The value of buildings which make a contribution to the significance of our heritage conservation areas has been highlighted in a recent decision of the Land and Environment Court. Council was recently involved in an appeal regarding the demolition of a house in a heritage conservation area.
The Spit Junction Masterplan and subsequent review by CHROFI Architects for the Mosman Civic Centre site were publicly exhibited from 3 October to 3 December 2013. A public meeting was also held on 25 November 2013 attended by 28 people.
There are a number of new residential and mixed-use developments that have been constructed in recent years around Mosman. We know what the outside of these developments look like but who is moving into them? Do these new households contain younger families or older couples? Are there more people renting than those that own? What does this mean for Mosman?
Do you currently have a development application being considered by Council, or are you planning to lodge an application soon?
2013 is the year that saw the State government’s vision for planning reform materialise into a Planning Bill debated in both Houses of Parliament. Its journey towards becoming an Act moved through the Lower House and has now stalled with its passage through the Upper House. Amendments to the Bill have addressed some community concerns and caused outcry from the development industry but no-one’s completely satisfied. The signs are that the changes will still produce a planning system with an “us and them” mentality characterised by division and adversary. The very things the Government claimed the new system would fix.
Amendments to Mosman Development Control Plans (DCP) were adopted by Council at its meeting on 3 December 2013 following consideration of submissions received. The amendments relate to the height and setback of buildings, carports, and information to be submitted with a development application for larger or more controversial developments, and were adopted in the form in which the plans were publicly exhibited earlier this year.
More than 30 people attended a public meeting held last night in the Council Chambers about the Spit Junction Masterplan. The meeting, organised by the Mayor, provided the community with an overview of the Masterplan as well as a range of options to be considered for development of the civic centre site. Valuable feedback was received from residents, architects and others who attended, and is being considered as part of the exhibition process.
On 12 November 2013 Council resolved to place two additional options for redevelopment of the Civic Centre site on public exhibition. These options have been developed to retain the existing Council building and Village Green while providing for enhanced library facilities, improvements to Mosman Square, additional public carparking and improved access and some private residential development. Importantly they also provide for staged development to ensure minimal disruption to the site.