Other Planning Changes

KINGSFORD REZONING

May 2012 UPDATE

Some feedback from the public meeting on 26 April.  The State Transit Authority as owner of the one of the sites (Council owns the other) not surprising was in favour of the rezoning.  I guess that rules out the area as being used as a light rail  layover point, but was that ever going to happen?

Interestingly, the Kingsford Chamber of Commerce were also opposed.  They're concerned about the shopping centre moving away from the existing strip, particularly if a large supermarket sets up shop in any new development.

And residents were concerned about OVERDEVELOPMENT.  Who wants another couple of hundred units next to them in 9 level buildings?  Especially when the surrounding streets are 1-2 level houses.

We'll keep you posted.

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Just after the Randwick city-wide, Local Environment Plan process, another planning change follows closely for a site which is part owned by Randwick City Council.  Some call this sneaky, but we'll let you make up your own mind about that.

Where ?  Rainbow Street at the corner of Anzac Parade and Wallace Street - being on the 9-ways roundabout at Kingsford.  This area is currently used for the Sunday Markets, a 'meals-on-wheels' service and the fruit market.  Part of the site is owned by Randwick Council, the rest by State Transit (and leased to Council) as it used to be a tram terminus.

In the (in)famous "discussion paper' process last year, Randwick Council indicated that they wanted this site to be redeveloped to 9 storey tower blocks - a commercial component on the ground floor and flats above.  This public hearing is the first step by Council on that path.  Sure, the change of classification from commercial to operational land sounds harmless, but can Council guarantee no inappropriate 9 story tower blocks as part of this change ?  We hope so.

 

Details of the meeting are:

Council will hold a public hearing for the proposed land reclassification in accordance with the requirements of the Local Government Act 1993 and Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. The hearing will be held on Thursday 26 April 2012 at the Randwick City Council Administrative Building, 30 Frances Street, Randwick from 6pm.

 

 

If you wish to attend to observe or make a presentation to the public hearing, please phone the Strategic Planning Team by 23 April 2012 on 9399 0992 between 8.30am and 5pm.

 

 

 

We also have concerns about what was written in the Mayors Column on 11 April:

 

"Revitalising Kingsford's town centre is a key project for Council this year. By working closely with local Kingsford businesses, business associations and those who live, work and shop in the area, we will create a strategy to rejuvenate the town centre.

 

Thank you to everyone who undertook our shopper and business surveys conducted in the Kingsford town centre last month. We received an overwhelming response with more than 650 surveys completed. The feedback from theses surveys will allow us to gain a better understanding of the dynamics and issues that affect the town centre's economic viability.

The data collected from these opinion surveys will be presented and discussed at two stakeholder workshops to be held at the end of this month and next month where external consultants will present the data from the surveys and an economic analysis. The outcomes from the workshops will shape the short, medium and long term actions developed to encourage economic growth, revitalise the centre and enhance shoppers' experience.

With its close proximity to Sydney's CBD, The University of NSW, NIDA and key local businesses, Kingsford's town centre has so much potential. We value your feedback so I encourage you to attend our stakeholder workshops. To find out more, call 1300 722 542."

No prizes for guessing what the outcome of the "surveys" will be. Who designed the questions, who did the surveys and who was asked? Nearby, impacted residents?

 

 

 



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