Monthly Report – April 2021

Report – April 2021:  Please find herewith some updates on various matters concerning West Ward.

  1. New Draft LEP – The new draft LEP was finalised by Council in December 2020 and submitted to the DPIE before Christmas for Gateway, which is the next step in the process.  It is anticipated that exhibition my occur June/July/August depending on the DPIE response.  There has been no update since last month’s report.
  2. Moriarty Rd / Bowen St planning proposal –  The Final Report has been issued by the Independent Chair of the Public Hearing and this can be viewed on Council’s Website (it basically recommends development outside of current zoning, but at a much reduced scale to what the proponent had proposed – details were provided in my March report).   The proponents have indicated they are now considering their future intentions and once known, officers will submit a report to Council.  Last month I indeicated that this could happen in May, but it looks like the earliest we expect this is now June 2021.
  3. Planning proposals in currently under consideration – here is a list of the 14 current West Ward  Planning Proposals (as of 13/04/2021), with updates from last month in orange:
  • ·         PP 2016/007: 65 Albert Avenue Chatswood (DPIE is the Planning Proposal Authority)

Gateway Determination issued; Sydney North Planning Panel considering this Planning Proposal on 28 April 2021

  • PP 2016/007/A: 45 Victor Street, 410-416 Victoria Avenue Chatswood (Council is the Planning Proposal Authority); Refused by Council 12 April 2021
  • PP 2017/003: 629-639 Pacific Highway Chatswood (Council is the Planning Proposal Authority); Gateway Determination issued meaning public exhibition will follow (at an as yet to be determined future date)
  • PP 2017/006: 54-56 Anderson Street Chatswood (Council is the Planning Proposal Authority)
  • PP 2017/007: 753 Pacific Highway and 15 Ellis Street Chatswood (Council is the Planning Proposal Authority)

Gateway Determination issued

  • PP 2017/008: 3-5 Help Street Chatswood (Council is the Planning Proposal Authority)

Gateway Determination issued

  • PP 2018/001: 58 Anderson Street Chatswood (Council is the Planning Proposal Authority)

Gateway Determination issued

  • PP 2018/003: 5-9 Gordon Avenue Chatswood (Council is the Planning Proposal Authority)

Gateway Determined issued

  • PP 2018/004: 871-877 Pacific Highway Chatswood (Council is the Planning Proposal Authority)

Gateway Determination issued

  • PP 2018/012: 815 Pacific Highway and 15 Help Street Chatswood (Council is the Planning Proposal Authority)
  • PP 2020/007: 3 Ellis St Chatswood (Council is the Planning Proposal Authority)
  • PP 2020/008: 845 Pacific Highway Chatswood (Council is the Planning Proposal Authority)
  • PP 2020/012: 9-11 Nelson Street Chatswood (Council is the Planning Proposal Authority)
  • PP 2021/001: 44-52 Anderson Street Chatswood (Council is the Planning Proposal Authority)

Also, please note that two Planning Proposals will be publicly exhibited between 24 March and 21 April 2021:

  • PP 2017/008: 3-5 Help Street Chatswood
  • PP 2018/004: 871-877 Pacific Highway Chatswood (Council is the Planning Proposal Authority)

  1. Outcome of consultation regarding proposed roundabout at Dalrymple Ave and Coolaroo Road –Consultation was conducted between 28 July and 21 August 2020.  The consultation led to 13 response with equal levels of support and opposition for the proposal (6 in both instances) and 1 comment. All residents’ comments were considered. The majority of residents who live directly adjacent to the proposed roundabout at Dalrymple Avenue and Coolaroo Road, did not support the proposal. Some of key concerns raised included increased traffic noise, street appeal (aesthetic) at the intersection, bright street lighting into residents’ bedroom, close proximity of the proposed new footpath to a resident property boundary (lack of privacy) and not a good use of ratepayer funds. Following consideration of the feedback it was decided that the current position on the proposal is for it not to be progressed at this time.  
  • Current status on the Chatswood Public / High Schools education precinct – NSW Department of Education are progressing major upgrade works at present. This agency is leading construction traffic management and community engagement. Council officers are assisting with advice on traffic and transport management matters.    
  • Current status on the bike path proposals along Fullers Road and along the Pacific Highway:

The Traffic Committee at its meeting on 17 February 2021 recommended to Council that the detailed design plan for bicycle and pedestrian safety and access improvement works in Fullers Road, Chatswood West, comprising a bicycle ramp, bicycle only right turn bay, shared path signs, regulatory signs and pavement marking be approved.  This was approved at the Council meeting on 12 April.

  • Local traffic / parking changes proposed The following initiatives have been progressed in West Ward that may be of interest:
  •  traffic report has been prepared for Carr Street, Chatswood –  Timed and Resident Parking Restrictions changes for Local Traffic Committee consideration on 21 April (details available on the Council website, 21 April meeting agenda paper).  
  • Mowbray Road and Beaconsfield Road, Lane Cove North – Traffic Signals Modifications works have been completed in January 2021. Council is currently undertaking various post construction evaluations for the signals modification works. Traffic surveys of traffic movements will be carried out in June (6 months after the changes) to evaluate the compliance of the traffic movements.  
  • Proposed Data Centre on Mowbray Road West – There has been no change to this as far as I am aware.  It is a project in the Lane Cove LGA which will affect residents in West Ward, however, so I like to flag it to keep everyone aware.  Here is a link to see the status of this project:  https://www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/major-projects/project/41041
  • Council Finances – As previously mentioned, there has been a significant impact on Council revenues by COVID, to the tune of a negative $14 million.  This had a massive impact on the results and had the potential to cause significant deficits in future years if not immediately addressed.  To put this in perspective, we stated the budget with a $6.2 million deficit.

The good news is that we have managed to address the deficits through a combination of spending reductions (but not on major capital projects) as well as some fees and charges rises.  Probably the most widely visible of those would be a $15 per household increase in the domestic waste management levy, which helps offset dramatically rising costs of rubbish collection and disposal.   Of note, rates remain unchanged apart from the usual rate pegging from IPART, and we will continue to deliver under the envisioned infrastructure upgrades under the infrastructure levy.  Council unanimously adopted the Operational Plan and Budget 2021-22 at last the 12 April meeting. 

In short, the budget is now balanced, without needing to raise rates, and without significantly impacting the delivery of infrastructure and major capital works projects. 

I’m  particularly proud of the staff and finance team at Council – they are very proactive in their forward forecasting and raising issues early when they are easy to deal with, so we don’t end up in a challenging position in the future.

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