OF THE EXTRAORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING OF PENRITH CITY COUNCIL HELD IN THE
ON TUESDAY 9 JUNE 2015 AT 7:02PM
The meeting opened with the National Anthem.
STATEMENT OF RECOGNITION
His Worship the Mayor, Councillor Ross Fowler OAM read a statement of recognition of Penrith City’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage.
The Council Prayer was read by the Rev Neil Checkley.
His Worship the Mayor, Councillor Ross Fowler OAM, Deputy Mayor, Councillor Greg Davies and Councillors Jim Aitken OAM, Bernard Bratusa, Prue Car MP, Kevin Crameri OAM, Marcus Cornish, Maurice Girotto, Ben Goldfinch, Jackie Greenow OAM, Tricia Hitchen, Karen McKeown, John Thain and Michelle Tormey.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM declared a Non-Pecuniary Conflict of Interest – Less than Significant in – Item
152 RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow OAM seconded Councillor Karen McKeown that Standing Orders be suspended to allow members of the public to address the meeting, the time being 7:08pm.
Mr Pate, Principal of Xavier College, Llandilo, spoke in support of the Notice of Motion to Rescind a Resolution, and indicated from his discussions that the overwhelming feeling from the community he has spoken to is to not support the development application with no natural buffer zone.
Mr Pate opposed the roadway or housing as buffer zone options as it would not only impact on the environment but also the student needs and learning environment. Mr Pate outlined his concerns that a road could open the school up to vandalism, antisocial and heat issues by losing the natural buffer.
Mr Pate stated there are other options which could create a better development for all parties and that the school is not against development but has a strong preference for a natural buffer zone. Mr Pate concluded by reading out a statement from a student urging the Council to consider all the issues and not support the development.
Mr Brown, an affected person, spoke in support of the Notice of Motion to Rescind a Resolution, and supported the idea of retaining a natural buffer zone and to keep the area as is. Mr Brown spoke of there already being a reduction in the Cumberland Plain Woodland in the area and this development would see further losses. Mr Brown argued that Lend Lease has already had the benefit of an additional 1000 lots being added to this development.
Mr Brown outlined that he believes this is a significant development and would impact 90% of the bushland and that he proposed no development west of the riparian corridor and that an option could be to allow increased development on the eastern side of the development to maintain density for the applicant.
Ms Harrold, President of Cumberland Conservation Network and Mulgoa Valley Landcare Group, spoke in support of the Notice of Motion to Rescind a Resolution, and suggested that Council defer the Development Application to focus on the corridor. Ms Harrold asked Council to consider reformatting or reshaping the development application to better protect the corridor, and suggested an option might be to change the density somewhere else in the subject area to better optimise the overall biodiversity outcome.
Mr Ilias, representing the applicant, spoke in opposition to the Notice of Motion to Rescind a Resolution, and outlined his support for the development application and current recommendations. Mr Ilias spoke about the importance of continuing to make land supply available and that any further deferral of this development would affect housing affordability for a large number of people. Mr Ilias outlined the contact Lend Lease have had with the Catholic Education Office and conservation groups and that they were first directed to the Catholic Education Office by the School.
Mr Ilias outlined that Lend Lease has previously amended plans after discussions with interested stakeholders and in good faith has agreed to a road buffer zone and prepared to increase a green linkage corridor from 60-100 metres. Mr Ilias concluded by acknowledging it is important for Lend Lease to realise the full development potential of the site consistent with the Council’s precinct plan.
1 Development Application DA14/1550 Staged subdivision into 215 residential allotments, creation of residue open space lots, future riparian corridor and sewer pump lot and associated fire access lots, road and roundabout construction, earthworks and drainage works (Village 6) Lot 1125 DP 1158660 Ninth Avenue, Jordan Springs
the MOTION was put.
the mOTIOn was LOST.
In accordance with Section 375A of the Local Government Act 1993, a DIVISION was then called with the following result:
158 RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor John Thain seconded Councillor Jackie Greenow OAM that the matter be brought forward and dealt with as a matter of urgency.
His Worship the Mayor, Councillor Ross Fowler OAM, ruled that the matter was urgent and should be dealt with at the meeting.
159 RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor John Thain seconded Councillor Jackie Greenow OAM that Councillor Greg Davies be granted leave of absence for the period 20 June 2015 to 29 June 2015 inclusive.
There being no further business the Chairperson declared the meeting closed the time being 8:41pm.