MINUTES


Environment and Planning Committee

 

 

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

7.00pm

 

 

 

Dragon Room (Level 1, Georges River Civic Centre,

Hurstville)

and

Skype Online Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Georges River Council - Minutes - Environment and Planning Committee - Tuesday 15 June 2021

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PRESENT

COUNCIL MEMBERS

Councillor Con Hindi (Chairperson), Councillor Vince Badalati, Councillor Nick Katris, Councillor Kathryn Landsberry and Councillor Leesha Payor.

COUNCIL STAFF

Director Environment and Planning - Meryl Bishop, Manager Strategic Planning - Catherine McMahon, Manager Development and Building - Ryan Cole, Manager Environment, Health & Regulatory Services - Andrew Spooner, Senior Development Contributions Planner - John Hair, Executive Strategic Planner - Nerida Shores, Acting Coordinator Strategic Planning - Harkirat Singh, Senior Strategic Planner - Rebecca Lau, Strategic Planner/Urban Designer - Anne Qin, Coordinator, Environmental Sustainability and Waste - Elyse Ballesty, Manager Office of the General Manager - Roxanne Thornton and Executive Services Officer - Neil Treadwell.

EXTERNAL CONSULTANT

Luke Nicholls, Principal and Planner - SGS Economics and Planning (ENV026-21 Draft Georges River Council Local Infrastructure Contributions Plan 2021 - Section 7.11 and Section 7.12 (Adoption for Public Exhibition)) (remote connection).

OPENING

Councillor Hindi, opened the meeting at 7.04pm.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

Councillor Hindi 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 Hindi, 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 Significant Non-Pecuniary interest in Item ENV024-21 Georges River Foreshore Scenic Character Study (Ethos Urban) for the reason that he notes that the study now delves into specific individual Foreshore Areas which also includes Blakehurst where he lives and is a part owner of a residence and the Study now proposes details on  possible zoning changes and character analysis. As this is a Significant Non-Pecuniary disclosure, Councillor Katris will not participate in the discussion and voting on this item.

Councillor Hindi made a verbal disclosure of a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in Item ENV024-21 Georges River Foreshore Scenic Character Study (Ethos Urban) for the reason that he lives in the study area. Although this is a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary disclosure, Councillor Hindi advised that he will not participate in the discussion and voting on this item.

Councillor Payor declared a Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in Item ENV024-21 Georges River Foreshore Scenic Character Study (Ethos Urban) for the reason that she has an interest in a property included in the Foreshore Scenic Character Study. As this is a Significant Non-Pecuniary disclosure, Councillor Payor will not participate in the discussion and voting on this item.

The General Manager, Gail Connolly declared a Pecuniary Interest in item ENV024-21 Georges River Foreshore Scenic Character Study (Ethos Urban) for the reason that her principal place of residence is located within the study area.

PUBLIC FORUM

Speaker

Report No.

Report Title

Peter Mahoney

ENV024-21

Georges River Foreshore Scenic Character Study (Ethos Urban)

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

ENV021-21       Confirmation of the minutes of the previous meeting held on 10 May 2021

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Landsberry and Councillor Katris

That the Minutes of the Environment and Planning Committee Meeting held on 10 May 2021 be confirmed.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

COMMITTEE REPORTS

ENV022-21       Update on the Georges River Local Strategic Planning Statement 2040 Implementation Plan

(Report by Coordinator Strategic Planning and Independent Assessment)

Recommendation: Councillor Katris and Councillor Hindi

(a)   That Council note the progress against the actions in the Georges River Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) 2040.

(b)    Council congratulate Council staff and in particular the Manager, Strategic Planning – Ms Catherine McMahon, on making major inroads in satisfying many of the actions stipulated in the strategy.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous


 


ENV023-21       Draft Georges River Transport Strategy 2021 (Cardno) - Adoption for Public Exhibition

(Report by Senior Strategic Planner)

Recommendation: Councillor Katris and Councillor Landsberry

(a)     That Council endorses the draft Georges River Transport Strategy 2021 and Strategic Context Report (Attachments 1 and 2) for public exhibition for no less than 28 days in accordance with the Community Engagement Plan outlined in the body of the report.

(b)     That Council delegate authority to the General Manager to make minor modifications to any numerical, typographical, interpretation and formatting errors, if required, prior to the exhibition.

(c)     That a further report be presented to Council following the exhibition including a summary of submissions and recommendations to finalise the Georges River Transport Strategy.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

ENV024-21       Georges River Foreshore Scenic Character Study (Ethos Urban)

(Report by Strategic Planner/Urban Designer)

Note:       Councillor Hindi made a verbal disclosure of a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary interest in this Item. Councillor Hindi did not participate in the discussion and voting on this item.

Note:       Councillor Katris declared a Significant Non-Pecuniary interest in this Item. Councillor Katris did not participate in the discussion and voting on this item. 

Note:        Councillor Payor declared a Significant Non-Pecuniary interest in this Item. Councillor Payor did not participate in the discussion and voting on this item.

Recommendation:  Councillor Hindi and Councillor Katris

Due to the lack of a quorum, this matter is referred to the next Ordinary Council meeting, scheduled to be held on 28 June 2021.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

ENV025-21       Georges River Biodiversity Study (Total Earth Care) and Osprey Nesting Habitat

(Report by Coordinator Environmental, Sustainability and Waste)

Recommendation: Councillor Katris and Councillor Landsberry

(a)     That Council notes the findings and recommendations of the technical study prepared by Total Earth Care Pty Ltd, the Georges River Biodiversity Study 2020-21, that will inform the preparation of the Georges River Biodiversity Strategy, amendments to the Georges River Local Environmental Plan, the Georges River Development Control Plan and other relevant environmental strategies.

(b)     That the information regarding Eastern Osprey be noted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Note:            Mr Luke Nicholls, Principal and Planner from SGS Economics and Planning, joined the meeting (by remote connection) at 7.23pm.

ENV026-21       Draft Georges River Council Local Infrastructure Contributions Plan 2021 - Section 7.11 and Section 7.12 (Adoption for Public Exhibition)

(Report by Senior Development Contributions Planner)

Recommendation: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Katris

(a)       That Council endorse the draft Georges River Council Local Infrastructure Contributions Plan 2021 – Section 7.11 and Section 7.12 for public exhibition for a minimum of 28 days in accordance with Clause 28 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.

(b)       That the draft plan is amended to ensure that it is clear that the demolition of a dwelling house and replacement with a new dwelling house is charged a 7.12 contribution.

(c)       That Council delegate authority to the General Manager to make minor modifications to any numerical, typographical, interpretation and formatting errors, if required, prior to the exhibition of the draft Georges River Council Local Infrastructure Contributions Plan 2021 – Section 7.11 and Section 7.12, including minor modifications to align with Council’s strategic documents.

(d)     That a future report on the exhibition and submissions received be provided to Council.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Note:            Mr Luke Nicholls, Principal and Planner from SGS Economics and Planning, left the meeting at 7.25pm.

ENV027-21       Draft Mortdale Local Centre Masterplan 2021 (Adoption for Public Exhibition)

(Report by Senior Strategic Planner)

Recommendation: Councillor Badalati and Councillor Hindi

(a)     That Council endorse the draft Mortdale Local Centre Masterplan 2021, as included in Attachment 1 to the report, for the purposes of public exhibition.

(b)     That the draft Mortdale Local Centre Masterplan 2021 and supporting documents be publicly exhibited for a minimum period of 28 days in accordance with the community engagement plan outlined in the report.

(c)     That a further report be prepared and submitted to Council at the conclusion of the exhibition period to allow consideration of any submissions received and any resulting amendments to the Masterplan.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

ENV028-21       Amendment to the Voluntary Planning Agreement for East Quarter Stage 3 - Deed of Variation

(Report by Executive Strategic Planner)

Recommendation: Councillor Katris and Councillor Hindi

(a)     That Council endorse the First Deed of Variation to the Voluntary Planning Agreement for East Quarter Stage 3 between Council and Hville Pty Ltd (Developer) to amend the Voluntary Planning Agreement executed on 15 June 2017 in respect of the Road Works and Landscaping Works, summarised as follows:

i.     that the Developer pays Council a monetary contribution of $1,591,253 for the construction of the traffic signals and associated road works at the intersection of Forest Road and Durham Street (Road Works) in lieu of the Developer constructing the Road Works;

ii.    that Council construct the Road Works in accordance with the approved detailed design plans;

iii.   that the Developer pays Council a monetary contribution of $46,000 for the construction of the landscaping works along the Forest Road/Durham Street frontage (Landscaping Works) in lieu of the Developer constructing the works;

iv.   that Council construct the Landscaping Works, to a design and specification agreed between Council and the Developer.

v.    that the contributions for the Road Works and Landscaping works be paid within 48 hours of the Developer receiving notice of the execution of the Deed of Variation.

(b)     That Council endorse the First Deed of Variation for public notification in accordance with section 7.5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act.

(c)     That Council delegate authority to the General Manager to:

i.     Authorise any minor changes to the First Deed of Variation following public exhibition, provided that those changes do not diminish the value or nature of the public benefits to be delivered as identified in (a) above; and

ii.    Subsequently enter into the First Deed of Variation to the Voluntary Planning Agreement for East Quarter Stage 3 on behalf of Council.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 


 

PROCEDURAL MOTION

MOVE TO CLOSED SESSION)

At this stage of the meeting, time being 8.10pm, the Chair, Councillor Hindi, advised that the meeting would move into Closed Session in accordance with Section 10A 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:

 

ENV035A-21     Georges River Local Planning Panel Second Term - Appointment of Panel Members

(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).

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 deals with personnel matters concerning particular individuals (other than Councillors).

The Chair, Councillor Hindi asked the Director Environment and Planning, 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 in relation to the item in Closed Session.

Councillor Hindi 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.

 


MOTION: Councillor Badalati and Councillor Katris

That in accordance with Section 10A Clause 2 of the Local Government Act 1993, Council enter into Closed Session to discuss item ENV035A-21 Georges River Local Planning Panel Second Term - Appointment of Panel Members.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Note:          The Committee meeting moved to Closed Confidential Session at 8.12pm.

CLOSED SESSION (CONFIDENTIAL ITEM)

CONSIDERATION OF CONFIDENTIAL RECOMMENDATIONS

ENV035A-21     Georges River Local Planning Panel Second Term - Appointment of Panel Members

(Report by Manager Development and Building)

Note:    This matter was considered in seriatim.

Recommendation: Councillor Badalati and Councillor Hindi

(a)   That Council endorse the appointment of 14 independent persons as expert panel members  from the pool of experts approved by the Minister.

(b)    That Council confirm the appointment of all five existing Community Representatives (Cameron Jones, Erin Sellers, George Vardas, Annette Ruhotas and Fiona Prodromou) until 28 February 2024 unless a vacancy occurs.

(c)  In the event a vacancy occurs the Manager Development and Building is authorised to commence a recruitment process to be reported and considered by Council at a future meeting.

(d)   That Council endorse that 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.

(e)   That Council endorse that each member is to be appointed in accordance with the payment schedule outlined as follows:

         •      Chairperson: $3,500 per meeting plus GST and $285 per hour for business undertaken   outside of meetings

         •       Expert: $2,500 plus GST per meeting and $214 per hour for business undertaken outside   of meetings

•      Community Representative: $1,000 plus GST and $71 per hour for business undertaken outside of meetings

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

             Recommendation: Councillor Badalati and Councillor Hindi

(f)     That the endorsement and approval of the independent chairperson and alternates be deferred   to Council.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

PROCEDURAL MOTION

RETURN TO OPEN SESSION

MOTION: Councillor Badalati  and Councillor Landsberry

That the meeting revert to Open Session, time being 8.51pm.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

OPEN SESSION

CONSIDERATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS FROM CLOSED SESSION

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Badalati and Councillor Katris

That the recommendations from the Closed Session in relation to item ENV035A-21 Georges River Local Planning Panel Second Term - Appointment of Panel Members be received and noted as recommendations of the Committee without any alteration or amendment thereto.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

CONCLUSION

The Meeting was closed at 8.54pm.

 

 

 

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 July 2021 meeting)

Minutes confirmed at the Meeting of the Environment and Planning Committee on 12 July 2021 (ENV029-21)