Former tram infrastructure, wharves, quarries and other relics of early European settlement in Mosman during the 1800s and early 1900s are protected by heritage provisions in Mosman Local Environmental Plan 2012 (the LEP). There are currently 16 archaeological sites listed in the LEP, based on research undertaken during the mid-1990s. Requirements for heritage listing have since changed, necessitating a review of sites and their inclusion in the LEP.
The potential change in the planning landscape for residential development on our foreshore slopes continues to loom large on the horizon. The deadline of 30 November 2015 is fast approaching and there is still no news from the State government about any future change.
An amendment to Mosman Local Environmental Plan 2012 (MLEP 2012) is proposed to correct an error in the heritage listing of Item I291 ‘Group of Shops’. Currently, 37 Spofforth Street (Lot 2, Sec B, DP 2365) is identified in MLEP 2012 as a heritage item – Item I291 ‘Group of Shops’ of local heritage significance. This property has been listed as a heritage item since 2001. However, it is now evident that there is an error in this heritage listing, and that the address should be that of the adjoining property 37A Spofforth Street (Lot 3, Sec B, DP 2365 and Lot 1 DP 937493).
Architectural consultants Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT) have been appointed to undertake the next stage of work investigating redevelopment of the Mosman Civic Centre Site to provide improved civic and community facilities.
A planning proposal is the means by which an amendment to Mosman Local Environmental Plan 2012 may be made. These are prepared by Council and submitted to the Department of Planning and Environment for approval to exhibit.
Over the last 18 months, we have been reviewing the zoning of bushland areas in Mosman currently zoned RE1 Public Recreation with a view to rezoning suitable sites to E2 Environmental Conservation.
During February-March 2015, Council sought community feedback on its vision to build new civic and community facilities on the Civic Centre site at Spit Junction to meet the needs of the Mosman community. A range of opinions were voiced concerning the need for new facilities, the scale of development, the impact that development would have on local residents and businesses (such as from traffic), and how development would be funded.
A report will be considered at the upcoming Council Meeting on 5 May 2015 on Council’s vision for redevelopment of the Mosman Civic Centre site. This follows public exhibition of the Council’s vision which occurred during February-March 2015. In short, the report notes that:
The 2015 Mosman Design Awards showcased some of the best examples of residential development and architectural excellence in Mosman. This year we received 15 nominations from many talented architects responding to questions of sustainability during design and construction.