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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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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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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4 hrs free parking

Westfield has introduced 4 hours free parking (up from 3 hours). To receive the fours free you must register your vehicle registration with Westfield. To do this you need to install the Westfield Plus (+) app on your phone.  See here for full details.

If you do not register for 4 hours free parking you will be restricted to 2 hours free.

The 3 hours free parking allowance at Chatswood Chase has not changed

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Private buses

Clr. Saville has given notice of the following motion to Council:

That, in support of reliable and customer focused bus service provision:

Willoughby City Council write to the Minister for Transport and Roads to seek a meeting with Mayor and Chief Executive Officer to discuss the privatisation of State Transit Authority and the impact to on time running, bus stops and bus routes in Willoughby Local Government Area

Request a written guarantee from the Minister for Transport and Roads that:

  •  On time running will remain at or better than the current rate of 95 percentage
  •    There will be no reduction in the number or movement of bus stops without a formal public consultation process
  •    There will be no changes to existing bus routes without a formal public consultation process

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Clr. pay rise ?

Each year, the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal may determine the annual fee payable to a mayor and councillor under section 241 of the Local Government Act 1993 (the Act). The fee is scaled according to the category a council falls within and the category can be determined at least once every three years under section 239 of the Act. This report presents the results of a recent reclassification of Willoughby Council and seeks to amend the fees paid to Councillors accordingly.

 In the 2018 and 2019, the Tribunal’s Annual Report and Determination, Willoughby City Council was categorised as a “Metropolitan Small” and had sought to be re-categorised to “Metropolitan Medium” due to the scale of operations, businesses, regional significance of its centres and high percentage of non-resident visitors workers and resident population.

In January 2020, Willoughby City Council again sought to be re-categorised as “Metropolitan Medium” with a focus on non-resident workers to be included in the population. The submission resulted with the Tribunal reviewing non-resident working populations across all metropolitan councils. The Tribunal came to the conclusion that there was a strong case to recognise the impact on councils of serving significant numbers of non-resident workers. The criteria now provides councils with a non-resident working population of 50,000 or above to move to another category if their combined resident and non-resident working population exceeds the minimum population threshold. The criteria for Metropolitan Medium has been amended as follows:

Metropolitan Medium: Councils may also be categorised as Metropolitan Medium if their residential population combined with their non-resident working population exceeds 100,000. To satisfy this criteria the non-resident working population must exceed 50,000.

 As a result, in the June 2020 Tribunal’s Annual Report and Determination, Willoughby City Council was categorised as a “Metropolitan Medium”.

The fees set for the 2020/2021 period will be set as per the revised “Metropolitan Medium” category rather than the general 2.5% increase consistent with the Government’s policy on wages and is set out in the below table:

  Metropolitan Small Category 2019/2020 Fees Metropolitan Medium Category 2020/2021
Councillor annual fee $20,280 $25,790
Mayor additional fee $44,230. $68,530

A consideration  is given that Willoughby Council now only meets 10 times a re year, should they be expecting the maximum pay compared to  past years where Councillors were required to put in a lot more time and effort and particularly astherest of the community receives either nil or a maximum of 2.5% increase ?

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Coolaroo Reserve

Reserve Action Plans list the practical actions for individual bushland reserves within the Willoughby Local Government Area. They provide detailed site specific information including proposed management actions, maps of the reserves, reserve profile, statement of significance, reserve impacts, wildlife habitat issues, achievements and a native plant species list.

The key actions in the draft Coolaroo Reserve Action Plan 2020 include the removal of landscape encroachments, installation of signage and bush regeneration.

The draft Action Plan was exhibited on Council’s “Have Your Say” webpage, letters distributed to approximately 496 surrounding properties and signage located at Coolaroo

Reserve. The Natural Heritage Bushland Advisory Committee was also consulted via on site meetings and at committee meetings.

A total of 16 responses were received during this period, eleven via Have Your Say and five by email, fifteen of these provided submissions.

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Developer contributions

Council has prepared a submission on the State Government’s Infrastructure Contributions Reform Package to be forwarded to NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (‘DPIE’).Basically this covers the old s.94 developer contributions, voluntary planning agreements and the like.

A key plank in Council’s submission is further arguing the case for “value capture” contributions by developers. This is where the developer and Council share the profits generated by up-zoning land.

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Alure cafe parking

A petition from the Head Petitioner, the owners of Allure Café & Co, containing 67 petitions has been lodge with Council. The petitioners are seeking three parking spots on Freeman Road be allocated a 15-minute parking time from 6:30am to 6:30pm Monday to Friday.

BACKGROUND
The petition is submitted on the basis that it will allow residents to have quick parking and customers to have better access to cafes and restaurants on the corner of Freeman Road and Pacific Highway.

DISCUSSION
A copy of the petition has been distributed to Councillors electronically and via Council’s
portal. Members of the public may inspect a copy of the petition at Council offices.

OFFICER’S RECOMMENDATION
That Council receive and note the petition seeking that the three parking spots on
Freeman Road be amended to 15-minute parking time from 6:30am to 6:30pm Monday
to Friday and refer it to the Planning & Infrastructure Director for consideration.

CONCLUSION
The petition is presented for consideration by Council.

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