draft Georges River Local Housing Strategy and Draft Inclusive Housing Strategy) for the reason that he owns property in the area and declared an interest in the LEP. Councillor Hindi will leave the meeting and not participate in debate or voting on the item ENV003-20.

Councillor Kastanias declared a Pecuniary Interest in relation to items ENV001-20 (Adoption of the Commercial Centres Strategy – Part 1 Centres Analysis) and ENV003-20 (Draft Georges River Local Housing Strategy and Draft Inclusive Housing Strategy) for the reasons that she owns property and runs a business in the Georges River Council area. Councillor Kastanias will leave the meeting and not participate in debate or voting on items ENV001-20 and ENV003-20.

PUBLIC FORUM

There were no registered speakers.

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Environment and Planning – 09 December 2019

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Badalati

That the Minutes of the Environment and Planning held on 09 December 2019, be confirmed.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

ORDER OF BUSINESS

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Badalati

That the Committee amend the Order of Business to consider items in the following order;

1.          ENV002-20-   Heritage Building Grants Program 2019/20

2.          ENV003-20-  Draft Georges River Local Housing Strategy and Draft Inclusive Housing          Strategy

3.          ENV004-20-   Revocation of Georges River Determination and Development Applications Policy 2017

4.          ENV001-20-   Adoption of the Commercial Centres Strategy – Part 1 Centres Analysis

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

COMMITTEE REPORTS

ENV002-20       Heritage Building Grants Program 2019/20

(Report by Strategic Planner)

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Landsberry and Councillor Kastanias

(a)    That Council approve a Heritage Building Grant of $3,000 to the owners of No.55 Inverness Avenue, Penshurst.

(b)    That any unallocated funds under the Heritage Building Grants Program 2019/20 be placed In the Heritage Building Grant reserve.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

ENV003-20       Draft Georges River Local Housing Strategy and Draft Inclusive Housing Strategy

(Report by Strategic Planner)

Note: Councillor Agius declared a Pecuniary Interest in relation to item ENV003-20 (Draft Georges River Local Housing Strategy and Draft Inclusive Housing Strategy) for the reason that he owns a property located within the Georges River LGA. Councillor Agius left the meeting and did not participate in the consideration or voting on this item.

Note: Councillor Hindi declared a Non- Significant Non- Pecuniary  Interest in relation to item ENV003-20 (Draft Georges River Local Housing Strategy and Draft Inclusive Housing Strategy) for the reason that he owns property in the area and declared an interest in the LEP. Councillor Hindi will left the meeting and not participate in  the consideration or voting on this item.

Note: Councillor Kastanias declared a Pecuniary Interest in relation to item ENV003-20 (Draft Georges River Local Housing Strategy and Draft Inclusive Housing Strategy) for the reasons that she owns property and runs a business in the Georges River Council area. Councillor Kastanias will leave the meeting and not participate in the consideration or voting on this item.

Note:  Councillors Agius, Hindi and Kastanias left the room at 7.11pm.

Note : Due to lack of quorum, The Mayor Councillor Greene joined the meeting at 7.14pm.

 

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Badalati and Councillor Landsberry

(a)    That Council endorses the draft Local Housing Strategy and draft Inclusive Housing Strategy and Delivery Plan which have informed the preparation of the Georges River Local Environmental Plan 2020 and accompanying Development Control Plan.

(b)    That the draft Local Housing Strategy and the draft Inclusive Housing Strategy and Delivery Plan be publicly exhibited for a minimum period of 60 days.

(c)    That Council refer the draft Local Housing Strategy to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for approval.

(d)    That Council refer the draft Inclusive Housing Strategy and Delivery Plan to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for its information.

(e)    That the outcomes of the public exhibition be reported to Council at a future meeting.

(f)     That Council provide delegation to the General Manager to approve changes to the readability of the document and to respond to issues raised by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s review of the Council’s Local Housing Strategy.

(g)    That an information report be presented to Council following the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s review of the Council’s Local Housing Strategy.

Record of Voting:

 

For the Motion: Unanimous

Note: Councillors Agius, Kastanias and Hindi returned to the room at 7.16pm

 

ENV004-20       Revocation of Georges River Determination of Development Applications Policy 2017

(Report by Manager Development and Building)

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Badalati

(a)    That Council revoke the Georges River ‘Determination of Development Applications Policy 2017’ with immediate effect.

(b)    That Council archive the Georges River ‘Determination of Development Applications Policy 2017’ in accordance with  Standard Business Practices.

(c)    That Council place a notice in the local paper notifying the public of the Council decision to revoke the Georges River ‘Determination of Development Applications Policy 2017’.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

Note:  Councillor Katris declared a Pecuniary Interest in the following item and vacated the Chair and left the meeting at 7.18pm.

Councillor Katris appointed Councillor Hindi to take the Chair in his absence.

Councillor  Hindi assumed the Chair at 7.19pm.

Note:  Councillors Katris, Agius and Kastanias left the room at 7.18pm and did not return to the meeting.

 

ENV001-20       Adoption of the Commercial Centres Strategy - Part 1 Centres Analysis

                         (Report by Strategic Planner/Urban Designer)

Note:  Councillor Katris declared a Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item ENV001-20 (Adoption of the Commercial Centres Strategy - Part 1 Centres Analysis) for the reason that he is part owner of a property in the Ramsgate Village centre on Rocky Point Road and although it’s under the jurisdiction of Bayside Council, is taking the precautionary measures of declaring this interest and not dealing with the report. Councillor Katris left the meeting and did not participate in the consideration or voting on this item.

Note:  Councillor Agius declared a Pecuniary Interest in relation to item ENV001-20 (Adoption of the Commercial Centres Strategy – Part 1 Centres Analysis) for the reason that he owns a property located within a Commercial Centre. Councillor Agius left the meeting and did not participate in the consideration or voting on this item.

Note:  Councillor Kastanias declared a Pecuniary Interest in relation to item ENV001-20 (Adoption of the Commercial Centres Strategy – Part 1 Centres Analysis) for the reason that she owns property and runs a business in the Georges River Council area. Councillor Kastanias left the meeting and did not participate in the consideration or voting on this item.

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Badalati and Landsberry

 (a)   That Council adopt the Commercial Centres Strategy – Part 1 Centres Analysis as a Georges River strategic planning document to inform the preparation of the Georges River Local Environmental Plans, Development Control Plans, Part 2 of the Strategy and the assessment of planning proposals and development applications.

(b)    That Council provide delegation to the Director Environment and Planning to approve any minor modifications to correct any numerical, typographical, mapping, interpretation and formatting errors, if required, to improve clarity and readability.

(c)    That Council write to all those that made a submission advising them of the adoption of the Commercial Centres Strategy – Part 1 Centres Analysis.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

   

CONCLUSION

The Meeting was closed by Councillor Hindi at 7.20pm

 

 

Chairperson