Former Kogarah councillors hit back at ‘arrogant’ decision on city plan

Article – 15 June 2017 | St George & Sutherland Shire Leader
Former Kogarah councillors hit back at ‘arrogant’ decision on city plan
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Disappointed: Former Kogarah councillors Nick Katris, Lachlan McLean and and Kathryn Landsberry. Picture: John Veage

Former Kogarah councillors have been left disappointed and frustrated after the State Government overruled amendments made to the Kogarah new city plan.

The state government gazetted the Kogarah new city plan last month but with significant changes to height limits.

The proposed plan had been approved by Kogarah Council in April last year with reduced heights in Blakehurst, Carlton and South Hurstville.

Those changes were overridden by the state government with the Department of Planning reinstating building heights.

In a letter to Georges River Council the Department of Planning said the changes made by council weren’t supported or included because of a lack of evidence and because they would require re-exhibition of the LEP.

Former Labor councillor Nick Katris called that explanation a furphy.

He said the department of planning had plenty of time both before and after the gateway determination to advise council that any changes would mean a re-exhibition.

He said most councillors voted to put the original proposal out on exhibition in 2014 because of density targets identified as part of the Sydney Metropolitan Strategy.

He said the worry was that if council did not put out the plan then the decision would be made for them.

‘’If we’re being accused of letting it go out in that form then they shouldn’t have let it go out in that form,’’  he said. Read the rest of this entry »