1 March 2006

 

Dear Councillor,

In pursuance of the provisions of the Local Government Act, 1993 and the Regulations thereunder, notice is hereby given that an ORDINARY MEETING of Penrith City Council is to be held in the Council Chambers, Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith on Monday 6 March 2006 at 7:00PM.

Attention is directed to the statement accompanying this notice of the business proposed to be transacted at the meeting.

Yours Faithfully

 

 

Alan Travers

General Manager

 

BUSINESS

 

1.           APOLOGIES

 

2.           LEAVE OF ABSENCE

 

3.           CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES

Ordinary Meeting - 20 February 2006.

 

4.           DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Pecuniary Interest (The Act requires Councillors who declare a pecuniary interest in an item to leave the meeting during discussion of that item)

Non-Pecuniary Interest

 

5.           ADDRESSING THE MEETING

 

6.           MAYORAL MINUTES

 

7.           NOTICES OF MOTION

 

8.           ADOPTION OF REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATION OF COMMITTEES

Policy Review Committee Meeting - 27 February 2006.

 

9.           MASTER PROGRAM REPORTS

 

10.         URGENT REPORTS (to be dealt with in the master program to which the item relates)

 

11.         QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

 

12.         COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE


ORDINARY MEETING

 

Monday 6 March 2006

 

table of contents

 

 

 

 

 

seating arrangements

 

 

meeting calendar

 

 

confirmation of minutes

 

 

report and recommendations of committees

 

 

master program reports

 


 

 

 

 

PRAYER

 

 

 

“Sovereign God, tonight as we gather together as a Council we affirm that you are the giver and sustainer of life.  We come together as representatives of our community to make decisions that will benefit this city and the people within it. 

 

We come not in a spirit of competition, not as adversaries, but as colleagues.  Help us to treat each other with respect, with dignity, with interest and with honesty.  Help us not just to hear the words we say, but also to hear each others hearts.  We seek to be wise in all that we say and do.

 

As we meet, our concern is for this city.  Grant us wisdom, courage and strength.

 

Lord, help us.  We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.”

 

 

 

 

 


Statement of Recognition of Penrith City’s

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Cultural Heritage

 

 

Council values the unique status of Aboriginal people as the original owners and custodians of lands and waters, including the land and waters of Penrith City.

 

Council values the unique status of Torres Strait Islander people as the original owners and custodians of the Torres Strait Islands and surrounding waters.

 

We work together for a united Australia and City that respects this land of ours, that values the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage, and provides justice and equity for all.

 

 

 

 

 



MEETING CALENDAR

 

February 2006 - December 2006

 

 

TIME

FEB

MAR

APRIL

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUG

SEPT

OCT

NOV

DEC

 

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

 

Ordinary Meetings

7.00 pm

6

6

3

1v

5

3

7

4ü

9

6

4

 

20 #+

 

24

15 #

19*

17

21#+

18

25^

23

20 #

11

 

Policy Review Committee

7.00 pm

27

20@

 

22

26

24

28

11@

16

13

 

 

 

#  Meetings at which the Management Plan quarterly reviews are presented.

v Meeting at which the Draft Management Plan is adopted for exhibition

 

#+  General Manager’s presentation – half year and end of year review

*   Meeting at which the Management Plan for 2006/2007 is adopted

 

@  Strategic Program progress reports (only business)

ü  Meeting at which the 2005/2006 Annual Statements are presented

 

 

^   Election of Mayor/Deputy Mayor (only business)

 

·         Council has two Ordinary Meetings per month where practicable.

·         Extraordinary Meetings are held as required.

·         Policy Review Meetings are held monthly where practicable.

·         Members of the public are invited to observe meetings (Ordinary & Policy Review) of the Council.

Should you wish to address Council, please contact the Executive Officer, Glenn McCarthy on 47327649.

 

 


UNCONFIRMED MINUTES

 OF THE ORDINARY MEETING OF PENRITH CITY COUNCIL HELD IN THE

COUNCIL CHAMBERS

ON MONDAY 20 FEBRUARY 2006 AT 7:01PM

NATIONAL ANTHEM AND PRAYER

The meeting opened with the National Anthem and Prayer read by Reverend Neil Checkley.

STATEMENT OF RECOGNITION

His Worship the Mayor, Councillor John Thain read a statement of recognition of Penrith City’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage.

PRESENT

His Worship the Mayor Councillor John Thain, Councillors Jim Aitken OAM, Kaylene Allison, Lexie Cettolin, Kevin Crameri OAM, Greg Davies, Mark Davies, Ross Fowler, Jackie Greenow, Karen McKeown, Garry Rumble, Pat Sheehy AM, and Steve Simat.

 

APOLOGIES

670  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow seconded Councillor Steve Simat that apologies be received from Councillors David Bradbury and Susan Page.

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES - Ordinary Meeting - 6 February 2006

671  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Ross Fowler that the minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of 6 February 2006 be confirmed.

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Councillor Ross Fowler declared a pecuniary interest in Item 7 as he is a Director of the Company which is the current owner of the property and left the meeting during the discussion and voting on the item.

 

Reports of Committees

 

1        Report and Recommendations of the Penrith Valley Community Safety Partnership - 28 September 2005                                                                                                       PVCSP

672  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Karen McKeown seconded Councillor Garry Rumble that the information contained in the Report and Recommendations of the Penrith Valley Community Safety Partnership meeting held 28 September 2005 be received.

 

3        Report and Recommendations of the Local Traffic Committee Meeting of 6 February 2006                                                                                                                                      LTC

673  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Karen McKeown that the information contained in the Report and Recommendations of the Local Traffic Committee meeting held 6 February 2006 be received.

 

2        Report and Recommendations of the Penrith Valley Community Safety Partnership – 30 November 2005

674  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Garry Rumble seconded Councillor Steve Simat that the information contained in the Report and Recommendations of the Penrith Valley Community Safety Partnership meeting held 30 November 2005 be received.

 

MASTER PROGRAM REPORTS

 

Councillor David Bradbury arrived the time being 7:06am.

 

675  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Ross Fowler that Item 15 – 2005-2006 Management Plan December Quarter Review be dealt with as the first item of business.

 

15      2005-2006 Management Plan - December Quarter Review                                    36/53

Council’s General Manager Mr Alan Travers gave a presentation on the 2005-2006 Management Plan – December Quarter Review.

 

676  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Ross Fowler

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on 2005-2006 Management Plan - December Quarter Review be received

2.     The 2005-2006 Management Plan Review as at 31 December 2005, including the revised estimates identified in the recommended budget, be adopted

3.     The proposed budget reallocations and amendments to tasks detailed in the report be adopted

 

The City in its Broader Context

 

2        Public Exhibition of a consolidated Development Control Plan for the City       4114/65

677  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Ross Fowler

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Public Exhibition of a consolidated Development Control Plan for the City be received

2.     In accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and the Regulations 2000, a draft Development Control Plan for the City of Penrith be publicly exhibited

3.     Council seek the support of the NSW Department of Planning for implementing procedural amendments to LEPs, where they specifically reference an existing adopted DCP within the City

4.     In accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and the Regulations 2000, Council endorse any required procedural amendments to LEPs, where they specifically reference an existing adopted DCP within the City, to ensure consistency with the proposed Citywide DCP.

 

1        Local Government & Shires Association Tourism Conference in Penrith Valley 29-31 March                                                                                                                                   752-43

678  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow seconded Councillor Pat Sheehy

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Local Government & Shires Association Tourism Conference in Penrith Valley 29-31 March be received

2.     Council approve the attendance of available Councillors at the LGSA Tourism Conference and related functions, including the payment of registration and function fees. 

 

The City as a Social Place

 

3        Assistance Towards Amateur Sportspersons and Representatives in the fields of Art, Music, Culture - Overseas and Interstate Travel                                                      6016/1 Pt38

679  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jim Aitken seconded Councillor Steve Simat

That the information contained in the report on Assistance Towards Amateur Sportspersons and Representatives in the fields of Art, Music, Culture - Overseas and Interstate Travel be received.

 

5        14th Annual Conference of Australian Research in Early Childhood Education, Monash University - Frankston, January 2006             1300/17

680  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jim Aitken seconded Councillor Steve Simat

That the information contained in the report on 14th Annual Conference of Australian Research in Early Childhood Education, Monash University - Frankston, January 2006 be received.

 

17      Alterations and Additions to Penrith Regional Gallery and Lewers Bequest                                                                                                38/143

681  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jim Aitken seconded Councillor Steve Simat

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Alterations and Additions to Penrith Regional Gallery and Lewers Bequest be received.

2.     Council accept Rapid Constructions Pty Ltd as the preferred tenderer for the Project with a fixed lump sum cost of $1,124,800.

3.     Council Officers be authorised to enter into contractual documentation with Rapid Constructions Pty Ltd.

4.      That the Common Seal of the Council of the City of Penrith be affixed to any necessary documentation.

5.      That $85,700, being the year to date surplus, be allocated to the project and the remaining interest funds be sourced from surplus funds in the March quarter.

 

Having previously declared a pecuniary interest in Item 7, Councillor Ross Fowler left the meeting, the time being 7:22pm.

 

7        Variation of Restrictive Covenant applying to Lot 12 DP 1087962 (24-27) Lambridge Place, Penrith. Applicant: Mullane Planning Consultants Pty Ltd;  Owner: Penamatta Pty Ltd                                                 DA05/0923

682  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jim Aitken seconded Councillor Steve Simat

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Variation of Restrictive Covenant applying to Lot 12 DP 1087962 (24-27) Lambridge Place, Penrith be received

2.     Restriction 2 on the 88B instrument for DP1087962 be modified as follows as it applies to Lot 12 only:

No building or structures or fences (except open pool type fencing with a minimum spacing between bars of 125mm) nor placement of fill nor planting of trees nor alterations to the final overland flow paths shape is allowed in the “flood conveyance” setback area

3.     Condition 10 on DA05/0923 be amended to read:

“The fencing within the flood conveyance area is to be of a “pool” type construction as specified in the report by Paterson Britton dated 4 August 2005. No goods or material are to be stored within the area defined by the flood conveyance zone and no signage is to be attached to the proposed fence within the flood conveyance zone.”

4.     The Common Seal of the Council of the City of Penrith be affixed to the necessary documentation.

Councillor Ross Fowler returned to the meeting, the time being 7:23pm.

 

4        Youth Week 2006                                                                              1019/77

683  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Karen McKeown seconded Councillor Kaylene Allison

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Youth Week 2006 be received

2.     Council approve the allocation of the following amounts as proposed and outlined in the Youth Week 2006 Report:

§ Neighbourhood Development Team Erskine Park Inc

$850

§ Richmond Fellowship of NSW Young People’s Program

$400

§ Penrith Police and Community Youth Club

$350

§ Werrington Community Project Inc

$900

§ FPA Health: The Warehouse Youth Health Centre

$400

§ Fusion Western Sydney in partnership with Penrith Youth Interagency Youth Activities sub –committee

$2350

 

 

6        2006 RSL State Swimming Championships at Penrith Swimming Centre                                                                                                            2981/15

684  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Karen McKeown seconded Councillor Kevin Crameri

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on 2006 RSL State Swimming Championships at Penrith Swimming Centre be received

2.     Council donate $1510 to the Penrith RSL Youth Swimming Club to defray costs associated with pool and Quarterdeck Function Centre hire for the 2006 RSL State Swimming Championships at the Penrith Swimming Centre on 11 March 2006, the donation to be funded in equal parts from North, South and East Ward Voted Works.

 

8        Penrith Football Stadium                                                                   3070/13

685  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Pat Sheehy

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Penrith Football Stadium be received

2.     The matter be deferred and a further report be presented to Council on the availability of alternative funds to carry out the public address / communication systems and scope of improvement works adjacent to the north-western spectator entry gates

3.     A further report be presented to Council on the status of the Lease arrangement.

 

The City In Its Environment

 

9        Waste 2006 Conference                                                                    7004/59

686  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Kevin Crameri seconded Councillor Ross Fowler

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Waste 2006 Conference be received.

2.     Councillor Kevin Crameri be Council’s nominated delegate to attend the Waste 2006 Conference to be held in Coffs Harbour from 29 to 31 March 2006.

 

The City as an Economy

 

10      Penrith participation in 2006 Beijing International Relay Marathon 7-11 April 2006                                                                                           1131/23

687  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow seconded Councillor Jim Aitken

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Penrith participation in 2006 Beijing International Relay Marathon 7-11 April 2006 be received.

2.     Council contribute $500 to each member of the team to assist with their costs of participation in this event and representing the City.

 

The City Supported by Infrastructure

 

11      Tender 05_05/06 Provision of Hired Plant & Equipment                 38/146

688  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Garry Rumble seconded Councillor Karen McKeown

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Tender 05_05/06 Provision of Hired Plant & Equipment be received

2.     All conforming tenders for offer to hire plant and equipment be accepted for a period of twenty four (24) months commencing 1 March, 2006 and the tenderer with the required equipment meeting the selection criteria of price (including transport costs), availability, suitability for work, age and condition and past performance be hired as and when required.

 

Leadership and Organisation

 

12      Summary of Investments & Banking for the period 28 December 2005 to 31 January 2006.                                                                                6031/4

689  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Garry Rumble

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Summary of Investments & Banking for the period 28 December 2005 to 31 January 2006. be received.

2.     The Certificate of the Responsible Accounting Officer, Statement of General Fund Bank Balances as at 31 January and the Summary of Investments for the period 28 December to 31 January 2006.

3.     The graphical investment analysis as at 31 January 2006 be noted.

 

13      Progress of the Independent Inquiry into the Financial Sustainability of Local Government                                                                               750/71

690  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Garry Rumble

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Progress of the Independent Inquiry into the Financial Sustainability of Local Government be received

2.     That Council contribute $3,689.40 towards the costs of the Inquiry from the Advocacy Consultancy budget.

 

16      Australian Local Government Women's Association (New South Wales Branch) Inc 2008 Annual Conference                                                                                        752/3 Part 10

691  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow seconded Councillor Lexie Cettolin

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Australian Local Government Women's Association (New South Wales Branch) Inc 2008 Annual Conference  be received.

2.     Council submit a bid for the 2008 Australian Local Government Women's Association (New South Wales Branch) Inc 2008 Annual Conference.

 

14      City Operations Directorate Report to end January 2006                                       153/2

692  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Garry Rumble seconded Councillor Greg Davies

That:

1.     That the information contained in the City Operations Directorate Report to end January 2006 be received.

2.     Council’s garbage contractor, Remondis, be congratulated on the low number of complaints received during the period July to December 2006.

3.     The two Parking Rangers and the Coordinator Ranger and Animal Services identified in the report as assisting Police with the apprehension of an alleged vehicle thief be congratulated for their actions

 

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

 

QWN 1      Safety Issues at the Shopping Precinct located on Great Western Highway, Kingswood                   1027/5

Councillor Steve Simat requested a report to Council on safety issues at the shopping precinct located on the Great Western Highway, Kingswood.  In particular, the report should cover:

a)       Allegations regarding the operation of an illegal brothel;

b)      Methadone administration from the local pharmacy – was Council and the local              community consulted;

c)       If there are any DA’s for brothels in the vicinity; and

d)      The conduct of a community safety audit and survey involving local businesses /              owners / residents located around this precinct.  The purpose of this would be to               received community feedback and implement steps to improve the safety and              amenity of local businesses and residents.

 

 

 

QWN 2      Construction of a seal pathway from Greygums Road to the amenity building in Greygums Oval                                                                                                           GR/14 Pt 2

Councillor Pat Sheehy requested that a sealed pathway be constructed from Greygums Road to the amenity building at Greygums Oval to be funded from North Ward Voted Works to the value of $3000.

 

693  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Ross Fowler that the matter be brought forward and dealt with as a matter of urgency

 

His Worship the Mayor, Councillor John Thain ruled that the matter was urgent and should be dealt with at the meeting.

 

694  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Ross Fowler that Council vote $3000 from North Ward Voted Works to construct a sealed pathway from Greygums Road to the amenity building in Greygums Oval.

 

 

QWN 3      Werrington Army Signals Land                                                                     305681

Councillor David Bradbury requested that Council note the contents of the memorandum provided to all Councillors dated 16 February 2006 in relation to the Werrington Army Signals Land.

         

Councillor David Bradbury requested that Council write to the Minister for Defence and Federal Member for Lindsay requesting an explanation of the status of the Werrington Signals Site and expressing concern about:

a)       The Commonwealth decision to sell the site before a resolution to the outstanding planning issues; and

b)      The lack of value that the Commonwealth has realised in disposing of 7 lots on this site.

 

Councillor David Bradbury requested a further report be presented to Council. The report is also to contain a detailed map of the site outlining the lots that have been sold.

 

 

695  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Ross Fowler that the matter be brought forward and dealt with as a matter of urgency

 

His Worship the Mayor, Councillor John Thain ruled that the matter was urgent and should be dealt with at the meeting.

 

696  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Ross Fowler that the matter be dealt with as a matter of urgency.

 

 

QWN 4      Donation to Rembrandt Dutch Club                                                            6016/44

Councillor Greg Davies requested that a donation of a double pass to the Whitewater Stadium be made to the Rembrandt Dutch Club to assist with fundraising at their festival on 24 – 26 March 2006.

 

697  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Jim Aitken that the matter be brought forward and dealt with as a matter of urgency

 

His Worship the Mayor, Councillor John Thain ruled that the matter was urgent and should be dealt with at the meeting.

 

698  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Jim Aitken that a donation of a double pass to the Whitewater Stadium be made to the Rembrandt Dutch Club to assist with fundraising at their festival on 24 – 26 March 2006.

 

 

QWN 5      Legal Matter                                                                                                             

Councillor David Bradbury advised that he would be raising a Question Without Notice in the Committee of the Whole in relation to a Legal Matter.  This item has been referred to committee of the whole as the information refers to advice concerning litigation, or advice that would otherwise be privileged from production in legal proceedings on the ground of legal professional privilege and discussion of the matter in open meeting would be, on balance, contrary to the public interest.

 

Committee of the Whole

 

699 RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Jackie Greenow the meeting adjorn to the Committee of the Whole to deal with the following matters, the time being 7:51pm.

 

1        Presence of the Public

 

CW1 RESOLVED on the motion of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Jackie Greenow that the press and public be excluded from Committee of the Whole to deal with the following matters:

 

City as a Social Place

 

2        Commonwealth Inclusion and Professional Support Program - Establishment of the Inclusion Support Agency                                                                                                        1300/2

 

This item has been referred to Committee of the Whole as the report refers to commercial information of a confidential nature that would, if disclosed (i) prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied it; or (ii) confer a commercial advantage on a competitor of the Council; or (iii) reveal a trade secret and discussion of the matter in open meeting would be, on balance, contrary to the public interest.

 

3        Divisional Security (Aust) Pty Ltd v Penrith City Council Land and Environment Court Proceedings No.  11229 of 2005, 382 - 386 The Driftway, Londonderry. Applicant: Divisional Securities (Aust) Pty Ltd;  Owner: Pomt Pty Ltd                                            DA03/2568

 

This item has been referred to Committee of the Whole as the report refers to advice concerning litigation, or advice that would otherwise be privileged from production in legal proceedings on the ground of legal professional privilege and discussion of the matter in open meeting would be, on balance, contrary to the public interest.

 

The meeting resumed at 8:21pm and the General Manager reported that the Committee of the Whole met at 7:51pm on Monday 20 February 2006, the following being present

 

His Worship the Mayor Councillor John Thain, Councillors Jim Aitken OAM, Kaylene Allison, Kevin Crameri OAM, Greg Davies, Mark Davies, Ross Fowler, Jackie Greenow, Karen McKeown, Garry Rumble, Pat Sheehy AM, and Steve Simat.

 

and the Committee of the Whole excluded the press and public from the meeting for the reasons set out in CW1 and that the Committee of the Whole submitted the following recommendations to Council.

 

CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS

 

2        Commonwealth Inclusion and Professional Support Program - Establishment of the Inclusion Support Agency                                                                                                        1300/2

700  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Ross Fowler

CW2 That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Commonwealth Inclusion and Professional Support Program (2005-2008) - Establishment of the Inclusion Support Agency be received

2.     Council endorse the signing of the funding agreement between Penrith City Council and the Commonwealth of Australia to provide the Inclusion Support Agency (2005-2008) under the Commonwealth’s Inclusion and Professional Support Program

3.     The Common Seal of The Council of the City of Penrith be affixed to all necessary documentation.

 

3        Divisional Security (Aust) Pty Ltd v Penrith City Council Land and Environment Court Proceedings No.  11229 of 2005, 382 - 386 The Driftway, Londonderry. Applicant: Divisional Securities (Aust) Pty Ltd;  Owner: Pomt Pty Ltd                                            DA03/2568

701  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Jackie Greenow

CW3 That the information contained in the report on Divisional Security (Aust) Pty Ltd v Penrith City Council Land and Environment Court Proceedings No.  11229 of 2005, 382 - 386 The Driftway, Londonderry be received.

 

QWN 6      Legal Matter

This item has been referred to committee of the whole as the report refers to advice concerning litigation, or advice that would otherwise be privileged from production in legal proceedings on the ground of legal professional privilege and discussion of the matter in open meeting would be, on balance, contrary to the public interest.

                  

Councillor David Bradbury requested that an urgent report be presented to the next Committee of the Whole on the issues raised.

 

 

ADOPTION OF Committee of the Whole

 

702  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor David Bradbury seconded Councillor Jackie Greenow the recommendation contained in the Committee of the Whole and shown as CW1 to CW3 be adopted.

 

There being no further business the Chairperson declared the meeting closed the time being 8:27pm.

 


PENRITH CITY COUNCIL

 

Procedure for Addressing Meetings

 

Anyone can request permission to address a meeting, providing that the number of speakers is limited to three in support of any proposal and three against.

 

Any request about an issue or matter on the Agenda for the meeting can be lodged with the General Manager or Public Officer up until 12 noon on the day of the meeting.

 

Prior to the meeting the person who has requested permission to address the meeting will need to provide the Public Officer with a written statement of the points to be covered during the address in sufficient detail so as to inform the Councillors of the substance of the address and a written copy of any questions to be asked of the Council in order that responses to those questions can be provided in due course.

 

In addition, prior to addressing the meeting a person addressing Council or Committee will be informed that they do not enjoy any privilege and that permission to speak may be withdrawn should they make inappropriate comments.

 

It should be noted that speakers at meetings of the Council or Committee do not have absolute privilege (parliamentary privilege).  A speaker who makes any potentially offensive or defamatory remarks about any other person may render themselves open to legal action.

 

Prior to addressing the meeting the person will be required to sign the following statement:

 

“I (name) understand that the meeting I intend to address on (date) is a public meeting.  I also understand that should I say or present any material that is inappropriate, I may be subject to legal action.  I also acknowledge that I have been informed to obtain my own legal advice about the appropriateness of the material that I intend to present at the above mentioned meeting”.

 

Should a person fail to sign the above statement then permission to address either the Council or Committee will not be granted.

 

The Public Officer or Minute Clerk will speak to those people who have requested permission to address the meeting, prior to the meeting at 6.45pm.

 

It is up to the Council or Committee to decide if the request to address the meeting will be granted.

 

Where permission is to be granted the Council or Committee, at the appropriate time, will suspend only so much of the Standing Orders to allow the address to occur.

 

The Chairperson will then call the person up to the lectern or speaking area.

 

The person addressing the meeting needs to clearly indicate:

 

· Their name;

 

· Organisation or group they are representing (if applicable);

 

· Details of the issue to be addressed and the item number of the report in the   Business Paper;

 

· Whether they are opposing or supporting the issue or matter (if applicable)     and the action they would like the meeting to take;

 

·           The interest of the speaker (e.g. affected person, neighbour, applicant,        applicants spokesperson, interested citizen etc).

 

Each person then has five minutes to make their address.  Those addressing Council will be required to speak to the written statement they have submitted.  Permission to address Council is not to be taken as an opportunity to refute or otherwise the points made by previous speakers on the same issue. 

 

The Council or Committee can extend this time if they consider if appropriate, however, everyone needs to work on the basis that the address will be for five minutes only.

 

Councillors may have questions about the address so people are asked to remain at the lectern or in the speaking area until the Chairperson has thanked them.

 

When this occurs, they should then return to their seat.

 

 

Steve Hackett

Public Officer

02 4732 7637                                                        August 2003

   


 

 

 

 

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Reports of Committees

 

Item                                                                                                                                       Page

 

1        Report and Recommendations of the Policy Review Committee                                             1

 

 



Ordinary Meeting

6 March 2006

Leadership and Organisation

 

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE
 Policy Review Committee MEETING
HELD
IN THE PASSADENA ROOM, PENRITH

ON MONDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2006 AT 7:00PM

 

 

PRESENT

His Worship the Mayor Councillor John Thain, Councillors Kaylene Allison, David Bradbury (arrived 7:50PM), Lexie Cettolin, Mark Davies, Ross Fowler,  Karen McKeown, Susan Page,  and Steve Simat.

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

There were no declarations of interest

MASTER PROGRAM REPORTS

The City as a Social Place

 

1        Penrith Bicentennial Performing Arts Centre Ltd - 2004/05 Annual Report and Board of Directors                                                                                                                   961/13

PRC 4  RECOMMENDED on the MOTION of Councillor Susan Page seconded Councillor Lexie Cettolin

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Penrith Bicentennial Performing Arts Centre Ltd - 2004/05 Annual Report and Board of Directors be received

2.     Council congratulate the Board of the Penrith Bicentennial Performing Arts Centre Ltd for the results over the twelve months to end of June 2005

3.     Mr Mario Bellantonio OAM be reappointed to fill the vacancy that occurred at the Seventeenth Annual General Meeting of the Penrith Bicentennial Performing Arts Centre Ltd

4.     Council agree to underwrite the operations of the Penrith Bicentennial Performing Arts Centre Ltd until the presentation to Council of the Penrith Bicentennial Performing Arts Centre Ltd Annual Report for 2005/06.

 

2        Penrith Regional Gallery and Lewers Bequest Ltd - 2004/05 Annual Report and Board of Directors                                                                                                                 1043/11

PRC 5  RECOMMENDED on the MOTION of Councillor Kaylene Allison seconded Councillor Ross Fowler

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Penrith Regional Gallery and Lewers Bequest Ltd – 2004/05 Annual Report and Board of Directors be received

2.     Council congratulate the Board of the Penrith Regional Gallery and Lewers Bequest Ltd for the results over the twelve months to end of June 2005

3.     Mrs Tanya Crothers and Mrs Darani Lewers be reappointed to fill the vacancies that occurred at the Third Annual General Meeting of the Penrith Regional Gallery and Lewers Bequest Ltd.

4.     Council agree to underwrite the operations of the Penrith Regional Gallery and Lewers Bequest Ltd until the presentation to Council of the Penrith Regional Gallery and Lewers Bequest Ltd Annual Report for 2005/06.

 

3        Penrith City Children’s Services Co-operative Ltd                                                1343/2

PRC 6  RECOMMENDED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler seconded Councillor Kaylene Allison

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Penrith City Children's Services Co-operative Ltd be received

2.     Council continue to underwrite the operations of Penrith City Children’s Services Co-operative to 30 June 2007 subject to receipt of Annual Budgets.

Leadership and Organisation

 

4        Financial Settings for the 2006-2007 Management Plan                    36/47

PRC 7  RECOMMENDED on the MOTION of Councillor Steve Simat seconded Councillor Lexie Cettolin

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Financial Settings for the 2006-2007 Management Plan be received

2.     Council make initial identification of particular matters to be considered in the preparation of the Draft 2006-2007 Management Plan

3.     Preparation of the Draft 2006-2007 Management Plan continue in the terms discussed in this report.

 

5        Alignment of the Organisation                                                             36/39

PRC 8  RECOMMENDED on the MOTION of Councillor Susan Page seconded Councillor Kaylene Allison

That:

1.   The information contained in the report on Alignment of the Organisation be received

2.   The proposed changes to Director accountabilities for certain Issues and Manager accountability for Term Achievements be endorsed.

 

 

6        Draft Salary Packaging Policy                                                                    

PRC 9  RECOMMENDED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler seconded Councillor Susan Page

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Draft Salary Packaging Policy be received

2.     That the Policy is implemented from 1 April 2006

3.     A series of information sessions be held for staff.

 

7        Service Specification Program                                                             36/35

PRC 10  RECOMMENDED on the MOTION of Councillor Steve Simat seconded Councillor Ross Fowler

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Service Specification Program be received

2.     The specification for the Building Maintenance service be adopted

3.     The specification for the Children’s Services Managed by Council service be adopted

4.     The specification for the Children’s Services Managed by the Penrith City Children’s Services Cooperative service be adopted

5.     The specification for the Emergency Management service be adopted

 

8        Local Government Amendment Act 2005                                         754/10

PRC 11  RECOMMENDED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler seconded Councillor Steve Simat

That the information contained in the report on Local Government Amendment Act 2005 be received

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the recommendations contained in the Report and Recommendations of the Policy Review Committee meeting of 27 February 2006 be adopted.

 

 



MASTER PROGRAM REPORTS

 

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The City in its Broader Context

 

1        Naming of Bridge Across Boundary Creek, Great River Walk (5000/2  Pt 3)                        1

 

2        Exhibition of Draft SEPP for NW and SW Growth Centres 4140/1; 4123/1                          2

 

The City as a Social Place

 

3        Development Application 04/2003 for a multi-unit housing development on Lot 1A DP 413271, Lot 1B DP 413271 and Lot 66 DP 35566 (No. 2) Gidley Street and (No. 34 - 36) Phillip Street, St Mary's. Applicant: Pretech Pty Ltd;  Owner: E, B & G Attieh, O Vlangos, J O'Keefe & Azcorp Holdings DA04/2003                                                                                                                       11

 

4        Status of New Release Areas in Penrith 4105/3                                                                  27

 

The City as an Economy

 

5        Proposal for Sunday Markets - Council's Carparks within the Penrith and St Marys CBD 9201/5      54

 

6        Council Property - Demolition of No 11 Collins Street St Marys 207387 LE1                     57

 

URGENT

 

12      Council Sponsorship of Western Sydney Business Connection/Macquarie Bank Golf Day at Twin Creeks                                                                                                                               88

 

The City Supported by Infrastructure

 

7        Tender 10-05/06 Supply and Delivery of Street Sweeper 38/149 Pt1                                 62

 

Leadership and Organisation

 

8        Independent Commission Against Corruption Discussion Paper - Corruption Risks in NSW development approval processes 20/24 Pt7                                                                                            68

 

9        Application for grant funding to undertake bush fire prone vegetation mapping.    80/8          76

 

10      Cranebrook Village Shopping Centre - Assignment of Lease from Composite Buyers Pty Ltd to Ritchies Stores Pty Ltd  634905 LE1                                                                                              79

 

11      Cranebrook Village Shopping Centre - Proposed Extensions 950/78 Pt 2                           82

 

 


 

 

 

 

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1        Naming of Bridge Across Boundary Creek, Great River Walk (5000/2  Pt 3)                        1

 

2        Exhibition of Draft SEPP for NW and SW Growth Centres 4140/1; 4123/1                          2

 

 



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6 March 2006

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Naming of Bridge Across Boundary Creek, Great River Walk   

(5000/2  Pt 3)

Compiled by:                Karin Schicht, Landscape Architecture Supervisor

Authorised by:             Craig Ross, Design and Technical Advice Manager 

Strategic Program Term Achievement: Penrith Lakes is developing and being used in a way that establishes it as a principal Sydney destination.

Critical Action: Participate in the planning process for Penrith Lakes and advocate its innovative development as a regional centre for enterprise, water based recreation, elite sports, entertainment and events.

     

Purpose:

To gain Council's approval for the naming of 'Coffeys Crossing' and recommends that Council endorse the name of the bridge.

 

Background

Construction of Stage 1 of the Great River Walk has commenced.  This project, with an estimated value of $400,000, is located between the Weir and Cassola Place and key components include pedestrian and cycle path, a boardwalk across Peachtree Creek, and a bridge across Boundary Creek.  The project has been funded by the Department of Planning’s Metropolitan Greenspace Program ($200,000) as well as in kind contributions of $100,000 from Coffey Engineering and $100,000 from JK Williams.  Coffey Engineering are constructing and supplying the bridge and boardwalk and JK Williams are implementing the civil works.

 

Council has been approached by Coffey Engineering with a proposal to name the bridge ‘Coffey’s Crossing’.  It is proposed that the name and year date be on a plaque mounted to the bridge.

 

Given Coffey Engineering’s substantial contribution to the project, and their active involvement in the project’s delivery (labour and materials), it is recommended that Council endorse ‘Coffey’s Crossing’ as the name of the bridge across Boundary Creek.  Council has been advised by JK Williams that they do not wish to pursue recognition by way of a named sign or plaque.  Media reporting of the opening of the Stage 1 section will recognise the contributions by DIPNR, Coffey Engineering and JK Williams.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the information contained in the report on Naming of Bridge Across Boundary Creek, Great River Walk be received.

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

There are no attachments for this report.


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Exhibition of Draft SEPP for NW and SW Growth Centres   

4140/1; 4123/1

Compiled by:                Mark Broderick, Release Area Unit Coordinator

Authorised by:             Roger Nethercote, Environmental Planning Manager 

Strategic Program Term Achievement: Council’s preferred positions and priorities relevant to Western Sydney growth and development are considered by governments, regional forums and regional organisations in their own policy development.

Critical Action: Develop a structured dialogue with Local State Members, Ministers, government agencies, Councils of the region, WSROC and other regional associations concerning the supply of infrastructure and services, employment and sustainable housing delivery to the region.

     

Purpose:

To inform Council of the public exhibition of the State Government's Draft State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) for the North West and South West Growth Centres which were identified in the Metro Strategy.  The State Government is exhibiting the plans until Friday 10 March 2006.  The report recommends that a submission be made to the State Government in terms of the matters raised in this report.

 

Background

On 1 June 2005 detailed plans for the Growth Centre proposals were placed on public exhibition.  The details released at that time indicated the new Growth Centres are planned to accommodate 160,000 new homes over the next 25 to 30 years and would, as part of that, produce up to 6,700 homes a year - 90,000 proposed in the South West and 60,000 proposed in the North West.  The Plan also includes another 10,000 homes proposed at Edmondson Park, near Liverpool.  In addition, the Western Sydney Parklands, announced on 3 December 2004, will form a green belt linking the North West and South West Growth Centres.

 

The Government announced it has earmarked $7.8 billion of infrastructure linked to the staged release of land to provide parks, retail outlets, roads, public transport, schools and health services. 

 

The first precincts to be released will be:

 

    In the North West – North Kellyville (3,500 dwellings); Riverstone (8,500 dwellings); and Alex Avenue, Schofields (7,000 dwellings).

 

    In the South West – Oran Park (8,000 dwellings); Turner Road (600 to 700 dwellings) and Edmondson Park (8,500 dwellings).

 

Higher density development comprising two to three storey apartments and terrace houses is to be concentrated around town centres, transport stops and shops at Rouse Hill.  The remaining areas will comprise one and two storey homes.

 

The plans have been made to ensure a corner store or other retail facility will be located within five minutes walking distance (400m) of the majority of residents. Town centres will have traditional ‘main street’ layouts with a full range of shops and services. The North West Centre will have six ‘main street’ shopping centres and there will be ten in the South West.

 

A new planning process will be implemented to support the Growth Centre proposals via a new State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP).  The SEPP will be supported by a Development Code which will mandate controls to ensure best practice in urban design.  The code will include such measures as:

 

    Provision for local parks and open space within walking distance of most residents,

 

    Specified street widths dependent on location and function,

 

    The location of new industrial and employment areas to ensure many residents can work locally,

 

    A mix of housing types to cater for a wide range of households,

 

    A private sector water recycling scheme to take all waste water from the release areas, and

 

    Designs for residential water and energy savings to reduce water use by at least 40% and energy use by at least 25%.

 

A Growth Centres Commission has been established to oversee the development of the Growth Centres and the associated infrastructure.  A developer levy is to be used to fund around 75% of the infrastructure costs.  The Government will also fund some fast-tracked infrastructure projects.

 

On 29 August 2005, Gary Prattley, Executive – Director, Office of Major Projects at DOP, addressed a Councillor Workshop on the North West and South West Growth Centres, where a number of key issues relevant to Penrith were discussed.

 

Councillors were provided with Discussion Papers and a copy of DOP’s report titled “Managing Sydney’s Growth Centres” which incorporated information and maps of the Growth Centres, as well as information regarding the Landscape and Rural Lifestyle Area designation which created extensive community concern at the time. 

 

Council considered a report on the Growth Centres on 19 September 2005 in which a number of key issues were identified relating to the Government’s proposals and implications for Penrith.  Council resolved that –

 

1.   A formal submission be made to the Department of Planning on the Government’s Growth Centre proposals based on the commentary and requests outlined in the Council report and a copy also be forwarded to the Minister for Planning.

 

2.   Council express to the Department of Planning its disappointment at the lack of consultation and provision of information to the local community on the proposals.

 

3.   The Minister for Planning be requested to remove the proposed Landscape and Rural Lifestyle Area designation as it affects Penrith City.

 

4.   The Minister for Planning be requested to provide Council the opportunity of membership of both Growth Centre Committees.

 

5.   Council urge the Department of Planning to develop a Western Sydney Employment Strategy which seeks to integrate both the emerging business and job creation strategies for the Growth centres and the M7 Westlink with existing and emerging employment strategies required across the region.

 

6.   Council forward copies of its submission to the Local State Members, WSROC and other Growth Centre Local Councils seeking their support for the requests made to the State Government.

 

7.   Council write to lands owners in Berkshire Park and Llandilo affected by the proposed Landscape and rural Lifestyle Area designation advising them of Council’s position.

 

A submission outlining the key issues identified by Council was forwarded to the Minister for Planning and to the Director-General, Department of Planning on 28 September.  A copy of Council’s submissions is attached to this report.  The submissions highlighted the Growth Centre proposals afford significant opportunity to the Penrith community in providing additional and greater diversity of readily accessible jobs as well as other services and facilities, and acknowledged the regional service centre role Penrith would play.  It was indicated this would require the Government’s continued support for the roll-out of necessary regional infrastructure and facility enhancements, not just for our existing community needs, but also in response to identified needs which will emerge in neighbouring growth areas. 

 

Our submissions also registered disappointment with the fact that Penrith Council had not been invited to participate in the Growth Centre Executive Committees and requested Council be given the opportunity of membership of both the North West and the South West Growth Centre Committees. 

 

Unfortunately, a response to Council’s submissions has not yet been received.

 

Submissions were also forwarded to each of the Local State Members, Growth Centre Councils and WSROC.  Council also wrote to the land owners in the Berkshire Park and Llandilo areas regarding the Rural Lifestyle designation advising them of Council’s position. 

Draft State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) for the North West and South West Growth Centres

A new planning process is being implemented to support the Growth Centre proposals via a new State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP).  The SEPP will be supported by a Development Code which will mandate controls to ensure best practice in urban design.

 

The NSW Government has placed the draft SEPP and related documents for the Growth Centres on public exhibition up to 10 March 2006 and has invited submissions on those plans. 

 

The draft SEPP is a technical document that sets out the statutory plans and processes that will apply in the Growth Centres.  The revised North West and South West Structure Plans show the centres, major road and public transport routes and future employment areas.  These Plans are accompanied by Explanatory Notes which include descriptions of the revised Structure Plans and detailed information for each precinct.  Copies of the draft SEPP document, and Explanatory Notes and included in the attachments to this report.  Copies of the NW and SW Structure Plans have been forwarded separately to Councillors.

 

The draft SEPP is a legal document that establishes the planning rules and objectives for the Growth Centres.  Approval authorities, such as local councils, must apply this policy when they make planning decisions about land within the Growth Centre areas.

 

The draft SEPP refers to three maps:

 

§ precincts boundaries maps which identify the boundaries of the North West and South West Growth Centres and the boundaries of each of the future urban development precincts;

 

§ zoning maps which identify land within the growth centres that is earmarked for conservation in public ownership and proposed to be zoned Public Recreation (Local or Regional) or Environment Conservation; and

 

§ development control maps which show flood-prone land and riparian corridors along major creeks and ‘transitional areas’.  This land is subject to additional planning provisions that aim to protect the existing environmental characteristics of the land.

 

The overarching aim of the draft SEPP is to ensure the growth centres communities are vibrant, well planned and sustainable places to live. The draft SEPP aims to provide for the comprehensive and strategic planning of land releases within the growth centres and to coordinate this with the provision of infrastructure.  It also aims to ensure that future decisions about the development of land within the growth centres are made within a regional context, and in a manner that is consistent across the six local government areas affected.

 

Together with the NW and SW Structure Plans and draft proposal for a regulation, the draft SEPP that is on exhibition will provide the legal framework for all future development in the North West and South West Growth Centres.  It will specify the rules and conditions that apply to each of the different land areas that are shown in different colours on the maps.

 

The draft SEPP and draft proposal for a regulation:

 

§ sets out processes for the coordinated release of land within the growth centres that is suitable for future urban and employment development;

 

§ requires detailed planning for precincts to occur following their release via the preparation of ‘precinct plans’;

 

§ identifies land within the growth centres that has been earmarked by the State Government to be brought into public ownership for its conservation value, and provides for the protection of existing significant vegetation on this land;

 

§ reinforces and standardises existing vegetation clearing controls on other environmentally sensitive land that is to be retained in private ownership, where development potential is already limited due to flood constraints, existing high quality vegetation and/or steep gradients; and

 

§ ensures that decisions about the future planning and development of land within the growth centres are made within the broad strategic framework established by the North West and South West Growth Centres Structure Plans, and are coordinated with the delivery of both regional and local infrastructure.

 

The draft SEPP and regulations provide the process for the staged declaration of precincts as areas in which land can be released for development.  It requires that detailed strategic planning must take place for each precinct before any development can start.

 

Through this precinct planning process, the future land use zoning and specific development controls for each area will be decided. Precinct plans will adhere to both the Structure Plans for the growth centres and a ‘Development Code’ that is currently being prepared.

 

Precinct plans will also reflect the Regional Infrastructure Plan that is being prepared by the Growth Centres Commission to guide the provision of public infrastructure, including regional roads and public transport corridors, over the next 25-30 years.

 

Local section 94 contributions plans for the delivery of local infrastructure and services such as parks, local roads, community facilities and drainage will also have to be prepared as part of the precinct planning process.

 

Issues

 

A new planning process is to be implemented in the Growth Centres through a new Land Release SEPP co-ordinated by the Growth Centres Commission.  The key planning instrument will be the SEPP Precinct Plans which will be ultimately incorporated into local council LEPs and brought forward in development applications or plans of subdivision.

 

With the exception of the removal of the ‘green zones’ (Landscape and Rural Lifestyle zones) and a modified approach to biodiversity conservation, the fundamental principals underpinning the North West and South West Growth Centre structure plans have not changed.  The concept of walkable neighbourhoods, the use of a levy to fund much of the regional infrastructure needs, the identification of Rouse Hill and Leppington as major centres and the provision of new rail links remain central components of the plans.

 

In our previous assessment, a number of issues were identified which needed to be clarified, such as:

    The level of detail that the SEPP will contain,

    The proposed level of Council and community input,

    Whether the SEPP will have biodiversity certification,

    The level of environmental assessment of major infrastructure that will be required,

    The processes to be established for the delivery of infrastructure, and

    The degree to which existing zoning and planning controls in Councils’ LEPs will be able to be maintained, particularly in relation to the Landscape and Rural Lifestyle Area designation and any restrictions or special provisions which will apply to this proposal if it is retained.

 

We sought for Council to be consulted on the development of the draft SEPP prior to its public exhibition.  That request was not acceded to. 

 

The processes for the establishment and delivery of critical service infrastructure and community facilities have not been identified in the current proposals, although the Government has recently made separate announcements concerning the implementation of a regional infrastructure levy which will see developer contributions made available for delivery of infrastructure in new urban release areas, including the Growth Centres. 

 

There also does not appear to be any clear identification of provision for social infrastructure to underpin the development of the precincts as they unfold, other than the notional location of commercial / retail centres.  In our submission to Government it was identified that the major facilities in Penrith such as the Nepean Hospital, UWS, TAFE and business park opportunities have the ability to service the new Growth Centres.

 

Principally as a result of the removal of the Landscape and Rural Lifestyle Zone, the proposed number of dwellings and people to be accommodated in the Growth Centres has increased. 

 

The plans released do not identify any additional employment opportunities, nor do they add any clarity as to how strategies will emerge to reinforce or link with other employment proposals across the region and in Penrith.  Critical transport infrastructure connections which we had previously identified such as the connection to the Werrington Arterial / M2 corridor have not been identified in the structure plans. 

 

In regard to water quality, Council sought for further detail to be provided in regard to how the environmental impacts on the South Creek catchment as a result of urban run-off will be mitigated.  Those strategies have not yet been provided.  Similarly, our suggestion for an air quality action plan to be developed does not appear to have been made available. 

 

The overall urban form and structure of the Growth Centres is substantially the same, and it was acknowledged previously that this is a logical way for development to be structured to enhance sustainability.  However, we did make observations about the extent of ribbon commercial / retail development along major arterial roads and suggested they be reconsidered in preference to a centres (node) urban hierarchy.  It would appear there has been some changes in the structure plan along those lines, although the plans released are not sufficiently detailed to identify opportunities such as co-location of community facilities, proposed housing mix, densities and the like. 

 

The structure plans now more clearly identify the extent of the flood plains associated with South Creek and have noted that development would be restricted in these areas.  The draft SEPP includes a new part on development controls for flood prone and major creeks land, and includes controls on clearing and vegetation removal.

 

The SEPP is designed with the aim of achieving ‘certification’ for endangered ecological communities.  This provides the opportunity for the up-front identification of biodiversity conservation areas in the precinct planning processes.  This will create greater certainty for the community in relation to where future development can and can’t occur.  This approach is supported.

 

Next Steps

 

The current exhibition is a major step towards the Government’s implementation of a comprehensive planning framework under which the Growth Centres will be developed.  Further stages to come include:

 

§ Planning for local and regional infrastructure;

§ Additional streamlined planning processes negotiated with State agencies;

§ Principles finalised for the development of precincts in a Development Code.

 

Conclusion

 

Together with the structure plans, the draft SEPP provides the fundamental legal framework for all future development in the North West and South West Growth Centres.

 

The draft SEPP and accompanying structure plans do not contain great detail on the form and layout of development and its connections to urban environment surrounding the Centres.  Rather, they provide a statutory planning framework to establish the principal planning rules and objectives.  The local Councils affected by the Centres proposals would then apply the policy when they make local planning decisions.  An important feature of the SEPP will be the inclusion of a Development Code that will guide all development from its initial staging to the design of a precinct and how it will appear on the ground.  Since it is understood that the Development Code will be mandatory and prescriptive, it will be important to ascertain what details the Code will contain and when that will be made available for public comment. 

 

The structure plans have undergone some transformation which both Council and other Western Sydney Councils have urged be modified, particularly in relation to the removal of the ‘green zones’ which no longer affect Penrith LGA. 

 

The areas prescribed for the North West and the South West Growth Centres are outside the Penrith LGA, however there are implications and potential impacts on Penrith which we have identified in our submission and which have unfortunately not yet been effectively canvassed by Government.

 

Accordingly, it would be prudent for Council to refresh its submissions in relation to the current draft SEPP exhibition, in terms of the matters outlined in this report.  In particular, Council’s ongoing concern about the provision of appropriate transport infrastructure to effectively connect Penrith to the Growth Centres, to gain direct access to job opportunities and the role Penrith, now nominated as a Regional City, and its existing regional facilities, will play in the ongoing development of the Growth Centres. 

 

It would also be appropriate for Council to make a further submission, renewing out request to the Minister for Planning seeking engagement in the Growth Centre Executive Committees.

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

        1.  The information contained in the report on Exhibition of Draft SEPP             for NW and SW Growth Centres be received

        2.  Council make a formal submission to the Department of Planning in              response to the exhibition of the North West and South West Growth               Centres SEPP in terms of the issues identified in this report

3.  Council make a further request to the Minister for Planning in relation                    to being afforded an opportunity to participate in the North West and                  Growth Centre Executive Committees.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

1.  

North West Growth Centre Explanatory Notes

8 Pages

Attachment

2.  

South West Growth Centre Explanatory Notes

8 Pages

Attachment

3.  

Sydney Regional Growth Centres SEPP pp 1-10

10 Pages

Attachment

4.  

Sydney Regional Growth Centres SEPP pp 11-20

10 Pages

Attachment

5.  

Sydney Regional Growth Centres SEPP pp 21-22

2 Pages

Attachment

6.  

Previous Submission to DoP on Growth Centres dated September 2005

12 Pages

Attachment

 


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3        Development Application 04/2003 for a multi-unit housing development on Lot 1A DP 413271, Lot 1B DP 413271 and Lot 66 DP 35566 (No. 2) Gidley Street and (No. 34 - 36) Phillip Street, St Mary's. Applicant: Pretech Pty Ltd;  Owner: E, B & G Attieh, O Vlangos, J O'Keefe & Azcorp Holdings DA04/2003                                                                                                                       11

 

4        Status of New Release Areas in Penrith 4105/3                                                                  27

 

 



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Development Application 04/2003 for a multi-unit housing development on Lot 1A DP 413271, Lot 1B DP 413271 and Lot 66 DP 35566 (No. 2) Gidley Street and (No. 34 - 36) Phillip Street, St Mary's  Applicant:  Pretech Pty Ltd;  Owner:  E, B & G Attieh, O Vlangos, J O'Keefe & Azcorp Holdings   

DA04/2003

Compiled by:                Peter Wood, Senior Environmental Planner - Team Leader

Authorised by:             Paul Lemm, Development Assessment Manager

Requested By:             Councillor Steve Simat

Strategic Program Term Achievement: Redevelopment of existing areas contributes to safe, sustainable, affordable and satisfying living environments and cohesive communities.

Critical Action: Work in partnership with the local community to foster understanding of the reasons why established areas are redeveloping.

     

Purpose:

To provide Council with an assessment of a development application for a multi-unit housing development.  The application has been called to Council for determination in response to concerns raised by adjoining occupants.  The report recommends that the development be approved subject to conditions.

 

Background

Council received a development application on 14 September 2004 seeking consent for the demolition of existing dwellings, the construction of a multi unit housing development comprising 18 x 2 bedroom units (with 6 units under the roof area) and basement parking spaces.

 

The applicant was advised in October 2004 about a number of inconsistencies that the proposal had with the Penrith Local Environmental Plan 1998 (LEP) and Residential Development Control Plan 2000 Volume 4 (DCP). These concerns focused on:

 

·      The visual appearance of the proposed development from Phillip Street

·      The number of dwellings for which consent was being sought

·      Privacy issues with adjoining properties; and

·      The overall bulk/scale of the development

 

The development application had undergone public notification at this stage and these concerns were shared by residents in submissions received about the proposal.

 

In order to address these concerns the applicant submitted amended plans in mid July 2005, which sought to address issues relating to the bulk and scale of the proposal.  The amendments made to the proposal reduced the extent of the upper floor and reduced the size and scale of the buildings.  The dwellings proposed within the roof space remained as originally documented.

 

The applicant has provided a further set of amended plans in February 2006, which have now addressed the remaining outstanding matters raised during the initial assessment.  In particular, the proposed units are no longer contain individual dwellings within the top floor.

Site and Surrounds

The site involves the amalgamation of three lots and is an L-shape with three street frontages to Gidley Street, Phillip Street and Blair Avenue.  It has a 22m frontage to Gidley Street, a 70m frontage to Phillip Street, a 31m frontage to Blair Avenue, and a total area of 1779m2. The site falls to the southwest corner towards Gidley Street.  It is approximately 150m south east of St Mary’s Railway Station and approximately 100m east of Queen Street.  A location map is appended.

 

Currently, there are three single storey dwellings and associated outbuildings located on the site.  The Nepean Area Disability Organisation occupies the existing two-storey building to the south. There are several three to four storey residential flat buildings to the north east of this site constructed in the 1970s. 

 

The area predominantly consists of one and two storey commercial shopping premises and a mixture of residential developments.  Station Street Plaza is located across Phillip Street opposite this site. To the west of Phillip Street are two storey shop front commercial premises.

 

The Phillip and Gidley Street locality consists of a mix of both residential and commercial developments. The subject land could be described as the beginning of the residential development bordering the St Marys town centre.

The Proposed Development

The existing cottages and outbuildings are proposed to be demolished.  The proposal seeks approval for the construction of three separate buildings.  The buildings are of three storeys, however, the design seeks to achieve a two-storey appearance.  The proposal incorporates:

 

·    A total of 18 units which includes 6 x 2 bedroom ground floor units and 12 x 2 bedroom units with living areas on the first floor and bedrooms on the second floor

·    Basement parking for 31 vehicles (includes 4 visitor spaces)

·    A one-way vehicular entry to the basement via a ramp from Gidley Street and an exit to Blair Avenue

·    Building setbacks of between 4m and 6.5m have been provided to primary and secondary street frontages

·    Landscape areas of between 4m and 6m separate all buildings from property boundaries

·    Disabled access will be provided throughout the site from the street frontage and via a lift connecting the basement to the ground level

 

Two buildings are proposed to front Phillip Street and the third will front Blair Avenue.  All three buildings are proposed to be constructed with a combination of cement rendered brickwork and colorbond cladding. The roof is also to be constructed with colorbond steel.  Aluminium privacy louvres, balustraded balconies and timber slat front fencing are proposed to articulate the building form. A copy of the site plan and elevations are appended. 

 

The application was accompanied by the following documentation:

 

·    Statement of Environmental Effects (SOEE)

·    Architectural Plans (including elevations and a site plan)

·    Landscape Plan

·    Stormwater Drainage Concept

·    Waste Management Plan

·    Soil & Sediment Control Plan

·    Energy Efficiency Report and Shadow Diagrams (Note: A BASIX certificate is not required as the application was lodged pre-Oct 2005)

·    SEPP 1 objection & DCP variation request

·    SEPP 65 - Design Verification Statement

Planning Assessment

The development application has been assessed in accordance with the provisions of Section 79C of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (the Act) and the following considerations have arisen:

 

1.       Any Relevant Environmental Planning Instrument

 

1.1     State Environmental Planning Policy No.65 – Design Quality of Residential Flat Buildings (SEPP 65)

 

The building design:

 

·    Incorporates building forms that are well articulated;

·    Incorporates balconies to provide shading and to provide interesting building design;

·    Addresses all street frontages;

·    Uses a mix of rendering finishes and cladding to the elevations; and,

·    Provides rooms within the roof area.

 

The building uses a hip roof form, which is common in the area.  Whilst tile is the common roof material used in the area for development post 1950s, a metal deck roof along with a rendered exterior will present the development as a modern design of building.  It is also worth noting that metal roofing was common for most of pre-1950s in the St Mary’s area.

 

SEPP 65 requires Council to take into consideration design quality principles when assessing development applications for residential flat buildings involving 3-storey construction or more.  These principles are as follows:

 

·    Context

·    Scale

·    Built form

·    Density

·    Aesthetics

·    Amenity, resource, energy and water efficiency

·    Safety and security

·    Social dimensions

 

The applicant has submitted the required statement of design verification from a qualified architect to indicate that the proposal is satisfactory with respect to the requirements outlined in the SEPP 65.  Council’s Architect is satisfied that the proposed development meets the requirements of SEPP 65 and that the development responds adequately to its context.  Being of a 2-storey appearance (with rooms in the roof) the development has an appropriate scale and built form for the site.

 

Council’s Sustainability Advisor has reviewed the proposal to assess the proposal’s credentials in terms of its environmental amenity requirements as required by SEPP 65 for solar access, ventilation, privacy and efficient relationship between the indoor and outdoor spaces.  In all of these areas the proposed development was found to be satisfactory.  Safety and security issues have been adequately addressed by orienting living areas towards the street frontages in order to provide adequate passive surveillance of access points.  The common areas have been also been activated by positioning of stairwells and lifts.

 

The development contributes to the provision of affordable housing in St Marys being close to public transport services, local facilities and by proposing all two bedroom dwelling units.

 

The overall building design is of a high standard with a well-articulated elevation and form that is compatible with both residential and commercial premises in the area.  The proposal has acceptable bulk, scale and design in that location and would contribute positively to the existing streetscape within St Mary’s area. 

 

The development proposal is therefore consistent with the design quality principles of SEPP 65.

 

The applicant will be required to provide a schedule of external finishes for Council’s consideration prior to the release of the construction certificate (Special Condition No. 4.9)

 

1.2     Sydney Regional Environmental Plan No. 20 – Hawkesbury-Nepean River (SREP 20)

 

The site falls within the Hawkesbury-Nepean catchment and as such is subject to Sydney Regional Environmental Plan (SREP) No. 20 - Hawkesbury-Nepean River (No. 2 – 1997) (SREP 20). SREP 20 aims to protect the environment of the Hawkesbury-Nepean River by ensuring that the impacts of future land uses are considered in a regional context.  Of most relevance to the proposal is the requirement to assess potential impacts on water quality.  Council’s Development Services Engineer has assessed the proposed storm water system to be satisfactory.  Subject to appropriate controls for stormwater during and after construction, (under standard condition D001 relating to Council’s Sediment and Erosion Control Development Control Plan), the proposal is consistent with the aims and strategies of SREP 20.

 

 

1.3     Penrith Local Environmental Plan 1998 - Urban Land (LEP 1998)

 

The site is zoned Residential 2(d) (medium density) under LEP 1998. The proposed development is defined as multi unit housing and is permissible with the consent of Council in this zone.  Clause 9 of LEP 1998 lists the following objectives of the 2(d) zone:

 

·    To protect the character of traditional cottage development and streetscape;

·    To consolidate population and housing densities;

·    To expand housing choices by allowing multi-unit housing up to two-storey appearance.

 

The proposed development will result in both urban consolidation and renewal.  These are two aspects of urban growth that are positive outcomes provided the resultant development is sympathetic to its setting and will not result in adverse impacts.

 

The table below summarises the requirements of the LEP.

 

Standard

LEP Requirements

Proposed

Compliance

Rear setback

6m minimum

6m at ground level and 5m at first level

No.  Refer to following discussion

Solar planning

4hrs for living areas

3hrs for 40% of courtyards

Yes

Yes

Building envelope

 

External wall height

-

 

6.50m

Complies with envelope

 

6.50m

Yes

 

Yes

Solar Planning

3 hours minimum to living areas

Over three hours

Yes

Landscape area

40 %

56 %

Yes

 

The proposed development complies with the requirements of the LEP with the exception of the rear setback as discussed in the next section. 

 

1.3.1.          Objection under State Environmental Planning Policy No.1

 

Clause 12(4) of the Urban Land LEP states that:

 

the Council must not grant consent to development that involves the erection of a building unless that building is set back at least 6m from the rear boundary of the site if the building is two-storey.”

 

The site has three street frontages and it is arguable whether the remaining boundaries with adjoining properties are side or rear boundaries.  Notwithstanding this, it is considered that the rear boundary in this instance is the boundary adjoining the majority of the rear yards of the proposed units.

 

The applicant has submitted an objection to the 6m-rear boundary setback provision of the LEP under SEPP 1.  SEPP 1 sets out the general principles in which a development standard may be varied where strict compliance is demonstrated to be unreasonable or unnecessary in the circumstances or would tend to hinder specific objectives of the Act. These principles relate to promoting the social and economic welfare of the community, a better environment and the orderly and economic use and development of land.

 

The applicant submits that strict compliance with the development standard is unreasonable or unnecessary on the basis that:

 

·    The proposal responds to the irregular shape of the site with three street frontages;

 

·    The proposal achieves the objective of the standard i.e. effective separation between buildings and landscaped open space corridors to maintain amenity including privacy and preventing overshadowing;

 

·    The proposal exceeds the minimum landscaped area required for the site.

 

The applicant’s objection to the development standard is considered reasonable as the development is considered to be compatible with adjoining land uses.

 

2.       Any Relevant Draft Environmental Planning Instruments

 

Draft LEP 1998 Amendment 17 applies to the site with relevant amended provisions relating to plan objectives, servicing the site and environmental performance.

 

The proposal is well located for the provision of utility infrastructure.  An energy efficient design has been achieved through the orientation of buildings, living areas and provision of shading devices.  The proposal therefore complies with these relevant provisions as proposed to be amended under the Draft LEP.

 

3.       Any Relevant Development Control Plan

 

3.1     Development Control Plan (DCP) 2000

 

The table below summarises the requirements of the relevant DCP.

 

Standard

DCP requirements

Proposed

Compliance

Front setback

To match existing adjoining developments or 5.5m minimum

 

6.5 to min.4.5m Phillip St

 

5.5m to secondary street frontages

No. refer to following discussion.

 

Landscaped Area

40% minimum of total area = 711sq.m required

 

1014 m2  (57%)

Yes

Building Envelope

2m side setback &

Roof to be < 45 degree plane

Yes

Yes

Solar planning

4 hours minimum

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Building length

Maximum 20m in length

1 – 20m

2 – 20m

3 – 23.50m (facing Blair Ave)

 

Yes

Yes

No. See discussion.

Common Open Space

Minimum 10% of Landscaped area

Minimum 10% of 771 m2=77.1 m2

 

80m2

Yes

 

 

Private open space

25 m2 for ground level

10 m2 for 1st floor units

 

Over 25 m2

 

8-10 m2

Yes

 

No. See discussion

Parking

 Requires 31 spaces

(27 + 4 visitors)

1.5 spaces per 2 bed unit = 27

 

1 space per 5 Units Visitor spaces = 4

i.e. total 31 spaces

 

31 spaces

Yes, however see discussion about stacked parking  arrangement

 

3.1.1       Front Setback

 

The distance of the property boundary to the Phillip Street kerb varies such that the front setback of the units as proposed to the eastern end encroaches to 4.5m, whilst maintaining the same setback to the road as at the western of the site.  Given that a consistent front setback is maintained, commercial properties are located to the north and west which have little or no setback and the site does not directly adjoin another property along the Phillip Street frontage, the minor front setback variation proposed is supported.

 

3.1.2       Building Length

 

One of the three buildings (facing Blair Avenue) has an overall length of 23m, which is 3m longer than allowed by the DCP.  The other two buildings are 19m long and comply with the DCP.  The intent of this control is to provide a break in the built form, reduce bulk/scale and to moderate the scale of infill development so that it resembles traditional residential developments rather than building along the entire length of the property.  The proposed design incorporates regular articulation of walls and openings such as doors and windows along the elevations that minimises the building from appearing to be too long.  Whilst the building could be redesigned to achieve the 20-m length, it would not dramatically benefit the overall design of the building.  The building fronts a road and approximately 50% extends along the common boundary to the west.  The length of the building is considered to be acceptable in this instance.

 


3.1.3       Private Open Space

 

The first floor outdoor living areas to some units are provided with a balcony, which is marginally less than the 10m2, by the DCP and propose 8m2.  This variation is supported as strict compliance with the 10m2 requirement may compromise other aspects of the proposal, in particular larger balconies would introduce greater overshadowing of units below and the development has more open space than required and provides two communal open spaces areas. Hence the objective of the provision is achieved.

 

3.1.4       Parking

 

The proposed development is required to provide 27 on site parking spaces and 4 visitor spaces i.e. a total of 31 on site parking spaces.  The development provides all 31 parking spaces within the basement area.  Sixteen of the parking spaces have been proposed as stacked parking and a condition is recommended to ensure that these spaces are allocated to eight units accordingly.  A condition is also recommended for a wheelchair accessible parking space to be provided in close proximity to the nominated adaptable unit accordingly.  (Special Conditions 4.4 & 4.13)

 

3.1.5       Privacy

 

The proposal incorporates metal privacy louvres to 1st floor living area windows to minimise any loss of privacy to adjoining properties.  Only bedrooms are located within the roof on the second floor hence there would not be unreasonable privacy impacts in this regard.

 

3.1.6       Overshadowing

 

The application was accompanied by a shadow diagram, which indicates that there will be some overshadowing of the adjoining southern property.  The adjoining property will however receive the 4 hours of sunlight access to living zones and private open space area as required by the DCP.

 

4.       The likely impacts of the development

 

4.1     Traffic & Vehicular Access

 

The application was referred to Council’s Traffic Engineer who advised that the proposed development is unlikely to have significant adverse impact on operational performance or the existing traffic of the area.  The proposal provides the required number of parking spaces and provides separate entry and exit points to facilitate visitor parking at the basement level.

 

A security gate along with a security system located at the frontage of the driveway entrance to contact the residents and access the underground parking area has been required to be provided to ensure safety within the basement car park area (Special Condition No.4.3).

 

In order to maintain vision from the basement exit, a condition is recommended that any retaining wall/fence, which is constructed, shall comply with minimum sight lines depicted in Figure 3.3 of AS 2890.1.2004 (Special Condition No.4.5)

 

 

4.2     Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)

 

The application was referred to Council’s Community Safety Officer for comment.  The buildings have been designed with living areas fronting the street, which provides adequate passive surveillance to the frontage of the development site.  No objection has been raised subject to imposition of conditions to provide;

 

·    A security system for the basement

·    The basement being painted in light colours

·    See through fences being provided along the frontage of the site

·    High canopied vegetation being provided along the frontage of the site

 

Special Condition Nos. 4.3, 4.6 to 4.8 and 4.9 (b) have been recommended to ensure that the above matters are implemented.

 

5.       The suitability of the site for the development

 

The existing site has no significant vegetation representing a constraint to development. It is in close proximity to St Mary’s Town Centre and in particular to shopping and transport facilities.  Adequate provision of on-site parking is achieved with safe and efficient and discreet basement parking access. The site is therefore suitable for the density, style and affordability of the proposed housing type.

 

6.       Submissions made in relation to the development

 

6.1     Community Consultation

 

The application was advertised in the local paper and notified to adjoining and nearby properties from 8 October 2004 to 22 October 2004 in accordance with the Notification and Advertising DCP.  Three submissions were received of which one included a petition signed by 15 people. 

 

The amended application has not been re-advertised, as it remains substantially the same built form with any potential impacts reduced by amendments.  This does not prejudice anyone who may have made a submission as provided by the Notification and Advertising DCP.

 

Issues raised in the submissions are as follows:

 

·    Over development of the site

·    The development being out of character

·    Privacy impacts to adjacent properties

·    Overshadowing to adjoining properties

·    Poor visibility at the exit to the basement car park

 

The above matters have been addressed under the assessment of the proposal.

 

Section 94 contributions

Multi-unit housing generates a requirement for a monetary contribution towards certain Council infrastructure, such as open space embellishment, footpath construction, provision of library facilities and cultural facilities.  The development generates a contribution rate of 34.2 persons (based on a demand of 18 x 2.4 persons minus a credit of 3 x 3 persons). 

 

The following table sets out the current rates of contribution (effective from 1 January 2006):

 

 

S.94 Contribution Plan

Contribution Rate x Calculation rate

Total

Footpath

$67.00 x 34.2 persons

$2,291

Open Space

$712.00 x 34.2  persons

$24,350

Cultural

$88.00 x 34.2  persons

$3,010

Library facilities

$241.00 x 34.2  persons

$8,242

 

TOTAL

$41,724

 

Standard conditions N001 – N004 are recommended to make arrangements for the above amount to be paid prior to the release of the Construction Certificate.

Conclusion

The development site is in close proximity to the transportation and commercial facilities of St Mary’s CBD and is conducive to a medium density redevelopment proposal.  This proposal has a contemporary architecture design incorporating a number of elements that offer a character and form of residential infill that is complementary to the area.

 

The proposal provides a style of architecture that responds well to the St Mary’s CBD fringe location. It meets the objectives of the design criteria set out in Council’s requirements and SEPP65. The proposal provides a consolidated site solution to create a more contiguous streetscape to Phillip Street. The matters raised in submissions have now been satisfactorily addressed by the amended proposal and the application is therefore recommended for approval subject to conditions.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Development Application 04/2003 for a multi-unit housing development on Lot 1A DP 413271, Lot 1B DP 413271 and Lot 66 DP 35566 (No. 2) Gidley Street and (No. 34 - 36) Phillip Street, St Mary's be received

2.     The SEPP1 objection to the 6.0m rear setback requirements be supported

3.     The DCP Variations to the front setback, building length and private open space be supported

4.     Development Application 04/2003 for a multi-unit housing development on Lot 1A DP 413271, Lot 1B DP 413271 and Lot 66 DP 35566 (No. 2) Gidley Street and (No. 34 - 36) Phillip Street, St Mary's be approved subject to the recommended standard and special conditions

                            Standard Conditions

4.1     A001 (Approved Plans - in accordance with the Plan Numbered DA 02 to DA08 dated August 2004 and as amended on 12/07/05, Issue C drawn by Architecture Company A), A008 (Works to BCA requirements), A009 (Residential Works DCP), A011 (Engineering Works), A019F (Compliance Certificate), A038 (lighting locations), A039 (Graffiti), A43 (Air Conditioner), B001 (demolition of existing buildings), B002 (disposal to approved land fill site), B003 (Asbestos), B004 (Dust suppression), B005 (Mud/Soil control), B006 ( hours of work), D001 (sediment & erosion control measures), D009 (covering wastes), D010 (dispose of excavated materials), E001 (BCA compliance), E005 (Smoke detector connections), E006 ( disable access & Facilities), E008 (Fire safety list with CC), G002 (Section 73 Cert), G004 (Integral Energy), H001F (Site notice), H002 (all forms of construction), H003 (Traffic safety), H005 ( see Below), H011 (engineering plans & specifications), H013 (details of building components), H022 (survey to ground level), H024 (H024 (Glass AS1288), H026 (Insulations), H028 (Hot water ), H029 (ventilations), H033 (Cloth lines), H041(Hours of work), I003 (Roads Act) (a) provision of two (2) heavy duty gutter crossing 4.50m wide in Blair Avenue and Gidley Street.(b) provision of two (2) heavy duty footpath crossings 3.50m in Blair Avenue and Gidley Street  (G) (H) & (K), K007 (CDLs & easements), K019 (connection to Council’s system), K025 (pavement sealing), K027 (cart parking- modified), K029 IN crossing – Gidley Street), K030 ( “OUT” Blair Avenue),  L001 (approved Landscaping), L002 (Landscape construction), L003( Report required), L006 (Landscaping to AS ), L008 (Tree Preservation), N001 (Cultural $3,010.00; N002 ( Footpath $2,291.00) N003 (Library $8,242.00) & N004 (Open Space $24,350.00), Q001 (Notice of commencement), Q005 (Occupation Certificate)

 

Special Conditions

 

4.2     A colorbond or lapped and capped timber fence consistent with the existing fence of a minimum 1.8m high from the natural ground levels is to be provided along the south and western boundary.  The cost of all fencing shall be borne by the applicant

 

4.3     A security intercom system at the entrance of the basement parking and at the ground level entrances and security gates shall be provided at the ingress and egress of the basement parking area prior to the occupation of the development

 

4.4     A wheelchair accessible parking space be provided in close proximity to the lift

 

4.5     Any retaining wall/fence is to be modified as required to comply with minimum sight lines depicted in Figure 3.3 of AS 2890.1.2004 prior to the release of the Construction Certificate

 

4.6     All fences along the frontage of the site shall be constructed of see through construction in accordance with Clause 6.9 of the Residential DCP Volume 4. Details shall be submitted Council for consideration and approval prior to the release of the Construction Certificate

 

4.7     Entrances/exits to all units, communal spaces, walkways and the basement car park shall be well lit to clearly illuminate these areas were people are most vulnerable.  All lighting shall be vandal proof.  Details to be submitted to council for consideration and approval prior to the issue of Construction Certificate

 

4.8     Basement parking areas shall be painted in light coloured paint or finished in light grey concrete to reflect as much light as possible

 

4.9     The following matters are ancillary aspects of the development under Section 80A (2) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979. Appeal provisions will apply to the submission requirements regarding ancillary aspects of the development (see Sections 80A(3) and 97 of the Act):

 

(a)     A schedule of external materials and colour scheme for the development, including roof materials of a dull, non-reflective material, and the pavement surface (for vehicular access, manoeuvring and parking) is to accompany the Construction Certificate application

 

          The proposed schedule shall include a variety of materials, colours and finishes to ensure visual interest is achieved in the presentation of the building. A coloured elevation of the building shall be submitted to Council for consideration and approval

 

(b)     Detailed landscape plan consistent with the approved DA plans prepared by a consultant registered with Council shall and in accordance with Penrith Landscape DCP – 2000 be submitted to Council for consideration and approval prior to the issue of a Construction Certificate.  The landscaping plan shall incorporate high canopy trees or low shrub planting along the frontage of the site to provide passive surveillance from the units

 

          In order to improve surveillance provide clear line of sight and avoid concealment areas along the frontage of the site, vegetation with top to bottom foliage shall be avoided, low ground cover or high canopied vegetation shall be planted.  Details to be included in the landscape plan submitted to council for consideration and approval prior to the issue of construction certificate

 

4.10   Four super advanced street trees (approximately 1.50m high) shall be planted along the northern street frontage and one along the eastern street frontage of the site during the construction period as indicated on the landscaped plan

 

4.11   A total of 31 off-street parking spaces are to be provided, linemarked and maintained for the development, generally in accordance with the approved plan. The parking space dimensions and manoeuvring areas are to comply with AS2890.1–1993, the Building Code of Australia and the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act

 

          The 31 spaces provide shall be allocated as follows:

 

a)   1 disabled parking is to be located in spot No.17

b)   The allocation of the spaces amongst the units shall be in accordance with Council’s Residential Development Control Plan 2000 – Volume 4

b)   3 visitor spaces

 

                                      These spaces shall be clearly marked as such by signage affixed to the wall of the basement

 

4.12   The garbage storage room shall be designed and constructed in accordance with Council’s Waste Development Control Plan to satisfy the following requirements:

 

a) The internal width of the bin bay is to be 1.60m and the length to be 2m to allow for 0.75m wide opening and circulation space

b)   The internal rectangular dimension of the bin bays are to be 2m x 1.6m.  The swing wall housing the bins must be a minimum of 0.8m (internal dimension)

c)   The access gate to all bin bays from the street frontage shall be without the use of locking mechanisms

 

4.13   Any stacked parking spaces are to be allocated to the one unit (i.e. two spaces per unit)

 

5.       Those who made submissions are to be notified of Council’s decision.

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

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BAEP Phillip & Gidley St

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Appendix

 


Ordinary Meeting

6 March 2006

Appendix 1 - BAEP Phillip & Gidley St

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ordinary Meeting

6 March 2006

The City as a Social Place

 

 

The City as a Social Place

 

 

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Status of New Release Areas in Penrith   

4105/3

Compiled by:                Mark Broderick, Release Area Unit Coordinator

Authorised by:             Roger Nethercote, Environmental Planning Manager 

Strategic Program Term Achievement: New release areas provide for a diversity of housing opportunities, including affordable housing, consistent with emerging community needs and which facilitates the development of diverse neighbourhoods.

Critical Action: Prepare and implement plans for each new release area in collaboration with the development sector and key Government agencies that provide a wide diversity and mix of housing types that meet current and emerging community needs.

     

Purpose:

To provide an update report on the planning processes and delivery timetable for new residential release areas in Penrith.

 

Background

Council’s Strategic Plan 2005-2009 outlines an approach to new urban areas in Penrith that seeks to form cohesive communities based on sustainable, safe and satisfying living and working environments.  Importantly, new release areas are to deliver jobs that match incoming workforce participant numbers.  They will provide for a diversity of housing opportunities, including affordable housing, consistent with emerging community needs and the development of diverse neighbourhoods.  Timely delivery of services to new urban areas must also be secured.

 

The Release Area Planning Program has expanded since the initial area identification in the Residential Strategy in 1997.  There are nine new urban release areas, an education precinct and an employment precinct in the Penrith LGA for which planning processes are advancing concurrently.  The Caddens Release Area, Werrington Mixed Use Area, Claremont Meadows Stage 2 and South Werrington Urban Village form part of the Werrington Enterprise, Living and Learning (WELL) Precinct.  The other release areas include ADI St Marys, Glenmore Park Stage 2, Lakes Environs (Waterside), Penrith Lakes and the North Penrith Urban Area.  These release areas are planned to deliver over 11,000 new houses in the next 15 years and will play a significant role in providing residential accommodation and employment lands in Penrith.  A map of the new urban areas in Penrith is appended to this report.

 

Also, due to various landowners’ decisions, a number of Release Areas for which plans have been prepared (for example, North Penrith Army Land and Werrington Mixed Use Area) are likely to move to a second plan preparation cycle which will extend the planning engagement required. 

 

On current planning projections, a majority of the release areas currently being planned are expected to shift into implementation mode in the next 2-5 years.  Fostering sustainable communities has continually underpinned Council’s planning for new urban areas.  The management of new urban areas to physical completion however, represents a major urban growth management task for Council in the next 10-15 years. 

Planning for New Sustainable Communities

The development of socially sustainable communities requires the integration of land-use and access planning, social planning and community and cultural development strategies.  This integration is important to assist the building of sustainable, healthy and inclusive communities.  Social connectivity and interaction are supported by pleasant living environments and formal and informal meeting spaces that encourage people of all ages to participate in passive and active recreation and leisure opportunities.

 

The provision of quality recreational, educational, health and community facilities and services that are accessible are essential to creating a quality place for a new community to live, play and work in.  In creating communities, it is also imperative that a base-line of services and facilities are in place.  The establishment of these base-line requirements has been achieved through the Penrith Sustainability Blueprint for Urban Release Areas which was developed and adopted in 2005.

 

Status of New Urban Areas

 

1.   Werrington Enterprise, Living and Learning (WELL) Precinct

 

 

Property description

The site is generally bounded by the Railway line to the north, Caddens Road to the south, Gipps Street to the east and the South Kingswood residential area to the west.

Site area

670 ha

Current zoning

Penrith Urban Lands LEP 1998 – Part Residential 2(b),Part 2(d), Part Special Uses 5(a), Part Open Space 6(a)

Draft Amendment No.13 – Werrington Mixed Use Area – Part Mixed Use 10(a) – Residential, Part Mixed Use 10(b) - Employment

Penrith LEP 201 – Rural Lands- Part Rural 1(a), Part Corridors 5(d)

Penrith LEP 96 – Part Residential 2(d)Part Business 3(c), Part Special Uses 5(a), Part Reservation 9(a)

Penrith Planning Scheme – Zone No. 1 – Non Urban

Interim Development Order No. 93 - Rural 1(d) (Future Urban)

Projected number of dwellings

Up to 3,000 dwellings (including 100 dwellings for student accommodation) – to be confirmed following final Studies.

Estimated population

Up to 8,000 people – to be confirmed following final Studies.

Estimate number of jobs

Not determined at this stage, however the range of land uses identified for the precinct has the potential to generate significant employment opportunities.

Development status

WELL Precinct wide studies being finalised.

Refer also to separate status reports for Caddens Release Area, South Werrington Urban Village, Claremont Meadows Stage 2 and Werrington Mixed Use Area.

 

 

Background

In November 2004, Council adopted the principles of the Werrington Enterprise Living and Learning (WELL) Precinct Strategy and endorsed it as the policy basis for advancing the planning and landuse decision making for the Precinct including the sub precincts.  Council also resolved to prepare and exhibit draft Local Environmental Plans for the Caddens Release Area and the South Werrington sub-precinct. 

 

The Department of Planning (DoP) advised Council that it supports the WELL Precinct Strategy principles as the basis for land use decision making in the WELL Precinct.  Letters advising of Council’s decision for the WELL Precinct were also sent out to adjoining and nearby residents, as well as landowners within the WELL Precinct and other stakeholders.

 

Following Council’s decision, a Heads of Agreement (HOA) was negotiated between Council, Landcom and UWS and was signed by Council in June 2005.  The HOA establishes a partnership to oversee the implementation of the Precinct Strategy and facilitates the co-ordination of the planning investigations for the WELL Precinct, Caddens Release Area and South Werrington Urban Village (SWUV).  The HOA provides for UWS and Landcom to fund four Precinct-wide studies (Transport and Management Accessibility Plan or TMAP, Hydrology and Catchment Management Study, Greenways Network and Viewscapes and Precinct Centre which includes the Employment Analysis Report); as well as the preparation of the WELL Precinct Communications Strategy; and the engagement of a Planner/Urban Designer to refine the adopted WELL Precinct Concept Plan.

 

Consultants’ briefs for the Precinct-wide Studies were prepared and consultants engaged to commence work on the studies.  The Precinct-wide Studies have been coordinated through a series of Development Coordination Group (WELL DCG) meetings which are conducted on a regular basis.  The purpose of the WELL DCG is to monitor the preparation of the Precinct-wide Studies in a timely manner and in accordance with the relevant study briefs, the sub-precinct planning investigations, provide comment, be a consultation group for Council in its statutory role and to the other parties as landowners.  Council chairs the WDCG and acts as “Project Manager” for the Precinct-wide Studies.  Representatives for UWS, Landcom and landowners actively participate in these meetings.

 

Council has resolved to prepare draft Local Environmental Plans (LEP’s) for the Caddens Release Area (listed on the State Government’s Metropolitan Development Program) and the South Werrington Urban Precinct, both of which were identified in the WELL Precinct Strategy as having urban development potential. 

 

A Caddens Planning Coordination Group (Caddens PCG) has also been established and comprises Council, UWS, Landcom, representatives of private landowners and other stakeholders as agreed.  The Caddens PCG monitors the preparation of the Caddens Road Release Area studies in accordance with the relevant study briefs, provides regular comments to the WDCG, and assists in ensuring that the studies are completed to a standard which permits Council to meet its statutory plan-making obligations.  Council also chairs the Caddens PCG while Landcom, who is a major landowner within this sub-precinct, acts as “Project Manager” for individual studies. 

 

The WELL Precinct Strategy also identified the South Werrington Urban Precinct as an area for further investigation for urban and employment development.  A South Werrington Urban Village Planning Coordination Group (SWUV PCG) has also been established and comprises Council, UWS, Landcom, representatives of private landowners and other stakeholders as agreed.  As a major landowner within this precinct, UWS is currently undertaking studies with consultants as required to advance the planning for this sub-precinct.

 

Current Position

The Precinct-wide studies are nearing completion.  Workshops were held in September 2005 involving state agencies, stakeholders and consultants.  A further workshop was held with the consultants in December 2005 to address issues emerging from the consultants’ draft reports.  The outcomes arising from the final draft consultants’ reports are currently being reviewed and refined..  A Councillor Workshop has also been arranged for Wednesday 15 March 2006 to provide an overview of the final Concept Plan emerging from the study process for the Precinct.  A discussion paper will be provided for Councillors on the details of the WELL planning process prior to the Workshop.

 

 

2.   Werrington Mixed Use Area

 

 

Property description

The site is generally bounded by the Western Railway Line to the north, Great Western Highway to the south, University of Western Sydney to the east and extension to French Street and adjoining residential areas to the west.

Site area

22 hectares

Current and proposed zoning

The current zoning of the site is Zone No. 5(a) Special Uses (Army) under the Penrith LEP 1998 (Urban Land).

Draft LEP adopted and awaiting gazettal.  The draft LEP proposes that the site be re-zoned Part 10(a) Mixed Use Residential, Part 10(b) Mixed Use Employment and Part 5(a) Defence under Penrith LEP 1998 (Urban Land). 

Proposed development

1 hectare transport interchange; 8 hectares of mixed use employment (technology focus); 7 hectares of mixed use residential (medium and high density housing); multi user army depot; and drainage, conservation and passive open space

Projected number of dwellings

190

Estimated population

520

Estimate number of jobs

300 (including off-site jobs)

Approximate area of employment zoned land

8 hectares

Development status

Not advanced.

 

 

Background

Council adopted Penrith Local Environmental Plan 1998 (Urban Land) (Draft Amendment No 13) – Werrington Mixed-Use Area and the Werrington Mixed-Use Area Development Control Plan (DCP) in December 2002.  The Draft LEP was subsequently formally forwarded to the DoP in June 2003.  The DCP comes into effect upon gazettal of the LEP by the State Government. 

 

Work on a Masterplan and a Section 94 Contributions Plan for the estate was also commenced and consultants were engaged by the Department of Defence to work collaboratively with Council in the development and finalisation of the planning for the site.  However, this process was not completed due to the decision by the Federal Government to sell the site.

 

The gazettal of the LEP has also been delayed in DoP due to an unresolved objection raised by Railcorp regarding its commitment to a new Railway Station.  We have raised this issue with DoP on numerous occasions, and have been advised by them that they are endeavouring to resolve with RailCorp the issue of infrastructure contributions and the means by which the Railway Station might be funded and constructed.

 

In 2004, The Commonwealth of Australia on 17 June 2004 registered a plan of subdivision direct with Land and Property Information NSW subdividing the 22 hectare Werrington Signals site into 9 lots.  The subdivision plan also shows an easement for access as an extension of the existing George Street.  The Department of Defence constructed a detention basin for a then proposed Multi-User Army Depot, as well as a sealed road with associated services, which is as an extension of George Street to serve the proposed multi-user army depot.

 

The Department of Defence confirmed in early 2005 of its decision to sell the site with its current Special Uses 5(a) (Army) zoning.  The sale of the site was for the total 22 hectares, including the land designated for the proposed multi user depot located in the north eastern corner of the site. 

 

Given these circumstances, we wrote in March 2005 to DoP requesting that the gazettal of the LEP Draft Amendment be held in abeyance until the disposal process and subsequent expectations for the site became clearer. 

 

In June 2005, Estate On Miller Pty Ltd purchased from the Commonwealth of Australia 7 of those lots, namely Lot 50 (8.099ha), Lot 51 (6265m2), Lot 54 (2689m2), Lot 55 (4.518ha), Lot 56 (2.467ha), Lot 57 (2.786 ha) and Lot 58 (2.75ha).  The Transfer indicates that the sale was in accordance with the Contract for Sale between the parties dated 23 May 2005.  In October 2005 various lots were on-sold, including the land proposed to be zoned for residential purposes.  Councillors were provided with a Memo dated 16 February 2006 which provided further details on the sales related to this land.

 

The Estate On Miller group have expressed a keenness to Council to see the draft LEP adopted by Government to enable development to proceed on the site.  In July 2005, we again wrote to DoP indicating that Council had not altered its formal position in relation to the draft LEP approach and that DoP could pursue the making of the Plan.  DoP has responded that it is continuing to pursue RailCorp over their unresolved objection to the draft Plan and will advise Council once a position had been established with that authority.

 

Current Position

We have held discussions with the new owners, Estate On Miller, in regard to the status of the draft LEP, subsequent amendments to the adopted DCP and the preparation of Master Plans (for the residential and employment lands), a Section 94 Contributions Plan for the site, the status of the proposed new Railway Station, and other site development issues. 

 

Given the important role this site has in the wider Werrington Enterprise, Living and Learning (WELL) Precinct, particularly its contribution to establish landmark employment, the new owners were urged that resolution of the UWS Railway Station establishment with State Government be the initial focus.  It is understood that the land owners have also made representations to both DoP and RailCorp concerning moving the planning arrangements for the site forward. 

 

We have, during the WELL Precinct planning process, continued to pursue Government about the provision of the new Railway Station, including representations to the Minister for Transport during the State Cabinet visit last year.  We have also engaged the Ministry of Transport in discussions on the broader WELL Precinct planning and the importance of advancing the Railway Station proposal.

 

The emerging WELL studies have confirmed the importance of the Railway Station for this site, as well as the significant contribution that the land designated for employment will make to the wider precinct.  Further submissions to the Minister for Transport and to Government agencies will be required.  We have discussed opportunities to further the matter in recent meetings with the Local Members.

 

 

3.   Claremont Meadows Stage 2

 

 

Property description

The site is generally bounded by Caddens Road and the former Gipps Street landfill site; the M4 Motorway; the South Creek corridor; and the Orchard Hills to the north, south, east and west respectively

Site area

63 hectares

Current zoning

Predominantly zoned Residential 2(d) under LEP 96 (1984).

Proposed zoning

Draft LEP adopted and awaiting gazettal.  The draft LEP proposes that the site be re-zoned 2(b) Residential (Low Density), 2(d) Residential Medium Density), 7(a) Flora and Fauna Conservation, 7(b) Proposed Flora and Fauna Conservation, 6(b) Proposed Public Recreation/ Community Uses and 5(c) Special Uses (State Road & State Road Widening) under the Penrith Local Environmental Plan 1998 (Urban Land). 

A DCP for Stage 2 was adopted by Council and came into effect in 2004.

Projected number of dwellings

500

Estimated population

1,500

Development status

Development applications have been approved for subdivision for approximately 170 lots.

 

 

Background

The land was originally zoned for residential purposes in 1984 and comprises multiple land ownerships.  The existing Claremont Meadows estate (Stage 1) was subsequently developed by Landcom. 

 

Initial servicing constraints related to the Stage 2 area have more recently been overcome which has made key infrastructure available to support new development.  Also, emerging environmental considerations in the locality required that development of Stage 2 would require a revised planning approach.

 

In 2003 Council adopted Key Principles for the development of the Stage 2 land, following negotiations and consultations with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Landcom and DoP.  The Key Principles diagram identifies the conservation open space areas north and south of Caddens Road in the eastern precinct and south of Caddens Road in the south western precinct; an open space/drainage area in the south western precinct; multi-unit housing north of Caddens Road and east of Gipps Street; larger residential allotments north of the M4 Motorway; key pedestrian/cycle links along Caddens Road; and noise attenuation measures and visual screening on the northern side of the M4 Motorway and sections of Gipps Street (the realignment of the Werrington Arterial).

 

In June 2004, Council adopted a draft LEP for the Stage 2 area and submitted the Plan to DoP for adoption and gazettal.  The draft Plan contemporised the approach to the residential zonings including identifying suitable multi-unit housing sites, and incorporated the newly identified biodiversity conservation areas and drainage / open space lands required for acquisition. 

 

In January 2005 we received advice from DoP on certain matters which needed resolving prior to gazettal of the LEP.  These matters were attended to and a further submission made to DoP.  DoP has also advised that it continues to endeavour to resolve an objection lodged by the RTA concerning responsibility for acquisition of land reserved for the Gipps Street Arterial Road widening referred to in the draft LEP.  This is a procedural issue regarding which Government department should be nominated as the acquisition authority.

 

The Claremont Meadows Development Control Plan (DCP) and Section 94 Contributions Plan Draft Amendment No 1 were adopted by Council and came into effect in 2004.

 

Current Position

The underlying residential zonings from 1984 have enabled consideration and approval of a number of subdivisions for residential development ahead of the gazettal of the new draft LEP for Stage 2.  These subdivisions have been generally in accordance with the draft LEP and the adopted DCP for Stage 2. 

 

To date, subdivision applications have been approved in the last 2 years which would deliver around 80 dwellings in Stage 2.  Negotiations for appropriate subdivision outcomes are currently underway with other landowners in Caddens Road.  In respect of the Landcom landholding east of Gipps Street, a subdivision application was approved in 2005 for 92 lots.  Landcom has subsequently placed the land, with subdivision approval, on the market.  It is understood that tenders for the land closed on 28 February 2006.  Council negotiated a deed of agreement with Landcom in 2005 that will result in the transfer of environmentally sensitive land within that subdivision to Council.

 

The lack of clarity in regard to Government agency acquisition of the road widening required for the Werrington Arterial along Gipps Street has been raised to both DoP and the RTA.  Landcom has offered to co-ordinate and advance, on behalf of the RTA, a Review of Environmental Factors for the proposed Werrington Arterial which is required to identify the route alignment, environmental issues, costings and design approach.  This work is under way. 

 

Despite numerous submissions to Government agencies and Ministers for Transport, Council has not received a clear commitment to the programming and delivery of the proposed Werrington Arterial, which is a fundamentally important transport infrastructure element to service not only this estate, but the development opportunities emerging in the wider WELL Precinct and the urban areas to the north of the railway line.  The lack of a clear Government commitment to establishing the Arterial has again been raised recently to Local Members and will need further Ministerial representations.

 

We continue to seek responses from DoP and RTA on the finalisation of the draft LEP and the process for moving forward with gaining Government commitment to the Werrington Arterial.

 

 

4.   Caddens Release Area

 

 

Property description

The site is generally bounded by The University of Western Sydney to the north, Orchard Hills/Caddens Road to the south, Claremont Meadows Estate to the east and the South Kingswood residential area to the west.

Site area

103 hectares

Current zoning

Zone No. Rural 1(d) “Future Urban” under IDO 93.

Projected number of dwellings

1,300 – to be revised following completion of studies

Estimated population

3,900 – to be revised following completion of studies

Development status

Not advanced – draft LEP to be prepared following completion of planning studies.

 

 

Background

Since the Caddens Release Area was initially listed on the Metropolitan Development Program (MDP) for consideration and investigation into its potential for urban development, there has been considerable in interest in ensuring that the area develops in a manner that is sympathetic with the wider precinct interests, including UWS.  The planning for this area is therefore being considered in the context of the WELL Precinct Strategy to ensure that options for developing the release area are fully explored to achieve optimal integration with the Precinct Strategy, particularly the education lands to the north of the Caddens Release Area occupied by the University of Western Sydney (UWS) and TAFE.

 

Detailed investigations currently underway will form the basis for an LEP, DCP Contributions Plans and Planning Agreements.  

 

Current Position

Council at its meeting of 1 November, 2004 decided to prepare a draft LEP for the Caddens Release Area as well as the WELL Precinct Centre.  As discussed in the section on the WELL Precinct, a Caddens Planning Coordination Group (Caddens PCG) has been established and comprises Council, UWS, Landcom, and other stakeholders. 

 

The Caddens PCG is currently monitoring the preparation of the Caddens Road Release Area studies as well as the WELL-wide studies in accordance with the relevant study briefs.  Council also chairs the Caddens PCG while Landcom, who is a major landowner within this sub-precinct, acts as “Project Manager” for individual studies.  The flora and fauna study and the bushfire hazard assessment have been completed.  The commencement of the remaining studies are subject to the completion of the WELL Precinct wide studies.

 

 

5.   South Werrington Urban Village

 

 

Property description

The site is generally bounded to the north by the Western railway line and existing Werrington residential area; to the east by the Werrington Arterial Road alignment, to the south by the Great Western Highway and the west by the Cobham Juvenile Justice Facility.

Site area

102.1 ha (25.2 hectares residential; 76.9 hectares employment)

Current zoning

Part Zone No. 1(d) under IDO 93/Part Zone No. 5(a) (Tertiary Education) under LEP 1998 (Urban Land).

Projected number of dwellings

To be determined following completion of studies.

Estimated population

To be determined following completion of studies.

Estimate number of jobs

To be determined as part of planning investigations currently underway.

Approximate area of employment zoned land

76.9 hectares

Development status

Not advanced

 

 

Background

The adopted WELL Precinct Strategy identified this area as suitable for the development of a business, employment and residential environment, which demonstrates a high quality ‘landmark’ and ‘gateway’ presence to the WELL Precinct, and which ensures the efficient utilisation of existing and proposed adjacent transport infrastructure.

 

Council at its meeting of 1 November, 2004 decided to prepare a draft LEP for the release area.  In June, 2005 the South Werrington Urban Village Planning Coordination Group (PCG) was established to guide the development processes.  The members of the South Werrington Urban Village PCG comprise Council, UWS, Landcom and representatives of private landowners, with Council as chair. 

 

Current Position

The South Werrington Urban Village PCG is currently overseeing the preparation of studies investigating the development potential of the site in the context of the WELL Precinct Strategy.  As a major landholder, UWS is currently funding the requisite studies to underpin the LEP process.

 

 

6.  
Penrith Lakes

 

 

Property description

Land generally bounded by the Nepean River on the south and west, Smith Road to the north and Cranebrook Road, Church Lane and West Wilchard Road to the east.

Site area

1937 hectares

Current and proposed zoning

The land is currently zoned Rural ‘A2’ under IDO 93 as amended by SREP 11 to allow the extraction of sand and gravel.  The draft amendment to the REP proposes a mix of Regional Open Space, Urban, Urban Fringe and Employment zones.

Proposed development

793 hectares parkland and 720 hectares of lakes; 250 hectares of mixed use/residential; 25 hectares of rural/residential; 75 hectares of urban fringe land for mixed use/residential; 24 hectares for the relocation of Castlereagh Road; 60 hectares for employment uses

Projected number of dwellings

4,900

Estimated population

14,000

Estimate number of jobs

Up to 5,260 (including off-site jobs)

Approximate area of employment zoned land

60 hectares

Development status

Awaiting confirmation from DoP as to the timing of the REP exhibition, expected to be mid-March 2006.  Resolution is being sought to a whole of government approach to the funding, timing and delivery of required infrastructure and the early establishment of the Parkland Authority.

 

 

Background

The initial planning studies and investigations have generally been completed, with Council’s participation in all working groups (funding and management, community and urban, recreation, transport, infrastructure, economic and employment, heritage, flora and fauna, water cycle, physical constraints).  The key issues we have identified include:

 

§ The parkland planning and early establishment of the Parkland Management Authority, including Government commitment to a sustainable funding strategy;

§ The planning structure and approvals processes to be included in the Draft REP amendment;

§ The importance of ensuring appropriate water quality controls/standards, determination of appropriate flood modelling and flood evacuation capacity for the site and determination of the land capability;

§ Job creation the employment strategy will deliver;

§ Diversity in housing product including ‘up market’ housing;

§ Transport infrastructure improvements; and

§ Social facility delivery including optimising recreation/leisure opportunities.  The resolution of these issues is progressing.

 

The original Water Plan for the Scheme provided for primary contact water quality in the lakes. The recent review of the Water Plan has revealed that there is a low level of confidence in the delivery of primary contact water quality in Main Lakes ‘A’ and ‘B’ due particularly to the potential for blue-green algal blooms.  The review has recommended that primary contact water quality be provided in the Regatta and Warm-up Lakes, with secondary water quality in Main Lakes ‘A’ and ‘B’.  A stand-alone swimming pool facility similar to Brisbane’s Southbank facility is recommended in Main Lake ‘A’, plus a cordoned-off swimming area within the Regatta/Warm-up lake. Council’s comments on the review have been referred to DoP for their consideration.

 

Infrastructure necessary to support the incoming population is intended to be provided by means of the following:

·       Direct State Government funding for facilities such as schools, health and emergency services, water and sewerage supply.  The extent of developer funding, if any, for these has not been advised;

·       A Section 94 Contributions Plan to be prepared by Penrith City Council, or a planning agreement, for the provision of local services and facilities (local open space, child care, cultural facilities, libraries, etc) generated by the urban development of the site; and

·       A Development Agreement between Penrith Lakes Development Corporation (PLDC) and State Government for the provision of facilities to address regional infrastructure issues, for example, arterial road works. 

 

DoP is preparing a draft Outline Development Agreement (ODA), which will be placed on exhibition with the proposed SREP No 11 amendment.  The draft ODA will provide for regional transport infrastructure, water cycle management, flood mitigation, regional parkland establishment, sustainability management program and provision of affordable housing.

 

Council will continue to seek a whole of government approach to the funding, timing and delivery of required infrastructure, which includes matters such as water, sewer, education and identified heritage resources in the ODA.  We will continue to seek opportunities with DoP for appropriate plan making and approval processes to be incorporated in the new REP for the site.

 

Current Position

The DoP has recently advised that it is finalising a draft REP for public exhibition in mid to late March 2006.  Council has been consulted in the drafting of the REP and our comments on the structure, content and wording of the Plan have been referred to DoP for their consideration.

 

The key issues we have identified were considered in the discussion paper presented to the Councillor Workshop held 13 February 2006 and addressed in the presentation provided by DoP.

 

Perhaps the most significant issue relates to the resolution of flood evacuation measures from the site and the outcome of flood modelling which will determine an accurate flood level for the site.  DoP has advised that it is anticipated these matters will be resolved shortly.

 

Mining, landform shaping and landscape rehabilitation continue on the site, with completion of these activities expected around 2011.  The RTA has approved the first stage of the relocation of Castlereagh Road from the northern extremity of the site around the western side of Cranebrook Village to join the existing Cranebrook Road just south of the Village in proximity to Nepean Street.  PLDC has commenced construction of these road works with bulk filling of the alignment underway and civil works expected to commence in February 2006.

 

We have continued to press DoP for the establishment of a Management Authority for the Parklands to ensure that there is an effective response to the management and development of the lakes system and that recreation opportunities are delivered.  Importantly, the Government also needs to commit to a sustainable, ongoing funding strategy to ensure that the vision for the Parklands as a principal Sydney visitor destination materialises. 

 

DoP will shortly engage a consultant to assist in the preparation of a Development Control Plan for the Parklands which will identify recreation opportunities, activity precincts and commercial opportunities.  Council has been invited to participate in that process.

 

We will assess the exhibition material when the draft REP becomes publicly available and provide a further report to Council.

 

PLDC has invited Council to participate in the preparation of a Development Control Plan for the proposed urban lands and we will be further engaging in that process following the exhibition of the draft REP.

 

 

7.  Lakes Environs (Waterside)

 

Property description

Land generally bounded by Nepean Street to the north, Andrews Road to the south, Cranebrook Road to the west and Laycock Street and Greygums Oval to the east.

Site area

95 hectares

Current zoning

Penrith LEP 1998 (Lakes Environs) gazetted 13 March 1998 – Part 2(g) Residential (Waterways)/Part 2(h) Residential (Services)/Part 5(c) State Road & State Road Widening/Part 7(w) Environment Protection (Wetlands).

Proposed development

694 hectares residential dwellings (in detached, multi-unit and apartment forms), a range of employment generating uses including 300-bed motel and a conference centre.  Nepean Street is to be closed and Laycock Street extended to Andrews Road.

Projected number of dwellings

694

Estimated population

2150

Estimate number of jobs

To be determined.

Approximate area of employment zoned land

17 hectares

Development status

Development consents granted for bulk earthworks associated with the lakes construction and rehabilitation of wetlands, major residential infrastructure and the first stage of housing development for 36 dwellings. 

 

 

Background

Planning for the estate was initially undertaken in the mid 1990’s culminating in the gazettal of Penrith Local Environmental Plan 1998 (Lakes Environs) (LEP) and the adoption of Penrith Development Control Plan 1998 (Lakes Environs) (DCP) on 13 March 1998.

 

Stockland purchased the site in late 2003 and requested amendments to the adopted LEP and DCP to facilitate a refined Master Plan for the residential component of the site.  The refined Master Plan included adjustments in road layout, shape of the lakes, housing type and the location of community facilities.

 

Stockland has sought ‘expressions of interest’ to develop the 2(h) (Residential Services) land (employment) along the Andrews Road frontage of the property.  Those investigations have indicated that the range of uses currently permitted in that zone is too restrictive and is inhibiting development of the land.  Stockland has initiated discussions with Council staff to amend the zone, with a view to increasing the range of permissible uses whilst maintaining the need for development to protect the acoustic environment of residential development on the site.  We are currently awaiting a submission from Stockland.  When that is to hand, we will report the proposal to Council.

 

In December 2004 Council adopted the draft amendments to the LEP and the DCP to facilitate Stockland’s refined Master Plan.  The LEP provided for an alternative housing delivery strategy to provide a more flexible means of addressing contemporary housing market demands. At that meeting, Council resolved to defer referral of the LEP to DoP pending the engagement of an independent acoustic consultant to review the noise studies submitted by both Stockland and the adjoining landowners who had raised concerns over the identification of noise affected areas of the site.  The noise review has been undertaken and has identified that part of the site that could be developed for residential purposes prior to the erection of buildings in the employment area fronting Andrews Road.

 

Current Position

In December 2005 Council endorsed the outcomes of the independent acoustic study and resolved to forward the draft LEP to the Minister for gazettal.

 

The Section 94 Contributions Plan for the site was adopted by Council in 2005. 

 

The approved bulk earthworks, involving creation of the lakes and construction of the residential lands is principally completed with minor works to continue to facilitate each stage of the estate.

 

Development approval has issued and work has commenced to construct the residential infrastructure (roads & services) for the estate. It is intended to roll out the infrastructure to coincide with the staged release of the estate.

 

Development approval has issued for the first stage of housing development on the site. House construction is expected to commence in March/April 2006.  The main entry and noise attenuation measures along Cranebrook Road are currently under construction.

 

 

8.  Glenmore Park Stage 2

 

 

Property description

The site is generally bounded by Mulgoa Nature Reserve and the existing Glenmore Park residential area; rural lands; The Northern Road; and Mulgoa Tip and rural lands to the north, south, east and west respectively.

Site area

The total site area is 225 hectares, which includes land designated by the Australian Heritage Commission on the Register of the National Estate as forming part of the Mulgoa Natural Area.  The total developable urban area is 125 hectares.

Current zoning

Zone 1(a) (Rural “A” Zone – General) under Penrith LEP No. 201 (Rural Lands) gazetted 12 July 1991

Proposed development

Mixed density residential, rural residential, roads, community and sporting facilities, employment, open space and conservation land.

Projected number of dwellings

1,200 to 1,400 – subject to final studies

Estimated population

3,600 – subject to final studies

Estimated number of jobs required

Not yet determined – subject to final studies.

Development status

Not yet advanced

 

 

Background

Strategic planning for the lands began in July 2003 when DoP formally included the subject lands on the Metropolitan Development Program (MDP).  The advice from DoP at the time clarified that the total area of approximately 225 hectares was to be included as the release area and that issues associated with the western most lands (including resolution of conservation issues, land use type, mining leases, etc) be addressed in a co-ordinated way and that a transport management accessibility plan also be prepared which identified opportunities for extended bus services and required improvements to the sub-regional transport network.   A Local Environmental Study (LES) was completed later that year and forwarded to Government Agencies for consultation.

 

In 2003 Council, in consultation with the land owners group, advanced an LES for the release area.  That study identified the opportunity and urban land capability for future residential development in the Surveyors Creek catchment, as well as potential for limited rural residential development in the western part of the study area.  The rural residential opportunity was identified as a means by which an off set could be provided to the land owner for the surrendering of the current quarrying consents which have not been fully taken up.  Council subsequently adopted the LES as a means of advancing and resolving more detailed planning outcomes for the site.  Key outcomes pertaining to employment delivery, biodiversity conservation, infrastructure delivery and housing typologies are still being sought from the landowner/developer group. 

 

The investigations identified a demand for a range of community facilities and infrastructure, including a primary school; road amplification works of The Northern Road, including dual lane roundabout at the Bradley Street intersection and dual lanes between this new intersection and the existing roundabout at Glenmore Parkway; active playing fields; a community building and parking; riparian and open space corridors which include pedestrian cycleway network; internal roads, drainage and storm water, water and sewer, energy and communications.  The study identified that all relevant utility services could be extended to the proposed release area, and that a range of road network improvements and transport initiatives would be required to support the new urban development.  The employment studies undertaken however, did not fully demonstrate an appropriate delivery of Council’s policy of new job creation matching incoming work force participant numbers and Council sought for this important issue to be reviewed and a new Employment Strategy pursued.  The LES was adopted by Council in December 2003 as a basis for the preparation of a new LEP for the land.

 

Biodiversity conservation was also determined to be a significant aspect.  The LES identified significant areas of moderate to high conservation value within the western part of the site and that conservation and enhancement of the natural environment and bushfire hazard minimisation should be the driving strategies in this precinct.  The listing of this land by the Australian Heritage Commission on the Register of the National Estate was also relevant.  In addition, the need to provide a biodiversity corridor linking the adjoining Mulgoa Nature Reserve and the Orchard Hills Defence site to the east of The Northern Road was identified as being of substantial environmental benefit.  The acquisition and future public ownership and management of these conservation outcomes are supported by State Government. 

 

Current Position

The key studies which the Landowners’ group were required to advance to support the preparation of the draft LEP included the development of a Transport Management and Accessibility Plan (TMAP), drainage strategy, employment strategy, biodiversity conservation approach, open space strategy and housing strategy incorporating opportunities for affordable housing delivery.  Consideration is also being given to the appropriateness of a small commercial neighbourhood centre and opportunities for that to be integrated with proposed community uses including a primary school and open space network.

 

Extensive discussions have been held with the Landowners’ group and their consultant team over the past 18 months to facilitate suitable outcomes from the investigations identified above.  Unfortunately, most of the identified strategies, with the exception of the TMAP which has been finalised and referred to those RTA, have yet to be finalised and formally submitted to Council.   Notwithstanding, we have continued with the preparation of the draft LEP instrument and the DCP. 

 

In December 2005, the Landowners’ group provided advice as to how it proposed to address the outstanding issues.  Many of the responses identified were agreed to be on the right track, and we are currently awaiting the group’s submission. 

 

As this release area falls within the Category 3 classification of the State Government’s MDP, DoP has indicated that a levy for regional infrastructure will be raised on each lot created.  Details relating to this infrastructure funding required have yet to be determined, however could include elements such as transport improvements and acquisition and embellishment of land to be set aside for biodiversity conservation. 

 

Developer contributions through S94 will be required to fund road works, community facilities, onsite water management, open space provision and the like.  It is expected that a Planning Agreement would be required to address proposed contributions towards the creation of employment opportunities off-site to meet Council’s policy requirements in respect of new jobs, given the limited opportunities emerging from the planning process to date in relation to on-site job delivery.

 

A full suite of statutory planning documents inclusive of LEP, DCP, Section 94 Plan and Planning Agreement will be prepared upon resolution of the key planning matters and referred to Council later this year. 

 

 

9.  ADI Site, St Marys

 

 

Property description

The site is generally bounded by Ninth Avenue/Palmyra Avenue to the north, the urban areas of Cambridge Gardens, Werrington Downs, Werrington County, and St Marys to the south, Forrester Road/Palmyra Avenue to the east, and The Northern Road to the west.

Site area

1,545 hectares

Current zoning

SREP 30 which provides for a range of urban uses, including residential and commercial uses, employment uses, regional park and regional open space.

Proposed development

Western Precinct (232 hectares comprising Urban and Employment Zoned Lands), Central Precinct (133 hectares comprising Urban Zoned Lands) and South Dunheved Precinct (12 hectares comprising Employment Zoned Lands)

Projected number of dwellings
(Penrith component)

3,068 (Penrith)

Estimated population

7,830 (Penrith)

Estimate number of jobs

3,460 (Penrith)

Approximate area of employment zoned land

43 hectares in Penrith LGA across the 3 Precincts

Development status

Development application submission contingent on Council endorsement of the first development area in Penrith, being the Dunheved Employment Precinct.

 

 

Background

Strategic planning investigations for the ADI site began in April 1991 when the State Government’s Urban Development Committee endorsed the inclusion of the site in the UDP category “Areas under Investigation.”  The ADI site was listed on the Urban Development Program in 1993.

 

A draft Regional Environmental Study (RES) was exhibited in October 1995 and endorsed as complete by the Director General of DUAP in May 1996.  An ADI Site Advisory Committee (Section 22 Committee) was established in October 1996 and the Section 22 Committee Report completed in August 1997.  The ADI site has been the subject of extensive strategic planning and environmental investigations.  Further environmental work is of course being carried out each time a draft Precinct Plan and supporting documentation is prepared.

 

The State Government publicly exhibited a draft Regional Environmental Plan (REP) for the ADI site from December 1999 until March 2000 and Council submitted an extensive submission on the draft REP and Environmental Planning Strategy in March 2000.  Council also made a submission on the draft Development Agreement in October 2000.  Sydney Regional Environmental Plan (SREP 30) was gazetted in January 2001 and the St Marys Development Agreement was executed in December 2002. 

 

Council has participated in a number of committees convened by DoP relating to transport, macrofauna, employment and human services issues.  The major focus of these committees is to develop appropriate precinct and management plans, strategies, innovative ways of delivering infrastructure, as well as identifying key elements which would be included in the upcoming review of the gazetted REP for the site.

 

The St Marys Macrofauna Management Plan was endorsed by the Director General of the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC), formerly the National Parks and Wildlife Service, in early 2004.  This is a plan for the management of the eastern grey kangaroos, red kangaroos and emus on the former ADI site.

 

Advisory Committees have been established to advise the National Parks & Wildlife Service (now part of DEC) and DoP on the preparation of a Plan of Management for the Regional Park and Regional Open Space areas within the site.  A draft Plan of Management for the Regional Open Space lands within the ADI site and the Ropes Creek and South Creek corridors has been prepared by consultants for DIPNR.  Detailed comments on this Plan have been provided by Council officers. When the final version of this Plan is endorsed by the Director General of the DoP, a copy will be forwarded to Council.  We have also sought a presentation from the DoP to Councillors when the report is endorsed. 

 

A Community Reference Group has completed their examination of issues for the Regional Park prior to the development of a draft Plan of Management for the Regional Park.  Currently, a fauna study is being carried out by DEC as an essential pre-requisite to the preparation of the draft Plan of Management for the Regional Park.  It is expected that the draft Plan of Management will be publicly exhibited later this year.  A Master Plan will also be prepared for the Regional Park and placed on public exhibition.  This will occur subsequent to the Plan of Management process.

 

A Human Services Infrastructure Co-ordination Group has been set up by DoP to oversee the provision of human services for zoned urban land on the site.  The Co-ordination Group will make recommendations about the scope and location of facilities, services and open space to be provided for the development.  The major outcome to date is the decision to deliver, via a public-private partnership, a public primary school in the Eastern Precinct (Blacktown Council) by January 2008.  Construction will commence in late 2006.

 

A Traffic Modelling Study to address the regional road network and the transport implications of the reduced development extent for the ADI site (and other release areas) has been completed and endorsed by DoP.  This study addresses the arterial roads network and is being used by the RTA in the preparation of Development Agreements for the ADI development.  This study has determined the required arterial road network improvements generated by the ADI development. 

 

A revised Transport Management Study for the ADI site, now incorporating the reduced development outcome from 2001, has been prepared by consultants SKM for Delfin Lend Lease.  In December 2005, Council officers attended a Transport Committee meeting to consider the recommendations of that report.  Additional work and investigations are now being carried out in response to feedback made by members of that Committee.

 

An Employment Development Strategy has been prepared for the joint Venture Partners and submitted as part of the Eastern Precinct Plan to Blacktown City Council (BCC).  The Strategy has a required employment target of 5300 jobs across the whole site (both LGA’s) and predicts the creation of approximately 6700 jobs by the year 2020.  In April, 2005 Delfin Lend Lease opened an interim Skilling and Employment Centre in St Marys which is focussing on addressing the current skills shortages in the construction trades and the retail sector.  Delfin Lend Lease is seeking to provide a link between potential employees and employers by working with service (job) providers who will run the centre.  This site is an interim location and a permanent Centre is to be located in the Eastern Village Centre in 2007.

 

An agreement exists between the Commonwealth and State Governments and Delfin Lend Lease (DLL) where the Minister acknowledges the need to progressively provide facilities and services to support additional population on the site.  This Agreement provides for 3 primary schools, additional community health centres, transport and road provision (including bus priority works, main road intersection works, bus overpass and cycle ways), regional and local open space and regional park.

 

The Minister for Western Sydney (and Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Planning) declared the release of the Eastern Precinct in Blacktown LGA and also the North and South Dunheved Precincts in June 2003. The Draft Precinct Plan for the Eastern Precinct, which was submitted by DLL to BCC in early August 2003, was publicly exhibited in August/September 2003.  We assessed the Precinct Plan and submitted a report to Council at its meeting of 15 September, 2003.  BCC, at its Development Committee meeting on 28 January 2004 and its Ordinary Meeting on 4 February, 2004, adopted the Eastern Precinct Plan with certain amendments, as agreed to by the proponent, DLL.  Development is now under way.

 

Current Position

The draft Dunheved Precinct Plan was prepared as a single precinct plan to cover the lands in both Penrith and Blacktown Councils.  The draft Dunheved Precinct Plan was submitted to Council in late April 2005 and reported to the first available PRC meeting on 27 June 2005.  The draft Plan was publicly exhibited by Penrith Council in September and October 2005.  A parallel public exhibition was held by Blacktown Council.  We are currently assessing the draft Plan and meeting with State Government Departments to discuss and resolve their submissions to the draft Plan. When assessment for the draft Dunheved Precinct Plan is finalised and all additional information has been received, the draft Plan will be reported to Council.

 

Draft Amendment No 1 to Sydney Regional Environmental Plan No 30 was reported to Council’s Ordinary Meeting on 6 February 2006.  It is anticipated that an amended SREP 30 will be gazetted shortly and it is understood Delfin Lend Lease will then seek the next round of release area declarations in Penrith LGA by the Minister for Planning soon thereafter.

 

Subdivision works have commenced in the suburb now known as “Ropes Crossing,” which is located in the Blacktown Local Government Area.  Dependent on the timing of resolution of current issues and subsequent approval by the Councils of the Dunheved Precinct Plan, subdivision works may commence late this year or early 2007 and construction will follow possibly in late 2007.

 

 

 

10.  North Penrith Urban Area

 

 

Property description

The site is generally bounded by Coreen Avenue to the north, the Main Western Railway Line to the south, Castlereagh Road to the west, and Lemongrove residential area to the east.

Site area

50 hectares

Current zoning

The site is zoned under Penrith LEP 1998 (Urban Land) – Amendment No. 3 which was gazetted on 15 December, 2000.  Zones include   Part 2(a) Residential (Urban Landscape Protection); Part 2(d) Residential (Medium Density); Part 2(e) Residential (Medium-High Density);  Part 3(f) Mixed Uses; Part 5(a) Special Uses (Commuter Car Park & Civic Square) and Part 6(b) Proposed Public Recreation & Community Uses.   Part of the site is also zoned 4(a) General Industry under Penrith LEP 1996 (Industrial Land).

Proposed zoning

The current mixed land use zoning of the site is still proposed, subject to minor amendments proposed under Penrith LEP 1998 (Amendment No. 10).  This proposes to rezone ‘deferred’ land in the north-eastern corner of the site for open space and housing; relocate the commuter car park; and refine the zoned boundary edges within the site resulting from preparation of the Master Plan.

Proposed development

9.5 ha employment precinct; 1.5 ha urban village precinct; 29 ha residential home-business precinct; 10 ha of open space/community facilities

Projected number of dwellings

850

Estimated population

2,000

Estimate number of jobs

1,100 (including off-site jobs)

Approximate area of employment zoned land

9.5 hectares

Development status

Not advanced

 

 

Background

The Department of Defence advised Council that it intended to dispose of the North Penrith army land in 1990.  Planning investigations into a range of housing, transport and employment issues were undertaken in 1993 after Council agreed to consider a rezoning application for the land.  In 1995 the study area was expanded to include land bounded generally by the railway to the south, the Lemongrove residential area to the east, Coreen Avenue to the north, and Castlereagh Road to the west.  The project became known as the North Penrith Urban Investigation Area at this time.

 

Workshops and community consultations were held in 1996 and Council resolved to prepare a draft LEP and DCP for the site based on transit-oriented principles.  In April 1998, a Structure Plan comprising open space/community precinct, employment precinct, residential / home business precinct and urban village precinct was adopted by Council.

 

Council first exhibited a draft LEP and DCP for the site in June/July 1999 and following a Community Forum adopted an LEP and DCP for the site in October 1999.  The LEP and DCP for the site came into effect in December 2000.  The LEP provides for a mixed land use approach with a balance of employment uses and housing types and recognizes the transit focus and its strategic location to the Penrith City Centre.  A Draft Master Plan was exhibited in 2002.  The Master Plan sets out the services and facilities which includes a transitway link from the bus interchange and ADI; a 600-space commuter car park; road upgrading; small scale retail development in the village centre; open space/parks, regional cycleway/pedestrian network; restoration of Thornton Hall, interpretation of other significant heritage items and identified archaeological site; and storm water detention systems.

 

In 2003, the Department of Defence (DoD) commissioned an independent consultant review of the North Penrith development proposal and Master Plan.  The Review recommended the ‘Hybrid’ scheme as the preferred land use option for the site.  The proposal involves the use of 6 hectares of land on the south western area of the site for commercial/office development, yielding approximately 148,000m2 of office space.  The remaining land uses proposed in the scheme would be the same as the current Master Plan, with the exception that the proposed 600-space commuter car park would be deleted.

 

Council consulted with the Penrith business community and City Centre landowners on the proposal for commercial office space on the North Penrith site.  Those who made a submission to Council, including the Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Penrith City Centre Association expressed considerable concern about the likely impact of the ‘Hybrid’ scheme on the continued economic viability and vitality of Penrith existing city centre.  Council shared these concerns particularly given that there is extensive capacity within the Penrith CBD, including sites within easy walking distance of Penrith Railway Station, to accommodate demand for future office space.  This has also been confirmed in recent employment studies undertaken by consultants on behalf of Council.

 

In June 2004, Council wrote to the Hon Senator Robert Hill MP, Minister for Defence, advising that Council did not consider the ‘Hybrid’ scheme to be an appropriate outcome for the North Penrith site.  Council sought confirmation from the Commonwealth Government that it would not dispose of the site until such time as a consensus on the future land use arrangements for the site had been reached.  Council also sought clarification as to the Commonwealth Government’s position with respect to the draft Master Plan and urged the Government to continue its partnership with Council in finalising strategies for the site.

 

The Hon Teresa Bambaro MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, responded by letter in August 2004 advising that the Government was still determining the most appropriate way forward with the disposal of the North Penrith property and would take Council’s concerns into consideration.  Upon a decision being made on the options for the site the Government advised that it would accordingly instruct DoD to advise Council of its position.

 

Council in January received a letter from the Hon Senator Robert Hill MP advising that the Government made an election policy commitment to sell surplus Defence land at North Penrith on the open market as part of a structured sale, developed to attract industry and commercial development in the area and to maximise job opportunities.  The letter attaches a media release dated 1 October 2004, which sets out the Government’s position on the future sale of the North Penrith site. 

 

We have responded to the Minister’s letter expressing concern in what appears to be the imminent sale of this important site without any commitment from the Commonwealth Government on the future composition of land uses and have sought further clarification as to the sale process and the Government’s position on the current land uses planned for the site.    The Government was again urged to not place the land on the open market until the uncertainty about the future land use composition for the site is resolved.

 

In March 2005, we provided a briefing to the Local Member for Lindsay, Hon Jackie Kelly MP, and Mr David French, Director of DoD Property Disposals Unit, on Council’s strategic growth management, economic development program and the City Centre’s review which all provide an important context for decisions about the future of the North Penrith site.  We also provided an outline of Council’s appreciation of some of the initial directions being pursued by the State Government in its Metropolitan Strategy planning as it may relate to Penrith.

 

The briefing was informative in learning more about the Department of Defence’s disposal process which they have indicated will continue, despite Council’s requests for the DoD to not sell the land until there was an agreed future land use arrangement established.  It is intended that the site will be placed on the market for expressions of interest late this financial year with the intention of a sale being completed next financial year.  It was also indicated that the sale process will contain reference to the elements raised in the Minister for Defence’s October media release and that the successful purchaser will be required to advance a scheme which will deliver those employment and infrastructure elements. 

 

The DoD representative was not able to advise on the specifics of how this would be achieved, although it was noted that Council and the State Government are responsible for the planning and rezoning processes which in all likelihood would need to be pursued for a new scheme if it was to give effect to the Minister’s requirements.  We indicated to Ms Kelly and the DoD representative that a clear process on the way forward was required and that we were available to assist DoD in defining that.  Council’s previously expressed concern about the proposition for extensive commercial office development on the site was again reiterated.  We also indicated that if a better scheme emerged through the sale process than that which has previously been endorsed, Council would be prepared to consider it.

 

In June 2005 Council wrote to the Director of the Property Disposals Unit of DoD seeking their advice on the status of the sale process and how the issues raised at the March briefing might be integrated into their approach for the disposal of the site. 

 

DoD advised Council in August 2005 that it was developing the detailed structured sale process, with the objective of going to the market in late 2005. 

 

Current Position

In February 2006, Council officers met with DoD representatives to consider opportunities for formalising the lease arrangements over the site in order to secure continued public access to the existing commuter carparking facility. Agreement was reached that this issue did require resolution prior to disposal of the land and we are currently awaiting further advice from DoP on options for securing the lease.   We will report the matter to Council at that time.

 

In the discussion, DoD briefly outlined details of its intention to pursue a 2-stage process for the disposal of the land.  The first stage would comprise an EOI exercise over a 6 month period and the selection of a preferred tenderer.  The second stage has been given a ‘window’ of 5 years and would consist of the proponent negotiating a ‘new’ proposal with Council and State Government, which would be likely to generate a requirement for rezoning the land.  The proponent would also be required to construct certain unspecified works, before the land would be transferred to them.  DoD agreed to provide Council with further advice at the point with the sale process proceeds to the public.

 

 

11.  Erskine Park Employment Area (EPEA) – Industrial Lands

 

 

Property description

The site is generally bounded by St Clair/Erskine Park residential areas to the north, the Sydney Water supply pipeline to the south, Ropes Creek to the east and Mamre Road to the west.

Site area

510 hectares

Current zoning

Penrith LEP 1994: Erskine Park Employment Area – Part 4(e) employment/Part 4(e1) employment (restricted)/Part 5(c) special uses ‘C’ (State Roads & State Road Widening)/Part 1(f) floodway.

Estimated number of jobs

Up to 6,000

Approximate developable area of employment zoned land

276 hectares

Development status

 Development applications approved – A total of 29 DAs have been approved including 8 subdivisions, 4 bulk earthworks, 1 electricity substation, 3 roads, 13 industrial buildings including 2 State Significant developments.

 

 

Background

After an extensive period of consultation with the local Erskine Park and St Clair residential communities in the early 1990’s, a number of key principles and objectives for development of EPEA were developed which have been incorporated into the LEP and DCP for EPEA.  These related to a prohibition of offensive and hazardous industries which were considered to be likely to generate undesirable environmental impacts such as air, noise and water pollution.  The LEP sought to preserve the residential amenity of adjoining residential communities and to minimise the environmental impact of development on those communities.  The LEP also provided a buffer for residents between the industrial properties and the residential area.  Provisions including those relating to building height, minimum lot sizes, landscaped setback and environmental controls were incorporated into the DCP.

 

The LEP was gazetted in 1994 and Council adopted the DCP and Section 94 Contributions Plan in December 2002.

 

Construction of the lead-in water and sewer mains to EPEA was completed in December 2003 and we were advised in writing by Sydney Water in April 2004 that all of EPEA, including the eastern half, could now be serviced with water and sewer.  This was made possible by Council’s decision to provide up-front funding to the value of $960,000, which will be returned to Council via Sydney water DSP charges to developers as they develop the estate.

 

Council subsequently appointed an environmental consultant to assess the landowners’ proposal for a revised biodiversity strategy for the estate.  The purpose of the review is to ensure that viable conservation and development outcomes can be achieved for the estate.

 

Council staff have met with the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) (formerly National Parks and Wildlife Service) and the Erskine Park Landowners Group to devise and negotiate an agreed Biodiversity Strategy for the estate.  In April 2005, DEC provided a letter outlining their in-principle support to the revised Biodiversity Strategy for the estate but advised that there were certain elements that required further refinement and consideration prior to full endorsement being provided. 

 

Since this time considerable work has been done by the landowners in preparing a revised biodiversity map, financial proposals, planting and restoration proposals and various agreements.  Positive negotiations have also been undertaken with DoP concerning the opportunity for corridor land along Ropes Creek and South Creek to be incorporated as part of the revised Biodiversity Strategy land package.  It is anticipated that the Strategy will be finalised over the next few months. This will allow a revised EPEA DCP and Section 94 Plan to be prepared and reported to Council for Council’s endorsement for public exhibition.

 

Planning of the site has also made provision for an arterial link through the estate linking this estate to the SEPP No. 59 lands and to the M7.  Council considers that this link will enhance both estates and enable both effective and efficient public transport services to be provided to reduce the dependency by the employees in the area on motor vehicles.  A Lenore Lane Route Alignment Study to determine a preferred route alignment and notional costings for the road has been completed by Council and presented to the DoP and RTA.  Council, in conjunction with the EPEA landowners group, also prepared a Position Paper to the former Minister for Planning outlining the case for the link road and the benefits for the estate. 

 

Current Position

The recent Metro Strategy specifically nominated the EPEA-M7 Link Road as a major piece of infrastructure to be provided by landowner contributions and also indicated a route consistent with that proposed by Council.  In response to this, Council officers have met with DoP to seek the finalization of the route of the Link Road as a priority and for that process not to be delayed by the longer term planning process to be carried out for the newly identified Western Sydney Employment Hub. We are currently awaiting a response from DoP and the Minister for Planning on these requests. 

 

An EPEA Infrastructure Project Control Group, which consists of Council staff, EPEA landowners and servicing agencies, was established last year to facilitate a process for the provision of infrastructure to the estate, including the upgrade of Lenore Lane and the provision of water, sewer and power. This has been successful and has led to the commencement of construction for Lenore Lane, which is anticipated to be completed in April 2006.  A Development Agreement has been signed with the two adjacent landowners who are constructing the road as a Section 94 works-in-kind arrangement.

 

Council actively sought the construction of an electricity zone substation within the estate by Integral Energy (IE).  The substation was finally commissioned in September 2005.  The installation of conduit cables from the substation is being carried as part of the construction of Lenore Lane.  The installation of the actual cabling to the development sites, such as the Paclib and CSR properties, will occur the construction of Lenore Lane.

 

Extensive development has already occurred in EPEA and this is expected to accelerate after decisions are taken by Government in relation to the final route alignment, timing and funding arrangements for the EPEA-M7 Link Road. 

Conclusion

As can be seen from the above release area status comments, there are a number of external factors which contribute to the timeframe and fruition of the projects.  Many of these involve decision making by others, particularly by the State and, in the case of the Defence sites, the Commonwealth Government. 

 

We have undertaken extensive negotiations with a broad range of stakeholders to advance all of the required planning processes to deliver the new release areas.  Emphasis has been, and will continue to be given, to achieving the gazettal of planning instruments and the finalisation of development agreements and deeds between the different levels of government, servicing authorities and key stakeholders. 

 

We continue to press State agencies for resolution of outstanding matters to move the planning processes forward for all sites where there have been impasses identified.

 

We are continuing to plan for sustainable new urban communities through the strategic and statutory planning processes to ensure the deliver of quality outcomes and that appropriate infrastructure is provided to these release areas as they unfold.  Further reports will be submitted to Council to provide updates on these release areas and precincts when milestones are reached in the planning processes.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the information contained in the report on Status of New Release Areas in Penrith be received.

 

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5        Proposal for Sunday Markets - Council's Carparks within the Penrith and St Marys CBD 9201/5      54

 

6        Council Property - Demolition of No 11 Collins Street St Marys 207387 LE1                     57

 

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12      Council Sponsorship of Western Sydney Business Connection/Macquarie Bank Golf Day at Twin Creeks                                                                                                                               88

 

 


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Proposal for Sunday Markets - Council's Carparks within the Penrith and St Marys CBD   

9201/5

Compiled by:                Brian Griffiths, Property Development Manager

Authorised by:             Brian Griffiths, Property Development Manager 

Strategic Program Term Achievement: Policies are in place as the basis for directing private and public investments in the City Centres of Penrith and St Marys.

Critical Action: Identify Council land holdings that can be used to support economic centres and integrate agreed property developments with City Centres Review strategies.

     

Purpose:

To obtain Council's approval on the principle of operating Sunday Markets within the Penrith CBD  and St Marys CBD on Council's carpark land. The report recommends that a Development Application be submitted for Council's consideration leading to the operation of Sunday Markets on Council's carparks.

 

Background

In the latter part of 2005 Penrith Panthers management decided not to extend the lease for Trash and Treasure Australia Pty Ltd to operate their weekly Sunday Markets in the Panthers car park.  The market had been in operation for some 13 years and its closure and the frustrations of some 150 to 200 stallholders on the failure of the operators to organise alternative arrangements was reported in the local media.

 

The Mayor, Councillor John Thain, expressed his disappointment on the closure of the market and offered to talk to the organisers to see if Council could assist in any way.

 

In December an approach was made by Trash and Treasure to the Penrith City Centre Association (PCCA) to assist in the relocation of the Sunday Markets to another area in the city.  A delegation from PCCA subsequently met with the Mayor and Council’s Asset Manager to promote the case of the operators and to seek Council’s view in accommodating the Sunday Markets within the Allen Place car park.  The delegation was advised that while there was in principle support for the Sunday Markets a proposal from Trash & Treasure would need to be presented to Council for assessment by Council’s Asset Manager on the appropriateness of the proposed site for such use within the car park.  No formal proposal from the operators has been received.

Current Situation

Also in December, 2005 a formal proposal was received from Raine and Horne Residential Penrith for its parent company Home Sales Ltd to be issued with a permit to operate and manage the Sunday Markets.

 

This company is locally based and has secured the details and support of some 150 stallholders.  They also indicated two alternative sites for the Sunday Markets, one being Soper Place which has 370 carpark spaces and would accommodate 185 stallholders.  However the site does not have nearby toilet facilities.  The second proposed site is Edwards Place and Allen Place carpark, which collectively have 292 car spaces and a capacity to accommodate 146 stalls.  This site has the advantage of close proximity to the CBD and it also has public toilet facilities.

Local Economic Development Program Manager’s Comment

The PCCA is anxious to see the recommencement of the market in the CBD and prefers the Edward Place/Allen Place site due to its proximity to the CBD and potential it holds for generating significant additional trading for the retailers in the CBD. The Association while supporting the proposal for a Sunday Market has requested that any surplus revenue from fees collected be applied to city enhancement projects in consultation with them.

 

The Sunday market has been etched into the cultural and social fabric of the Penrith community for 13 years and its early recommencement is highly desirable. The market will generate both economic benefits for the city by attracting both locals and visitors from the region as well as enormous cultural benefits by creating a vibrant meeting place for our residents and others. The markets are likely to generate clear financial benefits for a number of retailers in the CBD some of whom are experiencing some down turn after Christmas. A CBD site such as Allen Place is therefore a preferred site for the Sunday market.

 

The Colyton/St Marys Lions Club has also contacted Council concerning the use of part of the East Lane, St Marys carpark area for the operation of Sunday Markets (approximately one per month).  These markets as proposed are similar to markets conducted at Richmond.

Asset Manager Comment

The CBD parking areas in Allen Place and Edwards Place, Penrith and East Lane St Marys are considered suitable sites for the Sunday Markets.  There is sufficient alternative public parking available in the Soper Place, Judges Place and Union Lane carparks in Penrith and West Lane carpark in St Marys on Sundays.  The Allen Place and East Lane carpark also provide access to public toilet facilities. 

 

Traffic management plans are required to be implemented detailing how public vehicle access to the carpark area would be prohibited during the markets, how public access would still be provided to the Spotlight building carpark (in the case of Allen Place), how access would be provided for businesses adjacent to the markets and how emergency vehicle access would be provided.

 

All signage used to promote the markets and access to the markets on the day of the markets, will require Council's approval.  The market operator would be responsible for the provision of additional litter bins and for the removal of all litter and rubbish from the areas used for the markets.

Proposal

In view of the report, it is evident that two separate operators are keen to establish the Sunday Markets within the Penrith CBD and the Colyton/St Marys Lions Club wish to conduct Sunday Markets in St Marys.  As Council’s carpark land are the only viable location for such an activity and rather nominate one operator over the other, it is proposed that Council engage the services of an independent Planner to submit a detailed Development Application (D.A.) for Council’s consideration, that should take into account all the requirements in accommodating such activity.  Funding to engage the independent planner is available within the Property Development Reserve.

 

On the basis that Council is agreeable to the Development Application being approved, then “Expression of Interest” will be advertised based on the conditions of the proposed D.A. and then seek interest from operators in leasing the carpark space.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Proposal for Sunday Markets - Council's Carparks within the Penrith and St Marys CBD be received.

2.     Council agree in the principle to the use of Council’s carparks for Sunday Markets.

3.     Council engage the services of an independent Planning Consultant to submit a Development Application for Council’s consideration for the operations of Sunday Markets in Council carparks.

4.     A further report be submitted to Council relating to the outcome of the Development Application that may lead to an “Expression of Interest” over the subject sites.

 

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Council Property - Demolition of No 11 Collins Street St Marys   

207387 LE1

Compiled by:                Peter Blazek, Property Officer - Management

Authorised by:             Brian Griffiths, Property Development Manager 

Strategic Program Term Achievement: Policies are in place as the basis for directing private and public investments in the City Centres of Penrith and St Marys.

Critical Action: Identify Council land holdings that can be used to support economic centres and integrate agreed property developments with City Centres Review strategies.

     

Purpose:

To obtain Council's approval to the demolition of property No 11 Collins Street St Marys.  The report recommends the demolition of the existing cottage.

 

Background

Council property at No. 11 Collins Street, St Marys was purchased in April 1988 for the purposes of expanding the Community Precinct bounded by the Great Western Highway, Mamre Road, Swanston & Collins Streets.  Erected on the property is a four (4) bedroom weatherboard and tile roof cottage, which has been leased continuously for residential purposes since the property was acquired.  In 1991 Nova Employment Training was granted a community based Lease for the premises to carry out employment opportunities for people with disabilities.  In December 2005 Nova Employment Training has voluntarily vacated these premises.

Current Situation

The Managing Agents, Elders Real Estate at St Marys, has advised that the premises requires a fair degree of repairs and maintenance to enable the property to be re-leased for residential purposes.

 

The previous rental was $150.00 per week and it is estimated that the costs associated with repairs and maintenance to achieve a market residential rental is in the order of $10,000 to $15,000 including replacing the kitchen, renovating bathroom, replacing floor coverings, painting, external repairs and installation of air conditioning.

 

The ongoing maintenance and repairs together with outgoings associated with the property could amount to an additional amount of $6,000 over a twelve (12) month period. Consequently the economic return does not meet the parameters of property management in view of the fact that the property may be required within the next eighteen (18) months for redevelopment and subject to completion of the proposed Master Plan for the entire Community Precinct.

 

The redevelopment encompasses the St Marys Community Precinct and preliminary planning suggests that the land will be required for additional car parking spaces as a vital element to the upgrade of the Community Precinct.

 

In view of the costs that have been determined in refurbishing the premises, it would be more feasible to demolish the dwelling now rather than implementing a “Vacant Possession Order” on any new residential tenants should the Council require the land for specific purposes.

 

On 7th June 2004 Council agreed to the demolition of No. 3 Collins Street, in similar circumstances whereby the tenant vacated the premises and consequently, the site was improved for road access off Collins Street.

 

Additionally on 5th June 2005 Council also agreed to the demolition of No 5 Collins Street, in similar circumstances whereby the tenant vacated the premises and the site was to be used for car parking spaces.

 

The cost of the demolition would be in the vicinity of $10,000.00 and funds can be made available from the Property Development Reserve and all services to the premises will be removed.

 

Facilities Operations Manager’s comment

 

This property forms part of the Penrith Valley Cultural Precinct.  Council has adopted a Masterplan to guide the future development of that Precinct.  The Masterplan contemplates removal of this dwelling house as it forms part of the area identified for a new Child Care Facility.  Further, interim use of the dwelling house for community use is not favoured because of the cost of immediate remedial repairs.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Council Property - Demolition of No 11 Collins Street St Marys be received

2.     Council agree to the demolition of the existing cottage located at No 11 Collins Street St Marys.

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

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The City Supported by Infrastructure

 

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7        Tender 10-05/06 Supply and Delivery of Street Sweeper 38/149 Pt1                                 62

 

 



Ordinary Meeting

6 March 2006

The City Supported by Infrastructure

 

 

The City Supported by Infrastructure

 

 

7

Tender 10-05/06 Supply and Delivery of Street Sweeper   

38/149 Pt1

Compiled by:                David Burns, Asset Manager

Authorised by:             David Burns, Asset Manager 

Strategic Program Term Achievement: An asset management strategy is in operation for civil infrastructure that optimises its use and maintains it to agreed standards fit for its contemporary purpose.

Critical Action: An Asset Management Strategy for Civil Assets is developed, maintained and implemented.

     

Purpose:

To advise Council on the outcomes of Tender 10-05/06 for the Supply and Delivery of Street Sweeper.  The report recommends that the tender from MacDonald Johnston Engineering Company Pty Ltd for the supply and delivery of one MacDonald Johnston RT570 mounted on a Hino Pro 7 cab/chassis, with the options detailed in the report, in the amount of $224,423, be accepted.

 

Background

Council operates a fleet of five mechanical street sweepers.  The fleet includes two Schwarze A6500 sweepers purchased in 2000 and 2003; two Schwarze A4000 street sweepers purchased in 2002 and 2003 and a MacDonald Johnston VT605 Street Sweeper purchased in 2005.

 

The Schwarze sweepers use a regenerative air system which utilises recycled air to remove debris from the road surface whereas the MacDonald Johnston VT605 is a conventional configuration with filtered air expelled from the hopper to the atmosphere.  The Schwarze A6500 purchased in 2000 is due for replacement and is included in the 2005/2006 Plant Replacement Program.

 

Tenders

Tenders were advertised with a closing date of 20 December 2005 for the supply and delivery of one street sweeper with a hopper capacity of between 4 and 7 cubic metres, automatic transmission, sweeper width larger than 2.5 metres and a turning circle less than 7.0 metre radius.

 

The Conditions of Contract also required that the street sweeper tendered must be the latest or current model with recent build date.

 

Nine tenders were received from three companies as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

Company

Machine

Hopper Capacity (m3)

Transmission

Turning Circle

Tender Price

Rosmech Sales & Service

Scarab Mistral

5.5

Automatic

6.3

$239,200

Scarab Merlin

5.5

Manual

6.3

$235,706

Schwarze Industries Australia

Schwarze A6500 XL

6.0

Automatic

6.05

$226,715

Schwarze A7500

6.0

Automatic

6.5

$229,465

MacDonald Johnston Engineering Company Pty Ltd

MacDonald Johnston RT570

6.35

Automatic

6.45

$216,420

MacDonald Johnston VT605 (Hino Pro 7 Cab/Chassis)

5.6

Automatic

6.45

$235,260

MacDonald Johnston VT605 (Hino Pro 9 Cab/Chassis)

5.6

Automatic

6.75

$239,790

MacDonald Johnston RT770 (Ex Demonstrator Model)

Not Stated

Automatic

6.75

$175,420

MacDonald Johnston RT 570 (Ex Demonstrator Model)

6.35

Automatic

6.45

$206,420

 

Tenderers were required to provide, on request, a demonstration machine identical to the machine tendered for a minimum of two days, so that Council staff, operators and workshop mechanics could assess the machine’s performance against the following selection criteria:

·    Conformance to specification

·    Purchase price

·    Performance and reliability

·    Comfort and ergonomics of operation

·    Availability of spare parts and service exchange components

·    Availability of skilled service organisation

·    Whole of life cost

·    Safety of operation

·    Safety features and lack of hazards

·    Accessibility to service points

·    Operators comments

 

Assessment

 

After initial assessment, the following machines were excluded:

 

·    Scarab Mistral – This machine had the second highest tendered price and did not provide any advantage to Council’s operations, compared with lower priced machines.

 

·    Scarab Merlin – The machine as tendered had manual transmission, not automatic transmission, as required.

 

·    MacDonald Johnston VT605 (Hino Pro 9 Cab/Chassis) – This machine had the highest tendered price and did not provide any advantage to Council’s operations, compared with lower priced machines.

 

·    MacDonald Johnston VT605 (Hino Pro 7 Cab/Chassis) - This machine had a higher tendered price and did not provide any advantage to Council’s operations, compared with lower priced machines.

 

·    MacDonald Johnston RT770 (Ex Demonstrator Model) and MacDonald Johnston RT 570 (Ex Demonstrator Model) – These machines as tendered are ex-demonstrator models.  Clause 5 – Model/Compliance Plate Date of the Conditions of Contract requires that “the street sweeper tendered must be the latest or current model with recent build date”.

 

·    Schwarze A7500 (Hino Ranger 7 cab/chassis) – this machine had a higher tendered price and did not provide any advantage to Council’s operations, compared with lower priced machines.

 

The Schwarze A6500XL and MacDonald Johnston RT570 were selected for further evaluation and testing by Council’s operators and workshop staff.  Both machines use regenerative air systems and were tendered with a number of options.

 

The Schwarze A6500XL, mounted on an Isuzu FRR 500, has a tendered price of $226,715.  To supply a machine suited to Council’s operations the following options are required:

·    Superwash system                                    $8,560

·    Rear CCTV                                             $2,600

 

These options bring the total price of the Schwarze A6500XL to $237,875.

 

The MacDonald Johnston RT570, mounted on a Hino Pro 7 cab/chasis, has a tendered price of $216,000.  To supply a machine suited to Council’s operations the following options are required:

·    Superwash system and front spray bar      $5,175

·    Detergent injector                                     $1,017

·    Rear CCTV                                             $2,102

·    Low meter                                                $129

 

These options bring the total price of the MacDonald Johnston RT570 to $224,423.

 

Council’s road sweeping operations have used both MacDonald Johnston and Schwarze machines for a number of years.  Both are very reliable machines, suited to most operations and both have good back-up service outlets. 

 

Both machines were tested by operators and workshop staff.  The operators and workshop staff gave both machines favourable reports, however two operators had a preference for the Schwarze A6500XL due to its sweeping operation, easier broom changes and smaller turning circle, and one operator had a preference for the MacDonald Johnston RT570.

 

The MacDonald Johnston RT570 is $13,452 cheaper that the Schwarze A6500XL and as stated earlier both companies machines have been part of Councils fleet for a number of years.  The MacDonald Johnston RT570 is a regenerative air system sweeper, similar to the Schwarze.  To date all previous MacDonald Johnston machines have been conventional sweepers with filtered air expelled to the atmosphere.

 

Due to its lower cost it is recommended that the tender from MacDonald Johnston Engineering Company Pty Ltd for its MacDonald Johnston RT570 mounted on a Hino Pro 7 cab/chassis be accepted.  This will also allow a comparison of the two regenerative air type sweepers as Council already has Schwarze machines in its fleet of sweepers.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Tender 10-05/06 Supply and Delivery of Street Sweeper be received

2.     The tender from MacDonald Johnston Engineering Company Pty Ltd for the supply and delivery of one MacDonald Johnston RT570 mounted on a Hino Pro 7 cab/chassis, with the options as detailed in the report, in the amount of $224,423, be accepted.

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

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Leadership and Organisation

 

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Ordinary Meeting

6 March 2006