New State legislation makes dealing with trees on your property even more confusing. Make sure you get it right. If you don’t you could be fined tens of thousands of dollars.
Traditionally, the legislation covering the removal of trees on your property has been the local Council’s Tree Preservation Order. More recently, new legislation (known as 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code of Practice) has been enacted. In addition, your land may be covered the Native Vegetation Act or the Threatened Species Conservation Act.
This new legislation makes the removal of trees and vegetation that much more complex. Get it wrong and you may pay (big time).
The best advice is to confer with your local Council before cutting down any tree on your property.
The Association has been contacted by a representative of the Church of Scientology (see below). We plan to arrange a meeting to hear about what is proposed. Watch this space for deatils.
As you may be aware, the former Acoustics Laboratory building at 126 Greville Street, Chatswood West, was previously used as a commercial office premises associated with the National Acoustic Laboratory. It is our understanding that although there have been several proposals put forward to Council regarding the site’s future use, it continues to remain vacant.
The Church of Scientology Australia (CSA) is now proposing to reactive the site and reuse the vacant building for its regional headquarters, which would include administrative, educational, and related Church activities. The CSA has prepared an initial design concept to adaptively reuse the building so as CSA can establish a suitable education and training facility.
CSA states that it is strongly committed to achieving a sustainable development outcome by:
Utilising the existing building structure
- Using materials associated with the existing building
- Maintaining the existing landscape
- Protecting the surrounding environment
- Promoting public transport access to the site
- Continuing local resident access to the site’s grounds and the surrounding Bushland Reserve.
As the planning concept and design evolves in the coming weeks, CSA have asked Urbis to independently invite feedback from the surrounding community and interested stakeholders to inform Development Application (DA) plans.
As part of this consultation process, CSA have asked us to offer your group a briefing on the proposed development concept and consultation process and to receive initial feedback.
Please do not hesitate to contact me on 8233 9968 or via return email to discuss the proposal and to organise a possible briefing time and date.
Michael Grosvenor, Urbis Consultation Team
Mowbray Public School will shortly be undergoing a major rebuilding program with a large portion of the existing school buildings being demolished and rebuilt. This rebuilding is likely to begin in term 4 of this year. The school currently has a roll of 380 students and enrolments for 2015 are in the order of 400 children. As a consequence of the building program, access to the school (during the building work) will be limited to a path that exits onto Hatfield Street at the eastern end of the school grounds. Under the current plans this will be the only form of access to the school and the Principal has raised concerns about potential pedestrian safety concerns given the student, parent and preschoolers movements to and from he school onto Hatfield Street and the associated traffic movements. In addition, many unrestricted parking spaces in the vicinity of Mowbray Public School are being used as all day parking for those involved in the construction of apartment buildings on the opposite side of Mowbray Road from the school.
As part of the development, some parking changes have already been approved along both Mowbray Road and Hatfield Street with the installation of No Parking restrictions from 8.00 am – 9.30 am and 2.30 pm – 4.00 pm along the unrestricted section of Mowbray Road and along the school side of Hatfield Street. These No Parking restrictions will provide for Drop
off / Pick up zone with high turnover of vehicles.
One of the conditions of consent for the development at the school requires the developer to prepare and submit a Construction Traffic Management Plan. Although this plan has yet to be received, given that pedestrian access to the school during construction is to be restricted to Hatfield Street it is considered that a pedestrian crossing will almost certainly be required across Hatfield Street to provide for the safety of students. Consequently it is proposed that the developer be required to install a full pedestrian crossing with appropriate signage on Hatfield Street just north of the gate providing access to the school path (south of Farran Street). This crossing will be in place for the duration of the construction period (expected completion currently January 2016). Once works are completed ongoing approval for the crossing will be considered subject to compliance with the required warrants.
1. The Construction Traffic Management Plan (CTMP) for the Mowbray School expansion include a requirement for the introduction of a temporary pedestrian crossing on Hatfield Street.
2. The crossing to be installed at the developer’s cost and sited north of the school gate and south of Farran Street. The CTMP to include a dimensioned plan detailing the location of the crossing and associated signage and
linemarking in accordance with RMS technical directives.
3. The longer term retention of the pedestrian crossing to be reviewed by the Traffic Committee upon completion of the construction to ensure that it still meets the necessary warrant.
Under Council’s missing links footpath program a footpath is proposed for introduction along Hawthorne Avenue. Hawthorne Avenue currently has no footpath with pedestrians walking on the road. A footpath is to be provided on the southern (even numbered) side of the road.In two locations the topography prevents construction of a footpath and at these locations it
is proposed to create a marked pedestrian area on the road pavement.
The first of these locations is at No.12 where a sandstone rock face is situated within 300mm of the kerb alignment. At No. 48 the gradient on the nature strip is excessively steep and a footpath can’t reasonably be constructed. At these locations the footpath stops and pedestrians are redirected onto a linemarked “path” on the road carriageway. The footpath then continues on the nature strip once the obstruction is passed. The on road footpath sections will be painted blue with pedestrian logos to ensure it is highly visible and clarify the intent of the zone to motorists. No Stopping Zones are also proposed to ensure that cars don’t park on the on-road footpath and also to ensure that there is sufficient space for cars to
pass. Pedestrian Warning signs will be installed on the approaches Hawthorne Avenue carries very low volumes of traffic so the level of risk is not high. RMS have been asked for their views on the proposal and do not oppose the work. Prior to
consulting with the community regarding the work, the draft plans are being submitted for Traffic Committee consideration. If there is Traffic Committee support for the work staff will then consult with the impacted community and report further to Council before proceeding with the installation of the path.
That the draft plans for on road footpath sections on Hawthorne Avenue be approved noting that the plans will be circulated to residents of Hawthorne Avenue for consultation prior to the work being introduced.
As part of the Boundary Road upgrades, it is proposed to signalise the intersection of Corona Avenue and the Pacific Highway. This will ensure that vehicles can leave Corona Avenue under protection of traffic signals and also means that pedestrians crossing Corona Avenue can do so with the assistance of pedestrian signals. Both are positive changes and are supported. The signalisation of Corona Avenue will however mean that 20m of “No Stopping” will need to be introduced on both sides of Corona Avenue on approach to the Pacific Highway. This change is also supported as it will improve safety for vehicles turning in and out of the street although it will result in the loss of three 1P parking spaces on the south side of Corona Avenue. These spaces provide for the short term parking needs of customers of commercial premises sited on the corner.
Council Ssaff will be meeting with RMS consultants and Ku-Ring-Gai Council on Thursday 14 August to discuss options for re-siting of these 1P spaces further to the west in front of adjacent residential premises. RMS will be consulting with impacted premises prior to relocation of the 1P spaces. A paln of proposed changes can be viewed here .
Clr. Saville has advised as follows: I can assure you that the consultants Traffic report re the Coolaroo, Greenfields, Dalrymple precinct has been finalised.
The consultants have submitted the completed copy to council. While I do not have a copy I have seen it, but not had time to read it as yet.
Paul Collings hopes to bring the report to the Traffic and Access committee Monday 1st September.
Keep an eye on the Agenda which will be on councils website.