Author: Kelly Lynch

Beaches Link Tunnel EIS on exhibition

Jan 19, 2021 by Kelly Lynch

The NSW Government’s Beaches Link and Gore Hill Freeway Connection Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is now on public exhibition until midnight 1 March 2021.

The Beaches Link and Gore Hill Freeway Connection is a major transport infrastructure project to be undertaken by the NSW Government. The project comprises a new motorway tunnel connection beneath Middle Harbour, extending from the Warringah Freeway and North Sydney to the Northern Beaches, bypassing Mosman. When completed, the new connection will reduce travel times by improving capacity and reliability on critical transport routes on both sides of Middle Harbour.

The EIS assesses the potential impacts of the construction and operation of this project, including:

  • environmental and social impacts,
  • proposed locations for temporary construction support sites,
  • truck movements, and
  • managing the potential impacts to local flora and fauna.

The EIS, an interactive map and other exhibition material can be viewed online . A virtual information session about the project will be held on Wednesday 20 January 2021. Registration for the session can be undertaken via the above link.

Council staff are currently reviewing the relevant sections of the EIS and preparing a report for consideration at the next Council Meeting to be held on 2 February 2021.

Council endorses Scenic Protection Area planning proposal

Dec 8, 2020 by Kelly Lynch

At last Tuesday night’s Council Meeting, a Planning Proposal to rezone land within the Mosman Scenic Protection Area from Zone R2 Low Density Residential to Zone E4 Environmental Living under Mosman Local Environmental Plan 2012 was endorsed by Council. This proposal recognises the significant scenic and landscape quality of the foreshore land, and will ensure that the land continues to be excluded from the NSW Government’s Housing Code after the current temporary exclusion ceases on 30 November 2021.

Following the Council Meeting, the Planning Proposal was submitted to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for ‘Gateway determination’ under section 3.34 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. The purpose of the Gateway determination is to ensure that there is sufficient justification early in the process to proceed with a planning proposal. Approval must be obtained from the Department before the planning proposal can be progressed to the next step in the process of land rezoning. The planning proposal includes a timeline for this process, anticipating that further consultation with landowners and the wider community about the proposed change in zone would be undertaken by mid-2021.

Agenda and Minutes for Council Meeting 1 December 2020

Scenic Protection Area – Report to Council in December

Nov 26, 2020 by Kelly Lynch

A report on the zoning of land within the Mosman Scenic Protection Area (MSPA) will be considered at next week’s Council Meeting on Tuesday 1st December 2020.

Council is considering a change in zone of land within the MSPA from R2 Low Density Residential to E4 Environmental Living in recognition of the significant scenic and landscape quality of the foreshore land. The land would remain a low-density residential area with local planning controls continuing to apply, but the change in zone would ensure that the land is permanently excluded from the NSW Government’s Housing Code.

Initial consultation with landowners and the wider community about the E4 zone option occurred from 10 September to 5 October 2020, with 164 submissions received. The majority, 74%, indicated support for the change in zone and a further 11% were unsure but in support of Council exploring this option further, with reasons given including:

  • Protect the amenity, natural beauty and landscape quality of the foreshore area;
  • Retain the integrity of the Mosman area as it is;
  • Maintain local control to protect character, heritage, views and privacy;
  • Housing Code will detract from the amenity and value of Mosman properties; and
  • Essential that residents have the opportunity to comment on proposed development.

Submissions were also received in opposition to this change, with 13% expressing concern about the E4 zone option for reasons including:

  • E4 zone is unnecessarily restrictive;
  • Excessive bureaucracy, cost and delays in obtaining development approval; and
  • Housing Code parameters are reasonable, transparent and objective.

The report addresses all submissions received and recommends that Council endorse a Planning Proposal to rezone the land. If accepted, the Planning Proposal would then be submitted to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to obtain ‘Gateway’ approval to formally exhibit the proposed zoning change.

The report (EP/52) and attachments (EP/52.1, EP/52.2 and EP/52.3) can now be viewed on Council’s website.

Further information about this matter is contained within the report, and in past blog posts:

Farewell to Linda Kelly, Manager Urban Planning

Nov 23, 2020 by Kelly Lynch

Council’s Manager Urban Planning, Linda Kelly, has resigned this month after working at Mosman Council for many years.

Linda Kelly

Linda has been integral in the Urban Planning team in working to ensure that the amenity of Mosman is maintained and enhanced through good planning outcomes. Her notable achievements include:

  • running the Mosman Design Awards to celebrate outstanding contributions to the built environment and heritage of Mosman;
  • tirelessly campaigning to ensure that the visual impact of development, view sharing and tree dominance remain important considerations in the Mosman Scenic Protection Area;
  • the preparation of numerous plans and policies; and
  • striving for excellence in engagement and communication with the introduction of the Mosman Planning website and leading projects that have won awards from the Planning Institute of Australia.

Linda has moved on in her career to academia as a lecturer in the Bachelor of Planning program at Macquarie University. In departing, Linda said “I love teaching and it’s great to be passing on my knowledge and experience to the next generation of planners. I have enjoyed working at Mosman and being part of the planning teams, both current and past, that care about making a positive impact for the future.”

We thank Linda for all her efforts over the years, and wish her all the best.

Council adopts Housing Strategy

Nov 12, 2020 by Kelly Lynch

The Mosman Local Housing Strategy (MLHS) was adopted at Tuesday night’s Council Meeting, and subsequently was submitted to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for their approval.

The MLHS was prepared by Council to outline a plan for meeting anticipated housing demand in Mosman to 2036-2041. It was publicly exhibited during 17 August to 27 September 2020, in response to which five submissions were received. These were the subject of a report considered at the Council Meeting held on Tuesday 10 November 2020.

All councils are required to prepare a local housing strategy for their area to provide a locally relevant response to meeting the growing demand for housing in Greater Sydney.

Council Meeting 10 November 2020:

 

 

 

Draft Housing Strategy to 10 November Council Meeting

Nov 5, 2020 by Kelly Lynch

Next Tuesday night, Council will consider a report on the draft Mosman Local Housing Strategy (MLHS) that will address recent consultation undertaken and recommend that the draft Strategy be endorsed without change.

Five submissions were received in response to the six-week public exhibition held during 17 August to 27 September 2020. Matters raised in submissions relate to the development application process, demographic projections, housing capacity and supply, and the impact of population growth on local public schools. These matters are considered in the report.

The draft MLHS is a plan for housing Mosman’s population from now to 2036-2041. It considers:

  • projected housing demand and population change in the municipality,
  • how housing growth is to be managed,
  • the right locations for additional housing supply, and
  • the delivery of housing supply targets set by the Greater Sydney Commission.

All councils are required to prepare a local housing strategy for their area to provide a locally relevant response to meeting the growing demand for housing in Greater Sydney.

If endorsed by Council, the draft MLHS would then be submitted to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for approval.

10 November 2020 Council Meeting Agenda

August blog post – about the draft Housing Strategy

Mosman Scenic Protection Area – Have Your Say

Sep 10, 2020 by Kelly Lynch

Protecting the visual significance and landscape quality of Mosman’s foreshore slopes to Sydney and Middle Harbours, and the amenity of existing residential properties, has been a Council priority for many years. Through careful planning and ongoing lobbying by Council, this area known as the Mosman Scenic Protection Area has been excluded from the NSW Government’s Housing Code since 2009, however this is due to expire on 30 November 2021.

What is the Housing Code?

The Housing Code was introduced by the NSW Government to allow ‘fast track’ approval of new one and two-storey dwelling houses, and alterations/additions to existing dwelling houses under State-wide controls, bypassing the need for Council approval and the development application process. However, as complying development there would be no meaningful consultation with surrounding landowners, and Council’s long-standing controls for building bulk/scale, landscaping, view sharing, privacy, overshadowing and visual impact would not be considered. The impact this may have on resident amenity and the landscape, particularly in a cumulative sense, may be detrimental and irreversible.

What change is Council considering?

To ensure ongoing protection of the foreshore land, an option being explored by Council is to apply an E4 Environmental Living zone to all land within the Scenic Protection Area that is currently zoned R2 Low Density Residential under Mosman Local Environmental Plan 2012. The land would remain a low-density residential area with Council’s controls continuing to apply. The Housing Code would not apply to land zoned E4.

Where can I find out more?

Council is in the initial stages of considering this option, and this week is writing to the landowners of around 2,600 affected properties within the Mosman Scenic Protection Area. More information is available at www.yourvoicemosman.com.au/mosman-scenic-protection-area, including a short survey. Feedback is welcomed by 5 October 2020. Enquiries to the Urban Planning Team:  Joe Vertel on 9978 4214, or Kelly Lynch on 9978 4058.

On Exhibition: Draft Mosman Local Housing Strategy

Aug 17, 2020 by Kelly Lynch

At the Council Meeting held on 4 August 2020, Council considered a report on the need to prepare a draft local housing strategy for Mosman to provide a locally relevant response to meeting the growing demand for housing in Greater Sydney. Forecasts are that Greater Sydney’s population will increase from 4.7 million (in 2016) to 6.4 million people by 2036, with an additional 725,000 dwellings required to meet demand. Government advice is that while the impact of COVID-19 on NSW’s population and economy remains unclear, it is committed to a long-term vision for the housing market.

Requirement to prepare a local housing strategy

All NSW councils are required to prepare a local strategy that meets criteria set out in the NSW Government’s Greater Sydney Region Plan and district plans, outlining:

  • How housing growth is to be managed,
  • The right locations for additional housing supply,
  • Opportunities for alignment with investment in regional and district infrastructure, and
  • Delivery of housing supply targets.

If required, councils are then to submit updated local environmental plans (LEPs) to the NSW Government within three years of the finalisation of district plans, that is, by March 2021, or within two years for nominated accelerated councils (i.e. high growth areas). An updated LEP may, for example, identify land to be rezoned to provide for additional housing opportunities.

Housing Supply Targets

The Greater Sydney Commission has set housing supply targets for all Districts across Greater Sydney to accommodate future population growth. Mosman is located within the North District, along with Hornsby, Hunter’s Hill, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, North Sydney, Northern Beaches, Ryde and Willoughby local government areas.

The North District’s housing supply target of 92,000 additional dwellings over 20 years is modest compared to many parts of Greater Sydney. Additional housing supply is anticipated to largely occur in areas close to employment centres, railway stations and in planned precincts with significant infrastructure investment, such as around Macquarie Park, Hornsby and St Leonards. Mosman is not an area earmarked by the NSW Government as being subject to a high level of growth and change, reflecting the geography, infrastructure capacity and constraints of the area.

On Exhibition: Draft Mosman Local Housing Strategy

The draft Mosman Local Housing Strategy sets out a clear plan for housing in Mosman over the next 20 years to meet anticipated demand. It considers the housing needs of Mosman’s current and future population, the right locations for additional housing to meet anticipated demand, and the delivery of housing supply targets. The draft Strategy is on public exhibition from 17 August until 27 September 2020. Enquiries to Council’s Urban Planning team on 9978 4058.

Consultation on NSW housing strategy

Jul 3, 2020 by Kelly Lynch

The NSW Government is seeking input from the community on the development of a long-term housing strategy for the state.

A discussion paper released by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (the Department) outlines a 20 year vision for housing in NSW that will inform the development of a state-wide Housing Strategy.

The discussion paper identifies four key themes intended to guide the housing strategy:

  • Housing supply in the right location at the right time
  • Diverse housing for diverse needs
  • Housing with improved affordability and stability
  • Responsive and resilient housing

The scope of the discussion paper identifies a broad range of factors that influence housing such as population growth, socio-economic trends, housing preference, environmental challenges and affordability. In addition, it discusses proposed actions to ensure future housing supply meets the needs of urban and regional areas. To ensure the currency of the strategy it is proposed it would be reviewed every four years.

Whilst the NSW Housing Strategy intends to provide an overarching strategy for the state, Council is currently developing the Mosman Local Housing Strategy which will guide housing in Mosman over the next 20 years. The Mosman Local Housing Strategy is set to be considered by Council later in 2020.

With population forecasts suggesting Greater Sydney will need an additional one million homes by 2041, now is an important time to ensure we have the appropriate strategic direction to meet the needs of a diverse population.

The Department is accepting feedback on the State Housing Strategy Discussion Paper until July 24, 2020.

NSW Planning – Changes in Response to COVID-19

Apr 3, 2020 by Kelly Lynch

In recent days, the NSW Government has announced a number of changes to NSW planning legislation in response to COVID-19 and the need for social distancing. Many of these changes are the result of Orders issued by the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, the Hon. Rob Stokes, under newly created section 10.17 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. Changes will remain in place until the COVID-19 pandemic is over, or the advice of NSW Health changes.

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