Expansion of CBD

According to the North Shore Times:

The Chatswood CBD is set to continue its spread into surrounding streets with plans released for a 27 storey tower almost 800m south of the town centre.

A planning proposal has been lodged for an 81-unit building that would stand up to 90m tall at 629-639 Pacific Hwy – 70m above the existing 20m height limit.

Concept designs for the planning proposal show the “preferred” design option would have two storeys of shops and commercial offices below 25 storeys of apartments.

The tower would be 800m south of the CBD.

The tower would be 800m south of the CBD.

The proposal, lodged by Develotek Property Group, would be built on the existing site of PayLess Tyre and Breaks site opposite Nissan Chatswood and would surround low and medium density buildings.

Plans state the proposal is in line with Willoughby Council’s Chatswood CBD Planning and Urban Design Strategy which encourages increased building heights in several areas outside the existing CBD boundary including along the Pacific Hwy.

“The proposed building form will visually mark the southern extension to the Chatswood CBD,” the plans stated.

“(It) would also allow viable redevelopment of the land – attractive to both investors and owner occupiers, particular those households seeking to downsize.”

A concept plan of the development

A concept plan of the development

In early feedback, Willoughby Council said consideration of overshadowing and privacy may occur during public consultation, expected later this year.

Source: North Shore Times

Golf club tree loss

Ban new development in Sydney’s Wildlife Corridors – stop massive tree loss.

Wildlife Corridors were created to allow Fauna to move freely between Habitats.

The proposed 106 Apartment Seniors Development at Chatswood Golf Club will have a significant impact on the local wildlife habitat in the wildlife corridors linking four native bushland reserves – Mowbray Park Reserve, Coolaroo Reserve, Ferndale Park Reserve and Lane Cove National Park.

To obtain a Site Compatibility Certificate (SCC) the developer documented that 28 trees would need to be removed for construction. However the Development Application (DA) that was lodged on 22 May 2020 now proposes a catastrophic loss of 255 trees. This unacceptable proposal would remove remnant bushland and sandstone outcrops identified in the Willoughby City Council Natural Heritage Register. It also contravenes the aims and objectives of SEPP No. 19 Bushland in Urban Areas.

Many Threatened and Endangered Native species owe their survival to these Wildlife Corridors and need this habitat for feeding and protection.

Please stop any further inappropriate development in these Wildlife Corridors, particularly the one in West Chatswood & across Sydney. 

CEOs overpaid?

There have been calls for a review of Council CEOs pay packets after it was revealed that a number of Sydney Council CEOs are paid more than the Premier or the prime Minister.

The NSW Premier is paid $408,000. The Prime Minister is paid $549,000.

Willoughby CEO Debra Just is paid over $390,000.