Monthly Report – May 2021

Report by Deputy Mayor Craig Campbell – May 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.  There has been no update since last month’s report; the matter is still with DPIE.  We are still hopeful for a July / August exhibition, but this depends on the response from DPIE.
  2. New DCP – the new draft DCP is expected to come to Council at the June meeting.  From there, it would follow a similar path to the LEP.
  3. 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).   The proponents have indicated they are now considering their future intentions and once known, officers will submit a report to Council.  They are still in this process, so it is now looking like the matter won’t come to Council prior to August. 
  4. Laneways Upgrades in Chatswood CBD  – There are several projects underway to improve the amenities of laneways in the CBD in conjunction with current strategy, specifically Post Office Lane, Charlotte Lane, Mills Lane, and Spring Place:

The idea is to change the laneways from service lanes to active usable links and places with enhanced visual amenity, turning underutilised space into a nicer and more business-friendly environment. 

The legal traffic part of this has been sorted out with TfNSW (they remain active roadways but will now be shared spaces), and ultimately should lead to a mixed-use format, hopefully at some point also facilitate outdoor dining. 

Kerbs will be removed, a new 10 KPH speed limit introduced, new paving done, plants added, and lighting upgraded.  In the case of Mills Lane, the loading area will be relocated to Archer Street.

Spring Place is being funded by the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program Phase 2 Federal funding (along with the Dougherty Centre) with all works having to be completed by 31 December 2021.  Works will commence on site in July/August this year.

The other laneways – Post Office Lane, Charlotte Lane, and Mills Lane are being funded by Section 94 funding and will also be completed by 31 December 2021, with works commencing on site in July/August.

  1. Dougherty Centre Upgrade – There is also an active project to upgrade the Dougherty Community Centre, again using funding from the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program Phase 2 Federal funding scheme. 

The plan is to update and reconfigure the Dougherty Community Centre internally to increase community and hireable space.   This will include a modernisation of the internal design and workspaces.  This will increase the capacity to allow for the co-location of the MOSAIC Multicultural Centre at the Dougherty Centre as well as increase its capacity to allow it to act as an emergency evacuation centre.

The works schedule is planned as follows:

May 21 – Detailed Design

June 21 – Tender for Construction

July 21  – Council to award tender

August 21 – Works commence

December 21 – Practical completion.

Some conceptual ideas of the changes are below (noting that they are not final):

  • Bicycle path / facilities initiatives being delivered – there are two bicycle infrastructure projects of note nearing completion in West Ward:
  • The end-of-trip facility / bike parking area at 75 Albert Avenue (the Iglu building next to the railway line near Chatswood station) is being upgraded.  This will allow community access to the existing end-of-trip facility, which is currently not accessible.  This will include the installation of new racks and locker facilities as well as security.  This was part of the original consent conditions of this development, so it’s nice to see it being realised.  Installation of the changes is scheduled to commence in June 2021.
  • The previously mentioned updates to the bicycle path network at Fullers Road, Chatswood West, have been approved by both the Traffic Committee and now Council.  The works comprise a bicycle ramp, bicycle only right turn bay, shared path signs, regulatory signs and pavement marking be approved.   Construction works are scheduled to begin late May and anticipated to be completed in June
  • Local traffic / parking changes proposed The following initiatives have been progressed in West Ward that may be of interest:
  • Changes to Railway street, Chatswood were approved by the Traffic Committee and Council.  They include timed and ticket parking restrictions and 2 new electric vehicle charging bays.  Some details below:

Note that parking fees apply to the charging stations, but not charges for the electricity.

  • Changes to Victoria Avenue & Anderson Street signals, Chatswood, were approved by the Traffic Committee and Council.  They were implemented because it has been observed that northbound buses in Anderson Street sometimes encroach onto the western footpath area of Anderson Street as they manoeuvre through the intersection, resulting in a risk that vehicles may impact pedestrians. 

The following changes will be made to address this:

  • Relocation of the Anderson Street approach STOP lines further north (10 metres) to create an adequate setback and ensuring large vehicles/buses turn movements and swept paths are contained within the road carriageway
    • Realignment of pedestrian guide lines for east-west crossing movements
    • Installation of 2 new pedestrian push buttons and poles
    • Installation of a new traffic island on Anderson Street approach to enable installation of a new traffic signal pole and low level planting
    • Removal of two Taxi zone 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm and No Parking Authorised Council Vehicle Excepted on Anderson Street adjacent to the new signal pole
    • Provision of 20 metres No Stopping restrictions in Anderson Street at the intersection
  • 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

The nearby residents are concerned about adverse impacts during the construction phase.  Council has made a submission to the planning proposal to that effect.

  • 99 Beaconsfield Rd & 22B Greville St. – the DA for a large redevelopment under the seniors housing SEPP was rejected by the Willoughby Planning Panel.  I understand that the proponent has concurrently appealed to the Land & Environment Court, with a hearing scheduled for 24 May.
  1. Concourse Cladding Replacement Project – The replacement of the cladding on the Concourse is underway (commenced on 23 April).  The project is on track schedule-wise.  Hoardings and scaffolding will be erected on Anderson Ave in late May.
  1. Rodent Control Program – Council officers report that the recent rodent baiting activities have been successful in reducing rodent numbers, with minimal reports of rodent activity being received.
  1. Planning proposals in currently under consideration – here is a list of the current West Ward  Planning Proposals (as of 20/05/2021), with latest status noted in green:
  • PP 2016/007:  65 Albert Avenue Chatswood (Mandarin Centre – DPIE is the Planning Proposal Authority) – Sydney North Planning Panel considered this Planning Proposal on 18 May 2021 – A decision is pending

·         PP 2016/007/A: 45 Victor Street, 410-416 Victoria Avenue Chatswood (building northwest of Post Office Land and Victor St, Council is the Planning Proposal Authority) – Refused by Council 12 April 2021, Rezoning Review has been lodged

·         PP 2017/003: 629-639 Pacific Highway Chatswood (tyre & brake shop between Gordon Ave & Nelson St, east side of the Highway; Council is the Planning Proposal Authority) – Gateway Determination issued; exhibition will follow (at an as yet to be determined future date)

·        PP 2017/006: 54-56 Anderson Street Chatswood (off O’Brien St, opposite Tulip St; Council is the Planning Proposal Authority) Awaiting Gateway

·         PP 2017/007: 753 Pacific Highway and 15 Ellis Street Chatswood (east side of the Highway between Albert Ave and Ellis St; Council is the Planning Proposal Authority) – Exhibition to be between 21 May and 18 June 2021

·         PP 2017/008: 3-5 Help Street Chatswood (between Anderson Street & Cambridge Lane, east side of railway line; Council is the Planning Proposal Authority) – Exhibition has concluded (occurred between 24 March and 21 April 2021). Under assessment.

·         PP 2018/001: 58 Anderson Street Chatswood (triangle block north of Wilson Street, east side of railway line; Council is the Planning Proposal Authority) –

Exhibition has concluded (occurred between 22 April and 20 May 2021). Under assessment.

·         PP 2018/003: 5-9 Gordon Avenue Chatswood (west side of railway line, near Bowling Club; Council is the Planning Proposal Authority) –

Exhibition has concluded (occurred between 22 April and 20 May 2021). Under assessment.

·         PP 2018/004: 871-877 Pacific Highway Chatswood (NE corner of Wilson St & the Highway, west of railway line; Council is the Planning Proposal Authority)

Exhibition has concluded (occurred between 24 March and 21 April 2021). Under assessment

·         PP 2018/012: 815 Pacific Highway and 15 Help Street Chatswood (NE corner of Help St and the Highway Council is the Planning Proposal Authority) – Gateway Determination issued (to proceed).

·         PP 2020/007: 3 Ellis St Chatswood (west of railway line, behind Chatswood Oval; Council is the Planning Proposal Authority) – Being reported to Council Meeting 15 June 2021

·         PP 2020/008: 845 Pacific Highway Chatswood (Star Car Wash site, east side of Highway; Council is the Planning Proposal Authority) – Under Assessment

·         PP 2020/012: 9-11 Nelson Street Chatswood (west side of railway line, north side of Nelson St; Council is the Planning Proposal Authority) –  Under Assessment

·         PP 2021/001: 44-52 Anderson Street Chatswood (NW corner of Day St; Council is the Planning Proposal Authority) –  Council supported forwarding this PP to Gateway on 10 May 2021. Currently with DPIE awaiting Gateway Determination.

·         PP 2020/010: 849, 853, 859 Pacific Highway and 2 Wilson Street Chatswood (SE corner of Wilson St & the Highway; Council is the Planning Proposal Authority) – Being reported to Council Meeting 15 June 2021

·         PP 2021/004 : 613, 621 – 627 Pacific Highway Chatswood (east side of Highway between Gordon Ave & Nelson St – currently piano shop, next door to tyre & brake shop mentioned above; Council is the Planning Proposal Authority) – Under Assessment

  1. Additional items out of West Ward – There are also a couple of items of outside of West Ward that may be of interest:
  • The Artarmon Bicycle Route upgrade – Broadcast Way, Artarmon to Herbert Street, St Leonards project is almost complete.  It consists of construction of a shared path along Campbell Street, Reserve Road and Frederick Street and is anticipated to be completed by July 2021.
  • Design works are underway for the following projects under a grant from DPIE.  These are currently unfunded for construction, but they will be “shovel-ready” projects which are sought after from time to time for grants:
  • The Pacific Highway Shared Path between Mowbray Road, Chatswood and Herbert Street, St Leonards consists of a detailed design plan and the construction documentation for a shared path along the Pacific Highway between Mowbray Road, Chatswood and Herbert Street.  It’s currently under preparation;  Engagement will be completed between May and June 2021. The detailed design is scheduled to be completed in July 2021. 
  • The Chatswood CBD to St Leonards CBD via Artarmon Bicycle Route Improvement Plan consisting of detailed design plans and construction documentation for bicycle route improvement along Hampden Road, Brand Street and Herbert Street, between Mowbray Road, Chatswood and Pacific Highway St Leonards is under preparation.  The detailed design plans are scheduled to be completed in July 2021. 
  • The planning proposal for the Quadrangle shopping centre in Castlecrag (Edinburgh Road and Eastern Valley Way) was refused by the SNPP for being inconsistent with the zoning and controls in Council’s local centres plan.

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