MINUTES


Environment and Planning Committee

 

Monday, 14 September 2020

7.00pm

 

 

ONLINE MEETING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Georges River Council - Minutes - Environment and Planning Committee - Monday 14 September 2020

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PRESENT

Council Members

Councillor Nick Katris (Chairperson), Councillor Stephen Agius, Councillor Vince Badalati, Deputy Mayor, Councillor Con Hindi, Councillor Rita Kastanias, Councillor Kathryn Landsberry and Councillor Leesha Payor.

Council Staff

General Manager - Ms Gail Connolly, Director Environment and Planning - Ms Meryl Bishop, Manager Environment, Health and Regulatory Services - Andrew Spooner, Executive Strategic Planner - Nerida Stores, Senior Strategic Planner - Harkirat Singh and Manager, Office of the General Manager - Ms Roxanne Thornton (Minutes).

External Consultants

·       Dr Lindsay Taylor (Item ENV036-20 Adoption of Georges River Planning Agreements Policy 2020)

·       Mr Martin Hill (Item ENV036-20 Adoption of Georges River Planning Agreements Policy 2020)

 

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 Hindi and Councillor Agius

That an apology on behalf of Councillor Wu 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

Councillor Katris disclosed a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in Item ENV046A-20 Adoption of the Traffic Modelling Report (Kogarah Local Environmental Plan Rezoning) for the reason that he is a part owner of a property in the Ramsgate Precinct, on Rocky Point Road Ramsgate. It is not located in the Georges River LGA. It is Located in the Bayside LGA but this report does not impact on his property as it is only a Traffic Modelling Report and the recommendations do not affect his property's value in any significant manner. Councillor Katris will be participating in the discussion and voting on this item.

Councillor Agius disclosed a Pecuniary Interest in Item ENV046A-20 Adoption of the Traffic Modelling Report (Kogarah Local Environmental Plan Rezoning) for the reason that he owns a commercial property in the LGA and while this item is only referring to a traffic modelling report he will leave the meeting as a matter of precaution as this item is referring to the Kogarah LEP. Councillor Agius did not participate in the discussion or voting on this item.

PUBLIC FORUM

There were no registered speakers for this meeting.

   

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

ENV034-20       Confirmation of the Minutes of the Environment and Planning Committee Meeting Held on 10 August 2020

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Agius

That the Minutes of the Environment and Planning Committee Meeting held on 10 August 2020 be adopted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

  

COMMITTEE REPORTS

ENV035-20       Draft Georges River Management of Feral and Infant Companion Animals Policy 2020 for Public Exhibition

(Report by Manager Environment Health & Regulatory Services)

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Katris

(a)    That Council endorse the Draft Georges River Management of Feral and Infant Companion Animals Policy 2020, contained in Attachment 1, to be placed on public exhibition for a minimum of 28 days.

(b)    That a further report be provided to Council on the:

                     i.        outcomes of the public exhibition; and

                   ii.        details of a future companion animal identification and de-sexing program.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Note:        Dr Lindsay Taylor and Mr Martin Hill joined the meeting at 7.21pm.

ENV036-20       Adoption of Georges River Planning Agreements Policy 2020

(Report by Executive Strategic Planner)

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Kastanias and Councillor Katris

That Council defer adoption of the Georges River Planning Agreements Policy 2020 (Version 2) in order to address the following issues;

(a)        Review Clause 5.17 for the purpose of establishing a simplified method of valuing the properties before any uplift is considered and the valuing of properties after an uplift is applied by identifying the current market value of the land and its improvements versus the market value of the land and its improvements following the development.

(b)        Consider replacing the term ‘Residual Land Value’ with ‘Market Value of the Development Site’.

(c)        Include a definition for the term ‘Market Value’ to be based on a valuation being prepared and certified by a suitably qualified person/s.

(d)        Consider allowing Council to provide instructions as to the most suitable method of establishing or preparing a valuation (to include comparable sales and hypothetical residual land value).

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Councillor Nick Katris (Chairperson) and Councillors Agius, Badalati, Hindi, Kastanias, Landsberry and Payor.

Note:    When being Put to the meeting, voting on this Recommendation was UNANIMOUS.

Note:        Dr Lindsay Taylor and Mr Martin Hill left the meeting at 8.16pm.

ENV037-20       Food Waste Feasibility Study and Recycling Trial

(Report by Manager Environment Health & Regulatory Services)

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Kastanias and Councillor Landsberry

That a further report detailing the outcomes of the feasibility study be provided to Council in early 2021.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

   

MOVE TO CLOSED SESSION – COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Agius and Councillor Katris

At this stage of the meeting, time being 8.20pm, Councillor Katris advised that the meeting would move into Closed Session in accordance with Section 10 A 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

 

ENV046A-20     Adoption of the Traffic Modelling Report (Kogarah Local Environmental Plan Rezoning)

(Report by Strategic Planner)

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) (d(i)) it is considered the matter concerns commercial information of a confidential nature that would if disclosed prejudice the position of a person who supplied it.

THAT in accordance with Section 10D it is considered that if the matter were discussed in an open Council Meeting, it would on balance, be contrary to the public interest as it concerns commercial information of a confidential nature that would if disclosed prejudice the position of a person who supplied it.

 

That in accordance with the provisions of Section 11(2) of the Act, the reports and correspondence relating to these matters be withheld from the press and public.

The Chair, Councillor Katris asked the Director, Ms Meryl Bishop 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.

Given the current circumstances relating to COVID-19 and with this meeting being held as an online meeting, Council was not able to seek any additional representations from the public.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Note:        The Committee moved to Closed Session at 8.27pm.

Note:        Councillor Agius left the meeting at 8.27pm and did not return.

CLOSED CONFIDENTIAL SESSION

CONSIDERATION OF CONFIDENTIAL RECOMMENDATIONS

ENV046A-20     Adoption of the Traffic Modelling Report (Kogarah Local Environmental Plan Rezoning)

(Report by Strategic Planner)

Note:  Councillor Agius disclosed a Pecuniary interest in regards to this Item. He did not participate in the discussion or voting on this item.

Note:   Councillor Katris disclosed a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary interest in regards to this Item.

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Badalati

(a)    That Council adopt the Traffic Modelling Report – Kogarah Local Environmental Plan Rezoning as a strategic planning document that will inform the development of policies and planning directions, including development contributions planning.

(b)    That the adopted copy of the Traffic Modelling Report – Kogarah Local Environmental Plan Rezoning be forwarded to Transport for NSW, Department of Planning Industry and Environment and Minister for Planning Mr Robert Stokes MP.

(c)    That the General Manager write to the NSW Government (Transport for NSW) requesting the intersection upgrades required to accommodate the proposed growth are included in the TfNSW forward works (capital) program.

(d)  That Council undertake further traffic analysis of the intersections of Jubilee Avenue / Princes Highway, Park Road / Princes Highway and South Street / Princes Highway to identify and implement mitigation measures in order to improve traffic flows, with the view of considering possible land acquisitions to achieve intersection improvements / road widening as recommended by TfNSW.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Councillor Nick Katris (Chairperson) and Councillors Badalati, Hindi, Kastanias, Landsberry and Payor.

Note:    When being Put to the meeting, voting on this Recommendation was UNANIMOUS.

 

RETURN TO OPEN SESSION

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Kastanias and Councillor Hindi

That the meeting revert to Open Session.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Note:        The Committee moved to Open Session at 8.47pm.

OPEN SESSION

CONSIDERATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS FROM CLOSED SESSION

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Badalati

That the Committee of the Whole recommendations from the Closed Session of this meeting be received and noted as the recommendations of the Committee to be referred to Council, without any alteration or amendment thereto.

ENV046A-20     Adoption of the Traffic Modelling Report (Kogarah Local Environmental Plan Rezoning)

(Report by Strategic Planner)

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Badalati

(a)    That Council adopt the Traffic Modelling Report – Kogarah Local Environmental Plan Rezoning as a strategic planning document that will inform the development of policies and planning directions, including development contributions planning.

(b)    That the adopted copy of the Traffic Modelling Report – Kogarah Local Environmental Plan Rezoning be forwarded to Transport for NSW, Department of Planning Industry and Environment and Minister for Planning Mr Robert Stokes MP.

(c)    That the General Manager write to the NSW Government (Transport for NSW) requesting the intersection upgrades required to accommodate the proposed growth are included in the TfNSW forward works (capital) program.

(d)   That Council undertake further traffic analysis of the intersections of Jubilee Avenue / Princes Highway, Park Road / Princes Highway and South Street / Princes Highway to identify and implement mitigation measures in order to improve traffic flows, with the view of considering possible land acquisitions to achieve intersection improvements / road widening as recommended by TfNSW.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Councillor Nick Katris (Chairperson) and Councillors Badalati, Hindi, Kastanias, Landsberry and Payor.

Note: When being Put to the meeting, voting on this Recommendation was UNANIMOUS.

 

CONCLUSION

The Meeting was closed at 8.48pm.

 

 

Chairperson, Clr Con Hindi

(in accordance with Clause 18.5 of Council’s Code of Meeting Practice, these Minutes have been signed by the Chairperson of the 12 October 2020 meeting)

 

Minutes confirmed at the Meeting of the Environment and Planning Committee on 12 October 2020 (ENV038-20)