Currans Hill residents, especially those living alongside Smeaton Grange, and anyone looking to build on the residential area planned for the southern end of Turner Rd may be very interested in the coming Council meeting.
Cr Ashleigh Cagney has put forward a Notice of Motion calling on the Council to examine rezoning those areas in Smeaton Grange closest to Currans Hill and the proposed residential development along Turner Rd.
The Notice of Motion follows widespread opposition to a resource recovery facility proposed 52 Anderson Rd, Smeaton Grange, which borders Currans Hill.
Cr Cagney explained the reason for the Notice of Motion when I emailed her late Friday.
The reasoning behind my notice of motion is that the industrial estate of Smeaton Grange in the past has been subject to DA's on its very edge that border the residential estate of Currans Hill, by in some instances less than 200m. It will soon also share a close border with the future Turner Rd Precinct.
A bit of history:-
The residents of Currans Hill have been objecting to an application for a proposed Resource Recovery Facility and proposed hot dip galvanising plant. The issue I have is while the zoning remains unchanged the residents of Currans Hill and down the track the residents of Turner Rd precinct will be forced to fight each application made on these bordering areas, which would obviously and significantly impact on their quality of life in their homes. Ideally, I would like to see a review of the zoning on the fringe areas and a more suitable alternative for shared residential zones be brought back to Council.
There is no doubt we need as many jobs in our ever growing community that we can possibly get but it's about striking a fair balance between these businesses coming into Smeaton Grange and the residents of Currans Hill and the 56 or so houses due to go up in the Turner Road precinct.
The Facebook page, No Resource Recovery Facility in Smeaton Grange, has notified its members of the meeting, so we will probably see a reasonable turnout at this next meeting.
This is likely to attract some interesting debate around zoning variations where commercially zoned areas come up against residential zones. Are we looking at a special zone just for these areas around Smeaton Grange or will we see a broader plan across Camden for the interfaces between light industrial and light residential zones?
So, what looks like a small debate around a very narrow area of Smeaton Grange could actually have far reaching effects for the rest of the Camden local government area.
I will of course report on this debate but this is, again, a perfect example of why we should stream Council meetings. The debate around this Notice of Motion could affect many residents in our region.
I’ll write a more full pre-meeting report over the coming days.