MINUTES


Environment and Planning Committee

 

Monday, 09 March 2020

7.00pm

 

Level 1, Georges River Civic Centre

Hurstville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


PRESENT

Council Members

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

Council Staff

Director Environment and Planning - Ms Meryl Bishop, Manager Strategic Planning – Ms Catherine McMahon, Manager Environment Health and Regulatory Services – Mr Andrew Spooner, Executive Strategic Planner – Ms Nerida Stores, Executive Assistant to the Director Environment and Planning – Ms Leanne Allen, Executive Services Officer – Mr Neil Treadwell.

 

Note:        Dr Lindsay Taylor from Lindsay Taylor Lawyers and Mr Martin Hill from Hill PDA Consulting were present at the meeting in relation to Item ENV007-20 – Draft Georges River Planning Agreements Policy 2020.

OPENING

Councillor Katris, opened the meeting at 7.02pm.

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 Hindi and Councillor Badalati

 

That an apology on behalf of Councillor Landsberry be accepted and a leave of Absence granted.

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

There were no disclosures of interest made.

PUBLIC FORUM

ITEM

SPEAKER

ENV006-20  - Adoption of Georges River Keeping of Animals Policy (2020)

Ilknur Bayari

ENV006-20  - Adoption of Georges River Keeping of Animals Policy (2020)

Michelle Cowin

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING

Environment and Planning - 10 February 2020

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Agius and Councillor Kastanias

That the Minutes of the Environment and Planning Committee meeting held on 10 February 2020, be confirmed.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:         Unanimous

Note:        Councillor Badalati left the meeting at 7.20pm and did not return to the meeting.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

ENV006-20       Adoption of Georges River Keeping of Animals Policy (2020)

(Report by Manager Environment Health & Regulatory Services)

Recommendation: Councillor Hindi  and Councillor Kastanias

(a)    That Council adopt the Georges River Keeping of Animals Policy (2020), contained in Attachment 3 to this report, subject to:

(i)         The removal of the maximum number of cats and dogs permitted to be kept on the property.

(ii)        The addition of the following note under the keeping of bees section – ‘Beekeepers are encouraged to contact their immediate adjoining neighbours prior to establishing beehives to consider any impacts that may arise from persons vulnerable to bee stings.’

(b)    That Council write to each individual/organisation that made a submission on the Draft Keeping of Animals Policy to advise of the amendments made to the Draft Policy received.

(c)    That Council rescind the following policies:

(i)     Local Orders Policy – Keeping of Animals (former Hurstville Council).

(ii)    Local Orders Policy No. 18 – The Keeping of Birds and Animals (former Kogarah Council).

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:          Councillors Agius, Hindi, Kastanias and Wu.

Against the Motion:   Councillors Katris and Payor (abstained).

 

Note:                Dr Lindsay Taylor from Lindsay Taylor Lawyers and Mr Martin Hill from Hill PDA Consulting were invited by the Chair, Councillor Katris, to address the meeting in regard to Item ENV007-20 – Draft Georges River Planning Agreements 2020.

Note:                Councillor Hindi left the meeting at 8:38pm.

ENV007-20       Draft Georges River Planning Agreements Policy 2020

(Report by Executive Strategic Planner)

Recommendation: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Katris

(a)    That Council endorse the Draft Georges River Planning Agreements Policy – Revision 2 (2020) for the purpose of public exhibition.

(b)    That Council provide delegation to the General Manager to approve changes to ensure the readability of the document.

(c)    That any submissions received on the Draft Georges River Planning Agreements Policy – Revision 2 (2020) be reported back to Council following public exhibition.

(d)    That the wording in clause 5.26 (Indexation of monetary contributions) in the draft VPA Policy be strengthened to state that the value of monetary contributions will only be increased over time by indexation, not decreased.

(e)    That the clauses 2.10-2.12 in the draft VPA Policy in relation to the ‘Provisions of planning agreement relating to s7.11 and s7.12 contributions’ include a point that Council will generally not support the exclusion of the application of s7.11 and s7.12 contributions of the Act to development that is subject of the planning agreement, unless the contributions that could have been required under those sections are provided for in the planning agreement in addition to any other benefits provided for in the planning agreement.

(f)     That the definition of ‘surplus value’ in the draft VPA Policy be amended to read:

        “The value of the developers contribution under a planning agreement for a category of facilities less the value of development contributions are or could have been required to be made under s7.11 or s7.12 of the Act for that category in respect of the development the subject of the agreement.”

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

ENV008-20       Legal Report

(Report by Director Legal Services and General Counsel)

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Katris and Councillor Kastanias

That this matter be referred to a full Council Meeting for consideration.

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

Note:                Councillor Hindi returned to the meeting at 8:40pm.

CONCLUSION

The Meeting was closed at 8.40pm

Chairperson