0.2 of a hectare to be moved from COSS (Coastal Open Space System) to general industrial zoning.
A planning proposal for Lot 6 DP 3944, Dell Road, West Gosford, adopted by Council-under-administration in April had to be re-adopted with a minor change in the land that will be allowed to be developed under the general industrial zoning.
The rezoning will enable additional opportunities for industrial development.
The original recommendation in April was for 7.3ha of environmental lands to be included in COSS land and now the recommendation is for about 7.1ha to be included in COSS. Administrator Hart adopted the recommendation.
Since April, it has become apparent that the proposed zone boundary between the IN1 General Industrial zone and the C2 Environmental Conservation zone depicted in Council’s Planning Proposal and Local Environmental Plan (LEP) mapping does not correlate with the intended zone boundary as set out in the applicant’s submission and the related Bushfire Assessment and Ecological Assessment, Council said.
“This report seeks to rectify the location of the IN1 General Industrial / C2 Environmental Conservation Zone boundary so that all the C2 zoned land is within the lot to be dedicated to Council and all the IN1 zoned land is within the lot proposed for industrial uses,” the report said.
“Also, the Minimum Lot Size boundary would require a correlating amendment,” the council report to the administrator said.
The latest decision expands the existing IN1 General Industrial zoned portion of the land, to include additional cleared land; and to dedicate the C2 zoned land to Council for inclusion in the COSS via a Planning Agreement.
Council’s updated Privacy Management Plan is two years’ late
Council’s previous Privacy Management Plan (PMP) was finalised in May 2018.
The Information and Privacy Commission (IPC) recommends that an agency reviews its PMP at regular intervals and preferably no later than every two years, states a staff report to the Council-under-administration meeting of July 26 which makes this update more than two years’ late.
The report doesn’t explain what happens if it is this late but it does mention that the Information and Privacy Commission (IPC) has requested an update on the status of the review.
“It has also sought confirmation of when Council expects a link to the amended PMP will be uploaded to Council’s website,” the staff report states under the heading “Risk Management”.
Council is not required that the PMP is placed on public exhibition before it is adopted.
Mr Hart adopts it with a couple of minor editing allowances to fix up some sentences.
Want to know what’s in the policy? Click here: https://www.cccouncilwatch.com.au/how-the-privacy-management-policy-affects-you/
New Audit Risk and Improvement Committee appointee
Administrator Rik Hrt has agreed to appoint Peter McLean as an Independent External Member of the Central Coast Council Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee for an initial period of three years.
Mr McLean has significant relevant experience including experiences with not-for-profit and Government agencies, including executive roles with Bicycle NSW and Can Too Foundation, the report to the administrator said.
“He also has experience in local government including being a serving Councillor at Camden Council, and serving on the ARICs of Shoalhaven City Council, Federation Council, and Goldfields Water Council. Mr McLean is also pre-qualified by NSW Treasury to the ARIC scheme,” the report to the July 26 meeting stated.
Mr Hart thanks the outgoing member Mr John Gordon for his work.
He says he has met Mr McLean in the past and he will be a good appointment.
Wadalba subdivision modifications adopted
Council agreed in 2017 to support a Planning Proposal to rezone land at 137 Johns Road, Wadalba from RU6 Transition to R2 Low Density Residential, SP2 Infrastructure and E2 Environmental Conservation under the Wyong Local Environmental Plan 2013.
Council approved a 58 lot residential subdivision.
LGJJ Developments Pty Ltd has now had approved a modification to the Planning Agreement to allow works to be considered as Works In Kind and offset against the development contributions payable, under the Planning Agreement.
The new Planning Agreement requires:
• Dedication of wildlife corridor land and provision for the payment of an environmental management contribution to Council;
• Dedication of land to realign Johns Road, Wadalba;
• Undertake any necessary Fire Trail Works, at no cost to Council, and pay any relevant Fire Trail Maintenance Contribution.
• Requirement to meet the cost of commissioning, decommissioning and maintenance of a temporary sewer pump station to allow for the servicing of the land; and
• Payment of applicable section 7.11 Local Infrastructure Contributions.
The modifications to the Planning Agreement were exhibited for 28 days between the 10 May to 7 June 2022 and 86 notification letters were sent to surrounding properties.
No submissions were received.
Rezoning requests get a new policy
Council-under-administration adopts new policy on dealing with Local Environment Plan (LEP) amendment requests also known as rezoning applications or “Planning Proposals”
Just in time for integration with the LEP 2022 which takes effect from August 1.
Post 7/13 ordinary meeting, July 26, 2022, Council-under-administration
The UDIA (Urban Development Institute of Australia) asked for some amendments when the policy was out on public exhibition and it got a couple of minor amendments, but nothing to write home about.
• Additional references to the guidelines contained within the Department of Planning and Environment’s ‘Local Environmental. (sic)
• Links to Council’s supporting procedures available on the Local Environmental webpage.
• Further clarity regarding the requirement for pre-lodgement meetings and prelodgement reviews.
Development approvals – trends showing times creeping up
Application times are creeping up and council blames a reduction of staff, increasing applications and Covid.
But Council has recently filled five roles and recruitment has started for 8 new roles.
Pathway integration completed and the CCLEP has been gazetted to take effect from August 1.
Mr Hart says on the surface, the trends are concerning but he is happy to hear another 14 people coming to make a big difference.
When all the planned improvements come, he hopes to see improvement or he will have to ask why.
For the October 2021 to March 2022 period, 1,248 development applications were lodged,
and a total of 1,287 development applications were determined.
This is lower than the previous six months (April to September 2021) where 1,726 development applications were lodged and 1,622 were determined.
There were 128 development applications either withdrawn or were invalid in this period, which is a decrease from 407 withdrawals/invalid applications made in the previous six months.
The estimated value of applications determined in the October 2021 to March 2022 period was approximately $363 million (YTD approx. total $526m).
Current median processing times for development applications is 47 days for the October 2021 to March 2022 period (net calendar days).
This number is broadly consistent with the last reporting period, although it is significantly up from previous year as a result of the reduction in staff numbers, the report said.
The total number of development applications outstanding at the end of this period was 980 (an increase from 831 outstanding applications as at 30 September 2021).