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OUTCOME OF FEBRUARY 4EXTRAORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING
It was standing room only in the Council Chambers and 27 speakers took the opportunity to address Council. A long night but worth it.We were pleased that Council decided to remove all references to St Leonards South from its response to the 2036 Plan (with the exception of one that relates to the Special Infrastructure Contribution).
The Council Minutes can be accessed at the following link:
04/02/2019 Council Extraordinary Meeting Minutes
For those unable to attend this meeting a webcast of the meeting may be viewed via the following link:
04/02/2019 Council Meeting Webcast
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
And the work begins, just as it did last year!
A detailed letter from the GCA President, Merri Southwood, with an update on all pending development proposal responses the Association is preparing or has submitted over the holiday period, can be accessed at the following link:
Link (131 KB - PDF): GCA President's Letter 03/01/2019
Postscript - We've have just been advised that the DoP has extended the deadline for submissions on the Rezoning & State Significant Development of the Crows Nest Metro Site to Friday February 8, 2019.
Links to documents referred to in Merri's letter follow:
Link (57 KB - PDF): GCA Submission to DoP on "Rezoning of Crows Nest Sydney Metro Site"
Link (4.1 MB - PDF): GCA Submission to DoP on "Concept State Significant Development Application SSD 18_9579Sydney Metro Crows Nest Over Station Development"
Link (9.3 MB - PDF): NORTH SYDNEY COUNCIL REPORT -Item CiS03 Dated 10/12/18Crows Nest Over Station Development"
A key message coming out of the 10 November Over Development Protest rally in Crows Nest was that rushed development without infrastructure is unacceptable.
View two YouTube videos summarising the perspectives aired at the rally here:
OVERdevelopment-we're OVER it! Rally - Part 1
OVERdevelopment-we're OVER it! Rally - Part 2
RIVER RD FOOTPATH, A FATALITY WAITING TO HAPPEN
As featured in the December 2018 GCA Newsletter, Lane Cove Council's application for a State Government infrastructure grant to assist widening the footpath in the cliff section of River Road has been rejected.
A video summarising the issue and proposed remedies can be viewed below. Principally, concerned residents are calling on others in the community to join them in emailing the Lane Cove General Manager, the Mayor and East Ward Councillors, to request that Council take action to reapply for the Active Transport Grant and / or to itself rectify this dangerous cliff section of the River Rd footpath, so it becomes a wider Shared User pathway.
Further details and Council contact addresses can be found here
ST LEONARDS & CROWS NEST 2036 PLAN (THE 2036 PLAN) FINALLY RELEASED
The Department of Planning has finally released its draft plan for the whole of St Leonards and Crows Nest, and the St Leonards South proposal for 4200 units is in it despite widespread community objection this time last year. We are back on the submission treadmill and need to act by 3 December.
An urgent GCA update on the key details residents should be aware of can be downloaded from the following link:
Link (224 KB) to : GCA Urgent Update Mailout
A Protest Rally on the issue of over development in the St Leonards, Crows Nest, Wollstonecraft and Greenwich was held on
11am SATURDAY, 10 NOVEMBER 2018 in HUME PARK, CROWS NEST
A flyer detailing the purpose of the Rally can be downloaded from the following link.
North Sydney Protest Rally Flyer.
HUGE WIN FOR THE COMMUNITY IN LANE COVE COUNCIL MEETING 20 AUGUST
On very short notice, many community members made it to the Council meeting on 20 August. Excellent speeches from many, great support from even more and the overriding message is that we want the development train to halt until we know what targets we have before us and, more importantly, that the infrastructure required to support all this development will match population increases.
Councillors voted 6-0 in favour of Andrew Zbik's motions: -
1) our Council staff and Councillors to work with their North Sydney and Willoughby counterparts to ensure that the infrastructure needs of the St Leonards Crows Nest Precinct Plan are addressed;
2) Council to seek a moratorium on lodgement of any further Planning Proposals to re-zone land for residential purposes in Lane Cove until the earlier of the finalisation of the Precinct Plan or 1 July 2020; and
3) Council to ask the Minister for Planning make the necessary legislative changes to support 2 above.
We hope that Council will follow up on these resolutions as a matter of urgency. It is increasingly apparent that the community looks to our Councillors to push back on development demands that erode infrastructure and amenity.
You can view the webcast of the 20 August Council meeting at:
IF YOU MADE A SUBMISSION TO COUNCIL ON ST LEONARDS SOUTH YOU NEED TO READ THIS:
Why doesn't our Council communicate?
The GCA was surprised to hear last Friday 22 June from an East Ward resident that he had been invited to present to a St Leonards South Urban Design Workshop to be held on Wednesday 4 July from 10am to 5 pm in the Cove Room in Council offices.
To our knowledge, no information about this Panel or the workshop has been sent to the more than 300 people who made, in some cases, very detailed submissions to Council about the St Leonards South plans.
More detail on this development can be found in a full GCA statement HERE.
RECENT NORTH SHORE TIMES ARTICLE ON ST LEONARDS SOUTH DEVELOPMENT INACCURATE
GCA Executive states that the article, titled "Lane Cove Coup - What has been agreed" featured on page five of the 24 May 2018 edition of the North Shore Times, is both inaccurate and misleading. The third point of their summary is wrong. St Leonards South proceeding is not a pre-requisite for the units on the Highway to be included in future housing targets for the area.
A GCA explanation of this article about the St Leonards South Master Plan is set out in the following comment paper:
Link (133 KB) to : Not a Coup for the Greenwich Community
BIG PLANS FOR BOTH GREENWICH PUBLIC SCHOOL INFANTS' AND PRIMARY SITES
The Department of Education has lodged plans for major building programs at both the Greenwich Public School Infants' and Primary sites. Notification of these lodgements missed our newsletter print run by a matter of days!
A summary of the situation and the nature of the proposal plus links to the detail on the Lane Cove Council website are set out in the document accessible below:
Link (53 KB) to : Notice of Department of Education lodging DA applications for
substantial upgrading to the Greenwich Public School Infants' and Primary sites.
St Leonards and Crows Nest Station Planned Precinct
GCA Recent Submissions to the Department of Planning
With the construction of the Crows Nest Metro Station in progress, the
NSW Department of Planning has targeted the St Leonards and Crows Nest
area as a growth centre for jobs and housing.
The Department is moving towards release of its draft plan for the St Leonards and Crows Nest Station Precinct.
See details here : Planning NSW - Plans for Priority Growth Areas and Precincts
St Leonards and Crows Nest
This Precinct includes a significant part of East Ward of Lane Cove.
So what happens within the Planned Precinct will impact Lane Cove residents who live within it and those adjacent to it.
Since July 2016 the Department has been working with Councils and the community towards the development of this draft plan.
The GCA has participated in this process for several reasons:
The GCA has made three recent submissions to the Department in relation to the Precinct Plan.
- the process offers a unique opportunity to get things right for
an area that has suffered from lack of coordination of
development/development impacts by the three Councils (Lane Cove,
Willoughby and North Sydney) that control the Precinct
- the development of the Precinct will directly impact the portion
of Greenwich outside the precinct and other adjacent communities
- if Lane Cove Council decides to proceed with the St Leonards
South Master Plan, the plan is to be amended to be consistent with
Department’s plans for the Precinct.
Please access these submissions below:
Link (2.5 MB) to : GCA Submission to DoP
St Leonards and Crows Nest Station Planned Precinct
Link (1.3 MB) to : GCA Submission to DoP
STLCN Precinct Plan Med Density 28 March 2018
Link (1.4 MB) to : GCA Submission to DoP
SLCN Planned Precinct Open Space 27 March 2018