Residents will get one more chance to comment on New City Plan – August 4, 2015

Residents will get one more chance to comment on New City Plan
By Maria Galinovic, August 4, 2015.

Link to the online article: Residents will get one more chance to comment on New City Plan | St George & Sutherland Shire Leader
Leader Article 4 Aug. 2015 copy

KOGARAH residents will have another chance to have their say about Kogarah Council’s New City Plan — an LEP amendment to meet the area’s future growth needs.

The council will allow a public hearing during a council meeting after a report incorporating the results of the nine-week public exhibition period is completed.

(The council decided to not hold a public hearing under the provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act but instead hold a public meeting conducted at a council meeting as a public forum).

Council officers expect to complete the report by the end of August.

The final report will then be submitted to a subsequent council meeting for formal consideration.

But the council will not hold a full public meeting as requested by sections of the community.

Since the New City Plan was given the go-ahead by the state government late last year, and following the public exhibition period from March to May, sections of the community have been up in arms, fearing that Kogarah will be over-developed and lose its character.

Following the public exhibition period the council received 2234 submissions comprising: 1095 proforma objections from 400 households; 779 individual letters of objection from 552 households; and 360 individual letters of support from 259 households.

Items in the plan which received the largest number of submissions related to proposed residential zoning changes and density and height-of-building increases, including proposed development and changes in key areas.

Some said it did not preserve Kogarah’s amenity or its lifestyle.

Some made specific reference to traffic and parking, overshadowing and privacy loss.

Others welcomed more local housing, and improved support for the aged.

Economic growth and the revitalisation to be created by new buildings was welcomed.

About 25 submissions in support of the draft plan related to the particular outcome for a property, with the remaining 75 per cent saying they were generally in favour of the extra housing choice, supply, the possible improvement to affordability and the location of new growth near public transport infrastructure.

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