Up north at Bringelly a concrete batching plant is being planned, along Little St, Camden, there's a light industrial development, while in Camden proper Upstairs at Freds is looking to add an outdoor space at the back for another 100 diners.
The Camden Rural Lands Strategy, which has been devised to protect the rural landscapes in our region, gets its first look in at this meeting.
Finally, our councillors get to decide how much they get to put on their chit for the next financial year (they have been surprisingly reasonable compared to politicians at other levels of government) and which bank will get the Council's business for the next five years.
Read on to find out all the details.
A development application for this farm has been lodged with Wollondilly Council and it is already subject to a Land and Environment Court case. The development was originally approved for an 81,000 bird facility. Camden Council made a submission at that time with concerns around noise and odour.
The farm has now put in a Section 96 application to modify the development, which will bring it to a level where it would accommodate 360,000 birds in eight sheds. Council officers have noted that despite this increase, the odour modelling significantly underestimates the likely impacts; no account is taken of bio-aerosols on nearby properties; a noise assessment impact has yet to be made in accordance with the NSW EPA – Industrial Noise Policy; and some restrictions may be required on vehicle movements along parts of Westbrook Rd.
Submissions from opponents to the development suggest that an existing poultry farm on the Camden side of the border owned by the applicant has a history of complaints and non-compliances. They fear that all the impacts they have had form the applicants existing farm will be made considerably worse by the new development.
Council officers have put forward a draft submission to go to Wollondilly Council objecting to the development.
ORD02: Erection of a single storey shed in a block at 280 Old Hume Highway, Camden South
When this development application was first put to Council officers late last year it was rejected as at 5.2m it was too high for the zoning and would have had an unacceptable visual impact.
The applicant has now reduced the height to 4.658m and brought this to the Council for approval. There is one opponent to the development who is primarily concerned with solar impacts. Council officers have recommended accepting the adjusted development.
ORD03: Alterations and additions to 37 Forrest Crescent, Camden
This property came before the Council during the last meeting of 2016, when alterations were approved (see ORD02 of this story). The applicant is now seeking approval for unauthorized works that have already commenced on the building through a Section 96 application to modify an existing structure. These works include the creation of additional floor area, changes to openings and additional framework to create a bathroom and cupboard.
Council officers have described the modifications as “substantially the same as the development approved” and for this and other reasons have recommended approval.
ORD04: Extension of Upstairs at Freds restaurant, Argyle St, Camden, to include a 100 seat outdoor area
Upstairs at Freds is requesting the development of an existing outside area towards the rear of the restaurant to accommodate 100 patrons. It will include 1.8m acoustic screens, some minor structural changes, outdoor speakers and a drink cart.
There has been only one submission against the extension from some John St residents, who are concerned by the noise and have stated that the existing noise already disturbs them. However, there have been no official noise complaints and live music will not feature in this new area.
The Council officers have recommended accepting the development.
ORD05: Construction and operation of a mobile concrete batching plant at 60 Greendale Rd, Bringelly
This is a significant development that will produce 125,000 tonnes of concrete a year, producing around 86 loads of concrete a day. It includes three, 21m storage silos and all the buildings and control rooms associated with this kind of plant. The site is located in the South West Growth Centre, which means the State Environmental Planning Policies override those of the Camden Council Local Environment Policy.
There have been 14 submissions from 13 properties objecting to the development.
The proposal is not entirely compliant as the building heights for this area are set at 9.5m and the three silos are 21m. Boral CSR brickworks nearby has a building height of 17.5m. Because of the nature of the buildings, Council officers say the variation is acceptable.
The advertising signage proposed is larger than permitted but in light of the need for legibility and the fact it is not obstructive Council officers have recommended accepting the variation.
Council officers recommend approval subject to conditions.
ORD06: Construction of light industrial buildings at 18a Little St, Camden
The site is zoned IN2 (light industrial) but is right at the intersection of R2 (low density residential). The aim is to create two small industrial units with roof heights of 9.5m. The driveway and sizing of the building have been minimised to reduce impacts on the street.
Five submission opposing the development have been received and one of these included 34 signatures.
The buildings uses are not clear but judging by the sizes they are likely to be for smaller industrial activities.
Council officers recommended approval and noted that amendments requested by the applicant reduce impact on the street.
ORD07: Draft Camden rural lands strategy and study
The aim of this draft report is to protect the rural landscape around Camden as development increases. It provides a strategic framework and priority actions to manage rural areas. The seven key principals are:
- Protect Camden’s remaining lands
- Retain Camden’s valued and scenic landscapes
- Provide certainty and avoid rural land fragmentation
- Minimise and manage rural land-use conflict
- Enhance Camden’s rural economy
- Minimise unplanned non-agricultural development
- Maximise opportunities for relocation of rural enterprises displaced by the Growth Areas.
Council officers recommend endorsing the strategy for public exhibition. If submissions are received, consider a further report. If no submissions arereceived after exhibition, adopt the plan.
ORD08: Setting Councillor fees for the 2017/18 financial year
The report to Council indicates the fees determined by the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal. The fees paid to councillors must be within the range decided by the tribunal – no more, no less.
The tribunal has recommended a 2.5% increase in fees with a range of $8,750 - $19,310 for councillors and a range of $18,630 - $42,120 for the mayor.
The current fees for councilors are $15,573.60/yr. An increase of 2.5% would increase this to $15,962.94/yr.
The current fee for the mayor is $34,000.20 / yr. An increase of 2.5% would increase this to $34,850.21.
Councillors will determine the level of fees.
ORD09: Investment monies for March 2017
The usual monthly report looking at Council investments.
ORD09: Tender for Council banking services for the next five years
Currently the Council is with the Commonwealth Bank. The bank’s services cost the Council around $120,000 a year.
Four banks submitted tenders:
- Commonwealth Bank