More units at Chatswood?

  • The Sun Herald 21 February says the Baird Governmment has taken a first step towards the Hong Kong pr ivate railway model . It has issued  a tender to HK private company MTR to design high  rise towers above six new stations on the metro City and Southwest rail line.  The  six sites. Include  Chatswood!
  • MTR  is part of the consortium that will operateSydneys Metro Northwest.  It has lobbied the Baird Govt to adopt its Value Capture model, which lowers construction costs in exchange for property development.
  • Companies have been asked to include concept designs for, the  development of the airspace, which could cover technical  and engineering advice on what is possible, to market testing of  what the real estate was worth, and likely tenants.
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Let down by Clrs.

The biggest change to low rise residential density in 25 years is about to hit us.

The State Government is proposing to allow:

* 2 dwellings on blocks of 400 sq.m

* 4 dwellingss on blocks of 500 sq.m

* 10 dwellongs on blocks of 600 sqM. Most blocks in West Ward are between 400 – 900 sq.m. So this can have MAJOR IMPACT on the quality of living in standard, low-rise residential areas

And you will not have any right to object. Applications are deemed to be complyong when approved by a private certifier.

The best you get is a notification AFTER the development is approved.

Whilst the Council submission argues against many of the proposals it contains some concerning statements. For example, Council officers say that perhaps 3 -5 dwellings might be appropriate for lots of 600 sq.m. this was near the end of hundreds of pages of reports.

I suspect Councilors did not fully read their papers as no one moved for that recommendation to be removed.

On another matter, Councillors agreed to only field 1 member of a JRPP Committee if 1 of 2 Council appointed members were absent. JRPPs approve the large developments (such as 688-692 Pacific Highway).

With the threat that Councils will be disbanded, have our Councilors given up on the things we elected them to do?