While some of these are complex, they are all relatively standard items that have been through well-worn processes overseen by council officers. If all goes well, we might get out early (I do have a life, you know) but, hey, at times with this council it's hard to make a judgement.
Anyway, let’s have a look at the Business Items, starting with the changes in Oran Park.
The proposed amendments started with a review of roads in the north-eastern part of Oran Park. If approved Oran Park residents will see the following changes in future developments:
- Dick Johnson Drive realigned to give more clearance from overhead powerlines and so that it remains above flood levels close to South Creek
- Oran Park Drive will be slightly realigned north of the town centre to provide clearance between vehicles and overhead powerlines.
- South circuit will be realigned, which will make it more accessible for buses and give it a direct line to the town centre.
- East West Rd beyond the intersection with Oran Park Drive will be reduced from a four-lane road to a two-lane road.
- Roads on new undeveloped areas of Oran Park will be modified in light of the changes to roads noted above.
- Changes to the DCP to bring it inline with the Growth Area DCP means some shared paths (bike and pedestrian) will now be clearly divided into a 2m wide cycle lane and a 1.5m pedestrian lane.
- A non-government high school yet to be built in the eastern part of Oran Park will be relocated to the north eastern section. It is proposed a community centre in the eastern section will also be moved to co-locate with the school.
- Provision has been made to have 16 childcare centres in Oran Park. This will be reduced to nine, as for financial reasons new childcare centres are becoming larger. This should still provide 460 long day-care places in the suburb.
- There will be a shift in the medium density zones around the town centre, although the area for medium density development will remain at 43 hectares in total.
You can see the full attachment for this proposal here.
ORD02: Section 94 contribution plan for draft Camden growth areas in Leppington and Leppington North
Section 94 contributions, are contributions by developers that are required for the development of public infrastructure.
The draft Section 94 Contributions Plan for Leppington and Leppington North was exhibited from December 6, 2016, to January 31, 2017.
Three submissions were received from the public. Only one led to a change being made, which included further contributions for a half road. This was more due to an oversight in the original plans and was not a significant change.
The maximum contribution to Section 94 contributions is set at $30,000 per dwelling. However the council’s plan suggests this will be insufficient for the public works required and will be approaching the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal for gap funding to make up for the shortfall.
If this draft contributions plan for the area is not accepted, the council can only levy developers at the lower rate under the existing Camden Contribution Plan (2011). This would lead to a significant funding shortfall for public infrastructure in this area.
There is a very detailed report that outlines costs and development areas for Leppington and Leppington North. You can find it here.
ORD03: Corporate restructure for Macaria Art Gallery
This order of business sets in place the structure for the Macaria Art Gallery and the artworks it houses.
The Council will create a legally independent corporation, solely owned by the council but as a wholly separate body with its own management structure and decision making authority. It will have a board that will include councillors, representatives of the donors families and potentially other community representatives.
While the legal structure is being put in place the art donors have agreed to an arrangement where the collection is loaned to the council until the structure is put in place.
ORD04: New road names for the Catherine Park precinct beside Oran Park.
You can see the full list of accepted road names here.
The accepted names are primarily made up of the names of WW1 volunteers; gemstones and precious metals; NSW rivers and lakes; and Oran Park Raceway personalities.
ORD05: December review of operational budget
The Council has a surplus of $727, 714 that has been transferred to the Capital Works Reserve. The Reserve now has an uncommitted balance of $4,225, 509.
The projected reserve balance for Asset Renewal is $1m.
The surplus is a result of increased income from:
- Development fees and charges incomes from some high value DAs ($416,000);
- New subdivisions in Spring Farm, Oran Park and Gregory Hills ($400,000);
- Sale of easements to the Roads & Maritime Services ($334,580);
- WHS Systems rebate for hitting KPIs ($178,471);
- Library subsidy ($16,071)
- Decrease in street lighting charges ($100,000).
This amount was reduced by increased costs for:
- Mount Annan Leisure Centre – asset renewal ($350,000);
- Corporate salaries for new customer service staff ($84,900);
- Fast tracking study on how to increase use of Camden Civic Centre (75,000);
- Equestrian Park arena renewal ($85,000)
- Repair of RSL Memorial Walkway ($50,000)
- Lighting upgrade at Catherine Field Reserve for Mets Baseball ($22,000)
In an intriguing little side note, the last item of the budget is the costs of a Code of Conduct complaint ($11,200), although no details are given.
You can read the summary of budget review variations here.
ORD06: Investment monies January 2017.
The Council’s investments returned 3.25%pa. The portfolio shows a slight decline in returns since June 2016 but is still above budgeted expectations.
See the full summary here.