ZOOM meetings

ZOOM

Due to COVID-19 we have decided to hold our member meetings via ZOOM until further notice.

Our scheduled ZOOM member meetings are:

  • Thursday 24th September
  • Thursday 15th October 2020
  • Thursday 19th November 2020
  • Thursday 10th December 2020

Note: These are MEMBER ONLY meetings. If you wish to participate, please become a member as outlined below.

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To become or renew as a member of CWWPA before March 30, direct deposit $10* with your name in the reference field to BSB: 032090 Acct: 548083 & complete our Membership Application.  *Non-refundable subject to meeting membership criteria.

Bowen and Moriarty

Planning Proposal amendment 1A-29 Bowen St & 6-18 Moriarty Rd, Chatswood

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This proposal is now open for comment on Have Your Say Willoughby. It involves:

  • rezone the site from R2 Low Density Residential to R4 High Density Residential;
  • rezone the adjoining roadway in Bowen Street from R2 Low Density Residential to R3 Medium Residential;
  • increase the maximum floor space ratio control from 0.4:1 to 2.5:1;
  • increase the maximum height of building from 8.5 metres to 27 metres;
  • amend the minimum subdivision lot size from 550m2 to 6,000m2 by removing the site from the lot size map and inserting an additional clause under Clause 6.10;

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To become or renew as a member of CWWPA before March 30, direct deposit $10* with your name in the reference field to BSB: 032090 Acct: 548083 & complete our Membership Application.  *Non-refundable subject to meeting membership criteria.

Shared pathway bridge Mowbray Road

Governor Cuomo Announces Opening of Shared Bicycle and Ped… | FlickrIn July 2020 CWWPA wrote to Sydney Metro as follows seeking information about the proposed pathway which was a condition of consent. In July 2020 Sydney Metro replied as follows: “Sydney Metro is currently reviewing the need and opportunities for a pedestrian and cycle connection across the rail corridor to replace the Nelson Street Bridge, We will be able to provide more information on proposed options for the area when this review is completed.

Motion: CWWPA write to the WCC Traffic and Transport Team to emphasize the importance of a pedestrian and cycle connection across the rail corridor to replace the Nelson Street Bridge and confirm WCC is part of the Sydney Metro review process to determine appropriate options?

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To become or renew as a member of CWWPA before March 30, direct deposit $10* with your name in the reference field to BSB: 032090 Acct: 548083 & complete our Membership Application.  *Non-refundable subject to meeting membership criteria.

Safety Albert and Archer

Pedestrian Safety at Southeast and Southwest corner of Albert Ave and Archer St

Vehicles traveling east along Albert Ave, enter the right-hand turn lane on Albert Avenue, the vehicle will then turn right into Archer Street heading south. The cycle of the traffic lights allows a right hand turn as soon as the lights go green ie, there is no separate right turn traffic light When the light turns green, vehicles turning into Archer Street (heading south) often do not see the pedestrians who are crossing Archer St from the Southeast to Southwest corner of Albert Ave at the same time. There have been some close calls.

Motion: CWWPA writes to the WCC Traffic and Transport Team, requesting WCC ask Transport for NSW, as the operator of the traffic signals, to review the situation and consider installing pedestrian safety measures (10 second start for pedestrians before vehicles get a green light) within the traffic light cycle (like at many other intersections) or a red right hand turn light that is activated when a pedestrian activates the crossing function for an appropriate time to allow pedestrians a head start before vehicles turn right.

Electric vehicles recharging

The weekend read: EV charging meets Blockchain – pv magazine International

In the light of the need for a national goal to achieve net zero emissions, there is a role for all Local Governments to assist to that end. One element of the Council role must be to adapt our urban infrastructure to reduce carbon dependence through energy and vehicle substitution to the extent possible. I hereby move that CWWPA write to Council: 

  • Suggesting that Council produce a simple chart of the metrics of annual renewable energy usage planned vs actual out to 2030. 
  • Asking what proportion of the Council’s vehicle fleet has been converted to EV? Where are the recharge points located? What is the rollout plan for recharge points from 2020 to 2030.
  • Asking what is Council doing to convince owners and Owners’ Corporations that it is in their interests to retrofit all apartments for EV charging?
  • Asking what is the Council doing to ensure all future dwellings (conventional and high-rise) are configured for EV recharging
  • Will Council amend the DCP by end 2020 to achieve the required 2050 outcomes.

Chatswood Golf Club

We have received the following notice of motion. it will be considered at our meeting on the 24th September.

DA 2020/117 – Chatswood Golf Club Seniors Development

The Chatswood Golf Course site is strategically located between three native bushland reserves – Coolaroo, Ferndale and Lane Cove National Park. Willoughby Council has identified the importance of uninterrupted wildlife corridors linking these canopies. There is community concern regarding the proposed excessive loss of 255 x trees as documented in DA 2020/117 (Chatswood Golf Club Seniors Development). We are also concerned the Site Compatibility Certificate (SCC) was issued upon an Arboricultural Assessment Report that clearly proposed the loss of just 28 x trees, not 255 x trees as proposed in the Development Application (DA).

Tree Loss Discrepancy (SCC vs DA)

A subsequent issue is that 100 of the 255 x trees that are proposed to be removed in the DA actually fall outside of the approved SCC footprint (refer attachment). Given the dramatic change in scope relating to tree loss the current Development Application (DA) should be refused, and a new Site Compatibilty Certificate (SCC) application should be initiated.

Motion: On behalf of local residents in the vicinity of Chatswood Golf Club, the Chatswood West Ward Progress Association requests Willoughby City Council to :

  1. Investigate the proposed excessive tree loss and identify ways that will significantly reduce the number of trees proposed to be removed.
  2. Investigate any regulatory issue with the proposed asset protection zone falling outside of the SCC footprint on RE2 Private Recreation) land and the E4 Environmental Living zoned block.
  3. Investigate why the Integrated Development should not be assessed holistically as a single “Master Plan” integrating all facets of the development together (Serviced Self-Care Housing + Club House + Course Upgrade) and assessed as a single DA.
  4. If two separate DA’s are to be assessed identify the potential environmental impact associated with the 60,000 cubic metres of landfill proposed to be stockpiled on the golf course fairways. Recommend appropriate mitigation strategies to prevent a potential environmental catastrophe from runoff of sediment into the Lane Cove River catchment area (refer attachment).
  5. Recommend that the DA in its current form be refused, and that a revised SCC be submitted to the Sydney North Planning Panel (SNPP) for assessment

Less developer control

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The NSW Productivity Commission is recommending that the planning control systems be relaxed to allow developers to ‘get on with the job’ which they say is currently made difficult by the amount of ‘red tape’ (such as community consultation) restricting growth and the speed of application approvals.

The Commission is arguing that the Government had implemented an “overly complex, prescriptive and slow” system, which has hamstrung the ability of developers to respond to housing demand.

The commission wants the government to order councils to reassess housing supply capabilities in local government areas, while also calling on councils to revise housing strategies in areas where a lack of capacity is identified.

“Housing supply has failed to keep up with demand — that has led to an undersupply of housing, increasing the cost of living for households and making NSW a less attractive place to live,” he said. “Development applications are taking longer to assess, restricting housing supply and reducing affordability.”

The NSW Productivity Commission also recommended NSW Planning cut red tape and “Bring NSW approval assessment times into line with other jurisdictions’ times by the end of 2023”.

No one has asked local communities what they think about these proposals. The most likely outcome will be less community consultation and the greater use of Exempt Development policies for bigger projects that have greater local impact.

Planning alerts

There is a state-wide system called Planning Alerts (planningalerts.org.au). If you subscribe to the system (which is free) you can receive alerts about planning proposals in your area. The planning alerts system digitally “scrape” information from Council and State government planning systems and send you an email when it discovers a proposal near you.

Recently Willoughby Council changed it computer systems. At that point planning alerts for our area stopped working. This issue was raised at the Federation and CWWPA worked with other Associations to lobby Council to get the matter resolved.

Council interacted with the planning alerts people who have now responded:

Thanks for getting in touch and letting us know!

 We had to make some changes at our end to handle the changes you made to your site but that’s all done and things are working again. See for example https://www.planningalerts.org.au/authorities/willoughby/applications

 Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

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To become or renew as a member of CWWPA before March 30, direct deposit $10* with your name in the reference field to BSB: 032090 Acct: 548083 & complete our Membership Application.  *Non-refundable subject to meeting membership criteria.

 

 

No new Mall

A misguided proposal by a couple of residents to extend the Victoria St Mall to Archer St has been kiboshed by Councillors. This idea surfaces every decade or so.

A report to the last Council meeting revealed that the budget needed to extend the Mall would be of the order of $37 million.

The footnote to the report was the need to create a “CBD orbital by-pass” (referred to as “associated works”). No budget has been indicated for such a by-pass nor where it would be built. It is highly likely that the budget required for such a by-pass would be exorbitant.

 

Due to the timing of the Council meeting and based on previous resolutions of the Association we wrote to Councillors prior to the meeting requesting that:

 

No further work or expenditure be undertaken on the proposal to extend the Chaswood Mall further down Victoria Avenue until an investigation and report (including a budget) is completed and presented for the development of a CBD orbital by-pass.”

 

At the meeting Councillors voted unamiously to’Note’ the council officer’s report and recommendation. This effectively takes the proposal ‘off the table” as no further work on it by Council officers has been authorised.

Subsequently, council officers wrote to us advising:

At that Council meeting on Monday it was resolved unanimously:

MOTION

That Council note the preliminary information provided regarding the potential for extension of the existing Chatswood Mall.

 MOVED COUNCILLOR MUSTACA

 SECONDED COUNCILLOR WRIGHT

CARRIED

 The motion on being put to the meeting was CARRIED to become the resolution of Council.

There is not an intention to further consider the extension of the mall at this stage. Given the importance of the Chatswood CBD to all areas of the Willoughby local area, please feel free to share this information with your members.

CWWPA was supported on this campaign by the Federation of Willoughby Progress Associations (FWPAs)

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To become or renew as a member of CWWPA before March 30, direct deposit $10* with your name in the reference field to BSB: 032090 Acct: 548083 & complete our Membership Application.  *Non-refundable subject to meeting membership criteria.

 

 

NST back?

The North Shore Times has revived its print edition. This is now being delivered to household letterboxes. Unfortunately, it will only be delivered to 80% of households.

If you are one of the unlucky ones, they expect you to go and pick up your own copy (see the list of collection points at the end of this article).

There may be an alternative. They have also recommenced publication of the digital edition of the NST. BUT. Previous information they published stated that the digital edition is only available as part of a paid subscription.

COMMUNITY PICK UP LOCATIONS:

  • Chambers Cellars: Shop 9/73 Longueville Road, Lane Cove, 2066
  • Chatswood Chase: 345 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood, 2067
  • Coles: 56-60 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove, 2066
  • Coles Express: 250 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove, 2066
  • Crows Nest M&M Newsagency: 86 Willoughby Rd, Crows Nest, 2065
  • Dougherty Centre: 7 Victor Street, Chatswood, 2067
  • East Gordon Newsagency: 75 Werona Ave, East Gordon, 2072
  • Four Square Supermarket: 3/94 Bay Road, Waverton, 2060
  • Gordon Centre: 802-808 Pacific Highway, Gordon, 2072
  • Ku-ring-gai Council: 818 Pacific Highway, Gordon, 2072
  • Lane Cove Council Civic Centre: 48 Longueville Rd, Lane Cove, 2066
  • Lane Cove Library: 139A Longueville Road, Lane Cove, 2066
  • Marian Street Cafe: 7 Marian Street, Killara, 2071
  • NewsXpress: 70 Hampden Road, Artarmon, 2064
  • NewsXpress: 25 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest, 2065
  • North Sydney Council (The Alderman): 200 Miller Street, North Sydney, 2060
  • Norths Leagues Club: 12 Abbott Street, Cammeray, 2062
  • St Ives Village Newsagency: St Ives Shopping Village, 166 Mona Vale Rd, St Ives, 2075
  • The Concourse Performing Arts Centre: 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood, 2067
  • The Incinerator Cafe: 2A Small St, Willoughby, 2068
  • The Moody Chef: 1/30 Atchison Street, St Leonards, 2065
  • Turramurra Library: 5 Ray Street, Turramurra, 2074
  • Westfield Chatswood: 1 Anderson Street, Chatswood, 2067
  • Willoughby City Council: Level 4/31 Victor Street, Chatswood, 2067

The North Shore Times is available for you to read across the following channels:

 

 

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To become or renew as a member of CWWPA before March 30, direct deposit $10* with your name in the reference field to BSB: 032090 Acct: 548083 & complete our Membership Application.  *Non-refundable subject to meeting membership criteria.