Once again this development application is compliant and once again we would expect this to be passed by the Council, probably with votes along the usual lines. It does, however, continue the concerns around the subdivision of small blocks in existing residential areas, which has upset a number of residents who have bought into new developments.
It will be interesting to see how the councilors address this issue over time.
Before we get down to the business of the meeting, there will be two mayoral minutes. The first is in response to the Anzac Day commemorations while the second celebrates Camden Cricket Club being named Cricket Australia’s Club of the Year.
It is worthy of note that the concerns around Anzac Day in Camden and the conditions of the rose garden and the flagpoles in area of the dawn service seem to have passed, with the mayor commending Mr Iain Richard-Evan for organising a successful day year after year.
The minimum block size in this section of Oran Park is a miniscule 250sqm, hence the need to build a two storey residents on this small pocket of land. This is likely to raise many of the same issues that were raised at the last meeting where we saw subdivisions of blocks around 100sqm larger than this one.
Judging by the fact that the block is compliant and Council officers have recommended approval, this likely to be approved.
ORD02: Subdivision of a 685sqm block at 23-41 Camden Acres Drive, Elderslie
This is a fairly straight-forward submission to create two attached (townhouse style) structures with one separate garage and one within the structure. The only variation outside of the normal zoning is to widen the shared driveway to 8m, which is above the 5.5m for this area. The Council officers have recommended accepting the variation and approving the subdivision.
ORD03: Subdivision of an 800sqm block for two two-storey houses and one additional detached secondary dwelling on the larger block
This is an unusually shaped block with almost no street frontage. It is being divided into two blocks of 305sqm and 495sqm. It is compliant with all development controls and Council officers have recommended approving the submission.
ORD04: Development application for market garden at 25 Camden Valley Way, Elderslie
This is the area of land between the Nepean River and Kirkham Lane. It is particularly large application and has prompted some opposition but it meets all compliance criteria. There may be some additional variations that come to light at the Council meeting but currently this looks as if it will be approved.
ORD05: Combined plan approval for Draft Community Strategic Plan, Draft Delivery Program and Draft Operatonal Plan (Budget)
All three of these plans have previously been before the Council and have been accepted. This time they have been brought before the Council to be endorsed and placed on public exhibition. In short, this item is mostly housekeeping.
ORD06: Options for a heritage protection committee
This order of business arises directly from a meeting in October 25 last year (Ord 11: Notice of Motion). Back then it was decided that Council officers investigate the best approach to creating a strucuture for a heritage protection committee.
Council officers spoke to 10 other councils to look at possible frameworks. The two most likely were:
- A Section 355 committee, which allows a Council to exercise some of its functions through the committee, or
- An advisory committee the offers non-binding strategic advice to the Council. This type of committee has no authority to act on behalf of a council.
Nine of the 10 councils had heritage committees. All nine were advisory committees. Only one committee (Campbelltown) was used to advise on development applications.
Council officers have recommended the formation of a heritage committee. If the committee was endorsed by councillors Council officers recommended a report should be requested to consider the terms of reference.
ORD07: Community sponsorship program. Grants for July –December 27
The Council received 17 grant requests (two were late) and 15 have been recommended for monetary or in-kind support, totaling $48,416.86.
You can see the applications and recommended grants below.
The two grants that were declined were The International Australian Punjabi Film Festival and The Camden Wollondilly Local Business Awards.
The International Australian Punjabi Film Festival request was received late and did not have enough information. Council officers are still in touch with the organisers to see what assistance the Council may be able to offer in the future.
The Camden Wollondilly Local Business Awards is considered an economic development initiative and so any grants would come from that budget.
ORD08: Draft development infrastructure bonds policy
This is a policy that guarantees work done by developers meets the levels specified by the Council and is completed on time. The Council holds a specified bond amount and releases this when the work is completed according to specifications.
The aim of this policy is to put in place a consistent policy rather than working on a case-by-case basis as has happened in the past.
The Council officers have done a lot of work to reach their recommendations and this is likely to be treated as a housekeeping matter and passed.
ORD09: Closure of meeting to the public for a review of the organizational structure
This part of the meeting has been closed to the public as it relates to personnel matters. Once this order of business has been concluded, the organizational structure changes, if any, will be announced when the public returns to the chambers.