It’s hard to tell which way this meeting will go but it is likely to give us a good idea as to whether the councillors will find a way to work together or continue to battle along party lines.
So, let's get down to business.
The application is for a 1.62ha subdivision will include 17 individual blocks, a stormwater basin and a residue block. It is on the corner of Spring Rd and Macarthur Rd and this part of the works has a total value $1.95m.
Unlike a previous subdivision is not adjacent to a quarry.
Council officers have reviewed the submission and found it is compliant with the Camden Local Environment Plan (2010).
Five individual submissions from three properties and two submissions with 54 signatures are opposed to this application.
The key issues that needed to be addressed included the site’s heritage significance, regional views, air quality impacts, traffic safety implications and vegetation.
The heritage component relates to two buildings opposite the proposed subdivision – the house and land around 176 Macarthur Rd and Galvin cottage and surrounding land at 196 Macarthur Rd. Both are screened from the road by trees and set well back from Macarthur Rd. The current dwelling on the land to be subdivided has no heritage significance and there are no Aboriginal archaeological items of significance.
The Spring Farm area aims to maintain views of the Razorback Range and the Blue Mountains. Council officers state the views of residents beside the proposed subdivision will not be unreasonably impacted. However, regional views from a “pocket park” on Etlesdale Rd (Ettlesdale Reserve) may be impacted, so council officers have recommended setback restrictions on certain lots within the subdivision.
There are no traffic safety implications or vegetation issues. No endangered ecological communities were found to exist on the subdivision.
Resident submissions were concerned about the impact on agricultural activities in the area and also about the proximity to the quarry. A report found the development would have minimal impact and was acceptable.
Some of the mounds of dirt and the house on the current site contained asbestos. This would be removed and remediation of the land would deal with this problem and make it suitable for residential development.
Quarry operations were assessed for air quality and sound impacts and these were found to be minimal.
Council officers have recommended approval.
ORD02: Draft South West District Plan and draft amendment to A Plan for A Growing Sydney
This is a report by Council officers on the Greater Sydney Commission’s draft South West District Plan and suggested amendments to A Plan for A Growing Sydney.
That Draft South West District Plan is one of six district plans. Its aim is to support the growth of the third city (after Sydney and Parramatta) around Badgerys Creek Airport. These district plans integrate State and regional aspirations for local government areas.
A Plan for A Growing Sydney (Towards Our Greater Sydney 2056) is a separate 40-year vision document that underpins the South West District Plan. It’s aim is to move away from the model of Sydney as a single reliant business district for the entire basin.
Council officers have highlighted seven key issues that need to be addressed: implementation and monitoring; delivering the western city; transport infrastructure; social infrastructure (including health and education); housing; rural land; and environment.
This is a very detailed sub list of issues below this and for those who are interested, I highly recommend you read the submission list made by the council officers. There are a lot of vital issues listed here for our region that will affect all of us over the coming years. This is well worth your time to review.
You can also read the full draft submission by council officers here.
ORD03: Expressions of interest to lease Council property at 85 Richardson Rd, Narellan.
This is the area close to the Camden Bypass that was formerly occupied by Narellan Community Preschool.
Five submissions were received from:
- Brightest Start Early Learning Centre (childcare)
- Montessori Academy Group Pty Ltd (childcare / disability specific)
- Respite Choices
- Sam Haoui Investments Pty Ltd (an early childhood learning centre)
- Mr V Latu
Interestingly, the choice was assessed on rent (40%) and non-rental (60%) considerations.
The Montessori Academy Group were selected unanimously on this basis.
The six names proposed for Gregory Hills are Cunningham Park, Howard Park, Gillogly Park, Gregory Hills Park, La Valla Park and Saunders Park.
All are named after Marist Brothers except for La Valla, which is named after the valley in France where the Marist Brothers order was founded and the eponymously named Gregory Hills Park.
ORD05: Investment monies – February 2017
This is the usual monthly update of Council investments. The interest rate return is currently 3.26%
ORD06: Notice of Motion – Smeaton Grange Industrial State
We have previously mentioned this in a more detailed story. You can read that here.