Residents oppose high density plan – June 25, 2015
Residents oppose high-density plan | St George and Sutherland Shire Leader, Thursday, June 25, 2015 – page 11.
By Maria Galinovic.
THERE’S no way developers would get away with 12 storeys on the Kogarah RSL site if the United Kogarah City Residents Association has its way.
Association members sick and tired of being dismissed by Kogarah Council regarding the New City Plan and its proposed increased densities to meet future population growth, are working on their own solution for the city.
So far they are demanding a seven-story limit — five to seven storeys near train stations and two to three along the Princes Highway — and a new way to address parking problems.
They also want an immediate public hearing charged by an independent moderator — preferably a retired judge such as the one in Sutherland Shire when LEP changes were under way — and they demand proper research into vital aspects of the city before any changes can be considered.
‘We feel the New City Plan was poorly prepared and the council os going for overkill’
– United Kogarah City Residents Association
Spokeswoman Theresa Kot said the New City Plan, an amendment to Kogarah’s local environmental plan, needed to contain a number of studies before any changes could be considered.
Ms Kot said the council had failed to obtain a traffic management assessment plan, a traffic and parking study, a traffic impact report, a transport network strategy, a social and economic impact study and a biodiversity report.
“The rezoning proposals it stands is completely unsustainable and is not supported by any of the necessary biodiversity, parking, traffic, noise, pollution or transport infrastructure studies/reports,” she said.
“We feel the New City Plan was poorly prepared and that the council is going for overkill.”
“We have to work out how we as a community can decide for ourselves before this plan in imposed on us.”
She said that going by Kogarah’s population growth during the past few years, future needs could be met with current planning and without the ‘overkill’.
× No confidence in council’s intention to do the right thing
Ms Kot said that because of the way the plan was handled and the lack of public consultation, a growing number of residents had no confidence in the council’s intention to do the right thing by the community.
“We want the council to listen and discuss but councillors don’t listen to us – we fear they will dismiss our submissions and only accept their own report,” Ms Kot said.
So far the United Kogarah City Residents Association has organised three public meetings, door knocked and dropped leaflets over large parts of Kogarah and collected and passed on to the council almost 700 individual submissions expressing concern over the proposed plan.
Ms Kot compared Kogarah Council’s behaviour to that of Sutherland Shire Council.
“In 2014, the Sutherland Shire Council went through an18-month period to gain community approval for a rezoning of land to accommodate the Metropolitan Strategy and draft South Subregional Strategy for Sydney,” she said.
“There were three consultation periods, nine public meetings, and submissions from the community over that period.”
“Kogarah Council has refused public hearings [allowing] residents to express concerns and oblige council staff to explain decisions.
Overkill: United Kogarah City Residents Association is urging residents to take a stand against the council’s New City Plan before it is too late.
New rules herald ‘massive change’
FOLLOWING a community meeting on Saturday, Banks MP David Coleman is urging Kogarah Council to revise parts of its New City Plan, particularly its proposal for South Hurstville.
Mr Coleman said at least 80 residents anxious about their neighbourhood attended the meeting he held on the corner of Connells Point and King Georges roads, South Hurstville.
The Kogarah New City Plan allows for developments of up to 21 metres high along King Georges Road, and substantial changes along Connells Point Road and surrounding streets.
“The current plan is just not appropriate for South Hurstville,” Mr Coleman said.
“These changes would result in a massive change to the environment of the area.”
“I will be strongly urging Kogarah Council to revise its plan for South Hurstville.”
“Its is important that the voice of the community is heard on this issue.”
– Maria Galinovic