Transport Interchange

We received the following from Clr. Saville –

I wish to draw council’s attention, yet again, to the inadequacy of the Chatswood bus Interchange in Chatswood.

I realise that during the pandemic bus that the number of passengers travelling by bus may have reduced, but  we should think and plan more strategically for the longer term benefit of local & regional residents.

Over many years, including during 2017, many community members, progress associations and the chamber of commerce have approached council and the local member, now Premier, Ms Berejiklian to improve the functionality of the bus Interchange.

Despite on-going and substantial  community effort, and obvious need to improve the functionality of the bus Interchange, disappointingly, no action or improvements have occurred.  The Interchange remains inadequate, particularly when claims are made that Chatswood is a destination and CBD.

Both council and state government plans predict considerable population increases to the WCC LGA, most in the Chatswood CBD yet the bus Interchange remains inadequate to cope.

Given plans for higher density residential apartments, increased populations  and increased capacity at local schools, how  will the current bus Interchange and services meet the anticipated demand without totally  re-design of the Chatswood bus Interchange?

Band aid solutions have not met community needs and indeed, have created further difficulties.    To accommodate increased bus services, the western side of Victoria Avenue is now lined with bus stops.

I again alert you to the fact that many elderly and/or disabled residents experience extreme difficulty accessing the bus stops on the western side of the station.  For example, elderly and/or disabled resident  carrying shopping from Chatswood CBD have to walk from the Mall, through the Interchange (where elevators frequently malfunction) and walk any distance along the western end of Victoria Avenue to wait for a bus.   Bus shelters along this section of Victoria Ave because bus stops were not envisaged went building approvals were approved, hence there is totally inadequate weather protection in this precinct.  Is this really the best our council and state government can provide for our elderly and/or disabled residents?

Can we not endeavour to provide them with functional bus stops?  Further, visitors to Chatswood have complained to me that they cannot find the Chatswood bus Interchange, so signage also requires improvement.

There are examples of more functional bus stations to better meet the needs of passengers  may be found elsewhere, for example, Bondi Interchange.

 

Changes to planning laws

The following information is courtesy of the Better Planning Network:

PLANNING PANELS REFORMS

The NSW Government has introduced reforms to how Planning Panels work. BPN is of the opinion that many of these reforms are not acceptable. Follow the link for a summary of the changes together with some of BPN’s concerns.

https://www.betterplanningnetwork.org.au/planning_panels_reforms

DEVELOPER INFRASTRUCTURE CONTRIBUTIONS

The NSW Government has introduced amendments to the payment of Infrastructure Contributions. Follow the link for a summary of the changes together with some of BPN’s concerns.

https://www.betterplanningnetwork.org.au/developer_infrastructure_contributions

HOW TO FIND MAJOR PROJECTS AND PLANNING PROPOSALS

As a result of BPN raising difficulties members had finding information on the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment website, the NSW Government has produced a guide on how to find developments in the fast track assessment scheme on the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) website.

https://www.betterplanningnetwork.org.au/how_to_find_major_projects_and_planning_proposals

 

Crown lands review

Crown land supports resilient, sustainable and prosperous communities

The draft State Strategic Plan identifies four key priority areas to enable the use of Crown land to evolve and meet changing community needs.

The draft plan identifies outcomes for each of these priority areas, as well as short, medium and long term timeframes from 2020 through to 2030.

A range of initiatives to support the delivery of the outcomes are also identified in the draft plan.  These include:

  • making more of our information available and transparent
  • standardising leasing and licensing for common activities
  • engaging and supporting a new generation of Crown land managers.

Supporting documents

Have your say

Feedback on the draft State Strategic Plan for Crown land can be provided until midnight Thursday 20 August 2020 using any of the following options. Please make sure you specify your privacy preference when making a submission.

Online submission – Use our online submission tool to have your say now.

Mail: PO Box 2155, DANGAR NSW 2309

Please quote the reference SSP Crown Land and ensure your correspondence is posted in time to be received by the department prior to the closing date.

Emailcl.enquiries@crownland.nsw.gov.au

Important: Please note that all submissions will be published on the department’s website unless marked as ‘confidential’.

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9 Centennial Heritage

July panel meeting

We received the following information from a local resident:

Some of you may have received an email this week from Council’s re Willoughby Local Planning Panel (WLPP) re the meeting on Tuesday 28 July 2:50pm which will be considering the 9 Centennial Av subdivision proposal DA (link follows).
 
I am planning to attend and would welcome any who would like to join me. At present I am not planning to speak. My personal view is that considerable efforts have been made to achieve a sympathetic subdivision. Perhaps, like me, you would have preferred an outcome where this historic home and its entire curtilage was acquired on behalf of the community for educational and community use. Sadly, neither Council nor the Dept Education were inclined to do so. Nevertheless, once restored, that possibility for the home is still not extinguished. However, in lieu of that ideal and after the many years of such a long and fraught struggle to preserve the heritage building, this outcome seems an acceptable compromise.  
 
A significant continuing concern is that there appears to be no time limit or mandate for the restoration of the heritage building. The summary below states: “conservation works, alterations and additions will be subject to a separate DA”. I will be making further enquiries re this aspect and it may be necessary to address the Panel on this.
 
I have extracted the sketch of how the streetscape will appear following the proposed development as well as an extract of conclusions at the end of the substantial “Statement of Heritage Impact” document, (which is a worthwhile read).
Notification (Category A/B) – Subdivision of one lot into two lots, construction of an attached dual occupancy, landscaping and associated works. 
Link to documents
 
 
If you feel you would like to address the panel the notification states you must register by 12 noon 27 July:
Should you wish to listen or address the Panel on this application use this link:
https://willoughby.lgsoftwaresolutions.com.au/CPR/PublicRegisters.aspx?TypeID=36
Thank you once again for your tireless efforts. The ongoing preservation of this home is a great outcome.
EXTRACTED FROM “Statement of Heritage Impact”
9.0 Conclusion and recommendations
In summary, the proposed subdivision and proposed new dwellings at No. 9 Centennial Avenue, Chatswood, are considered acceptable from a heritage point of view. 
The proposed subdivision and new development have been carefully considered and developed in consultation and with input from Council. 
The proposed subdivision has been designed to provide as much open space around the buildings and curtilage to the item as possible. 
The proposed removal of the garage and laundry additions and new access handle from Jenkins Street will have no adverse impact on the item. 
The primary form and original details of the building will be retained and will continue to be a visible feature along Centennial Avenue and Jenkins Street. 
The proposed new vehicular and pedestrian access from Centennial Avenue will have no adverse impact on the item. The street frontages will be improved and new, appropriate fencing and path to the item are proposed. The driveways will open up and improve views to and appreciation of the item and will also improve and enhance the entry to the item.
Whilst some trees and plantings are proposed to be removed from the site, new landscaping with replacement trees and plantings will also be provided with a garden setting for the existing and new buildings. 
The proposed new dwellings have been setback from the Centennial Avenue frontage and appropriately align with the neighbouring residential development to the west. The setback and alignment highlights the existing item and its corner setting. 
The new dwellings have been designed to complement the streetscape and do not mimic or detract from the item. The building form, height and scale have been reduced and walls and roof have been articulated to reduce the overall bulk and scale of the development. The new dwellings are contemporary in character, however, also incorporate complementary and appropriate materials and colours. 
The building and site have been neglected for a number of years, so overall the works are considered to be positive and will provide incentive for the repair and use of the existing item so that it can continue to be a historic and aesthetic feature in the area (conservation works, alterations and additions will be subject to a separate DA). 
The proposed subdivision and new dwellings will have no adverse impact on Chatswood Public School or any other items in the street. The subdivided site, access handle and new dwellings are setback and distanced from the other items in Centennial Avenue and highly significant School buildings and elements which largely address the Pacific Highway. 
Overall any potential adverse impacts are also reduced by the retention and improvement of item, site garden and open areas, retention and provision of appropriate fencing also site and street trees and plantings. 
On this basis, Council should have no hesitation in approving the proposed works on heritage grounds. 

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OH Reid Master Plan

The draft master plan is NOW available for viewing and comment on Willoughby Council’s ‘Have your Say’ webpage –

https://www.haveyoursaywilloughby.com.au/o-h-reid-reserve

As a reminder for you – after strong opposition to floodlights being installed at OH Reid Reserve, Council established a Citizens Panel (July/Sept 2019) to seek resident input into an overall Master Plan for OH Reid Reserve including the issue of floodlights.

ACTION for Residents –

Provide your feedback on the plan via the Report Survey by;

  1. Access the WIlloughby Council’s ‘Have Your Say’ Page– https://www.haveyoursaywilloughby.com.au
  2. Scroll down and click on “OH Reid Reserve Draft Master Plan” – https://www.haveyoursaywilloughby.com.au/o-h-reid-reserve
  3. Register – to access the survey
  4. Download the Draft Master Plan for your review – note it is only one page and is located in the “Document Library near the bottom of the far right column. (a copy is also attached)

(Please note in the wording in the draft Master Plan states – “Floodlights will not be considered for the OH Reid Oval”)

  1. Complete the survey and Submit

Note: Feedback must be provided by – Wednesday 26 August 2020

We understand, that the survey feedback from residents will then be reviewed and Council will endorse a final version of the plan later this year.

Please feel free to also comment on other issues in your feedback as there were some suggestions raised in the Citizens Panel report that have not been supported by Council and included in the Draft Master Plan. (eg: fencing around the play area, the installation of workout equipment etc.)

Thanks for your involvement and support for OH Reid Reserve, keeping it – “Sports, Family, Dog and Wildlife Friendly”.

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Mowbray Rd shared bridge

The following request has been sent to the Metro builders:

The following motion was sent as resolvedIn 2018 the Preferred Infrastructure Report (PIR) identified that Sydney Metro City and Southwest project was to minimise the impact of the closure of Nelson Street “A new shared path across the railway at Mowbray Road via the provision of a new bridge north of the existing road bridge.” This issue was also discussed at the Traffic Committee Meeting of Willoughby City Council on 15 August 2018 where the minutes show “The Local Traffic Committee was informed that Sydney Metro will be installing a new shared path across the rail corridor in the vicinity of the existing Mowbray Road bridge.”

Can you provide an update as to when this new shared path bridge will be installed?

We will post a response when received.

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Snippets

Chatswood Library has reopened for browsing and borrowing. The click and collect service to end 16 July.

Whitton Park: A young man obtained a knife from Woolworths at the Transport Interchange then stabbed a teenager in Whitton Park.

Schools development: There has been significant pushback from residents concerned about traffic congestions with the proposed upgrades of the Chatswood Public & High schools.

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Medium density

Medium density housing code – complying development: The state government has gazetted its long time coming medium density housing code. This allows flats and town houses to proceed via private certifiers as complying development in areas that are zoned to allow this type of development. As a neighbour you will not be consulted, rather you will receive notices shortly before work is about to start.

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COVID 19 Meetings Plan

The plan below outlines  requirements for holding meetings complying with Health regulations.

COVID19Plan

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Rumours

The following rumours are circulating on social media. We have not been able to verify the veracity of these claims.

Westfield parking: Free parking will cease on 17th July to be replaced with 2 hours free parking. However, if you download and use the Westfield app you will receive 4 hours free parking.

North Shore Times: Is coming back in print format.

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