BUSINESS PAPER

 

General Meeting

 

Wednesday 11 November 2015

at 6:30PM

 

 

 

 


Hornsby Shire Council                                                                                           Table of Contents

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

AGENDA AND SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS

Rescission Motions

Mayoral Minutes  

ITEMS PASSED BY EXCEPTION / CALL FOR SPEAKERS ON AGENDA ITEMS

GENERAL BUSINESS

Office of the General Manager

Item 1     GM3/15 Local Government Reform - Fit for the Future Update....................................... 1

Item 2     GM1/15 Code Of Conduct Complaints - Annual Report................................................. 8

Item 3     GM2/15 Contractual Conditions of Senior Staff.......................................................... 11

Corporate Support Division

Item 4     CS46/15 2014/15 Audited Financial Statements - Presentation to the Public................. 14

Item 5     CS44/15 Hornsby Shire Council Annual Report 2014/15............................................... 17

Item 6     CS45/15 Delivery Program for 2013-17 and Operational Plan (Budget) for 2015/16 - September 2015 Quarter Review.......................................................................................................... 20

Item 7     CS43/15 Investments and Borrowings for 2015/16 - Status for Period Ending 30 September 2015................................................................................................................................ 24

Item 8     CS42/15 Classification of Land - 19 Lyndelle Place, Carlingford.................................. 27

Environment and Human Services Division

Item 9     EH25/15 Beecroft/Cheltenham Community Survey...................................................... 31

Planning Division

Item 10    PL90/15 Development Application - Five Storey Residential Flat Building Comprising 57 Units and Strata Subdivision - 20-24 Epping Road, Epping........................................................ 37

Item 11    PL73/15 Development Application - Five Storey Residential Flat Building Comprising 34 Units - 12 and 14 Bouvardia Street, Asquith............................................................................... 83

Item 12    PL86/15 Development Application - Five Storey Residential Flat Building Comprising 24 Units - 139-141 Jersey Street North, Asquith.............................................................................. 129

Item 13    PL78/15 Development Application - Expansion to Mt Wilga Private Hospital - 66 Rosamond Street, Hornsby.................................................................................................................. 177

Item 14    PL89/15 Development Application - Subdivision of One Allotment into Two Lots - 2 Arrionga Place, Hornsby.................................................................................................................. 204

Item 15    PL88/15 Draft Voluntary Planning Agreement - 2 Arrionga Place, Hornsby.................. 218

Item 16    PL87/15 Report on Submissions - Updated Section 94 and 94A Development Contributions Plans.............................................................................................................................. 223

Item 17    PL91/15 Reporting Variations to Development Standards.......................................... 234

Infrastructure and Recreation Division

Item 18    IR33/15 Draft Plan of Management - Hornsby Park, Old Mans Valley and Hornsby Quarry 237

Item 19    IR32/15 Variation to Lease for Part of Public Wharf and Licence of Compound within Road Reserve at Kangaroo Point .................................................................................................. 242  

PUBLIC FORUM – NON AGENDA ITEMS

Questions of Which Notice Has Been Given

Mayor's Notes

Item 20    MN11/15 Mayor's Notes - 1 to 31 October 2015........................................................ 250

Notices of Motion     

SUPPLEMENTARY AGENDA

MATTERS OF URGENCY 

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

 


Hornsby Shire Council                                                   Agenda and Summary of Recommendations

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AGENDA AND SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS

 

PRESENT

NATIONAL ANTHEM

OPENING PRAYER/S

Pastor Jonathan Bradford, from Community Life Church, Cherrybrook, will open the meeting in prayer.

 

Acknowledgement of RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY

Statement by the Chairperson:

"We recognise our Shire's rich cultural and religious diversity and we acknowledge and pay respect to the beliefs of all members of our community, regardless of creed or faith."

 

ABORIGINAL RECOGNITION

Statement by the Chairperson: 

"We acknowledge we are on the traditional lands of the Darug and Guringai Peoples.  We pay our respects to elders past and present."

 

AUDIO RECORDING OF COUNCIL MEETING

Statement by the Chairperson:

"I advise all present that tonight's meeting is being audio recorded for the purposes of providing a record of public comment at the meeting, supporting the democratic process, broadening knowledge and participation in community affairs, and demonstrating Council’s commitment to openness and accountability.  The recordings of the non-confidential parts of the meeting will be made available on Council’s website once the Minutes have been finalised. All speakers are requested to ensure their comments are relevant to the issue at hand and to refrain from making personal comments or criticisms.  No other persons are permitted to record the Meeting, unless specifically authorised by Council to do so."

 

APOLOGIES / LEAVE OF ABSENCE

political donations disclosure

Statement by the Chairperson:

“In accordance with Section 147 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, any person or organisation who has made a relevant planning application or a submission in respect of a relevant planning application which is on tonight’s agenda, and who has made a reportable political donation or gift to a Councillor or employee of the Council, must make a Political Donations Disclosure Statement.

If a Councillor or employee has received a reportable political donation or gift from a person or organisation who has made a relevant planning application or a submission in respect of a relevant planning application which is on tonight’s agenda, they must declare a non-pecuniary conflict of interests to the meeting, disclose the nature of the interest and manage the conflict of interests in accordance with Council’s Code of Conduct.”

 

declarations of interest

Clause 52 of Council’s Code of Meeting Practice (Section 451 of the Local Government Act, 1993) requires that a councillor or a member of a Council committee who has a pecuniary interest in a matter which is before the Council or committee and who is present at a meeting of the Council or committee at which the matter is being considered must disclose the nature of the interest to the meeting as soon as practicable.  The disclosure is also to be submitted in writing (on the form titled “Declaration of Interest”).

 

The Councillor or member of a Council committee must not be present at, or in sight of, the meeting of the Council or committee:

(a)      at any time during which the matter is being considered or discussed by the Council or committee.

(b)      at any time during which the Council or committee is voting on any question in relation to the matter.

 

Clause 51A of Council’s Code of Meeting Practice provides that a Councillor, Council officer, or a member of a Council committee who has a non pecuniary interest in any matter with which the Council is concerned and who is present at a meeting of the Council or committee at which the matter is being considered must disclose the nature of the interest to the meeting as soon as practicable.  The disclosure is also to be submitted in writing (on the form titled “Declaration of Interest”).

 

If the non-pecuniary interest is significant, the Councillor must:

a)     remove the source of conflict, by relinquishing or divesting the interest that creates the conflict, or reallocating the conflicting duties to another Council official.

OR

b)     have no involvement in the matter by absenting themself from and not taking part in any debate or voting on the issue as if the provisions of Section 451(2) of the Act apply.

 

If the non-pecuniary interest is less than significant, the Councillor must provide an explanation of why they consider that the interest does not require further action in the circumstances.

 

 

 

 

confirmation of minutes

THAT the Minutes of the General Meeting held on 14 October 2015 be confirmed; a copy having been distributed to all Councillors.

Petitions

presentations

Rescission Motions

Mayoral Minutes  

 

ITEMS PASSED BY EXCEPTION / CALL FOR SPEAKERS ON AGENDA ITEMS

Note:

Persons wishing to address Council on matters which are on the Agenda are permitted to speak, prior to the item being discussed, and their names will be recorded in the Minutes in respect of that particular item.

Persons wishing to address Council on non agenda matters, are permitted to speak after all items on the agenda in respect of which there is a speaker from the public have been finalised by Council.  Their names will be recorded in the Minutes under the heading "Public Forum for Non Agenda Items".

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

·                Items for which there is a Public Forum Speaker

·                Public Forum for non agenda items

·                Balance of General Business items

 

Office of the General Manager

Page Number 1

Item 1          GM3/15 Local Government Reform - Fit for the Future Update

 

RECOMMENDATION

THAT in the apparent absence of any interest from our neighbouring councils to investigate a voluntary merger with Hornsby, and in line with its adopted position from the 10 June 2015 General Meeting, Council provide the following responses (shown in italics) to the Department of Premier and Cabinet in respect of the NSW Government’s release of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal’s (IPART) report titled Assessment of Council Fit for the Future Proposals:

·              In respect of IPART’s assessment of Council’s submission

o     IPART’s assessment of Council’s submission was in line with Council’s expectations and understanding of the process.

·              In respect of preference/s for merger partner/s

o     Preference 1 – A merger of the whole of Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai Councils together with changes to Hornsby’s existing boundaries at Carlingford, Eastwood, Epping, Marsfield and Macquarie Park as proposed in Council’s letter to the Minister for Local Government dated 30 June 2015.

o     Preference 2 – A merger of the whole of Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai Councils.

 

Page Number 8

Item 2          GM1/15 Code Of Conduct Complaints - Annual Report

 

RECOMMENDATION

THAT the contents of General Manager’s Report No. GM1/15 be received and noted.

 

Page Number 11

Item 3          GM2/15 Contractual Conditions of Senior Staff

 

RECOMMENDATION

THAT the contractual conditions of current Senior Staff as set out in General Manager’s Report No. GM2/15 be noted.

 

Corporate Support Division

Page Number 14

Item 4          CS46/15 2014/15 Audited Financial Statements - Presentation to the Public

 

RECOMMENDATION

THAT the 2014/15 General Purpose and Special Purpose Financial Statements and associated Auditor's Report, as presented to the public on 11 November 2015, be adopted.

 

Page Number 17

Item 5          CS44/15 Hornsby Shire Council Annual Report 2014/15

 

RECOMMENDATION

THAT:

1.         The Hornsby Shire Council Annual Report 2014/15, which has been made available on Council’s website, be received and noted.

2.         The Annual Report be supplemented by Council’s 2014/15 Audited Financial Statements once they are “presented to the public” at the 11 November 2015 General Meeting.

3.         A copy of the final Annual Report 2014/15 be submitted to the Office of Local Government by 30 November 2015.

 

Page Number 20

Item 6          CS45/15 Delivery Program for 2013-17 and Operational Plan (Budget) for 2015/16 - September 2015 Quarter Review

 

RECOMMENDATION

THAT the September 2015 Quarter Review of the 2013-17 Delivery Program and the Operational Plan (Budget) for 2015/16 be received and noted.

 

Page Number 24

Item 7          CS43/15 Investments and Borrowings for 2015/16 - Status for Period Ending 30 September 2015

 

RECOMMENDATION

THAT the contents of Deputy General Manager’s Report No. CS43/15 be received and noted.

 

Page Number 27

Item 8          CS42/15 Classification of Land - 19 Lyndelle Place, Carlingford

 

RECOMMENDATION

THAT:

1.         Pursuant to Section 31 of the Local Government Act 1993, Lot 101 DP 831310 being 19 Lyndelle Place, Carlingford be classified as “Operational Land”.

2.         Council agree to the sale of the residue vacant land not required for drainage improvement works.

3.         The Acting General Manager be authorised to determine the most appropriate method of sale, negotiate detailed terms and conditions of the sale agreement subject to limitations outlined in Deputy General Manager’s Report No. CS42/15; and to execute documents in relation to the sale, as deemed appropriate by Council’s legal advisors.

 

Environment and Human Services Division

Page Number 31

Item 9          EH25/15 Beecroft/Cheltenham Community Survey

 

RECOMMENDATION

THAT the contents of Group Manager’s Report No. EH25/15 be received and noted.

 

Planning Division

Page Number 37

Item 10        PL90/15 Development Application - Five Storey Residential Flat Building Comprising 57 Units and Strata Subdivision - 20-24 Epping Road, Epping

 

RECOMMENDATION

THAT Development Application No. DA/327/2015 for demolition of existing structures and construction of a five storey residential flat building containing 21 x 1 bedroom, 31 x 2 bedroom and 5 x 3 bedroom units above two basement parking levels at Lots 16, 17 and 18 DP 10385, Nos. 20-24 Epping Road, Epping be approved subject to the conditions of consent detailed in Schedule 1 of Group Manager’s Report No. PL90/15.

 

Page Number 83

Item 11        PL73/15 Development Application - Five Storey Residential Flat Building Comprising 34 Units - 12 and 14 Bouvardia Street, Asquith

 

RECOMMENDATION

THAT Council assume the concurrence of the Secretary of the Department of Planning and Environment pursuant to Clause 4.6 of the Hornsby Local Environmental Plan 2013 and approve Development Application No. DA/745/2015 for demolition of existing structures and the construction of a five storey residential flat building comprising 34 units and basement car parking at Lot 55 DP 8437, Nos. 12 and 14 Bouvardia Street, Asquith subject to the conditions of consent detailed in Schedule 1 of Group Manager’s Report No. PL73/15.

 

Page Number 129

Item 12        PL86/15 Development Application - Five Storey Residential Flat Building Comprising 24 Units - 139-141 Jersey Street North, Asquith

 

RECOMMENDATION

THAT Development Application No. DA/1275/2013 for demolition of existing structures and construction of a five storey residential flat building comprising 24 units at Lot 19 and 20 DP 23965, Nos.139-141 Jersey Street North, Asquith be approved as a deferred commencement pursuant to Section 80(3) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 subject to the conditions of consent detailed in Schedule 1 of Group Manager’s Report No. PL86/15.

 

Page Number 177

Item 13        PL78/15 Development Application - Expansion to Mt Wilga Private Hospital - 66 Rosamond Street, Hornsby

 

RECOMMENDATION

THAT Development Application No. DA/813/2015 for alterations and additions to Mt Wilga Private Hospital at Lot 100 DP 1166007, No. 66 Rosamond Street, Hornsby be approved subject to the conditions of consent detailed in Schedule 1 of Group Manager’s Report No. PL78/15.

 

Page Number 204

Item 14        PL89/15 Development Application - Subdivision of One Allotment into Two Lots - 2 Arrionga Place, Hornsby

 

RECOMMENDATION

THAT Development Application No. DA/1480/2014 for Torrens Title subdivision of one allotment into two lots at Lot 11 DP 1178405 No. 2 Arrionga Place, Hornsby be approved as a deferred commencement pursuant to Section 80(3) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 subject to the conditions of consent detailed in Schedule 1 of Group Manager’s Report No. PL89/15.

 

Page Number 218

Item 15        PL88/15 Draft Voluntary Planning Agreement - 2 Arrionga Place, Hornsby

 

RECOMMENDATION

THAT:

1.         The draft Voluntary Planning Agreement attached to Group Manager’s Report No. PL88/15 be exhibited for 28 days in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

2.         Following the exhibition, a report on submissions be presented to Council.

 

Page Number 223

Item 16        PL87/15 Report on Submissions - Updated Section 94 and 94A Development Contributions Plans

 

RECOMMENDATION

THAT Council adopt the Hornsby Shire Council Section 94 Development Contributions Plan 2014 – 2024 and the Hornsby Shire Council Section 94A Development Contributions Plan 2014 – 2024 which can be viewed on Council’s website www.hornsby.nsw.gov.au/property/development-applications/section-94-contributions

 

Page Number 234

Item 17        PL91/15 Reporting Variations to Development Standards

 

RECOMMENDATION

THAT the contents of Group Manager’s Report No. PL91/15 be received and noted.

 

Infrastructure and Recreation Division

Page Number 237

Item 18        IR33/15 Draft Plan of Management - Hornsby Park, Old Mans Valley and Hornsby Quarry

 

RECOMMENDATION

THAT:

1.         The draft Plan of Management for Hornsby Park, Old Mans Valley and Hornsby Quarry, with amendments made following exhibition that are considered not substantial, be adopted without further exhibition.

2.         Public notice of the adoption of the Plan of Management and the terms of its amendments be provided.

3.         The name ‘Hornsby Park’ be adopted as the formal name for the public recreation lands covered by the Plan of Management and the undertaking of all necessary steps to formalise this name be authorised. 

 

Page Number 242

Item 19        IR32/15 Variation to Lease for Part of Public Wharf and Licence of Compound within Road Reserve at Kangaroo Point

 

RECOMMENDATION

THAT:

1.         Subject to the fulfilment of requirements of the Crown Lands Act 1989, including the creation of a Reserve Trust governing the land above mean high water mark and Council’s appointment as Trust Manager, Council acting as Trust Manager, agree to a new long-term lease with Luxury Afloat Hawkesbury River & Brooklyn Pty Ltd from 12 May 2021 on the condition that capital improvements outlined in Deputy General Manager’s Report No. IR32/15 have been completed prior to 31 December 2020.

2.         Expressions of Interest be invited for a licence over the fenced compound located within Lot 8 DP 740853 being a public road adjoining the Pacific Highway at Kangaroo Point subject to the terms and conditions outlined in Deputy General Manager’s Report No. IR32/15.

3.         The Acting General Manager be authorised to negotiate the detailed terms and conditions of an Agreement to Lease, Lease and Licence subject to the limitations outlined in Deputy General Manager’s Report No. IR32/15, and to execute documents in relation to the tenancies as deemed appropriate by Council’s legal advisers. 

  

PUBLIC FORUM – NON AGENDA ITEMS

Questions of Which Notice Has Been Given

Mayor's Notes

Page Number 250

Item 20        MN11/15 Mayor's Notes - 1 to 31 October 2015

 

Notices of Motion     

SUPPLEMENTARY AGENDA

MATTERS OF URGENCY 

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

 


 


 

General Manager's Report No. GM3/15

Office of the General Manager

Date of Meeting: 11/11/2015

 

1        LOCAL GOVERNMENT REFORM - FIT FOR THE FUTURE UPDATE   

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

·              In June 2015, Council made a submission to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) under the NSW Government’s Fit for the Future (FFTF) requirements. As expected, Hornsby was found by IPART to be “not fit” under the scale and capacity requirements of FFTF although it was recognised that Council was well placed in meeting all the financial sustainability, infrastructure and services and efficiency requirements of FFTF.

·              As a council assessed as “not fit”, Hornsby now has the opportunity to comment on the IPART assessment as well as indicating to the Government by 18 November 2015 our preference/s for merger partner/s. From briefings provided by the Government since the release of the IPART report it is understood that whole council mergers are favoured at this stage, although preferences involving boundary adjustments will also be given consideration.

·              In line with Council’s position on FFTF emanating from the June 2015 General Meeting, it is proposed that two merger option preferences be submitted to the Government for consideration. The first is for a merger of the whole of the existing Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai Councils together with changes to Hornsby’s existing boundaries at Carlingford, Eastwood, Epping, Marsfield and Macquarie Park; and the second is a merger of the whole of Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai Councils with no other boundary adjustments.

 

RECOMMENDATION

THAT in the apparent absence of any interest from our neighbouring councils to investigate a voluntary merger with Hornsby, and in line with its adopted position from the 10 June 2015 General Meeting, Council provide the following responses (shown in italics) to the Department of Premier and Cabinet in respect of the NSW Government’s release of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal’s (IPART) report titled Assessment of Council Fit for the Future Proposals:

·              In respect of IPART’s assessment of Council’s submission

o     IPART’s assessment of Council’s submission was in line with Council’s expectations and understanding of the process.

·              In respect of preference/s for merger partner/s

o     Preference 1 – A merger of the whole of Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai Councils together with changes to Hornsby’s existing boundaries at Carlingford, Eastwood, Epping, Marsfield and Macquarie Park as proposed in Council’s letter to the Minister for Local Government dated 30 June 2015.

o     Preference 2 – A merger of the whole of Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai Councils.

 


PURPOSE

The purpose of this Report is to provide Council with details of the NSW Government’s release of the IPART report titled Assessment of Council Fit for the Future Proposals; to explain the next stage of the FFTF process; and to propose a response to the Government.

BACKGROUND

At the 10 June 2015 General Meeting, Council considered Deputy General Manager’s Report No. CS13/15 – Local Government Reform – Fit for the Future (FFTF) – The Process Since 2011 and Council’s Submission to IPART – and unanimously resolved that Council:

1.         Advise IPART that it has proactively entered into discussions and undertaken research since 2011 which shows that Hornsby Shire would benefit from local government reform.

2.         Advise IPART that it has discussed with its neighbouring councils the opportunity to commission the preparation of an independent merger business case which would incorporate joint community consultation and be used objectively and reasonably by the councils to consider amalgamation options and issues.

3.         Advise IPART that as no neighbouring council has indicated a willingness to partner with Hornsby to commission a merger business case, Council is aware that it will be deemed “not fit” under the scale and capacity criteria of Fit for the Future (FFTF) but now has no choice but to complete a Council Improvement Proposal for IPART’s assessment.

4.         Endorse the Council Improvement Proposal incorporated in Deputy General Manager’s Report No. CS13/15 for submission to IPART, noting that Council will meet all the financial sustainability, infrastructure and services and efficiency criteria under FFTF by 2018/19.

5.         Encourage the State Government to remain committed to working with the industry to achieve local government reform in line with the FFTF package.

6.         Write to the Minster for Local Government and IPART requesting that if the State Government decides to pursue a merger option for Hornsby with Ku-ring-gai (or another council/s) because Hornsby has been deemed “not fit” for the future by IPART, that the Government take the opportunity to also consider the following changes to Hornsby’s existing boundaries as part of the process:

a)         That part of the suburb of Carlingford, east of Marsden Road, currently with the Parramatta City Local Government Area (LGA), be transferred to the Hornsby Shire LGA

b)         That part of the suburb of Eastwood currently within the Parramatta City LGA be transferred to the Hornsby Shire LGA

c)         That part of the suburb of Epping currently within the Parramatta City LGA be transferred to the Hornsby Shire LGA

d)         That part of the suburb of Eastwood currently within the City of Ryde LGA be transferred to the Hornsby Shire LGA

e)         The suburb of Marsfield, currently within the City of Ryde LGA, be transferred to the Hornsby Shire LGA

f)          The suburb of Macquarie Park, currently within the City of Ryde LGA, be transferred to the Hornsby Shire LGA

7.         Make a submission to the NSW Legislative Council’s General Purpose Standing Committee No. 6 – Inquiry into local government in New South Wales in terms consistent with the contents of Deputy General Manager’s Report No. CS13/15 and Council’s resolution.

8.         Write to the Chair of the NSW Legislative Council’s General Purpose Standing Committee No. 6 – Inquiry into local government reform in New South Wales requesting that the Mayor appear as a witness before the Inquiry on behalf of Hornsby Shire Council.

In line with the above resolution, the following has occurred:

·              The Council Improvement Proposal attached to Deputy General Manager’s Report No. CS13/15 was submitted to IPART for assessment on 30 June 2015

·              The General Manager wrote letters to the Minister for Local Government and the Chairman of IPART on 30 June 2015 advising that if IPART determines that Hornsby Shire Council is “not fit” for the future following a formal assessment of the Council Improvement Proposal, that any decisions that the State Government makes about Hornsby’s future should take account of the boundary adjustments proposed in points 6 a) - f) of Council’s resolution

·              The General Manager wrote to the Director of General Purpose Standing Committee No. 6 on 29 June 2015 providing details of Council’s submission to IPART and seeking an invitation for the Mayor to appear as a witness at one of the Standing Committee’s Inquiry into Local Government in NSW hearings

·              The Mayor appeared as a witness at the Standing Committee’s Inquiry into Local Government in NSW hearing on 10 August 2015 at Parliament House. He explained and took questions about Council’s position in respect of local government reform and the extensive research that Council has undertaken on the matter.

DISCUSSION

Release of IPART Report – Assessment of Council Fit for the Future Proposals

On 16 October 2015, IPART handed its assessment of council proposals under the FFTF reforms to the NSW Government. In its media release of that date, IPART advised that all proposals received from councils were assessed as either “fit” or “not fit” against the FFTF criteria established by the Government in 2014. They also stated that the council proposals to either stand-alone or merge were assessed according to whether they delivered the scale and capacity, financial sustainability, efficiency and the ability to effectively manage infrastructure and services for the community as required by the criteria.

On 20 October 2015, the Premier and Minister for Local Government released the IPART Report to the public (Final Report - Assessment of Council Fit for the Future Proposals - October 2015). The Premier and Minister indicated that the Report had found that 71% of metropolitan Sydney councils are “not fit”, primarily because councils did not propose a merger despite clear benefits. In this regard, IPART found that reducing waste and red tape through local government mergers could free up to $2 billion over the next 20 years for NSW ratepayers, which could stabilise council rates and fund better services and new infrastructure for communities. A copy of a letter and supporting documents from the Premier, Minister and Department of Premier and Cabinet are attached to this Report.

As part of the release of IPART’s Report, the Government announced a new Stronger Communities Fund, providing each new council up to $15 million to invest in community infrastructure projects such as sporting fields, libraries and parks; as well as funding of up to $10 million for each new council to ensure ratepayers do not pay for the up-front costs of merging. That funding will be available to those mergers which are agreed to by the relevant councils and the NSW Government.

When releasing the IPART Report, the Government advised that there would be a final 30 day consultation period opportunity for councils to respond to the IPART findings. Councils have until 18 November 2015 to provide feedback through the online portal on the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s website. For those councils assessed as “not fit” due to scale and capacity, or who neighbour a council that was assessed as “not fit” due to scale and capacity, there is an opportunity through the portal to indicate their merger preferences.

The Government has advised that, following the conclusion of the 30 day consultation period, it will make its final decisions about council amalgamations and has committed to advising all councils of those decisions by the end of this year.

IPART’s Assessment of Hornsby

The assessment of Hornsby against the FFTF criteria is included on the attached copy of pages 237 and 238 of the IPART Report. The assessment, which shows that Hornsby is “not fit” for the future, is as expected and in line with advice provided to Council in Deputy General Manager’s Report No. CS13/15. IPART’s summary for Hornsby is that:

·              Council does not satisfy the scale and capacity criterion

·              Council satisfies the financial criteria overall. It also satisfies the sustainability, infrastructure and service management and efficiency criteria.

·              Scale and capacity is a threshold criterion which councils must meet to be fit for the future, therefore, Council is “not fit” for the future

Next Steps

By 18 November 2015, Council has the opportunity to provide feedback to the Department of Premier and Cabinet in respect of:

·              IPART’s assessment of Council’s submission

·              Preference/s for merger partner/s

As the IPART assessment of Council’s submission is what was expected in Deputy General Manager’s Report No. CS13/15, it is appropriate that any feedback to the Department should confirm that IPART’s assessment is in line with Council’s expectations and understanding of the process.

In respect of merger partner/s, Council has already expressed its preferred option to the Government when, following its resolution of 10 June 2015, it wrote to the Minster for Local Government requesting that if the Government decides to pursue a merger option for Hornsby with Ku-ring-gai (or another council/s) because Hornsby has been deemed “not fit” for the future by IPART, that the Government take the opportunity to also consider the following changes to Hornsby’s existing boundaries as part of the process:

a)         That part of the suburb of Carlingford, east of Marsden Road, currently with the Parramatta City Local Government Area (LGA), be transferred to the Hornsby Shire LGA

b)         That part of the suburb of Eastwood currently within the Parramatta City LGA be transferred to the Hornsby Shire LGA

c)         That part of the suburb of Epping currently within the Parramatta City LGA be transferred to the Hornsby Shire LGA

d)         That part of the suburb of Eastwood currently within the City of Ryde LGA be transferred to the Hornsby Shire LGA

e)         The suburb of Marsfield, currently within the City of Ryde LGA, be transferred to the Hornsby Shire LGA

f)          The suburb of Macquarie Park, currently within the City of Ryde LGA, be transferred to the Hornsby Shire LGA

To ensure that all voluntary merger opportunities for Hornsby are canvassed prior to the 18 November 2015 deadline for nominating preferred merger partner/s, the Mayor wrote to the Mayors of our neighbouring councils (Ku-ring-gai, The Hills, Parramatta and Ryde) on 21 October 2015 asking whether representatives of those Councils would be available to meet as soon as possible with Hornsby’s FFTF Steering Committee to discuss the current positions of the Councils. In this regard, it is understood from briefings given to the Mayor and General Manager that the Government is particularly interested in whole council mergers although it has made provision on the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s portal for boundary adjustment proposals. 

At the time of preparation of this Report, a reply has only been received to the Mayor’s letter from the Mayor of Ku-ring-gai (dated 22 October 2015) stating “At this stage I am still evaluating the report and Council’s options and think it is premature to meet. I will therefore not take you up on your offer of a meeting at this time. I am however not altogether ruling out a meeting before 18 November.”

If other responses are received to the Mayor’s letter and/or Council’s FFTF Steering Committee meets with representatives of other councils, details will be provided to Council via a Late Items Memo.

It is noted that on 27 October 2015, both Ku-ring-gai and Ryde Councils had meetings and formulated interim resolutions in respect of FFTF. Those resolutions are:

Ku-ring-gai Council

1.         That Council note that IPART assessed Ku-ring-gai Council as meeting all financial benchmarks and was only considered by them to be “unfit” as it did not meet the State Government target for size (known as scale and capacity).

2.         That Council note that its reasons for forming the view that the interests of the residents and ratepayers of Ku-ring-gai were best served by remaining stand alone have not changed with the findings of the IPART report.

3.         That Council delegate to the General Manager the authority to finalise and submit comments to the State Government on IPART’s findings, consistent with the draft submission provided in Attachment E.

4.         That a further report be submitted to Council to determine a final position on mergers, prior to the deadline of 18 November 2015.

5.         That further information be obtained regarding the confidential attachment to GB.12 and reported back to Council.

Ryde Council

1.         That Council continue to work with its JRA partners Lane Cove and Hunter’s Hill Councils in responding to the NSW Government’s template.

2.         That Council seek LGNSW, as the peak local government organisation in NSW, to lead and coordinate a campaign on behalf of local government in opposition to forced mergers.

It appears from the response received to date in respect of the Mayor’s 21 October 2015 letter and the resolutions adopted by our neighbouring councils since the release of the IPART report that it is unlikely that meetings will be held with those councils prior to Hornsby formalising its response to the NSW Government at the 11 November 2015 General Meeting.

As such, and in line with Council’s existing position on FFTF, it is proposed that the following (shown in italics) are appropriate responses to the Government by 18 November 2015:

·              In respect of IPART’s assessment of Council’s submission

o     IPART’s assessment of Council’s submission is in line with Council’s expectations and understanding of the process.

·              In respect of preference/s for merger partner/s

o     Preference 1 – A merger of the whole of Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai Councils together with changes to Hornsby’s existing boundaries at Carlingford, Eastwood, Epping, Marsfield and Macquarie Park as proposed in Council’s letter to the Minister for Local Government dated 30 June 2015.

o     Preference 2 – A merger of the whole of Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai Councils.

CONSULTATION

As part of the preparation of this Report, the Mayor and General Manager were involved in telephone conferences involving the Premier, Minister for Local Government, Chair of IPART and senior members of staff from the Department of Premier and Cabinet. There have also been some discussions with some of our neighbouring councils.

BUDGET

As part of the release of the IPART Report, the Government announced a new Stronger Communities Fund. Under that Fund, each new council will be provided with up to $15 million to invest in community infrastructure projects such as sporting fields, libraries and parks; as well as funding of up to $10 million for each new council to ensure ratepayers do not pay for the up-front costs of merging. It is noted that a Hornsby/Ku-ring-gai merger would be eligible for $10 million under the Stronger Communities Fund and $10 million to assist with up-front merger costs. The funding will be available to those mergers which are agreed to by the relevant councils by 18 November 2015 and are subsequently supported by the NSW Government.

POLICY

As a responsible local government authority, Council has and continues to be committed to participating in an ongoing discussion with the NSW Government and its neighbouring councils about the reform of local government.

CONCLUSION

Council has been a willing participant in the local government reform exercise commenced by the State Government in 2011 and has been prepared to commission its own independent research during the intervening period to assist in its deliberations about reform. Council also proactively entered into discussions with its neighbouring councils about having an independent merger business case prepared which could be used to objectively consider amalgamation options and issues for Hornsby and those councils. As no neighbouring council indicated a willingness to even partner with Hornsby to have a merger business case prepared, Council had no choice but to complete a “Council Improvement Proposal” and submit the Proposal to IPART by 30 June 2015 for formal assessment.

Although Hornsby was, as expected, found by IPART to be “not fit” under the scale and capacity requirements of FFTF, the Proposal did show that Council has been a role model through the reform process and was well placed in meeting all the financial sustainability, infrastructure and services and efficiency requirements of FFTF. As a council assessed as “not fit”, Hornsby has the opportunity up until 18 November 2015 to comment on the IPART assessment as well as indicating our preference/s for merger partner/s. It is noted that Council has again sought to have discussions with its neighbouring councils since the release of the IPART report, in particular Ku-ring-gai, but at this stage no meetings have been held.

In line with Council’s existing position on Fit for the Future, it is proposed that two merger option preferences be submitted to the NSW Government for consideration. The first is for a merger of the whole of Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai Councils together with changes to Hornsby’s existing boundaries at Carlingford, Eastwood, Epping, Marsfield and Macquarie Park as proposed in Council’s letter to the Minister for Local Government dated 30 June 2015; and the second is a merger of the whole of Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai Councils with no other boundary adjustments.

RESPONSIBLE OFFICER

The officer responsible for the preparation of this Report is the Acting General Manager – Gary Bensley, who can be contacted on 9847 6604.

 

 

 

 

Gary Bensley

Acting General Manager

Office of the General Manager

 

 

 

Attachments:

1.View

Supporting Documents - Fit for the Future

 

 

 

 

File Reference:           F2014/00494

Document Number:    D06740964

 


 

General Manager's Report No. GM1/15

Office of the General Manager

Date of Meeting: 11/11/2015

 

2        CODE OF CONDUCT COMPLAINTS - ANNUAL REPORT   

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

·              Clause 12.1 of Council’s Procedures for the Administration of the Code of Conduct requires the Complaints Coordinator to report annually to Council on Code of Conduct complaints made about Councillors and/or the General Manager.

·              As no Code of Conduct complaints were received by Council during the reporting period of 30 September 2014 to 30 September 2015, the only action required is for Council to receive and note this Report.

 

RECOMMENDATION

THAT the contents of General Manager’s Report No. GM1/15 be received and noted.

 


PURPOSE

The purpose of this Report is to meet the requirements of Council’s Procedures for the Administration of the Code of Conduct in respect of the receipt of Code of Conduct complaints during the period 30 September 2014 to 30 September 2015.

BACKGROUND

Clause 12.1 of Council’s Procedures for the Administration of the Code of Conduct states:

The Complaints Coordinator must arrange for the following statistics to be reported to the Council within 3 months of the end of September of each year:

a)         the total number of code of conduct complaints made about Councillors and the General Manager under the code of conduct in the year to September,

b)         the number of code of conduct complaints referred to a conduct reviewer,

c)         the number of code of conduct complaints finalised by a conduct reviewer at the preliminary assessment stage and the outcome of those complaints,

d)         the number of code of conduct complaints investigated by a conduct reviewer,

e)         the number of code of conduct complaints investigated by a conduct review committee,

f)          without identifying particular matters, the outcome of code of conduct complaints investigated by a conduct reviewer or conduct review committee under these procedures,

g)         the number of matters reviewed by the Division and, without identifying particular matters, the outcome of the reviews, and

h)         the total cost of dealing with code of conduct complaints made about Councillors and the General Manager in the year to September, including staff costs.

DISCUSSION

There were no Code of Conduct complaints made against Councillors or the General Manager in the period from 30 September 2014 to 30 September 2015.

BUDGET

There are no budgetary implications associated with this Report.

POLICY

There are no policy implications associated with this Report.

CONCLUSION

Council’s consideration of this Report ensures the requirements of Council’s Procedures for the Administration of the Code of Conduct are met. As no Code of Conduct complaints were received during the period, the only action required is for Council to receive and note this Report.

RESPONSIBLE OFFICER

The officer responsible for the preparation of this Report is the Risk and Audit Manager (and Council’s Complaints Coordinator) – Scott Allen, who can be contacted on 9847 6609.

 

 

 

 

Gary Bensley

Acting General Manager

Office of the General Manager

 

 

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.

 

File Reference:           F2006/00554

Document Number:    D06693518

 


 

General Manager's Report No. GM2/15

Office of the General Manager

Date of Meeting: 11/11/2015

 

3        CONTRACTUAL CONDITIONS OF SENIOR STAFF   

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

·              Section 339 of the Local Government Act requires that the General Manager report to Council on the contractual conditions of Senior Staff at least annually.

·              On 16 May 2012 Council resolved that, apart from the General Manager’s position which is legislated as a Senior Staff position, the following Senior Staff positions exist in the Organisation Structure – Deputy General Manager, Corporate Support Division; Deputy General Manager, Infrastructure and Recreation Division; Group Manager, Environment and Human Services Division; and Group Manager, Planning Division.

·              The Senior Staff positions, which were last re-determined by Council in November 2014, have operated successfully since 4 June 2012 and no changes are considered necessary.  It is noted that all current Senior Staff contracts are in accordance with standard contracts issued by the Office of Local Government (OLG).

·              It is recommended that the current contractual conditions in respect of the current Senior Staff positions be noted.

 

RECOMMENDATION

THAT the contractual conditions of current Senior Staff as set out in General Manager’s Report No. GM2/15 be noted.

 


PURPOSE

The purpose of this Report is to meet legislative requirements associated with Council’s Senior Staff positions.

BACKGROUND

Section 339 of the Local Government Act requires that the General Manager report to Council on the contractual conditions of Senior Staff at least annually.

DISCUSSION

Organisation Structure

Following a review by independent consultants of Council’s Internal Services (in 2011) and External Services (in 2012), the previous Council adopted a new Organisation Structure which became effective from 4 June 2012 (refer General Manager’s Report No. GM10/12 considered at the 14 March 2012 Workshop Meeting).  The new Structure comprises the Office of the General Manager and four Divisions - Corporate Support; Infrastructure and Recreation; Environment and Human Services; and Planning.

In the period from 4 June 2012 until now, the adopted Structure has operated successfully. It is noted that as a consequence of ceasing to provide child care services at Hornsby, Greenway Park and Somerville Park in October 2015 (and at Asquith from the end of 2015), there has been a need to look at how an appropriate balance of Branch responsibilities could be achieved across the Council Divisions. That process led to management responsibility for the Waste Management Branch being transferred on 5 October 2015 from the Infrastructure and Recreation Division to the Environment and Human Services Division. No relocations of staff were required as a consequence of that change as it was simply a change in reporting lines for Waste Management.

No further changes to the Structure are considered necessary at this point in time.

Senior Staff Positions

At its Ordinary Meeting on 16 May 2012 (refer Mayoral Minute No. MM5/12) Council resolved that, apart from the General Manager’s position which is legislated as a Senior Staff position, the following be determined as Senior Staff Positions in the Organisation Structure - Deputy General Manager, Corporate Support Division; Deputy General Manager, Infrastructure and Recreation Division; Group Manager, Environment and Human Services Division; and Group Manager, Planning Division.

The Senior Staff positions were most recently re-determined by Council at its General Meeting on 12 November 2014 (refer General Manager’s Report No. GM3/14). The Senior Staff Positions have continued to operate successfully since that time and no changes are considered necessary. As a consequence, it is recommended that the existing Senior Staff Positions again be re-determined by Council.

Contractual Conditions of Senior Staff

Current appointments to Council’s Senior Staff Positions took effect on the following dates for the periods shown:

Senior Staff Position                                                   Appointment Date                     Period

General Manager                                                                                   (*)                            (*)

Deputy General Manager, Corporate Support                            1 July 2015                    5 years

Deputy General Manager, Infrastructure and Recreation             1 July 2015                    5 years

Group Manager, Environment and Human Services                   1 July 2015                    5 years

Group Manager, Planning                                                         1 July 2015                    5 years

(*) The Deputy General Manager, Corporate Support – Mr Gary Bensley – has been appointed as Council’s Acting General Manager until 1 April 2016 (as per Council’s resolution on 8 July 2015 in respect of Mayoral Minute No. MM5/15).  As a consequence, and in line with that appointment, Council’s Chief Financial Officer will act as Deputy General Manager, Corporate Support for the same period.

It is noted that all Senior Staff contracts are in accordance with standard contracts issued by the OLG.

BUDGET

There are no budgetary implications associated with this Report.

POLICY

There are no policy implications associated with this Report.

CONCLUSION

Council’s consideration of this Report ensures that relevant legislative requirements have been met in respect of Senior Staff positions.

RESPONSIBLE OFFICER

The officer responsible for the preparation of this Report is the Risk and Audit Manager – Scott Allen, who can be contacted on 9847 6609.

 

 

 

 

Gary Bensley

Acting General Manager

Office of the General Manager

 

 

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.

 

File Reference:           F2005/00481

Document Number:    D06693535

  


 

Deputy General Manager's Report No. CS46/15

Corporate Support Division

Date of Meeting: 11/11/2015

 

4        2014/15 AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - PRESENTATION TO THE PUBLIC   

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

·              In accordance with Sections 413, 415, 416 and 417 of the Local Government Act, Council must prepare and have audited its General Purpose and Special Purpose Financial Statements within four months of the end of each financial year.

·              At the 9 September 2015 General Meeting, Council received and noted the 2014/15 Financial Statements and resolved to refer them for audit.  Council also delegated authority to the General Manager to fix the date at which the Financial Statements and Auditor’s Report would be presented to the public.  Following receipt of the Auditor’s Report, the Acting General Manager determined that such presentation would occur at the 11 November 2015 General Meeting.

·              Following formal presentation of the Financial Statements and Auditor's Reports to the public at the 11 November 2015 General Meeting, members of the public, in accordance with Section 420 of the Local Government Act, have seven days, i.e. until 18 November 2015, to make submissions about the Statements.

 

RECOMMENDATION

THAT the 2014/15 General Purpose and Special Purpose Financial Statements and associated Auditor's Report, as presented to the public on 11 November 2015, be adopted.

 


PURPOSE

The purpose of this Report is to allow Council's 2014/15 General Purpose and Special Purpose Financial Statements and associated Auditor's Reports to be presented to the public in accordance with Section 419(1) of the Local Government Act.

BACKGROUND

In accordance with Sections 413, 415, 416 and 417 of the Local Government Act, Council must prepare and have audited its General Purpose and Special Purpose Financial Statements within four months of the end of each financial year.

At the 9 September 2015 General Meeting, Council considered Deputy General Manager’s Report No. CS39/15 – General Purpose and Special Purpose Financial Reports – 2014/15 Financial Year – and resolved that:

1.         The 2014/15 General Purpose and Special Purpose Financial Reports be received and noted and referred for audit.

2.         The Mayor and Deputy Mayor be authorised to sign the Statutory Statements in connection with the 2014/15 Financial Reports.

3.         The 2014/15 Financial Reports be authorised for “presentation to the public” on receipt of the Auditor’s Report.

4.         The General Manager be delegated authority to fix the date of the General Meeting at which the 2014/15 Financial Reports and Auditor’s Report are formally “presented to the public”.

DISCUSSION

Following the 9 September 2015 General Meeting, the 2014/15 General Purpose and Special Purpose Financial Statements were signed and referred to PricewaterhouseCoopers for audit.  PricewaterhouseCoopers have subsequently issued an Auditor’s Report and identified no issues, other than minor presentation matters, which required changes to the Financial Statements.

Following receipt of the Auditor's Report, the Acting General Manager authorised, in accordance with Council’s resolution of 9 September 2015, that presentation of the Financial Statements and Auditor’s Report to the public would occur at the 11 November 2015 General Meeting.  As a result, public notices have been placed in local newspapers and on Council's website in accordance with Section 418 of the Act.

Hard copies of the Financial Statements and Auditor's Report are available for viewing by members of the public at Council's Administration Centre and Branch Libraries.  An electronic copy of the Financial Statements and Auditor's Reports has also been placed on Council's website at http://www.hornsby.nsw.gov.au/council/about-council/corporate-documents-and-reports/financial-statements and is available in TRIM (refer Document No. D06716867).

Following formal presentation of the Financial Statements and Auditor's Report to the public at the 11 November 2015 General Meeting, members of the public, in accordance with Section 420 of the Local Government Act have seven days, i.e. until 18 November 2015, to make submissions about the documents.  Such submissions must be in writing and must be referred by Council to the Auditor for his response.

It is noted that Council's external auditor, Dennis Banicevic of PricewaterhouseCoopers, has indicated his availability to make a presentation about the Financial Statements, Auditor’s Report and Council's financial position at the 11 November 2015 General Meeting.

CONSULTATION

In the preparation of this Report there was consultation with Council’s External Auditor.

BUDGET

The Income Statement result for 2014/15 is a surplus of $17.142 million before capital items.  That surplus, together with other forecast Income Statement surpluses over the coming years, are to be used to assist in funding infrastructure works identified in Council’s Section 94 Development Contribution Plan and the embellishment of the Hornsby Quarry site (refer Council’s Long Term Financial Plan for 2014/15 to 2023/24).

POLICY

There are no policy implications associated with this Report.

CONCLUSION

The presentation of the 2014/15 Financial Statements and Auditor’s Report to the public at the 11 November 2015 General Meeting will ensure that the requirements of the Local Government Act have been met and that the public have an opportunity to make any relevant submissions to Council about the documents.

RESPONSIBLE OFFICER

The officer responsible for the preparation of this Report is the Acting Chief Financial Officer – Duncan Chell, who can be contacted on 9847 6822.

 

 

 

 

Glen Magus

Acting Deputy General Manager

Corporate Support Division

 

 

Gary Bensley

Acting General Manager

Office of the General Manager

 

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.

 

File Reference:           F2015/00022

Document Number:    D06716922

 


 

Deputy General Manager's Report No. CS44/15

Corporate Support Division

Date of Meeting: 11/11/2015

 

5        HORNSBY SHIRE COUNCIL ANNUAL REPORT 2014/15   

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

·              An annual report is one of the key points of accountability between a council and its community.  In this regard, NSW councils are required to prepare an annual report within five months of the end of the financial year, place the report on their website and submit the report to the Office of Local Government (OLG).

·              The Hornsby Shire Council Annual Report 2014/15 has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the legislation (Local Government Act and Regulation) and the OLG.  The Annual Report also includes information which ensures that annual reporting requirements imposed on Council by other legislation or statutory bodies are met.

·              The 2014/15 Annual Report focuses on Council’s achievements in implementation of its Delivery Program.  Council’s 2014/15 audited Financial Statements are to form part of the Annual Report once they are “presented to the public” at the 11 November 2015 General Meeting.

 

RECOMMENDATION

THAT:

1.         The Hornsby Shire Council Annual Report 2014/15, which has been made available on Council’s website, be received and noted.

2.         The Annual Report be supplemented by Council’s 2014/15 Audited Financial Statements once they are “presented to the public” at the 11 November 2015 General Meeting.

3.         A copy of the final Annual Report 2014/15 be submitted to the Office of Local Government by 30 November 2015.

 


PURPOSE

The purpose of this Report is to present the 2014/15 Annual Report for Council’s consideration.

BACKGROUND

Section 428 of the Local Government Act requires that a council prepare an annual report within five months of the end of the financial year.  The council is required to place the report on its website and submit a copy to the OLG.  The annual report must contain information required by the Act and the Local Government (General) Regulation as well as the Integrated Planning and Reporting guidelines developed by the OLG in line with section 406 of the Act.

DISCUSSION

The Hornsby Shire Council Annual Report 2014/15 has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Local Government Act, the Local Government (General) Regulation and the OLG’s Integrated Planning and Reporting Guidelines.  The Annual Report also includes information to meet requirements imposed by other legislation and statutory bodies, including information on Voluntary Planning Agreements required by the Independent Commission Against Corruption and a report on implementation of recovery plans required under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995.  A copy of the Annual Report is held in TRIM (refer Document No. PUB000243) and is also available for viewing on Council’s website at hornsby.nsw.gov.au/council/about-council/corporate-documents-and-reports/annual-report.

The Annual Report will formally be supplemented by Council’s audited financial statements once Council has considered Deputy General Manager’s Report No. CS46/15 – 2014/15 Audited Financial Statements – Presentation to the Public (at the 11 November 2015 General Meeting).  A copy of the final Annual Report for 2014/15, including the 2014/15 Financial Statements, will then be provided to the OLG by 30 November 2015.

BUDGET

There are no budgetary implications associated with this Report.

POLICY

There are no policy implications associated with this Report.

CONCLUSION

Council’s consideration of this Report will ensure that the Hornsby Shire Council Annual Report 204/15 is submitted to the OLG in line with statutory requirements.

RESPONSIBLE OFFICER

The officer responsible for the preparation of this Report is the Manager, Strategy and Communications – Julie Williams, who can be contacted on 9847 6790.

 

 

 

 

Glen Magus

Acting Deputy General Manager

Corporate Support Division

 

 

Gary Bensley

Acting General Manager

Office of the General Manager

 

 

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.

 

File Reference:           F2013/00651

Document Number:    D06695994

 


 

Deputy General Manager's Report No. CS45/15

Corporate Support Division

Date of Meeting: 11/11/2015

 

6        DELIVERY PROGRAM FOR 2013-17 AND OPERATIONAL PLAN (BUDGET) FOR 2015/16 - SEPTEMBER 2015 QUARTER REVIEW   

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

·              Accountable organisations like Council review their budget and operational performance at least each quarter.  In this regard, the September 2015 Quarter Review of the 2013-17 Delivery Program including the 2015/16 Operational Plan and Budget is attached.

·              The 2015/16 Original Budget forecast a surplus at 30 June 2016 of $236K.  This September 2015 Review recommends budget changes that contra out to zero thus retaining the forecast surplus at 30 June 2016 of $236K.

·              Progress against the adopted Delivery Program 2013-17 and the operational performance of the organisation has been in line with the service delivery standards adopted by Council.

 

RECOMMENDATION

THAT the September 2015 Quarter Review of the 2013-17 Delivery Program and the Operational Plan (Budget) for 2015/16 be received and noted.

 


PURPOSE

The purpose of this Report is to present for Council’s consideration the September 2015 Quarter Review of the 2013-17 Delivery Program and the 2015/16 Operational Plan.

BACKGROUND

On 19 June 2013, Council adopted its four year Delivery Program 2013-17.  The annual Operational Plan and Fees and Charges for 2015/16 were adopted by Council on 10 June 2015.  The Delivery Program and Operational Plan set out the manner in which Council intends to deliver services and measure performance.

In line with Office of Local Government requirements, a Quarterly Budget Review Statement (QBRS) must be submitted for Council’s consideration at the end of each quarter.  The Statement must be based on key financial indicators and the estimate of income and expenditure set out in Council’s Operational Plan for the relevant year.

DISCUSSION

Operational Comment

Operational performance for the first quarter of 2015/16 has been satisfactory.  The highlights achieved during the quarter include:

·              The free guided bushwalks program has been expanded by 50% to meet community demand through the introduction of ‘winter walks’.

·              Construction has commenced off-site for the new Hornsby Station Footbridge. A video has been developed to showcase the works in progress.

·              A mini-tourism website called ‘Discover Hornsby’ has been launched which features a selection of bushwalks, bike tracks, parks and waterways.

Other highlights are contained in Attachment 1.

Budget Comment

This Review includes the first quarter results for 2015/16, comparing actual expenditure and income for the first quarter against the Budget.  The Net Operating and Capital result after internal funding movements showed a positive variance of $1.277 million as compared to the September 2015 Quarter Budget.  This positive variance is largely the result of timing differences associated with project related works and the initial phasing of the 2015/16 Budget.

The 2015/16 Original Budget forecast a surplus at 30 June 2015 of $236K.  As this Review recommends net Budget changes that contra out to zero, the forecast Budget surplus position at 30 June 2016 is retained at $236K. The predicted budget result is satisfactory in maintaining Council’s existing liquidity levels.

Significant changes in the September 2015 Quarter Review include:

·              Receipt of funds from the tender of childcare operations which are offset by their placement in restricted funds.

·              Payment of employee entitlements associated with the exit of childcare which are offset by the release of restricted asset funds set aside previously for this purpose.

·              $230K – refund of childcare bonds.

·              ($266K) – reduction in street lighting expenses.

·              ($165K) – increased income from community facilities.

·              $65K – increased capital expenditure towards improvement of ‘old dairy’ site at Brooklyn.

·              $1.7M – Lyndelle Place, Carlingford drainage expenditure.

·              ($1.7M) – allocation of special rate variation funding and general fund drainage budgets towards capital project.

·              $93K – increased software expense for library management system.

·              $43K – other increased expenses.

Due to an internal reorganisation, the budgets associated with the Waste Management Branch have been transferred from the Infrastructure and Recreation Division to the Environment and Human Services Division.

BUDGET

This Report provides the September 2015 Quarter Review of the 2015/16 Operational Plan (Budget), which, if adopted, will retain the forecast surplus at 30 June 2016 of $236K.

POLICY

There are no policy implications associated with this Report.

CONCLUSION

Council’s consideration of this Report ensures that relevant statutory requirements have been met.  The September 2015 Quarter Review demonstrates that Council remains in a strong position to deliver local services and facilities in a financially responsible manner.

RESPONSIBLE OFFICER

The officers responsible for preparation of this Report are Julie Williams – Manager, Strategy and Communications and Duncan Chell – Acting Chief Financial Officer.  They can be contacted on 9847 6790 and 9847 6822 respectively.

 

 

 

 

Duncan Chell

Acting Chief Financial Officer - Financial Services

Corporate Support Division

 

 

Julie Williams

Manager - Strategy and Communications

Corporate Support Division

 

 

 

Glen Magus

Acting Deputy General Manager

Corporate Support Division

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attachments:

1.View

1st Quarter Review - September 2015

 

 

2.View

Quarterly Budget Review Statement - September Quarter 2015

 

 

 

 

File Reference:           F2014/00562

Document Number:    D06696058

 


 

Deputy General Manager's Report No. CS43/15

Corporate Support Division

Date of Meeting: 11/11/2015

 

7        INVESTMENTS AND BORROWINGS FOR 2015/16 - STATUS FOR PERIOD ENDING 30 SEPTEMBER 2015   

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

·              Council may invest funds that are not, for the time being, required for any other purpose.  The investments must be in accordance with relevant legislative requirements and Council’s policies and the Chief Financial Officer must report monthly to Council on the details of funds invested.

·              This Report provides details of Council’s investment performance for the period ending 30 September 2015 as well as the extent of its borrowings at the end of the same period.

·              All of the Council may invest funds that are not, for the time being, required for any other purpose.  The investments have been made in accordance with the Local Government Act, the Local Government (General) Regulation and Council's Investment of Surplus Funds Policy and Investment Strategy.

·              In respect of cash and term deposit investments, the annualised return for the month of September 2015 was 2.99% compared to the benchmark of 2.00%. 

·              In respect of Council borrowings, the weighted average interest rate payable on loans taken out from June 2006 to September 2015, based on the principal balances outstanding, is 6.08%.

 

RECOMMENDATION

THAT the contents of Deputy General Manager’s Report No. CS43/15 be received and noted.

 


PURPOSE

The purpose of this Report is to advise Council of funds invested in accordance with Section 625 of the Local Government Act; to provide details as required by Clause 212(1) of the Local Government (General) Regulation and Council's Investment of Surplus Funds Policy; and to advise on the extent of Council’s current borrowings.

BACKGROUND

A report is required to be submitted for Council’s consideration each month detailing Council's investments and borrowings and highlighting the monthly and year to date performance of the investments.  Initial investments and reallocation of funds are made, where appropriate, after consultation with Council's financial investment adviser and fund managers.

DISCUSSION

Council may invest funds which are not, for the time being, required for any other purpose.  Such investment must be in accordance with relevant legislative requirements and Council Policies, and the Chief Financial Officer must report monthly to Council on the details of the funds invested.

Council’s investment performance for the month ending 30 September 2015 is detailed in the attached document.  In summary; the At-Call and Term Deposits achieved an annualised return of 2.99% for September 2015, compared to the benchmark of 2.00%.

In respect of Council borrowings, the weighted average interest rate payable on outstanding loans taken out from June 2006 to September 2015, based on the principal balances outstanding, was 6.08%.  The Borrowings Schedule as at 30 September 2015 is also attached for Council’s information.

CONSULTATION

Appropriate consultation has occurred with Council's financial investment adviser and fund managers.

BUDGET

Budgeted investment income for 2015/16 is $2,418,000, with an average budgeted monthly income of $201,000.  Investment income for the period ended 30 September was $772,000 compared to the budget income of $604,000.  Approximately 46% of the investment income received by Council relates to externally restricted funds (e.g. Section 94 monies) and is required to be allocated to those funds.  All investments have been made in accordance with the Local Government Act, the Local Government (General) Regulation and Council's Investment of Surplus Funds Policy and Investment Strategy.

CONCLUSION

The investment of Council funds and the extent of its borrowings as at 30 September 2015 are detailed in the documents attached to this Report.  Council’s consideration of the Report and its attachments ensures that the relevant legislative requirements and Council protocols have been met in respect of those investments.

RESPONSIBLE OFFICER

The officer responsible for the preparation of this Report is the Acting Chief Financial Officer – Duncan Chell, who can be contacted on 9847 6822.

 

 

 

 

Duncan Chell

Acting Chief Financial Officer - Financial Services

Corporate Support Division

 

 

Glen Magus

Acting Deputy General Manager

Corporate Support Division

 

 

Attachments:

1.View

HSC Investment Holdings - September 2015

 

 

2.View

HSC Borrowings Schedule - September  2015

 

 

 

 

File Reference:           F2004/06987-02

Document Number:    D06693356

 


 

Deputy General Manager's Report No. CS42/15

Corporate Support Division

Date of Meeting: 11/11/2015

 

8        CLASSIFICATION OF LAND - 19 LYNDELLE PLACE, CARLINGFORD   

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

·              Council’s purchase of Lot 101 DP 831310 being 19 Lyndelle Place, Carlingford for drainage improvement works was completed on 21 August 2015.

·              After demolition of the existing residence and completion of drainage construction a residue vacant lot will be created for sale by Council.

·              To facilitate this resale, the property must be classified as “Operational Land”.

·              The residue vacant land will be surplus to the operational needs of Council and has the potential to provide a significant financial return to offset costs of the drainage project.

 

RECOMMENDATION

THAT:

1.         Pursuant to Section 31 of the Local Government Act 1993, Lot 101 DP 831310 being 19 Lyndelle Place, Carlingford be classified as “Operational Land”.

2.         Council agree to the sale of the residue vacant land not required for drainage improvement works.

3.         The Acting General Manager be authorised to determine the most appropriate method of sale, negotiate detailed terms and conditions of the sale agreement subject to limitations outlined in Deputy General Manager’s Report No. CS42/15; and to execute documents in relation to the sale, as deemed appropriate by Council’s legal advisors.

 


PURPOSE

The purpose of this Report is to obtain Council support and resolution to:

·              the classification of Lot 101 DP 831310 as “Operational Land”; and

·              the future sale of residue vacant land not required for drainage improvement works.

BACKGROUND

At the General Meeting on 13 May 2015, Council considered Deputy General Manager’s Report No. IR15/15 and resolved that:

1.         Council approve the purchase either by agreement or compulsory process of the property referred to in Deputy General Manager’s Report No. IR15/15 and delegate to the General Manager power to negotiate and conclude the acquisition of that property at a price not in excess of the maximum amount noted within the Deputy General Manager’s Report No. IR15/15.

2.         The General Manager be authorised to apply, if necessary, for the consent of the Minister for Local Government to the compulsory acquisition of the property so that a Proposed Acquisition Notice can be given to the owner of the property.

3.         Upon completion of the acquisition of the property, the principal structures upon it be demolished, drainage improvement works be constructed upon it and the property then be resold on the open market subject to the excision of any part of it permanently required for the drainage works and/or the creation of any appropriate easements, positive covenants or restrictions to protect Council's drainage works.

4.         A further report be provided to Council before contracts are entered into for the re-sale of the property or the residue of it.

5.         Council officers prepare and publish a public notice under s34 (1) of the Local Government Act that upon acquisition it is intended that the property be classified as operational land.

6.         Council authorise the use of Council's Seal for the purpose of any contract of sale for the purchase of the property and associated with any subdivision or creation of easements, positive covenants and/or restrictions to facilitate the re-sale of the property or the residue of it and other associated documents as are deemed appropriate by Council's solicitor.

At the General Meeting on 8 July 2015, Council considered a further Deputy General Manager’s Report No. IR23/15 updating progress in negotiations for purchase of the property and resolved that:

1.         Council approve the purchase of the property referred to in Deputy General Manager’s Report No. IR23/15 and delegate to the General Manager power to conclude the acquisition of that property for the price and subject to the special conditions noted within the Deputy General Manager’s Report No. IR23/15.

2.         Council authorise the use of Council’s Seal for the purpose of the contract of sale for the purchase of the property and other associated documents as are deemed appropriate by Council’s solicitor.

DISCUSSION

Purchase:

Contracts for Council’s purchase of Lot 101 DP 831310 being 19 Lyndelle Place, Carlingford were exchanged on 3 August 2015 and the sale was completed on 21 August 2015.  Vacant possession of the property is expected in November 2015.  The residence, swimming pool and outbuildings will then be demolished.  The property has a total area of 874.4m2.

Drainage Improvement Works:

Part of this property will be added to an adjoining drainage reserve on lot 102 DP 831310 with an existing area of 186.3m2.  The size of the drainage reserve will be increased by approximately 219m2 making a total area of approximately 405m2.

Residue Vacant Land:

After completion of drainage improvement works, vacant land with an area of approximately 655m2 will be available for resale by Council.  Property No. 19 Lyndelle Place is zoned R2 – Low Density Residential under the Hornsby Local Environmental Plan 2013 (HLEP) and subdivision is permissible within the zone with consent. In accordance, with the provisions of the LEP, the minimum allotment size for subdivision is 500m2. When the exact area of land is known a subdivision application will be lodged to extend the drainage reserve and create a separate title for the vacant land.

At that time, Council’s valuer will be instructed to assess the market value of this residue and to recommend the most appropriate method of sale.  Proceeds from the resale will be used to offset costs of the drainage improvement project.

It is proposed that the Acting General Manager will then determine the most appropriate method of sale and negotiate the final sale price, which in accordance with usual practice, will not be less than 95% of the lower end of the range recommended by Council’s valuer.

Land Classification:

Section 31 of the Local Government Act 1993 requires Council to classify land within three months of purchase or the property is deemed to be “Community Land” and cannot be sold.

However, prior to classification as “Operational Land”, Section 34 of the Act requires Council to give public notice of the proposed resolution for a period of not less than 28 days.

The required public notice was given in local newspapers from 10 September 2015 with submissions invited until Friday, 9 October 2015.  Plans of the land were on public exhibition during this period.

No submissions were received and Council is now able to formally resolve to classify the property as “Operational Land”.

BUDGET

The drainage improvement project will be funded from the Special Rate Variation (SRV) fund and there has been no change to the total net cost of $3.45million as previously reported to Council.

POLICY

This report has been prepared having regard to the following Council Policy – Disposal of Land (POL00207).

CONCLUSION

Classification of Lot 101 DP 831310 as “Operational Land” will permit Council to sell the residue vacant land after completion of drainage improvement works on the property.  Sale of this property will be undertaken as soon as possible to take advantage of the buoyant property market.  The sale is expected to be completed in the first half of 2016 and proceeds will be used to offset costs of the drainage improvement project. 

RESPONSIBLE OFFICER

The officer responsible for the preparation of this Report is the Property Asset Manager – Stewart Bates, who can be contacted on 9847 6725.

 

 

 

 

Robert Stephens

Deputy General Manager

Infrastructure and Recreation Division

 

 

Glen Magus

Acting Deputy General Manager

Corporate Support Division

 

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.

 

File Reference:           F2014/00520

Document Number:    D06668083

  


 

Group Manager's Report No. EH25/15

Environment and Human Services Division

Date of Meeting: 11/11/2015

 

9        BEECROFT/CHELTENHAM COMMUNITY SURVEY   

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

·              Between 1 and 30 September 2015, the Beecroft and Cheltenham communities were asked to respond to a short five question survey regarding local infrastructure priorities.

·              The survey was provided in two forms, an online survey and a mail out survey sent to 1868 randomly selected households in Beecroft and Cheltenham.

·              The survey was advertised in the Northern District Times (Wednesday, 2 September 2015), Council’s September e-newsletter and website.  The survey link was also provided to the Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust.

·              209 responses from Beecroft and Cheltenham were received to the online survey and 646 responses were received to the mail out survey.  This provides a 6.6% and 3.51% error rate respectively at a 95% confidence level.

·              Survey analysis indicates that top five projects in order of community preference are as follows:

o     Purchase of bushland at 79-87 Malton Road, Beecroft

o     Beecroft Station Park

o     Local road and footpath improvements

o     Beecroft Community Centre

o     Various open space improvements.

·              Feedback received through the survey also indicates that there are significant pressures on local parking, primarily centred on Beecroft Village.

 

RECOMMENDATION

THAT the contents of Group Manager’s Report No. EH25/15 be received and noted.

 


PURPOSE

The purpose of this Report is to present Council with the results of a recent community survey regarding community infrastructure priorities for Beecroft and Cheltenham.

BACKGROUND

At its 11 February 2015 General Meeting, Council considered a Matter of Urgency in respect of the planned sale of 179 Beecroft Road, Cheltenham and resolved in part that:

1.         Any proceeds from the sale of 179 Beecroft Road, Cheltenham be used to fund community and cultural facilities used by the Beecroft and Cheltenham communities.

2.         Prior to the allocation of any funds from the sale of 179 Beecroft Road, Cheltenham being expended, the General Manager bring a report to Council that outlines opportunities for the Beecroft/Cheltenham community to provide Councillors with ideas on the best use of the funds for local community infrastructure projects.  The report should outline an effective consultation strategy and provide a list of projects that Council could undertake to enhance the amenity of Beecroft/Cheltenham and compensate for the loss of this property.

At the 12 August 2015 General Meeting, Council considered Group Manager’s Report No. EH20/15 and resolved that:

1.         Council conduct a targeted consultation process regarding community infrastructure priorities supporting Beecroft and Cheltenham.

2.         The consultation process include, but not be limited to, discussion of the following items:

·              Epping Community Hub

·              Pennant Hills Community Hub

·              Beecroft Community Centre

·              Beecroft Station Park

·              West Epping Oval

·              Cheltenham Oval

·              Local road and footpath improvements

·              Bushland walking track improvements

·              Purchase of bushland at 79-87 Malton Road, Beecroft.

DISCUSSION

Between 1 and 30 September 2015, the Beecroft and Cheltenham communities were asked to respond to a short five question survey regarding local infrastructure priorities.  The survey instrument was based upon Council’s August resolution, with the inclusion of one additional category related to open space improvement projects.

The survey was advertised in the Northern District Times (Wednesday, 2 September 2015), Council’s September e-newsletter and website.  The survey link was also provided to the Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust with the aim of them locally promoting the survey; however the Trust elected not to promote the survey.

In addition, a random selection of 1868 households (representing 49.5% of all residential properties) in Beecroft and Cheltenham were mailed a letter, with a short five question survey.  Included with the letter was a reply paid envelope.  Samples of the letter and survey instrument are included as Attachments 1 and 2 respectively.

Question one of the survey detailed a selection of 10 pre-selected projects with a brief description of each project.  As noted earlier these projects were selected from Council’s suite of strategic plans and assessed as being likely to be used by the Beecroft and Cheltenham communities.  Survey respondents were asked to rank their choice of projects in order of priority, selecting up to five projects.

Question two of the survey was designed as a free field response and provided community members with the opportunity to nominate another priority of their own.

Questions three, four and five were designed to capture post code (to enable online results to be filtered to the Beecroft and Cheltenham communities), and general demographics such as age group and gender.

Survey Results

At the close of the survey period, 209 responses had been received to the online survey and 646 responses had been received to the mail out survey.  21 additional responses were received for the online survey however as they were from respondents who did not live in Beecroft and Cheltenham were not considered further.

This response rate demonstrates a high level of community engagement in the issue and provides the following error rates at a 95% confidence level.

·              Online survey – 6.6% error rate

·              Mail out survey – 3.51% error rate

Mail out surveys were separately keyed into online survey software Survey Monkey to enable both separate and consolidated analysis.  The results were then analysed to determine both priority one responses, and to provide a ranking average.

Table one below provides an analysis of the priority one responses received included is the count and relative percentage.

Table 1: Beecroft/Cheltenham Survey – Priority One Responses

Project Description

Mail Out Survey

Online Survey

Consolidated Results

Purchase of bushland at 79-87 Malton Road, Beecroft

181 (29.9%)

89 (43.8%)

270 (33.4%)

Local road and footpath improvements

104 (17.2%)

21 (10.3%)

125 (15.5%)

Beecroft Station Park

102 (16.9%)

15 (7.4%)

117 (14.5%)

Beecroft Community Centre

87 (14.4%)

19 (9.4%)

106 (13.1%)

Various open space improvement projects

47 (7.8%)

29 (14.3%)

76 (9.4%)

Epping community hub

29 (4.8%)

2 (1%)

31 (3.8%)

Cheltenham Oval

24 (3.9%)

18 (8.9%)

42 (5.2%)

Bushland walking track improvements

15 (2.5%)

7 (3.4%)

22 (2.7%)

Pennant Hills community hub

8 (1.3%)

2 (1%)

10 (1.2%)

West Epping Oval

8 (1.3%)

1 (0.5%)

9 (1.1%)

Whilst the purchase of bushland at 79-87 Malton Road, Beecroft came across consistently as the highest priority irrespective of survey collection method, there was some variation between the mail out survey and online survey in the order of preference for some subsequent projects.

Noting that respondents were randomly selected, and a 34.6% response rate was achieved that consequently translated into a very low error rate of 3.51%, it is suggested that the mail out survey provides Council with a representative view from the Beecroft and Cheltenham communities.

The survey results were also analysed on a ranking average basis that took into account the various priorities respondents accorded to different projects.  Table two below provides a ranking average analysis of responses received.  The answer choice with the highest ranking average is the most preferred choice.

Table 2: Beecroft/Cheltenham Survey - Ranking Average

Project Description

Mail Out Survey

Online Survey

Consolidated Results

Purchase of bushland at 79-87 Malton Road, Beecroft

3.81

4.23

3.93

Beecroft Station Park

3.35

3.06

3.30

Local road and footpath improvements

3.21

3.13

3.20

Beecroft Community Centre

3.16

2.98

3.13

Various open space improvements

3.00

3.48

3.12

Epping community hub

2.72

2.67

2.71

Cheltenham Oval

2.60

2.82

2.66

Pennant Hills community hub

2.49

2.58

2.51

West Epping Oval

2.44

2.25

2.39

Bushland walking track improvements

2.39

2.93

2.53

When assessed on a ranking average basis, the purchase of bushland at 79-87 Malton Road, Beecroft was the preferred choice of the community, followed by works to Beecroft Station Park, local road and footpath improvements, various open space improvements and works to the Beecroft Community Centre.

Question two provided respondents with the option to nominate another priority of their own in a free text field.  These responses were reviewed and coded into categories to provide the following summary.

Table 3: Summary of Free Field Responses

Project Description

Number of Responses

Parking improvements

105

Local road and footpath improvements

83

Various open space improvements

67

Lift/ramp at Beecroft Station

56

Natural environment

38

Epping Pool/Dence Park

27

Purchase of bushland at 79-87 Malton Road, Beecroft

26

Beecroft Community Centre

6

Beecroft Station Park

4

West Epping Oval

2

Bushland walking tracks

7

Improved street lighting

6

Sports/teenage/scouts

20

Planning

12

State issues

4

Other

49

The results to question two show that parking is seen as a major issue presently impacting on the Beecroft and Cheltenham communities.  The majority of responses nominated parking in the Beecroft village as being their primary concern, with a number of comments also reflecting on the need for improved commuter parking at Cheltenham Station.

The need for accessible access to Beecroft Station was another project to receive community support.

Free field responses relating to local road and footpath improvements and open space improvements whilst highly represented, primarily provided specific detail about where respondents would prefer works undertaken and are considered likely meant to support a related selection provided in question one.

Detailed responses to question two can be found in Attachment 3.

BUDGET

Council holds $2.8 million in proceeds from the sale of 179 Beecroft Road, Cheltenham.  Council’s February 2015 resolution nominated that it intended for the proceeds to be used to fund community and cultural facilities used by the Beecroft and Cheltenham communities.

Any commitment to a project(s) that exceed the $2.8 million amount, would impact on Council’s budget and ability to deliver on other projects identified in its strategic plans.

POLICY

There are no policy implications associated with this Report.

CONCLUSION

The results of the recent survey found the purchase of bushland at 79-87 Malton Road, Beecroft to be the single project with the highest community priority with approximately 30% of respondents nominating this project as their first priority.

Other projects nominated by the community as also being important local priorities include Beecroft Station Park, local road and footpath improvements, Beecroft Community Centre and various open space improvements.

Feedback received through the survey also indicates that there are significant pressures on local parking, primarily centred on Beecroft Village.

RESPONSIBLE OFFICER

The officer responsible for the preparation of this Report is the Group Manager, Environment and Human Services – Steve Fedorow, who can be contacted on 9847 6541.

 

 

 

 

Stephen Fedorow

Group Manager

Environment and Human Services Division

 

 

 

Attachments:

1.View

Survey Letter - Beecroft and Cheltenham

 

 

2.View

Survey - Beecroft-Cheltenham

 

 

3.View

Question 2 Responses - Survey - Community Infrastructure Supporting Beecroft and Cheltenham

 

 

 

 

File Reference:           F2011/00854

Document Number:    D06727125

  


 

Group Manager’s Report No. PL90/15

Planning Division

Date of Meeting: 11/11/2015

 

10      DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION - FIVE STOREY RESIDENTIAL FLAT BUILDING COMPRISING 57 UNITS AND STRATA SUBDIVISION - 20-24 EPPING ROAD, EPPING   

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

DA No:

DA/327/2015 (Lodged on 26 March 2015)   

Description:

Demolition of existing structures and construction of a 5 storey residential flat building containing 57 units above two basement parking levels and strata subdivision

Property:

Lots 16, 17 and 18, DP 10385, Nos. 20 - 24 Epping Road, Epping

Applicant:

Land Corp Investments Epping Pty Limited

Owner:

Land Corp Investments Epping Pty Limited

Estimated Value:

$12,497,000

Ward:

C

·              The application proposes demolition of the existing structures and construction of a 5 storey residential flat building containing 21 x 1 bedroom, 31 x 2 bedroom and 5 x 3 bedroom units above two basement parking levels and strata subdivision.

·              An independent assessment of the application has been undertaken by GLN Planning.

·              The proposal generally complies with the Hornsby Local Environmental Plan 2013, State Environmental Planning Policy 65 – Design Quality of Residential Flat Development, and is generally in accordance with the Residential Flat Design Code and the Hornsby Development Control Plan 2013.

·              Two submissions have been received in respect of the application.

·              It is recommended that the application be approved, subject to conditions of consent.

 

RECOMMENDATION

THAT Development Application No. DA/327/2015 for demolition of existing structures and construction of a five storey residential flat building containing 21 x 1 bedroom, 31 x 2 bedroom and 5 x 3 bedroom units above two basement parking levels at Lots 16, 17 and 18 DP 10385, Nos. 20-24 Epping Road, Epping be approved subject to the conditions of consent detailed in Schedule 1 of Group Manager’s Report No. PL90/15.

 


BACKGROUND

The site forms part of the Epping Urban Activation Precinct (Epping UAP).

On 14 March 2014, the Department of Planning and Environment finalised amendments to the Hornsby Local Environmental Plan 2013 (HLEP) to implement the Epping UAP via State Environmental Planning Policy (Epping Town Centre) 2013 (“the SEPP Amendment”).

Amendments to the Hornsby Development Control Plan 2013 (HDCP) were consequently prepared by Council to translate design controls recommended by the Department of Planning and Environment and provided the planning controls to be read in conjunction with the HLEP amendments. The DCP amendments were exhibited and endorsed by Council on 8 October 2014.

A pre-lodgement meeting was held between Council officers and the applicant to discuss the design, prior to lodgement of the application. At the meeting, design concerns were raised by Council staff in terms of building form, building separation, waste management, on-site detention and setbacks.

On 26 March 2015, Development Application No. 327/2015 was lodged for the demolition of the existing dwelling houses and associated structures and construction of a five storey residential flat building comprising fifty eight units above basement parking.

On 2 June 2015, a meeting to discuss planning concerns with respect to the application was held.  A further meeting was held with Council staff on 22 June 2015 to discuss the issues raised.

On 7 July 2015, the applicant forwarded a set of amended plans, which included reducing the number of units proposed to 57, changes to the façade materials, building indentations and setbacks from Epping Road. 

A further meeting to discuss the proposal was held with the Applicant on 12 August 2015. Final amended plans and supporting information was submitted on 7 September 2015. The amended plans included minor changes to setbacks, landscaping and addressed outstanding matters relating to waste management and stormwater.

SITE

The site is located on the south- eastern corner of Epping Road and Forest Grove.  The site is subject to road acquisition by the Department of Roads and Maritime Services along the Epping Road frontage.  The site has a total site area of 2489m2 after acquisition.  The site has a frontage to Epping Road of 52.99m and a frontage to Forest Grove of 42.68m.  The site comprises three rectangular shaped allotments. The site slopes away from the south western corner to the north eastern corner.

Existing improvements on the allotments include a dwelling house and associated outbuildings on each of the allotments. There is a swimming pool located on the rear of No. 22 Epping Road.

The site contains predominately exotic trees, which are not subject Council’s Tree Preservation Order. An Arboriculture Assessment and Impact Report submitted with the application indicates measures will be employed to ensure the protection of trees on the adjoining properties adjacent to the boundary.  Seven trees within the road widening to Epping Road will be maintained until such time that the road widening works are undertaken.  One tree subject to Council’s Tree Preservation Order will be removed as a result of building works.  Replacement planting is proposed and appropriate conditions included.

The site forms part of a precinct which is undergoing redevelopment. The surrounding developments currently include predominately single storey residential dwellings. The development site adjoins an area of land to the east that is zoned R2 - Low Density Residential. Development consent has been granted for the development of a five storey residential flat building containing 36 units for 1 Forest Grove which adjoins the site to the south.

The property is located in the vicinity of heritage-listed Forest Park (to the west of site) and the Essex Street Heritage Conservation Area (HCA) to the east of the site.

The site is located approximately 400 metres from Epping Railway Station and approximately 550 metres to the south-east of Epping commercial town centre

PROPOSAL

It is proposed to demolish the existing structures and construct a five storey residential flat building comprising fifty-seven units with two levels of basement car parking and associated landscaping works.

The unit mix is 21 x 1 bedroom units, 31 x 2 bedroom units, and 5 x 3 bedroom units.

The units would be accessed via a centrally located lift and include balconies fronting the road frontages and property boundaries.  The development would be accessed from Forest Grove via a driveway located towards the south-western boundary of the site. Pedestrian access to the development from Forest Grove is positioned in the centre of the site.

A total of 64 car parking spaces, including 9 visitors’ parking spaces are proposed in two basement levels.

The site would drain to a detention tank adjacent to the northern side of the building, and thereafter to the east towards a Council stormwater drainage pipeline.

ASSESSMENT

The development application has been assessed having regard to ‘A Plan for Growing Sydney’, the ‘North Subregion (Draft) Subregional Strategy’ and the matters for consideration prescribed under Section 79C of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (the Act).  The following issues have been identified for further consideration.

1.         STRATEGIC CONTEXT

1.1        A Plan for Growing Sydney and (Draft) North Subregional Strategy

A Plan for Growing Sydney has been prepared by the NSW State Government to guide land use planning decisions for the next 20 years.  The Plan sets a strategy for accommodating Sydney’s future population growth and identifies the need to deliver 689,000 new jobs and 664,000 new homes by 2031.  The Plan identifies that the most suitable areas for new housing are in locations close to jobs, public transport, community facilities and services.

The NSW Government will use the subregional planning process to define objectives and set goals for job creation, housing supply and choice in each subregion.  Hornsby Shire has been grouped with Hunters Hill, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, Manly, Mosman, North Sydney, Pittwater, Ryde, Warringah and Willoughby to form the North Subregion.  The Draft North Subregional Strategy will be reviewed and the Government will set housing targets and monitor supply to ensure planning controls are in place to stimulate housing development.

The proposed development would be consistent with ‘A Plan for Growing Sydney’, by providing additional dwellings and would contribute to housing choice in the locality.

2.         STATUTORY CONTROLS

Section 79C(1)(a) requires Council to consider “any relevant environmental planning instruments, draft environmental planning instruments, development control plans, planning agreements and regulations”.

2.1        Hornsby Local Environmental Plan 2013

The proposed development has been assessed having regard to the provisions of the Hornsby Local Environmental Plan 2013 (HLEP).

2.1.1     Zoning of Land and Permissibility

The subject land is zoned R4 (High Density Residential) under the HLEP.  The objectives of the zone are as follows:

(a)        To provide for the housing needs of the community within a high density residential environment.

(b)        To promote a variety of housing types within a high density residential environment.

(c)        To enable other land uses that provide facilities or services to meet the day to day needs of residents. The proposed development is defined as and is permissible in the zone with Council’s consent.

The proposed development is a high density residential development and complies with the zone objectives.  The proposed development is defined as a ‘residential flat building’ under the HLEP and is permissible in the zone with the consent of Council.

2.1.2     Height of Buildings

Clause 4.3 of the HLEP provides that the height of a building on any land should not exceed the maximum height shown for the land on the Height of Buildings Map.  The maximum permissible height for the subject site is 17.5 metres.  The height of the proposed building varies between 15.7 to 17.5 metres and complies with this provision.

2.1.3     Heritage Conservation

Clause 5.10 of the HLEP sets out heritage conservation provisions for Hornsby Shire. The development site is located in the vicinity of heritage listed Forest Park (west) and the Essex Street Heritage Conservation Area (HCA) (east) under Schedule 5 (Environmental Heritage) of the HLEP. 

The proposed development would have limited adverse impact on the heritage significance of the HCA given its separation and setbacks from the heritage items and Conservation Area. The views to, and from within, the HCA would not be adversely affected. However, it is acknowledged that the visual setting will be altered to varying degrees as the western HCA backdrop will be one of 5 storey buildings visible above the HCA’s low density housing.

The rear eastern elevation which is orientated to the HCA has stepped wall lengths.   The proposed materials and colours include a greater mix of dark brick and rendered walls, and will be more visually recessive to the Conservation Area than the original submission.  The proposed materials and colours meet the objective of providing an appropriate visual interface with the HCA and are satisfactory.

The subject site is also located nearby to the heritage listed park (Forest Park), however it is unlikely to adversely impact on the heritage significance of Forest Park give the road separation.

In summary, the proposed five storey high residential flat building will have a visual impact on the western backdrop to the Essex Street HCA. This impact may be reduced by strategically providing screen tree planting at the rear of the site. A condition requiring suitable screen planting is recommended as a condition of consent.

2.1.4     Earthworks

Clause 6.2 of the HLEP states that consent is required for proposed earthworks on site. Before granting consent for earthworks, Council is required to assess the impacts of the subject works on adjoining properties, drainage patterns and soil stability of the locality.

The proposal is satisfactory subject to conditions regarding submission of a ‘Dilapidation Report’ assessing the impact of the excavation on the adjoining properties and the implementation of appropriate measures to prevent sediment run-off, excessive dust, noise and the like emanating from the site during the construction of the development.

2.2        State Environmental Planning Policy No. 32 – Urban Consolidation (Redevelopment of Urban Land) (SEPP 32)

The application has been assessed against the requirements of SEPP 32, which requires Council to implement the aims and objectives of this Policy to the fullest extent practicable when considering development applications relating to redevelopment of urban land. The application complies with the objectives of the Policy as it would promote social and economic welfare of the locality and would result in the orderly and economic use of under-utilised land within the Shire.

2.3        State Environmental Planning Policy No. 55 – Remediation of Land

State Environmental Planning Policy No. 55 (SEPP 55) requires that Council must not consent to the carrying out of any development on land unless it has considered whether the land is contaminated or requires remediation for the proposed use.

The site has been used for residential purposes and is unlikely to be contaminated. Further assessment in this regard is not warranted.

2.4        State Environmental Planning Policy (Building Sustainability Index – BASIX)

The application has been assessed against the requirements of State Environmental Planning Policy (Building Sustainability Index: BASIX) 2004.  The proposal includes a BASIX Certificate for the proposed units and is considered to be satisfactory.

2.5        State Environmental Planning Policy No. 65 – Design Quality of Residential Flat Development

The Policy provides for design principles to improve the design quality of residential flat development and for consistency in planning controls across the State.

SEPP 65 was amended on 19 June 2015 (Amendment No. 3) following review of the policy by the Department of Planning and Environment. The amendments replace the Residential Flat Design Guidelines with the Apartment Design Guide which prevails in the event of any inconsistency with a Development Control Plan.

Clause 31 (Transitional provisions for SEPP 65 – Amendment No. 3) states that “If a development application or an application for the modification of a development consent has been made before the notification on the NSW legislation website of the making of State Environmental Planning Policy No 65—Design Quality of Residential Flat Development (Amendment No 3) and the application has not been finally determined before the commencement of that amendment, the application must be determined as if the amendment had not commenced.” Pursuant to the above provision, this amendment would not apply to the subject application and the previous version (Amendment 2) of SEPP 65 is required to be considered.

2.5.1     Design Principles

The applicant has submitted a “Design Verification Statement” prepared by a qualified Architect stating how the proposed development achieves the design principles of SEPP 65. The design principles of SEPP 65 and the submitted design verification statement are addressed in the following table.

Principle

Compliance

1.         CONTEXT

Yes

Comment: The site is located within a precinct planned for five storey residential flat buildings in close proximity to Epping Railway Station and the Epping commercial centre. The proposal responds to the desired future character of the precinct as envisaged by Council for residential flat buildings in landscaped settings with underground car parking.

Once the development of the precinct is completed, the proposal would integrate with the surrounding sites and would be in keeping with the future urban form.  The proposed building would contribute to the identity and future character of the precinct.

The development responds suitably to the “context” principle of SEPP 65, considering the desired future character of the area.

2.         SCALE

Yes

Comment: The scale of the development is in accordance with the height control for the precinct specified under Part 3.4 of the HDCP, being the applicable planning controls at the time the application was submitted. Variations are sought to the setbacks as a result of the affectation of two street frontages, the proposed setbacks are stepped and assist in reducing the apparent scale of the building.  In addition, the proposed articulation of the building and use of wrap-around balconies to soften the corners of the building, ensures the scale of the building is appropriate.

The building length along its east-west axis varies between 35 and 41 metres, which does not comply with the maximum floor-plate dimension of 35 metres specified in the HDCP. However, the building bulk along the east and west elevations (to which longer axis reflects) has been minimised, by the pavilion style of the elevations.  The length of the building relates to the length of the lots. The development would achieve a scale consistent with the desired future precinct character being one of residential flat buildings in landscaped settings.

3.         BUILT FORM

Yes

Comment. The proposed building achieves an appropriate built form for the site and its purpose, in terms of building alignments, proportions, and the manipulation of building elements.  The building would appropriately contribute to the character of the desired future streetscape and includes articulation to minimise the perceived scale.

The proposed materials and finishes would add to the visual interest of the development. Flat roof forms have been adopted with an increased top storey setback on the external facades to minimise bulk and height of the building as required by the HDCP. 

4.         DENSITY

Yes

Comment: The HLEP does not incorporate floor space ratio requirements for the site. The density of the development is governed by the height of the building and the required setbacks.  The proposed density is considered to be sustainable as it responds to the regional context, availability of infrastructure, public transport, community facilities and environmental quality and is acceptable in terms of density.

5.         RESOURCE, ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENCY

Yes

Comment: The applicant has submitted a BASIX Certificate for the proposed development. In achieving the required BASIX targets for sustainable water use, thermal comfort and energy efficiency, the proposed development would achieve efficient use of natural resources, energy and water throughout its full life cycle, including demolition and construction.

6.         LANDSCAPE

Yes

Comment: The application includes a landscape concept plan which provides landscaping along the street frontages, side and rear boundaries. The proposal has been designed to allow for additional plantings to ensure trees are of a sufficient height relative to the proposed building.

Large trees are proposed along the street frontages intercepted by shrubs and hedges which would soften the appearance of the development when viewed from the streets.  Deep soil areas that incorporate canopy trees are provided around the building envelope which would enhance the development’s natural environmental performance and provide an appropriate landscaped setting.  Suitable conditions for additional plantings have been imposed to ensure appropriate landscaping is provided.

7.         AMENITY

Yes

Comment: The proposed units are designed with appropriate room dimensions and layout to maximise amenity for future residents.  The proposal incorporates good design in terms of achieving natural ventilation, solar access and acoustic privacy.  All units incorporate balconies accessible from living areas and privacy has been achieved through appropriate design and orientation of balconies and living areas. Storage areas have been provided within each unit and in the basement levels. The proposal would provide convenient and safe access via a central lift connecting the basement and all other levels. 

8.         SAFETY AND SECURITY

Yes

Comment: The design orientates the balconies and windows of individual apartments towards the street, rear and side boundaries, providing passive surveillance of the public domain and communal open space areas.  Both the pedestrian and vehicular entry points are secured and visibly prominent from Forest Grove. 

The proposal includes an assessment of the development against crime prevention controls in the Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE).  The SEE has regard to Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Principles (CPTED) and includes details of surveillance, access control, territorial reinforcement and space management such as artificial lighting in public places; attractive landscaping whilst maintaining clear sight lines; security coded door lock or swipe card entry; physical or symbolic barriers to attract, channel or restrict the movement of people; security controlled access to basement car park; intercom access for pedestrians; and security cameras located at the entrance of the building.  Appropriate conditions of consent are recommended to require compliance with the above matters.

9.         SOCIAL DIMENSIONS AND HOUSING AFFORDABILITY

Yes

Comment: The proposal incorporates a range of unit sizes to cater for different budgets and housing needs.  The development complies with the housing choice requirements of the Hornsby DCP by providing a component of adaptable housing and a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom dwellings.

The proposal responds to the social context in terms of providing a range of dwelling sizes with good access to social facilities and services as the site is located in close proximity to Epping Railway station and shops. 

10.        AESTHETICS

Yes

Comment: The architectural treatment of the building incorporates indentations and projections in the exterior walls with balcony projections to articulate the facades. The roof is flat to minimise building height.  The articulation of the building, composition of building elements, textures, materials and colours would achieve a built form generally consistent with the design principles contained within the Residential Flat Design Code and the Hornsby DCP. 

2.6        State Environmental Planning Policy No. 65 – Residential Flat Design Code

SEPP 65 also requires consideration of the Residential Flat Design Code, NSW Planning Department 2002. The Code includes development controls and best practice benchmarks for achieving the design principles of SEPP 65. The following table sets out the proposal’s compliance with the Code:

Residential Flat Design Code

Control

Proposal

Requirement

Compliance

Deep Soil Zone

32%

25%

Yes

Communal Open Space

28%

25-30%

Yes

Ground Level Private Open Space 

Unit 203– 22.5m2 with a min dimension of 3m

Unit 204 – 20.8m2 with a min dimension of 4m

Unit 205 – 19.9m2 with a min dimension of 4m

Unit 207 – 21.9m2 with a min dimension of 4m

 

25m2

 

Min Dimension 4m

No

Minimum Dwelling Size

1 br – 51.36m2 -65.4m2

2 br – 70.5m2- 86.9m2

3 br –95.5m2-126m2

1 br – 50m2

2 br – 70m2

3 br – 95m2

Yes

Yes

Yes

Maximum Kitchen Distance

8m

8m

Yes

Minimum Balcony Depth

2m

2m

Yes

Minimum Ceiling Height

2.7m

2.7m

Yes

Total Storage Area

Storage areas for all units indicated

 

1 bed - 6m3 (Min)

2 bed - 8m3 (Min)

3 bed - 10m3 (Min)

 

50% accessible from the apartments

Yes

Dual Aspect and Cross Ventilation

70%

60%

Yes

Adaptable Housing

30%

10%

Yes

As detailed in the above table, the proposed development complies with the prescriptive measures within the Residential Flat Design Code (RFDC) other than ground level private open space. Below is a brief discussion regarding the relevant development controls and best practice guidelines.

2.6.1     Ground Floor Apartments and Private Open Space

The Code encourages separate entries for ground floor apartments and private garden areas at the ground floor area. The proposed ground floor unit open spaces include balconies/courtyards contained within the building’s footprint. These areas do not meet the prescriptive measures under the Code, however the unit open space areas are considered appropriate for the respective ground floor units in respect to dwelling size, aspect, function, unit configuration and amenity.

The non-compliance with the best practice of 25 square metre open space area with a minimum dimension of 4 metres is considered acceptable as larger open space areas, if they were provided, would be lost to private use and not contribute as effectively to achieving the HDCP’s key principle for five storey residential flat buildings to be in garden settings. The units however, comply with the HDCP’s minimum requirements for private open space areas, and the overall private open space provision is considered satisfactory.

In addition, the adaptable dwellings benefit from convenient access via continuous paths of travel and lifts to common outdoor open space areas. It is considered that the design of the proposed ground floor units is satisfactory in meeting the objectives of the Code.

2.6.2     Apartment Layout

The layout of the proposed apartments includes a combination of single aspect units and dual aspect corner units. 

The Code requires that not more than 10% of apartments (being 6 units) be south facing.  The proposal is generally compliant with this requirement.  The application provides 9 units, being units 204, 205, 306, 307, 406, 407, 506, 507 and 604 with a south facing aspect.  The issue is acceptable as the overall proportion of floor space with a southern orientation has been minimised and building indentations have been provided to allow for cross ventilation.

All units comply with the minimum floor area requirements of the Code.  

The proposed apartment layouts satisfy the Code objectives for internal privacy, access to sunlight, natural ventilation and acoustic privacy.  It is considered that the apartment layout and mix achieve the intent of the best practice requirements of the Code and is acceptable.

2.6.3     Internal Circulation

The proposed development includes access to all floors via a lift.  The internal corridors exceed the Code’s requirements for the maximum number of units accessed (no more than 8 on a floor) from a lift.  The proposal is acceptable due to the design which provides for the corridors to be provided as “wings” and there being no direct access to units adjacent to the lift.  The ground floor foyer also provides direct, level access to communal open space on the northern and eastern sides of the building.

The proposal is acceptable with the requirements of the Code in respect to internal circulation.

2.6.4     Acoustic Privacy

The internal layout of the residential units is designed such that noise generating areas would adjoin each other wherever possible.  Circulation zones, communal services or fire stairs would act as a buffer between units.  Bedrooms and service areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and laundries are grouped together wherever possible.

The site fronts Epping Road and an acoustic report was submitted in accordance with the requirements of SEPP (Infrastructure). The report recommends treatment to windows and doors in affected facades to ameliorate the effects of traffic noise and to achieve recommended internal noise levels. Subject to compliance with the recommendations of the report, the proposal would provide reasonable acoustic privacy for future occupants and is consistent with the RFDC for acoustic privacy.

2.6.5     Storage

The proposed building includes resident storage areas for the apartments, accessed from a hall or living room. In addition, storage cages are indicated in the basement. A condition is recommended to ensure that each dwelling within the development must have a minimum area for storage of 6m³ for one bedroom units, 8m³ for two bedroom units and 10m³ for three bedroom units, where at least 50% is required to be located within the apartment and provided in addition to bedroom and kitchen cupboards.

2.7        Sydney Regional Environmental Plan (Sydney Harbour Catchment) 2005

The application has been assessed against the requirements of Sydney Regional Environmental Plan (Sydney Harbour Catchment) 2005. This Policy provides general planning considerations and strategies to ensure that the catchment, foreshores, waterways and islands of Sydney Harbour are recognised, protected, enhanced and maintained.

Subject to the implementation of installation of sediment and erosion control measures and stormwater management to protect water quality, the proposal would have minimal potential to impact on the Sydney Harbour Catchment.

2.8        Clause 74BA Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979 - Purpose and Status of Development Control Plans

Clause 74BA of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979 states that a DCP provision will have no effect if it prevents or unreasonably restricts development that is otherwise permitted and complies with the development standards in relevant Local Environmental Plans and State Environmental Planning Policies. 

The principal purpose of a development control plan is to provide guidance on the aims of any environmental planning instrument that applies to the development; facilitate development that is permissible under any such instrument; and achieve the objectives of land zones.  The provisions contained in a DCP are not statutory requirements and are for guidance purposes only.  Consent authorities have flexibility to consider innovative solutions when assessing development proposals, to assist achieve good planning outcomes.

2.7        Sydney Regional Environmental Plan (Infrastructure) 2007

The application has been assessed against the requirements of State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007.  This Policy contains State-wide planning controls for developments adjoining busy roads and railways. The development is located immediately adjacent a classified road (Epping Road). The following matters are required to be considered pursuant to the SEPP.

2.7.1     Development with Frontage to a Classified Road

The proposal has been assessed against the requirements of Clause 101 of SEPP (Infrastructure) as the site has frontage to the Epping Road. The objective of this Clause is:

(a)        to ensure that new development does not compromise the effective and ongoing operation and function of classified roads, and

(b)        to prevent or reduce the potential impact of traffic noise and vehicle emission on development adjacent to classified roads.

The compliance of the proposal with the objectives of this Clause is discussed below.

2.7.1.1  Frontage to Classified Road

The subject site has frontage to Epping Road, which is a four land divided State Road which is dedicated for road widening. The traffic volume on Epping Road is currently in the order of 40,000 – 48,000 vehicles on weekdays.

The Roads and Maritime Services publication ‘Guide to Traffic Generating Development’ states that the typical one-way mid-block land capacities for a 4-lane divided urban arterial road under interrupted flow conditions are 1,900 vehicles/hour/lane assuming Clearway conditions. The applicant has submitted a Traffic Assessment Report estimating traffic generating of the proposed development using Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) traffic generating rates. The report concludes that the proposed development would result in a net increase of 14 vehicle trips during commuter peak periods. The projected increase in traffic activities is minimal when compared to the maximum number of vehicles that can be accommodated by Epping Road, in the vicinity of the site. Furthermore, the development proposes access off Forest Grove which complies with the intent of Clause 101.

RMS has reviewed the proposal having regard to its impact on Epping Road and the future road widening and raises no objections subject to conditions of consent. It is considered that the proposed development would not have any adverse impact on the safety, efficient and ongoing operation of Epping road.

2.7.1.2  Impact of Vehicle Emission

The proposed development would have frontages to Epping Road and the impact of vehicle emission on the development is required to be considered.

The current improvements on the site include dwelling houses that are impacted upon by vehicle emission and airborne dust particles due to the current traffic flow. The rezoning of the land to R4 High Density Residential pursuant to Council’s Housing Strategy has been the subject of consultation with the RMS and endorsed by the Department of Planning, who have not raised concern with regard to air quality in this area. The proposed development includes setbacks, landscaping, deep soil zones generally in accordance with the requirements of the HDCP which would ameliorate the impacts of noise and emissions.

As such, the design of the development responds to the site context, being in the vicinity of a busy road and is designed in accordance with the recommendations with the document “Development Near Rail Corridors and Busy Roads – Interim Guidelines 2008”. This includes setbacks, landscaping and deep soil zones that would ameliorate the impacts of noise and emission related impacts.

The application is assessed as satisfactory in this regard.

2.7.2     Impact of Noise

Assessment of the impact of road noise on a residential use is required pursuant to Clause 102 of SEPP (Infrastructure) where a development fronts a road with an annual average daily traffic volume of more than 40,000 vehicles. The daily traffic volume on Epping Road, in the vicinity of the site exceeds 40,000 vehicles and therefore, this clause applies to the proposal.

The application is supported by an Acoustic Assessment Report. The report demonstrates that the development is capable of achieving reasonable amenity and acoustic privacy subject to the implementation of recommended specifications for glazing, construction materials and finishes.

The application was referred to the RMS who recommends a condition for the development to incorporate measures to mitigate against noise to habitable rooms in accordance with the criteria set out within clause 102(3) of the SEPP.

2.7.3     Traffic Generating Developments

The development is not classified as a Traffic Generating Development in accordance with Clause 104 and Schedule 3 of SEPP (Infrastructure) as it would not result in more than 75 dwellings fronting a classified road. No objections are raised by RMS with regard to traffic generation.

2.8        Hornsby Development Control Plan 2013

The proposed development has been assessed having regard to the relevant desired outcomes and prescriptive requirements within the Hornsby Development Control Plan 2013 (HDCP).  The following table sets out the proposal’s compliance with the prescriptive requirements of the Plan:

 

Hornsby Development Control Plan 2013

Control

Proposal

Requirement

Compliance

Site Width

52.99m Epping Road

42.685m Forest Grove

30m

Yes

Height

Part 6 storeys

 

17.5m

5 storeys

 

17.5m

No

 

Yes

Lowest Residential Floor Above Ground

0m

1.5m

Yes

Maximum Floorplate Dimension

Epping Road - 41m

Forest Grove – 35m

 

35m

35m

No

Yes

Building Indentation

3m x 6m

4m x 4m

3m x 8m

2m x 12m

No

 

Height of Basement Above Ground

Below natural ground level

1m (max)

Yes

Front Setback (Forest Grove)

(width of 35m)

6m-10m

10m for 11m building width

8m for 17m building length

6m for  7m building length

 

10m

 

8m <1/3rd of building width being 11.6m

 

No

 

Eastern  Rear Setback

(width of 30m)

6m-10m

6m for 7m building length 8m for 4m building length

 

10m

 

8m <1/3rd of frontage being 10.2m

 

No

 

 

Northern Side Setback (Epping Rd)

(width of 41m)

4m to 10m

4m for 11m building length

8m for 15m building length

10m for 11m building length

10m

8m <1/3rd of building width being 11.6m

7m (balconies)

No

 

Southern Side Setback

(width of 38m)

6m

4m  for 19m

 

6m

4m <1/3rd   building length

being 12.6m

 

 

No

 

Top Storey Setback from Ground Floor

3m

3m

Yes

Underground Parking Setback

4m-Epping Road

7m Forest Grove

4m-rear (east)

4m-side (south)

4m-side

7m-front

7m-rear

4m-side

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Basement Ramp Setback

4.5m

Used for bin storage

2m

Yes

Deep Soil Landscaped Areas

4m-Epping Rd

7m Forest Grove

7m-rear (east)

4m-side (south)

7m-front and rear

 

4m sides

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Private Open Space

1 br units - >10m2

2 br units – >12m2

3 br units - >16m2

10m2

12m2

16m2

Yes

 

Communal Open Space with Minimum Dimensions 4m

32%

25%

Yes

Parking

 

 

 

55 resident spaces

9 visitor spaces

22 bicycle racks

3 motorbike spaces

54 resident spaces

8 visitor spaces

18 bicycle racks

2 bike spaces

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Solar Access

86%

70%

Yes

Housing Choice

37% - 1 Bed

58% - 2 Bed

8.7% - 3 Bed

10% of each type (min)

No

Adaptable Units

30%

30%

Yes

As detailed in the above table, the proposed development does not comply with a number of prescriptive requirements within the HDCP.  The matters of non-compliance are detailed below, as well as a brief discussion on compliance with relevant desired outcomes.

2.8.1     Desired Future Character

The site is included in the Epping Precinct which in recent years was rezoned from R2 (Low Density Residential) to R4 (High Density Residential) Zone.

The proposed building is in accordance with required key principles for the future character of the precinct for well-articulated five storey residential flat buildings in garden settings with underground car parking. The proposal complies with the desired outcome for the precinct.

2.8.2     Site Requirements

The HDCP requires sites to have a minimum frontage of 30 metres. The subject site has a frontage of in excess of 30 metres to both Epping Road and Forest Grove and complies with this requirement. The development would not result in isolation of any site.

2.8.3     Setbacks

As detailed in the table above, the proposal seeks variation to the setback provisions of HDCP.  The setbacks proposed are the result of considerable consultation due to the specific constraints of the subject site.

The site is corner allotment.  In accordance with HDCP, the setbacks have been interpreted as follows:

Front:   Western boundary to Forest Grove

Side:    Northern (Epping Rd) and Southern

Rear:    Eastern boundary

The site is subject to road widening, which is likely to be undertaken in the near future.  All setbacks to Epping Road have been measured from the boundary following the road widening being implemented.

In addition, the site is adjoined by a heritage item and a Heritage Conservation Area (HCA) which is the interface with the R2 Low Density Residential zone.

Amendments to the plans have been made to increase the setbacks adjacent to the dwelling and the HCA to the rear and variations provided where there will be no resulting privacy impacts to future residents of the building or adjoining properties.  The architectural treatment of the building, which provides for a pavilion design with indentations, reduces the apparent bulk and scale of the building. 

The overall design of the building would be complimentary to future development in the precinct.

The proposal complies with the intent of the prescriptive measures which is to provide for landscaping, open space and separation between buildings.

2.8.4     Number of Storeys

The proposed building is designed as a 5 storey building with mezzanine levels, in accordance with HDCP.  The building presents to all facades as a 5 storey building with mezzanine levels.  However, in the area of Unit 510 which is a two level unit, the building is 6 storeys in accordance with the definition of storeys under the HLEP.

The area of non-compliance is approximately 21m2 and is not discernible from the elevations due to the fall of the site.  Compliance with the number of storeys control is not considered necessary as the overall design and appearance of the building achieves the objective of a 5 storey building with mezzanine levels.

2.8.5     Floor-Plates

The proposed building footprint has a maximum length of 41 metres along northern and southern elevations, which does not comply with the maximum floor-plate of 35 metres prescribed within the HDCP.

Instead of a single 4m x 4m indent applied to the northern elevation fronting Epping Road, 3m x 6m and 3m x 8m indents have been applied to achieve the appearance of three separate building pavilions.  The southern elevation is provided within a 2m x 12m indentation which would adjoin a five storey development approved on No. 1 Forest Grove. Whilst the indentations are not strictly compliant with the 4m x 4m indentation requirement of the HDCP, the varied design provides sufficient articulation to create the appearance of three separate building pavilions when viewed from Epping Road. The development includes sufficient articulation, varied use of materials and wrap-around balconies to ‘break-up’ the perceived bulk and scale of the building.  The building has adequate setbacks from Forest Grove and the rear low density interface.  The proposal presents sufficient deep-soil areas to ensure the establishment of canopy trees, which would soften the presentation of the building.  The development achieves a scale consistent with the desired character of the precinct of residential flat buildings in landscaped settings with underground car parking facility in accordance with the desired outcomes of the HDCP.

Accordingly, the development’s proposed floor-plate is satisfactory.

2.8.6     Built Form and Separation

The Code and HDCP require a building separation of 12 metres between unscreened habitable areas and balconies increasing to 18 metres from the fifth level.

The proposed residential flat building’s southern elevation faces an approved residential flat building. The elevation provides for wrap-around balconies serving corner units, with 4 to 6 metre side setbacks which is consistent the intent of the minimum separation requirements to the boundary.

The building has been designed to limit potential privacy impacts by locating bedrooms on lesser setbacks and living rooms on greater than minimum setbacks.

To further limit the potential overlooking of adjoining development, a condition of development consent is suggested to require the provision of opaque glass balcony treatments, in accordance with other approvals granted in the precinct.

2.8.7     Landscaping

The landscaping provisions for the HDCP prescribe that a 7 metre wide landscaped area be provided to both the front and rear setbacks, and a 4 metre side landscaped area be provided along the side boundaries. As a result of the site being a corner allotment, there is a minor variation to the prescribed setbacks.  However, the design of the basement generally achieves the objective to provide for deep soil planting to the perimeters of the site.  

A total of 32%, equivalent to 874 square metres, of the development site comprises landscaping and communal open spaces.  Tree planting (endemic canopy trees as indicated in the conceptual landscape plan and required by conditions of consent) is provided within each setback to contribute to the quality of the streetscape and reduce the apparent bulk and scale of the development. 

The setbacks include deep soil planting of a variety of medium to large sized native trees and shrubs to provide privacy and screen walls. 

Primary access to communal open space is facilitated via the southern boundary.  The communal open space complies with the HDCP requirements for minimum dimensions and is embellished to support use and interaction within the space.

The on-site detention system for the development is located on the northern boundary area with 300 millimetres soil for planting above it (restricting planting).  There is sufficient area for planting within the remainder of the setback.  The OSD tank has been located in an appropriate location considering the slope of the site, location of Council’s stormwater inlet pit on Epping Road, and the relevant engineering requirements.

Landscaping also provides screening to the private open space areas that front the common open space to the rear.  The proposal is considered acceptable in terms of the landscaping element of the HDCP.

2.8.8     Open Space

The proposed communal open space areas comply with the prescriptive area for at least 50 square metres with a minimum dimension of 4 metres. The communal areas are to be provided at the rear of the site. The communal areas would receive at least 2 hours of sunlight between 9 am to 3 pm during mid-winter. The areas would be accessed from the foyer via an entry door centrally located on the southern side of the building, which would provide convenient access from all units.

The proposed communal open space areas would provide for a range of outdoor activities and encourage active living.

In addition, passive surveillance from rear facing balconies is likely to result in high visibility of these areas. All units would achieve the minimum private open space area requirements of 10 square metres for 1 bedroom units, 12 square metres for 2 bedroom units and 16 square metres for 3 bedroom units.

It is considered that the proposed private and communal open space areas achieve the desired outcome for active recreation areas with privacy and access to sunlight.

2.8.9     Privacy and Security

Wrap-around balconies are proposed on the side boundaries with fixed screens on all elevations to maintain privacy and visual amenity. The ground floor private open space areas fronting the communal open spaces would be suitably screened by a 1.8 metre high fence and landscaping.

Concerns have been raised regarding visual and privacy impacts from the eastern elevation of the proposed building to the low density residential interface. Upper floor units have the potential for overlooking to the adjoining low density residential development to the east.  The placement of fixed screens, the establishment of screen planting in accordance with the landscape plan, together with the greater than minimum setbacks to living areas, would minimise any privacy impact on the adjoining low density development. Further, a condition has been recommended for the balustrades on the eastern elevation to include obscure glazing to minimise the opportunity for overlooking. The proposal is consistent with the objectives of the zone and is acceptable with regard to compliance with the HDCP for built form and setbacks. Having regard to the design and the privacy measures, the proposal would provide a reasonable level of privacy for residents and is acceptable.

In considering the internal privacy of the development, there is a privacy conflict resulting from windows serving common corridors and the windows serving bedrooms within the building indentations. Whilst external planter boxes have been incorporated on some levels which would ameliorate the privacy conflict to a degree, it is considered that the addition of opaque widows or obscure glazing would provide a more permanent and adequate means to address this privacy issue. A condition is recommended for details to be submitted prior to the issue of a Construction Certificate of the glazing or opaque windows to be installed.

In terms of security, the proposal provides a safe, clear and direct pedestrian entrance to the foyer of the building from Forest Grove. Passive surveillance of the site, Epping Road and Forest Grove is achieved by the orientation of private open space and living room windows of units being to the street and to the rear communal open space. The applicant has prepared a Crime Prevention through Environmental Design Assessment, which was referred to Ryde Local Police Area Command for review.  The Police raised no objections to the proposal, subject to conditions to reduce criminal activity within the community and the property.

2.8.10   Sunlight and Ventilation

Diagrams have been submitted demonstrating compliance of individual units with solar access requirements. As the site is located within a redevelopment precinct, the solar access analysis accounted for the overshadowing impacts from future five storey development on adjoining sites.  86% of the units would receive a minimum 2 hours solar access between 9 am and 3 pm on the mid-winter day, where the minimum requirement is 70%. The proposal also complies with the requirement for at least 60% of dwellings to have dual aspect and natural cross ventilation. The extent of overshadowing likely to occur would generally be consistent with that expected within the redevelopment precinct.

2.8.11   Housing Choice

The proposed development includes a range of housing types and provision for people with disabilities in accordance with the requirements of the HDCP.

The development provides a mixture of one, two and three bedroom units.  Whilst the 10% minimum of three bedroom units is not complied with strictly, 8.7% of the units are 3 bedroom and represent an appropriate mix of units.  The minor non-compliance does not warrant refusal of the application.

Seventeen units (30%) are designed as adaptable which complies with the requirement of both the HDCP and Code.

2.8.12   Vehicular Access and Parking

The development provides 55 resident car parking spaces, 9 visitor car spaces, 22 bicycle racks and 4 motorcycle spaces. This meets the requirements of the HDCP for developments located within 800 metres of a railway station. The proposed basement car park is over two levels, accessed via a 6 metre wide driveway from Forest Grove. All driveway widths, gradients and aisle widths have been assessed as satisfactory. There is sufficient area within the basements to accommodate storage areas. Vehicular access and parking complies with the prescriptive measures of HDCP.

2.8.13   Key Development Principles

The proposal is within the Epping Road / Forest Grove, Epping Precinct. The key principle is for the redevelopment of the precinct to incorporate five storey residential flat buildings in garden settings with parking in basements. The development will provide for a landscaped setting and a built form that is consistent with the desired outcome for the Epping Road / Forest Grove, Epping Precinct.

2.8.14   Waste Management

The proposal includes a waste management plan with details of waste management during the construction stage and use and on-going management of waste. However, further details are required prior to the issue of a Construction Certificate as addressed by a condition in Schedule 1 of this report. The site will require five of 660 Litre garbage bins serviced twice weekly, plus twelve of 240 Litre recycling bins serviced weekly, plus one - 660 Litre paper/cardboard bins serviced weekly. Each residential level is provided with a garbage chute and recycling bin in a cupboard. There is sufficient space within the basement to store the required garbage bins, recycling bins, a bin lifter and bin carting equipment. Additionally, a bulky waste storage area has been provided next to the bin room. A waste collection point is provided next to the driveway. A SRV waste collection vehicle would be able to reverse into the site and forward out, with parking on the driveway, without any impact on the amount of parking available on Forest Grove.

Subject to recommended conditions, the proposed development is satisfactory in respect to the waste management.

2.8.15   Heritage

The subject site is located within an R4 zoning which permits 5 storey residential flat buildings (RFB) up to a height of 17.5 metres. The Hornsby Development Control Plan 2013 (DCP), Section 9.4 provides a number of guidelines for RFBs in the vicinity of heritage conservation areas, as discussed below.

Curtilage and Setting of the HCA and Heritage Item

The visual setting of the HCA would be altered as five storey buildings become visible to the west above the trees.  However, the setbacks proposed at the rear (eastern side) of the site enable trees to be planted to provide a screen/backdrop to the HCA and to the rear of the heritage house. Dense screen trees should be planted on the rear (eastern) boundary to provide a visual buffer.

Characteristics and Heritage Values of the HCA

The primary characteristics of the Essex Street Conservation Area are good and largely intact examples of housing styles, mainly single storey in appearance from the Federation and Inter-war periods. Face brick work is also characteristic of the area. Consistent with these characteristics, the eastern elevation of the proposed development should include mainly dark brick material to provide a sympathetic, visually recessive backdrop to the Conservation Area.

Construction Impact Report

The proposal is adjacent to a Conservation Area and a Construction Impact Report is required. This is recommended as a condition of consent.

Development in the Vicinity of a Heritage Item

The subject site is located to the west of heritage listed No. 42 Essex Street. The site is separated from the heritage item by large setbacks from the house to the new building.  Additional screen planting proposed at the rear of the site would also provide a visual buffer between the development and the item.

In summary, it is acknowledged that the proposed five storey high residential flat building would have a visual impact on the western backdrop to the Essex Street HCA and heritage item. This impact would be reduced by the provision of screen tree planting at the rear of the site; and provision of a greater mix of dark brick material on the eastern elevation.  These requirements are recommended as conditions of consent.

2.9        Section 94 Contributions Plans

Hornsby Shire Council Section 94 Contributions Plan 2012-2021 applies to the development as it would result in an additional 57 residential dwellings in lieu of the 3 existing residences.  Accordingly, the requirement for a monetary Section 94 contribution is recommended as a condition of consent.

3.         ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS

Section 79C(1)(b) of the Act requires Council to consider “the likely impacts of that development, including environmental impacts on both the natural and built environments, and social and economic impacts in the locality”.

3.1        Natural Environment

3.1.1     Tree and Vegetation Preservation

The site contains a number of exotic, native planted trees and locally indigenous species.

The applicant submitted an Arboricultural Impact Report which identifies 41 trees on, or adjacent to the site, including street trees along the frontages. The development would require the removal of 28 trees from the site. None of the trees identified for removal are assessed as significant and all have been identified as having low retention value. With the exception of Tree 10, all trees identified for removal are exempt under Council’s Tree Preservation Order. Tree 10 is a Pittosporum undulatum (Native Daphne) species, which is identified by in the Arborist report as having low retention value. The removal of this tree is acceptable in the circumstances of the case to facilitate a five storey residential development that is consistent with the desired future character of the precinct. 

A landscape plan has been submitted with the application that includes replacement planting with a range of locally native plant species with a mix of small, medium and large canopy trees (22 in total), shrub layers and ground covers. A condition has been recommended for the planting of further 10 (resulting in a total of 32 replacement trees) which would be located along the north, east, southern boundaries and the public verge of Forest Grove. Subject to the replacement planting specified in the landscape plan and Council’s conditions, the development would achieve a landscape setting and would be acceptable with respect to the natural environment.

3.1.2     Stormwater Management

The development would connect to council’s drainage system located in Epping Rd via an on-site detention tank (OSD). Council’s engineering assessment concludes that subject to conditions recommended in Schedule 1, the OSD and stormwater management system would minimise the effects of flooding and maintain natural environmental flows.  Additionally, subject to sediment and erosion control measures being implemented on site during construction, the proposal would comply with the desired outcomes of the HDCP.

3.2        Built Environment

3.2.1     Built Form

The previous sections of this report have described the development’s built form and its compliance with the intent with the relevant planning controls. The proposed built form, despite some minor non-compliance with controls, is considered acceptable.

3.2.2     Traffic

A traffic and parking assessment has been submitted with the proposal which estimates that the proposed development would generate an additional 14.2 vehicle trips in peak periods. The estimated traffic generation of the existing site and proposed development has been determined using Roads and Maritime Services traffic generation rates contained in the Guide to Traffic Generating Developments – Technical Direction TDT 2013-04 (May 2013).

Although this additional traffic may appear to be negligible when compared with the traffic volumes on the adjacent road network for this development alone, the cumulative traffic impacts of all sites earmarked for redevelopment in the precinct will be significant. The cumulative impact has been considered in the strategic transport model for Epping Town Centre Urban Activation Precinct (ETCUAP). The NSW Government has committed over $16 million in funds to address regional traffic growth to assist traffic flows. Planned works include realignment of the Essex Street / Epping Road intersection and widening of the bridge over the railway line.

3.3        Social Impacts

The residential development would improve housing choice in the locality by providing a range of dwelling types. The location of the development is in close proximity to Epping Railway Station and shops allowing direct access to retail facilities and transportation. It is considered that the development would result in a net positive social impact on the locality.

3.4        Economic Impacts

The development would result in a positive economic impact on the locality via employment generation during construction and minor increase in demand for local services following completion of the development.

4.         SITE SUITABILITY

Section 79C(1)(c) of the Act requires Council to consider “the suitability of the site for the development”.

The subject site is zoned for five storey apartment buildings and the proposal involves the erection of a five storey apartment building. The site is not identified as bushfire prone, flood prone or bushland.

The scale of the proposed development is consistent with the capability of the site and is considered acceptable.

5.         PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Section 79C(1)(d) of the Act requires Council to consider “any submissions made in accordance with this Act”.

5.1        Community Consultation

The proposed development was placed on public exhibition and was notified to adjoining and nearby landowners between 8 April 2015 and 22 April 2015 in accordance with the Notification and Exhibition requirements of the HDCP.  During this period, Council received two submissions.  The map below illustrates the location of those nearby landowners who made a submission that are in close proximity to the development site.

NOTIFICATION PLAN

 

 

 

•       PROPERTIES NOTIFIED

 

 

 

X      SUBMISSIONS

         RECEIVED

 

 


          PROPERTY SUBJECT OF DEVELOPMENT

 

ONE SUBMISSION RECEIVED OUT OF MAP RANGE

Following the submission of amended plans, the proposed development was further notified for a period of 14 days between 16 September 2015 and 30 September 2015 and no further objections were received.

Two submissions objected to the development, generally on the grounds that the development would result in:

·              Unacceptable traffic on local streets;

·              Cumulative impact of recent development applications; and

·              Consideration of removal of HCA to Essex Street.

The merits of the matters raised in community submissions have been addressed in the body of the report with the exception of the following:

5.1.1     Heritage Conservation

The proposal is consistent with the objectives of Council’s HDCP regarding heritage.  At its meeting on 8 October 2014, Council considered Group Manager’s Report No PL72/14 concerning submissions received to the exhibition of the draft Epping Town Centre amendments to the HDCP. Council resolved (in part) to review the heritage significance of the Essex Street and Rosebank Avenue Heritage Conservation Areas in a future stage of Council’s Heritage Review to follow development of the adjacent five storey residential precincts.

5.2        Public Agencies

The development application was referred to the following Agencies for comment:

5.2.1     Roads and Maritime Services

The application was referred to the RMS for concurrence in accordance with Section 138 of the Roads Act, 1993.  The RMS has provided its concurrence subject to conditions as contained within Schedule 1 of this report.

5.2.2     NSW Police

The application was referred to NSW Police Force for comments. No objections were raised to the proposal subject to conditions for safety and security as contained in Schedule 1 of this report.

6.         THE PUBLIC INTEREST

Section 79C(1)(e) of the Act requires Council to consider “the public interest”.

The public interest is an overarching requirement, which includes the consideration of the matters discussed in this report.  Implicit to the public interest is the achievement of future built outcomes adequately responding to and respecting the future desired outcomes expressed in environmental planning instruments and development control plans.

The application is considered to have satisfactorily addressed Council’s and relevant agencies’ criteria and would provide a development outcome that, on balance, would result in a positive impact for the community.  Accordingly, it is considered that the approval of the proposed development would be in the public interest.

CONCLUSION

The application seeks approval for the demolition of existing structures and construction of a five storey residential flat building comprising 57 units and basement car parking.

The proposed development is generally in accordance with the design principles of SEPP 65 and the Residential Flat Design Code. The proposal complies with HLEP and generally meets the HDCP desired outcomes for five storey residential flat development within the Epping Road / Forest Grove, Epping Precinct. The minor non-compliances with the prescriptive controls for frontage, setbacks and floor-plate, are considered acceptable.

The proposal would result in a development that would be in keeping with the desired future character of the precinct. Two submissions were received in response to notification of the proposal. The application is recommended for approval.

Note:  At the time of the completion of this planning report, no persons have made a Political Donations Disclosure Statement pursuant to Section 147 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 in respect of the subject planning application.

RESPONSIBLE OFFICER

The officer responsible for the preparation of this Report is the Manager – Development Assessments – Rodney Pickles, who can be contacted on 9847 6731.

 

 

 

 

Rod Pickles

Manager - Development Assessment

Planning Division

 

 

James Farrington

Group Manager

Planning Division

 

 

Attachments:

1.View

Locality Map

 

 

2.View

Site Plan

 

 

3.View

Floor Plans

 

 

4.View

Elevations and Sections

 

 

5.View

Shadow Diagram

 

 

6.View

Materials Legend

 

 

7.View

Photomontage

 

 

 

 

File Reference:           DA/327/2015

Document Number:    D06727205

 


SCHEDULE 1

GENERAL CONDITIONS

The conditions of consent within this notice of determination have been applied to ensure that the use of the land and/or building is carried out in such a manner that is consistent with the aims and objectives of the relevant legislation, planning instruments and council policies affecting the land and does not disrupt the amenity of the neighbourhood or impact upon the environment.

Note:  For the purpose of this consent, the term ‘applicant’ means any person who has the authority to act on or the benefit of the development consent.

Note:  For the purpose of this consent, any reference to an Act, Regulation, Australian Standard or publication by a public authority shall be taken to mean the gazetted Act or Regulation, or adopted Australian Standard or publication as in force on the date that the application for a construction certificate is made.

1.         Approved Plans and Supporting Documentation

The development must be carried out in accordance with the plans and documentation listed below and endorsed with Council’s stamp, except where amended by Council and/or other conditions of this consent:

Plan No.

Rev.

Plan Title

Drawn by

Dated

11143/DA/0003

C

Site Plan

DKO Architecture

20/08/2015

11143/DA/1001

D

Basement 2

DKO Architecture

28/09/2015

11143/DA/1002

D

Basement 1

DKO Architecture

28/09/2015

11143/DA/1003

D

Ground Level

DKO Architecture

28/09/2015

11143/DA/1004

D

Level 1

DKO Architecture

29/09/2015

11143/DA/1005

D

Level 2

DKO Architecture

29/09/2015

11143/DA/1006

D

Level 3

DKO Architecture

29/09/2015

11143/DA/1007

D

Level 4

DKO Architecture

29/09/2015

11143/DA/1008

D

Roof Plan

DKO Architecture

29/09/2015

11143/DA/1009

C

Adaptable units Plan 1

DKO Architecture

20/08/2015

11143/DA/2001

C

Elevation

DKO Architecture

20/08/2015

11143/DA/2002

C

East Elevation

DKO Architecture

20/08/2015

11143/DA/2003

C

West Elevation

DKO Architecture

20/08/2015

11143/DA/2004

C

South Elevation

DKO Architecture

20/08/2015

11143/DA/3001

C

Section A

DKO Architecture

20/08/2015

11143/DA/3002

C

Section B

DKO Architecture

20/08/2015

11143/DA/3003

C

Section C

DKO Architecture

20/08/2015

11143/DA/4009

D

Materials Legend

DKO Architecture

28/09/2015

11143/DA/4010

D

Perspectives

DKO Architecture

28/09/2015

11143/DA/4011

D

Photomontage

DKO Architecture

28/09/2015

11143/DA/4008

C

Waste Management Plan

DKO Architecture

28/09/2015

0215-0605:DA 001 – DA 003

0

Landscape Plan

Tract

03/09/2015

20150016 / SW01

E

OSD Plan

S&G Consultants

01/10/2015

 

Document Title

Prepared by

Dated

Statement of Environmental Effects – Amended

Willana Associates

Sept 2015

SEPP 65 Design Verification

DKO Architecture

14 Sept 2015

Acoustic DA Assessment

Acouras Consultancy

30/9/2015

Heritage Impact Statement

FORM Architects

Feb 2015

Arboricultural Impact Assessment Report

Earthscape Horticultural Services

March 2015

Traffic and Parking Assessment Report

Varga Traffic Planning

6 March 2015

 

Preliminary Geotechnical Investigation Report

Environmental Investigations

24 Feb 2015

BASIX Certificate No 609146M_02

Greater Metro Pty Ltd

2 March 2015

Access Report

PSE Access Consulting

20 Feb 2015

WSUD Strategy Issue B

S&G Consultants

1 Oct 2015

2.         Construction Certificate

a)         A Construction Certificate is required to be approved by Council or a Private Certifying Authority prior to the commencement of any works under this consent.

b)         The Construction Certificate plans must not be inconsistent with the Development Consent plans

3.         Section 94 Development Contributions

a)         In accordance with Section 80A(1) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and the Hornsby Shire Council Section 94 Development Contributions Plan 2012-2021, the following monetary contributions shall be paid to Council to cater for the increased demand for community infrastructure resulting from the development:

 

Description

Contribution

Roads

$39,848.30

Open Space and Recreation

$639,872.05

Community Facilities

$89,225.25

Plan Preparation and Administration

$2,649.00

TOTAL

$771,594.60

being for 21 x 1 bedroom units, 31 x 2 bedroom units, 5 x 3 bedroom units and including a credit for three existing dwelling houses.

b)         The value of this contribution is current as at 16 July 2015. If the contributions are not paid within the financial quarter that this condition was generated, the contributions payable will be adjusted in accordance with the provisions of the Hornsby Shire Council Section 94 Development Contributions Plan and the amount payable will be calculated at the time of payment in the following manner:

$CPY = $CDC x CPIPY

CPIDC

Where:

$CPY is the amount of the contribution at the date of Payment

$CDC is the amount of the contribution as set out in this Development Consent

CPIPY is the latest release of the Consumer Price Index (Sydney – All Groups) at the date of Payment as published by the ABS.

CPIDC is the Consumer Price Index (Sydney – All Groups) for the financial quarter at the date applicable in this Development Consent Condition.

c)         The monetary contributions shall be paid to Council:

i)          prior to the issue of the Subdivision Certificate where the development is for subdivision; or

ii)          prior to the issue of the first Construction Certificate where the development is for building work; or

iii)         prior to issue of the Subdivision Certificate or first Construction Certificate, whichever occurs first, where the development involves both subdivision and building work; or

iv)         prior to the works commencing where the development does not require a Construction Certificate or Subdivision Certificate.

It is the professional responsibility of the Principal Certifying Authority to ensure that the monetary contributions have been paid to Council in accordance with the above timeframes.

Council’s Development Contributions Plan may be viewed at www.hornsby.nsw.gov.au or a copy may be inspected at Council’s Administration Centre during normal business hours.

4.         Amendment of Plans

The approved plans are to be amended as follows:

a)         The Landscape Plan is to be amended to include:

i)          in the northern setback, the addition of 3 deciduous trees such as Media Azerderach (White Cedar) or Faxinus Exclesor (Common Ash) that have been nominated in the landscape plan, capable of reaching more than 6 metres at maturity.

ii)          in the southern setback, the planting of 4 x Ceratopetalum gummiferum (NSW Christmas Bush).

iii)         in the eastern setback, the addition of 1 x Angophora costata (Sydney Red Gum) to achieve a dense screen of trees along the eastern boundary.

iv)         in the Forest Grove road reserve, the addition of 2 x Lophostemon confertus (Brushbox) with a minimum 100 litre pot size with stakes and ties. The street trees are to be sited in a 1.2 metre long mulch bed with timber edges extending from path to kerb in the other dimension. The existing Callistemon shrub is to be removed.

b)         Opaque glazing is to be provided to balcony balustrades on the eastern elevation of the development.

c)         The Architectural Plans are to be amended to remove the replication of Units Nos. 306 and 307 on levels 2 and 3.

d)         Directional film or opaque windows are to be provided in the corridors adjacent to Units 211 and 210 to prevent overlooking from corridors into units.

e)         Where directional film is indicated on the plans to protect privacy, the windows are to be fixed or awning style to ensure the effectiveness of the directional film as a privacy measure.  Fixed opaque/obscure glass could be used in place of directional film.

f)          The motorcycle parking is to be amended to address the following:

i)          Accessibility – 2.5m by 1.2m parking module for motorcycles, AS/NZS 2890.1:2004, is the minimum provision for motorcycles and is based on 90 degree parking module (Cl 2.4.7).  Motorcycles can weigh in excess of 350kg making manoeuvring difficult.

ii)          Vulnerability – Cl 4.2.7 also states that “Motorcycle parking areas should not be located so that parked motorcycles are vulnerable to being struck by a manoeuvring car.”  The spaces as shown are vulnerable to vehicles reversing out of parking space R11

g)         The eastern elevation is to incorporate a greater proportion of dark face brick in place of rendered walls.

5.         Removal of Existing Trees

This development permits the removal of 1 tree identified as Tree 10 on the site.  The removal of any other trees requires separate approval in accordance with the Tree and Vegetation Chapter 1B.6 Hornsby Development Control Plan (HDCP).

REQUIREMENTS PRIOR TO THE ISSUE OF A CONSTRUCTION CERTIFICATE

6.         Dilapidation Report

A ‘Dilapidation Report’ is to be prepared by a ‘chartered structural engineer’ detailing the structural conditions of the adjoining eastern properties at No. 38, 40, 42 and 44 Essex Street, Epping.

7.         Building Code of Australia

All building work must be carried out in accordance with the relevant requirements of the Building Code of Australia. 6. Contract of Insurance (Residential Building Work) In the case of residential building work for which the Home Building Act 1989 requires there to be a contract of insurance in force in accordance with Part 6 of that Act, that such a contract of insurance is in force before any building work authorised to be carried out by the consent commences.

8.         Notification of Home Building Act, 1989 Requirements

Residential building work within the meaning of the Home Building Act 1989 must not be carried out unless the principal certifying authority for the development to which the work relates (not being Council) has given Council written notice of the following information:

a)         In the case of work for which a principal contractor is required to be appointed:

i)          The name and licence number of the principal contractor; and

ii)          The name of the insurer by which the work is insured under Part 6 of that Act.

b)         In the case of work to be done by an owner-builder:

i)          The name of the owner-builder; and

ii)          If the owner-builder is required to hold an owner-builder’s permit under that Act, the number of the owner-builder’s permit.

Note: If arrangements for doing the residential building work are changed while the work is in progress so that the information notified becomes out of date, further work must not be carried out unless the principal certifying authority for the development to which the work relates (not being Council) has given Council written notification of the updated information.

9.         Water/Electricity Utility Services

The applicant must submit written evidence of the following service provider requirements:

a)         Ausgrid (formerly Energy Australia) – a letter of consent demonstrating that satisfactory arrangements have been made to service the proposed development.

b)         Sydney Water – the submission of a ‘Notice of Requirements’ under s73 of the Sydney Water Act 1994. Note: Sydney Water requires that s73 applications are to be made through an authorised Sydney Water Servicing Coordinator. Refer to www.sydneywater.com.au or telephone 13 20 92 for assistance.

10.        Adaptable Units

The details of the 17 adaptable units must be provided with the Construction Certificate Plans.

11.        Noise Mitigation

The development must be carried out in accordance with the recommendations contained within the acoustic report submitted with the development application, titled ‘Acoustic Assessment’, prepared by Acouras Consulting and dated 30/9/2015 and the requirements of the Department of Planning’s Development Near Rail Corridors and Busy Roads – Interim Guideline and RailCorp’s Interim Guidelines for Applicants. Note: The Department of Planning’s document is available at www.planning.nsw.gov.au (development assessments). The RailCorp document is available at www.railcorp.nsw.gov.au/publications.

12.        Stormwater Drainage

The stormwater drainage system for the development must be designed and constructed in accordance with Council’s Civil Works – Design and Construction Specification 2005 and the following requirements:

a)         Connected directly to Council’s street drainage system.

b)         Water Quality treatment processes shall be designed and constructed generally in accordance with the WSUD Plan Issue B prepared by S&G Consultants Pty Ltd.

13.        On-Site Stormwater Detention

An on-site stormwater detention system must be designed by a chartered civil engineer and constructed in accordance with the following requirements:-

a)         Have a capacity of not less than 45 cubic metres, and a maximum discharge (when full) of 50 litres per second.

b)         Have a surcharge/inspection grate located directly above the outlet.

c)         Discharge from the detention system to be controlled via 1 metre length of pipe, not less than 50 millimetres diameter or via a stainless plate with sharply drilled orifice bolted over the face of the outlet discharging into a larger diameter pipe capable of carrying the design flow to an approved Council system.

d)         Not be constructed in a location that would impact upon the visual or recreational amenity of residents.

14.        Rain Water Tank

80% of the roof area of the development is to drain to a tank(s) that has capacity of 3,000 litres per 100m2 of the roof area of the development. The tank(s) must be connected to the communal water system, and to all units for toilet flushing and laundry.

15.        Vehicular Crossing

A separate application under the Local Government Act 1993 and the Roads Act 1993 must be submitted to Council for the installation of a new vehicular crossing and the removal of the redundant crossing.  The vehicular crossing must be constructed in accordance with Council’s Civil Works Design 2005 and the following requirements:-

a)         Any redundant crossings must be replaced with integral kerb and gutter;

b)         The footway area must be restored by standard footpath construction and turfing; and

c)         Approval must be obtained from all relevant utility providers that all necessary conduits be provided and protected under the crossing.

Note:  An application for a vehicular crossing can only be made to one of Council’s Authorised Vehicular Crossing Contractors, or otherwise be the subject of a Construction Certificate Application to Hornsby Shire Council as Roads Authority.  You are advised to contact Council.

16.        Internal Driveway/Vehicular Areas

The driveway and parking areas on site must be designed in accordance with Australian Standards 2890.1, 2890.2, 3727 and the following requirements:

a)         Design levels at the front boundary must be obtained from Council by separate application to Council for crossing levels. The approved levels shall be incorporated into the construction plan;

b)         Safety rails must be provided where there is a level difference more than 0.3 metres and a 1:4 batter cannot be achieved.

17.        Footpath

The existing concrete footpath must be removed and constructed along the full frontage of the subject site in accordance Council’s Civil Works Design and Construction Specification 2005 and the following requirements:

a)         The land adjoining the footpath to be fully turfed;

b)         Any public utility adjustments to be carried out at the cost of the applicant and to the requirements of the relevant public authority;

c)         A construction certificate application is to be submitted to Council.

18.        Road Works

All road works approved under this consent must be constructed in accordance with Council’s Civil Works Design and Construction Specification 2005 and the following requirements:-

a)         Council’s standard 150mm integral kerb and gutter to be constructed across the Forest Grove frontage of the development with a minimum road shoulder pavement width of 1.0m, and incorporating Council’s street drainage system with a standard kerb inlet pit;

b)         RMS standard SA kerb and gutter to be constructed across the Epping Road frontage of the development with 8.0m radius kerb return to match the proposed Forest Grove kerb and gutter alignment with construction of Council’s standard perambulator ramp;

c)         Council’s standard 80 mm thick concrete footpath to be constructed within the Epping Road and Forest Grove road verges with the remaining area turfed;

d)         The submission of a compaction certificate from a geotechnical engineer for any fill within road reserves, and all road sub-grade and road pavement materials;

e)         Pursuant to s138 Roads Act 1993, Construction Certificate applications shall be made to Hornsby Shire Council and Roads and Maritime Authority’s (RMS) Statewide Delivery Branch for road works in the respective road frontages. The applicant shall pay Road Authorities’ fees in regard to Construction Certificate assessment and compliance inspections with lodgement of applications. Applications to RMS may require the entering into a Works Deed in accordance with RMS requirements.

19.        Storage

Each dwelling within the development must have a minimum area for storage (not including kitchen and bedroom cupboards) for 6m3 for one bedroom units, 8m3 for two bedroom units and 10m3 for three bedroom units, where 50% is required to be located within the apartment and accessible from either the hall or living area. Details must be submitted with the Construction Certificate plans.

20.        Identification of Survey Infrastructure

Prior to the issue of a construction certificate, a registered surveyor shall identify all survey marks in the vicinity of the proposed development.  Any survey marks required to be removed or displaced as a result of the proposed development shall be undertaken by a registered surveyor in accordance with Section 24 (1) of the Surveying and Spatial Information Act 2002 and following the Surveyor General’s Directions No.11 – "Preservation of Survey Infrastructure".

21.        Traffic Control Plan

In order to enable unencumbered movement of traffic in the public road during construction works, a Construction Management Plan, including a Traffic Management Plan and scaled construction plans prepared by a suitably Chartered and Qualified Chartered Civil Engineer and Qualified Worksite Traffic Controller shall be prepared and submitted to Hornsby Shire Council for approval according to the following requirements:-

a)         A copy of the plans shall be submitted for consideration and written approval by Hornsby Shire Council prior to the release of the Construction Certificate

b)         The plans shall detail the order of construction works and arrangement of all construction machines and vehicles being used at the same time during all stages.

c)         The CTMP plans shall be in accordance with the approved Development Application plans and the Development Consent conditions.

d)         In order to prevent injury, accident and loss of property, no building materials, work sheds, vehicles, machines or the like shall be allowed to remain in the road reserve area without the written consent of Hornsby Shire Council.

e)         The Plan shall be generally in compliance with the requirements of the Road and Traffic Authority’s “Traffic Control at Worksites Manual 1998” and detailing:-

i)          Public notification of proposed works;

ii)          Long term signage requirements;

iii)         Short term (during actual works) signage;

iv)         Vehicle Movement Plans, where applicable;

v)         Traffic Management Plans;

vi)         Pedestrian and Cyclist access and safety;

f)          The plans shall indicate traffic controls including those used during non-working hours and shall provide pedestrian access to be facilitated at all times.

g)         The plans shall include the proposed truck routes to and from the site including details of the frequency of truck movements at the different stages of the development. The plan shall include details of parking arrangements for all employees and contractors.

h)         The Applicant and all employees of contractors on the site must obey any direction or notice from the Prescribed Certifying Authority or Hornsby Shire Council in order to ensure the above.

i)          If there is a requirement to obtain a Work Zone, partial Road Closure or Crane Permit an application to Hornsby Shire Council is to be made prior to the issue the Construction Certificate. Due to traffic volumes and nearby traffic signals, separate applications shall be made for Road Occupation Licenses, to be obtained prior to start of road works and a copy forwarded to Hornsby Council.

22.        Driveway Longitudinal Sections

Longitudinal sections along both sides of the access driveway shall be submitted to the principal certifying authority in accordance with the relevant sections of AS 2890.1 and the following requirements:

a)         The maximum grade shall not exceed 1 in 4 (25%) with the maximum changes of 1 in 8 (12.5%) for summit grades and 1 in 6.7 (15%) for sag grades.  Any transition grades shall have a minimum length of 2 metres.  The longitudinal sections shall incorporate the design levels obtained by Council.

Note:  A construction certificate shall be obtained prior to the commencement of these works and are to be completed prior to the issue of an occupation certificate.

23.        Waste Management Details

The following waste management requirements must be complied with:

a)         The approved on-going waste management system must not be amended without the written consent of Council.

b)         A bulky waste storage area of at least 8 square metres must be provided at the basement level

c)         The waste facility on the lower ground level must be a cupboard with internal dimensions no less than 1400mm wide by 900 mm deep with double doors and a door opening of no less than 1400 mm.

d)         The waste facilities on the other residential levels must be accessible by persons with a disability while comfortably housing the garbage chute and one 240 L recycling bin. (Note: a 240 L recycling bin is 600 mm wide by 750 mm deep; allow for ease around the bin – 75 mm is recommended).

e)         The chute system must include volume handling equipment (carousel or linear) fitted with at least 3 of 660L bins (and no compaction). Volume handling equipment automatically changes the bin under the chute when it becomes full.

f)          All areas of the lower ground level bin room must be accessible after the volume handling equipment has been installed. Note: this will most likely require a door into the room on each side of the volume handling equipment. Any additional door will need to be sufficiently wide to fit a 660 L bin through.

g)         The internal dimensions of the ground level waste collection area/bin holding area must be no less than 3.2 m by 10.2 m.

h)         A Waste Management Plan Section One – Demolition Stage and Section Three –  Construction Stage, covering the scope of this project and including the following details, is required to be submitted to Council:

i)          An estimate of the types and volumes of waste and recyclables to be generated.

ii)          A site plan showing sorting and storage areas for demolition and construction waste and the vehicle access to these areas;

iii)         How excavation, demolition and construction waste materials will be reused or recycled and where residual wastes will be disposed;

iv)         The total percentage (by weight) of demolition and construction waste that will be reused or recycled.

REQUIREMENTS PRIOR TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF ANY WORKS

24.        Erection of Construction Sign

A sign must be erected in a prominent position on any site on which building work, subdivision work or demolition work is being carried out:

a)         Showing the name, address and telephone number of the principal certifying authority for the work;

b)         Showing the name of the principal contractor (if any) for any demolition or building work and a telephone number on which that person may be contacted outside working hours; and

c)         Stating that unauthorised entry to the work site is prohibited. Note: Any such sign is to be maintained while the building work, subdivision work or demolition work is being carried out, but must be removed when the work has been completed...

25.        Protection of Adjoining Areas

A temporary hoarding, fence or awning must be erected between the work site and adjoining lands before the works begin and must be kept in place until after the completion of the works if the works:

a)         Could cause a danger, obstruction or inconvenience to pedestrian or vehicular traffic.

b)         Could cause damage to adjoining lands by falling objects.

c)         Involve the enclosure of a public place or part of a public place.

Note: Notwithstanding the above, Council’s separate written approval is required prior to the erection of any structure or other obstruction on public land.

26.        Toilet Facilities

Toilet facilities must be available or provided at the works site before works begin and must be maintained until the works are completed at a ratio of one toilet for every 20 persons employed at the site. Each toilet must:

a)         be a standard flushing toilet connected to a public sewer; or

b)         be a temporary chemical closet approved under the Local Government Act 1993; or

c)         have an on-site effluent disposal system approved under the Local Government Act 1993.

27.        Erosion and Sediment Control

Erosion and sediment control measures must be provided and maintained throughout the construction period in accordance with the manual ‘Soils and Construction 2004 (Bluebook)’, the approved plans, Council specifications and to the satisfaction of the principal certifying authority. The erosion and sediment control devices must remain in place until the site has been stabilised and revegetated.

Note: On the spot penalties may be issued for any non-compliance with this requirement without any further notification or warning.

28.        Tree Protection Barriers

Tree protection fencing must be erected around trees identified to be retained at designated metre setbacks.  The tree fencing must be constructed of 1.8 metre ‘cyclone chainmesh fence’ or star pickets spaced at 2 metre intervals, connected by a continuous high-visibility barrier/hazard mesh at a height of 1 metre.

REQUIREMENTS DURING CONSTRUCTION

29.        Construction Work Hours

All work on site (including demolition and earth works) must only occur between 7am and 5pm Monday to Saturday. No work is to be undertaken on Sundays or public holidays. No excavation or rock sawing/breaking is to occur on Saturdays.

30.        Environmental Management

The site must be managed in accordance with the publication ‘Managing Urban Stormwater – Landcom (March 2004) and the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 by way of implementing appropriate measures to prevent sediment run-off, excessive dust, noise or odour emanating from the site during the construction of the development.

31.        Demolition

All demolition work must be carried out in accordance with “Australian Standard 2601-2001 – The Demolition of Structures” and the following requirements:

a)         Demolition material must be disposed of to an authorised recycling and/or waste disposal site and/or in accordance with an approved waste management plan;

b)         Demolition works, where asbestos material is being removed, must be undertaken by a contractor that holds an appropriate licence issued by WorkCover NSW in accordance with Chapter 10 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 2001 and Clause 29 of the Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2005 ;and

c)         On construction sites where buildings contain asbestos material, a standard commercially manufactured sign containing the words ‘DANGER ASBESTOS REMOVAL IN PROGRESS’ measuring not less than 400mm x 300mm must be erected in a prominent position visible from the street. 29. Environmental Management The site must be managed in accordance with the publication ‘Managing Urban Stormwater – Landcom (March 2004) and the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 by way of implementing appropriate measures to prevent sediment run-off, excessive dust, noise or odour emanating from the site during the construction of the development. 30. Asbestos and Soil Contamination Should the presence of asbestos or soil contamination, not recognised during the application process be identified during works, the applicant must immediately notify the principal certifying authority and Council.

32.        Street Sweeping

Street sweeping must be undertaken following sediment tracking from the site along the Forest Grove and Epping Road frontages during works and until the site is established. The street cleaning services must undertake a street ‘scrub and dry’ method of service and not a dry sweeping service that may cause sediment tracking to spread or cause a dust nuisance.

33.        Works Near Trees

a)         All required tree protection measures are to be maintained in good condition for the duration of the construction period.

b)         All works (including driveways and retaining walls) within the specified Tree Protection zones any trees required to be retained (whether or not on the subject property, and pursuant to this consent or the Tree Preservation Order), must be carried out under the supervision of an ‘AQF Level 5 Arborist’ and a certificate submitted to the principal certifying authority detailing the method(s) used to preserve the tree(s).

c)         All personnel (the applicant, contractors, service providers, principal certifying authority) involved with this development are to ensure that no excavation, including sub-surface trenching for stormwater or other services or the filling or stockpiling of building materials, parking of vehicles or plant, the use of machinery other than hand held, disposal of cement slurry, waste water or other contaminants is to occur within the Tree Root Zones as prescribed in the HDCP Section 1B.6.1(i) of any tree to be retained.

34.        Council Property

During construction works, no building materials, waste, machinery or related matter is to be stored on the road or footpath.  The public reserve is to be kept in a clean, tidy and safe condition at all times.

35.        Disturbance of Existing Site

During construction works, the existing ground levels of open space areas and natural landscape features, (including natural rock-outcrops, vegetation, soil and watercourses) must not be altered unless otherwise nominated on the approved plans.

36.        Landfill

Landfill must be constructed in accordance with Council’s ‘Construction Specification 2005’ and the following requirements:

a)         All fill material imported to the site is to wholly consist of Virgin Excavated Natural Material (VENM) as defined in Schedule 1 of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 or a material approved under the Department of Environment and Climate Change’s general resource recovery exemption.

b)         A compaction certificate is to be obtained from a geotechnical engineer verifying that the specified compaction requirements have been met.

37.        Excavated Material

All excavated material removed from the site must be classified in accordance with the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water NSW Waste Classification Guidelines prior to disposal to an approved waste management facility and reported to the principal certifying authority.

38.        Work Zone

All construction vehicles associated with the proposed development are to be contained on site in a Local Traffic Committee (LTC) approved “Work Zone”.

39.        Survey Report

A report(s) must be prepared by a registered surveyor and submitted to the principal certifying authority:

a)         Prior to the pouring of concrete at each level of the building certifying that:

i)          The building, retaining walls and the like have been correctly positioned on the site; and

ii)          The finished floor level(s) are in accordance with the approved plans

b)         Confirming that the waste collection vehicle turning area complies with AS2890.1 – 2004 and AS20890.2 – 2002 for small rigid vehicles (SRV).

40.        Waste Management Details

Waste management during the demolition and construction phase of the development must be undertaken in accordance with the approved Waste Management Plan. Additionally written records of the following items must be maintained during the removal of any waste from the site and such information submitted to the Principal Certifying Authority within fourteen days of the date of completion of the works:

a)         The identity of the person removing the waste.

b)         The waste carrier vehicle registration.

c)         Date and time of waste collection.

d)         A description of the waste (type of waste and estimated quantity).

e)         Details of the site to which the waste is to be taken.

f)          The corresponding tip docket/receipt from the site to which the waste is transferred (noting date and time of delivery, description (type and quantity) of waste).

g)         Whether the waste is expected to be reused, recycled or go to landfill.

Note: In accordance with the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997, the definition of waste includes any unwanted substance, regardless of whether it is reused, recycled or disposed to landfill.

REQUIREMENTS PRIOR TO THE ISSUE OF AN OCCUPATION CERTIFICATE

Note:  For the purpose of this consent, a reference to ‘occupation certificate’ shall not be taken to mean an ‘interim occupation certificate’ unless otherwise stated.

41.        Fulfilment of BASIX Commitments

The applicant must demonstrate the fulfilment of BASIX commitments pertaining to the development.  An amended BASIX certificate must be submitted prepared on the approved plans.

42.        Sydney Water – s73 Certificate

An s73 Certificate must be obtained from Sydney Water.

Note: Sydney Water requires that s73 applications are to be made through an authorised Sydney Water Servicing Coordinator. Refer to www.sydneywater.com.au or telephone 13 20 92 for assistance.

43.        Consolidation of Allotments

All allotments, the subject of this consent, must be consolidated into one allotment.

Note: The applicant is recommended to submit the plan of subdivisions to consolidate allotments to the NSW Department of Lands at least 4-6 weeks prior to seeking an Occupation Certificate.

44.        Completion of Landscaping

A certificate must be provided by a practicing landscape architect, horticulturalist or person with similar qualifications and experience certifying that all required landscaping works have been satisfactorily completed in accordance with the landscape plan, with the additional plantings required by condition 4(a) and the following requirements:

a)         Tree plantings must be located at least 4 metres or greater from the foundation walls of the building;

b)         The pot size of trees must be a minimum 25 litres;

c)         The trees must be maintained until they reach the height of 3 metres; 

d)         All tree stock must meet the specifications outlined in ‘Specifying Trees’ (Ross Clark, NATSPEC Books);

e)         Planting methods must meet professional (best practice) industry standards; and

f)          On slab planter boxes must include waterproofing, subsoil drainage (proprietary drainage cell, 50mm sand and filter fabric) automatic irrigation, minimum 500mm planting soil for shrubs and minimum 1000mm planting soil for trees and palms and 75mm mulch to ensure sustainable landscape is achieved.

Note:  Advice on suitable species for landscaping can be obtained from Council’s planting guide ‘Indigenous Plants for the Bushland Shire’, available at www.hornsby.nsw.gov.au.

45.        Works as Executed Plan

Works-as-executed plans must be prepared by a registered surveyor and submitted to Council for completed footpath, road works and drainage with on-site detention and rain water tank. 

46.        Creation of Easements

The following matter(s) must be nominated on the plan of subdivision under s88B, or by dealing pursuant to s88E of the Conveyancing Act 1919:

a)         The creation of an appropriate "Positive Covenant" and "Restriction as to User" over the constructed on-site detention/retention systems and outlet works, within the lots in favour of Council in accordance with Council’s prescribed wording.  The position of the on-site detention system is to be clearly indicated on the title.

b)         To register the OSD easement, the restriction on the use of land “works-as-executed” details of the on-site-detention system must be submitted verifying that the required storage and discharge rates have been constructed in accordance with the design requirements.  The details must show the invert levels of the on-site system together with pipe sizes and grades.  Any variations to the approved plans must be shown in red on the “works-as-executed” plan and supported by calculations.

Note:  Council must be nominated as the authority to release, vary or modify any easement, restriction or covenant.

47.        Damage to Council Assets

Any damage caused to Council’s assets as a result of the construction or demolition of the development must be rectified in accordance with Council’s Civil Works Specifications.  Council’s Restorations Supervision must be notified for a formwork inspection prior to pouring concrete.

48.        Certificate of Preservation of Survey Marks

A certificate by a Registered Surveyor shall be submitted to the Principal Certifying Authority, certifying that there has been no removal, damage, destruction, displacement or defacing of the existing survey marks in the vicinity of the proposed development or otherwise the re-establishment of damaged, removed or displaced survey marks has been undertaken in accordance with the Surveyor General’s Direction No.11 – “Preservation of Survey Infrastructure”.

49.        Waste Management Details

The following waste management requirements must be complied with:

a)         Prior to an Occupation Certificate being issued or the use commencing, whichever is earlier, the Principal Certifying Authority must obtain Council’s approval of the waste and recycling management facilities provided in the development and ensure arrangements are in place for domestic waste collection by Council.

Note: Waste and recycling management facilities includes everything required for on-going waste management on the site. For example the garbage chute system, volume handling equipment, bin lifter, motorised bin trolley or similar, recycling bin storage on each residential level, bin storage areas, bulky waste storage area, bin collection area, waste collection vehicle access, doors wide enough to fit the bin through, etc.

b)         The garbage room at the basement level must include water or a hose for cleaning, graded floors with drainage to sewer, a robust door, sealed and impervious surface, adequate lighting and ventilation, and must be lockable. The waste facility rooms/cupboards at each residential level must include sealed and impervious surface, adequate lighting and ventilation.

c)         A report must be prepared by an appropriately qualified person, certifying the following:

i)          A comparison of the estimated quantities of each waste type against the actual quantities of each waste type.

Note: Explanations of any deviations to the approved Waste Management Plan is required to be included in this report.

ii)          That at least 60% of the waste generated during the demolition and construction phase of the development was reused or recycled.

Note: If the 60% diversion from landfill cannot be achieved in the Construction Stage, the Report is to include the reasons why this occurred and certify that appropriate work practices were employed to implement the approved Waste Management Plan. The Report must be based on documentary evidence such as tipping dockets/receipts from recycling depots, transfer stations and landfills, audits of procedures etc. which are to be attached to the report.

iii)         All waste was taken to site(s) that were lawfully permitted to accept that waste.

d)         Each unit must be provided with an indoor waste/recycling cupboard for the interim storage of a minimum one day’s waste generation with separate containers for general waste and recyclable materials.

e)         Space must be provided for either individual compost containers for each unit or a communal compost container;

Note: The location of the compost containers should have regard for potential amenity impacts.

f)          The bin carting routes must be devoid of any steps.

Note: Ramps between different levels are acceptable.

g)         Access to the automatic waste volume handling equipment by unauthorised persons (including residents and waste collectors) must be prevented.

Note: Caging of the automatic volume handling equipment is acceptable.

h)         Motorised bin carting equipment must be provided to assist the site caretaker in the safe transfer of bins between the basement and ground levels.

50.        Garbage Collection Easement

For the purpose of waste collection, an easement entitling Council, its servants and agents and persons authorised by it to enter upon the subject land and to operate thereon, vehicles and other equipment for the purposes of garbage collection must be granted to Council by the owner of the land. Note: The easement must be in a form prescribed by Council and must include covenants to the effect that parties will not be liable for any damage caused to the subject land or any part thereof or to any property located therein or thereon by reason of the operation thereon of any vehicle or other equipment used in connection with the collection of garbage and to the effect that the owner for the time being of the subject land shall indemnify the Council, its servants, agents and persons authorised by it to collect garbage against liability in respect of any such claims made by any person whomsoever.

51.        Safety and Security

The site must include the following elements:

a)         An intercom system must be installed at gate locations to ensure screening of persons entering the units.

b)         The entry doors to the pedestrian foyer is to be constructed of safety rated glass to enable residents a clear line of site before entering or exiting the residential apartments.

c)         Lighting is to be provided to pathways, building foyer entries, driveways and common external spaces.

d)         Security gate access is to be provided to the car parking areas allowing residents-only access to private car spaces.

e)         CCTV cameras must be installed at the entry and exit point and the around the mailbox.

f)          The communal open spaces within the site must be illuminated with high luminance by motion sensor lighting.

g)         The driveway and basement car parking must be illuminated with low luminance at all times.

h)         Security deadlocks are to be provided to each apartment door.

i)          Peep holes are to be provided to individual apartment doors to promote resident safety.

52.        Strata Plan

The strata plan is to appropriately allocate car spaces and storage areas to units.

OPERATIONAL CONDITIONS

53.        Landscape Establishment

The landscape works must be maintained into the future to ensure the establishment and successful growth of plant material to meet the intent of the landscape design. This must include but not be limited to watering, weeding, replacement of failed plant material and promoting the growth of plants through standard industry practices.

54.        Noise

All noise generated by the proposed development must be attenuated to prevent levels of noise  being emitted to adjacent premises which possess tonal, beating and similar characteristics or which exceeds background noise levels by more than 5dB(A).

55.        Fire Safety Statement - Annual

On at least one occasion in every 12 month period following the date of the first ‘Fire Safety Certificate’ issued for the property, the owner must provide Council with an annual ‘Fire Safety Certificate’ to each essential service installed in the building.

56.        Waste Management

A site caretaker must be employed and be responsible for moving bins where and when necessary, washing bins and maintaining waste storage areas, decanting the 240 L garbage bins into the 660 L garbage bins, managing the communal composting area, managing the bulky item storage area, arranging the prompt removal of dumped rubbish, and ensuring all residents are informed of the use of the waste management system. The site caretaker must be employed for a sufficient number of hours each week to allow all waste management responsibilities to be carried out to a satisfactory standard.

57.        Car Parking and Road Safety

All car parking must be constructed and operated in accordance with Australian Standard AS/NZS 2890.1:2004 – Off-street car parking and Australian Standard AS 2890.2:2002 – Off-street commercial vehicle facilities and,

a)         All parking areas and driveways are to be sealed to an all-weather standard, line marked and signposted;

b)         Car parking, loading and manoeuvring areas to be used solely for nominated purposes;

c)         All vehicular entry on to the site and egress from the site shall be made in a forward direction.

d)         Vehicles awaiting loading, unloading or servicing shall be parked on site and not on adjacent or nearby public roads;

e)         Residential parking spaces are to be secure spaces with access controlled by card or numeric pad;

f)          Visitors are to have access to the parking area at all times.  Visitors are to be able to access the basement car park by an audio/visual intercom system located at the top of the ramped driveway.

g)         Any landscaping and/or fencing must not restrict sight distance to pedestrians and cyclists travelling along the footpath.

h)         Residential parking spaces are to be secure spaces with access controlled by card or numeric pad. 

i)          All parking for people with disabilities is to comply with AS/NZS 2890.6:2009 Off-street parking for people with disabilities.

j)          Eleven secure bicycle spaces are to be provided for residential bicycle parking.

k)         Bicycle parking spaces are to be designed in accordance with AS 2890.3-1993 ‘Bicycle parking facilities’.

l)          Motorcycle parking spaces are to be designed in accordance with AS 2890.5-1993.

m)        A SRV must be able to reverse onto the site without requiring any parking restrictions to Forrest Grove.

58.        Installation of Privacy Devices

The following device(s) must be installed to maintain an element of privacy.

a)         All glass balustrades on the eastern elevation must be translucent glass;

b)         All privacy screens must be erected in accordance with the approved plans;

c)         Outdoor clothes drying area must screened from view of publicly accessible areas.

59.        Storage Areas

Each dwelling within the development must have a minimum area for storage (not including built-in storage) of 6m3 for one bedroom units, 8m3 for two bedroom units and 10m3 for three bedroom units.

60.        Works as Executed Plan

A works-as-executed plan(s) must be prepared by a registered surveyor and submitted to Council for completed road pavement, kerb & gutter, public drainage systems, driveways and on-site detention system.

61.        Unit Numbering

All units are to be numbered consecutively commencing at No. 1.  The Strata plan lot number is to coincide with the unit number, e.g. Unit 1 = Lot 1.  The allocation of unit numbering must be authorised by Council prior to the numbering of each units in the development.

62.        Provision for National Broadband Network (NBN)

Provision must be made for fibre ready passive infrastructure (pits and pipes) generally in accordance with NBN Co.'s pit and pipe installation guidelines to service the proposed development. A certificate from NBN Co or Telstra must be submitted to the PCA that the fibre optic cabling provided for the development complies with MDU Building Design Guides for Development.

63.        External Lighting

All external lighting must be designed and installed in accordance with Australian Standard AS 4282 – Control of the Obtrusive Effects of Outdoor Lighting. Certification of compliance with the Standard must be obtained from a suitably qualified person. 67. Boundary Fencing Lapped and capped timber fencing must be erected along all property boundaries (other than the rail corridor – Refer Condition Nos. 63.17 and 63.18) behind the front building alignment to a height of 1.8 metres. Note: Alternative fencing may be erected subject to the written consent of the adjoining property owner(s).

 

CONDITIONS OF CONCURRENCE – ROADS AND MARITIME SERVICES

The following conditions of consent are from the nominated State Agency pursuant to Section 79B of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and must be complied with to the satisfaction of that Agency.

64.        Roads and Maritime Services Conditions

a)         The subject property is affected in the manner shown in pink colour on the attached plan by a Road Widening Order under Section 25 of the Roads Act, 1993 – See attached Sketches SR 900 & 901 and Lots 15 & 16 DP 226068

All buildings and structures, together with any improvements integral to the future use of the site are to be clear of the land required for road (unlimited in height or depth)

b)         The area required for road should be identified as a separate lot/part of the common property in any plan of subdivision.

c)         The redundant driveway on the Epping Road must be removed and replaced with kerb and gutter to match existing.  The design and construction of the kerb and gutter on Epping Road must be in accordance with Roads and Maritime requirements.  Details of these requirements should be obtained from Roads and Maritime services, Manager Developer Works, Statewide Delivery, Parramatta (ph. 8849 2138)

d)         Detailed design plans of the proposed gutter crossing are to be submitted to Roads and Maritime for approval prior to the issue of a Construction Certificate and commencement of any road works

e)         A plan checking fee (amount to be advised) and lodgement of a performance bond may be required from the applicant prior to the release of the approved road design plans by Roads and Maritime.

f)          Detailed design plans and hydraulic calculations of any changes to stormwater drainage system are to be submitted to Road and Maritime for approval, prior to the commencement of any works.

Details should be forwarded to:

Sydney Asset Management

Roads and Maritime Services

PO BOX 973 PARRAMATTA CBD 2124

A plan checking fee will be payable and a performance bond may be required before Roads and Maritime approval is issued.  With regard to the Civil Works requirement please contact the Roads and Maritime Project Engineer, External Works. PH 8849 2114 or Fax: 8849 2766.

g)         The proposed development should be designed such that road traffic noise from Epping Road is mitigated by durable materials in order to satisfy the requirements for habitable rooms under Clause 102(3) of State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007.

h)         The developer is to submit design drawings and documents relating to the excavation of the site and support structures to Roads and Maritime for assessment, in accordance with Technical Direction GTD 2012/001.

The developer is to submit all documentation at least six (6) weeks prior to commencement of construction and is to meet the full cost of the assessment by Roads and Maritime.

The report and any enquiries should be forwarded to:

Project Engineer, External Works

Sydney Asset Management

Roads and Maritime Services

PO Box 973 Parramatta CBD 2124

PH 8849 2114

Fax 88492766

If it is necessary to excavate below the level of the base of the footings of the adjoining roadways, the person acting on the consent shall ensure that the owner/s of the roadway is/are given at least seven (7) days’ notice of the intention to excavate below the base of the footings.  The notice is to include complete details of the work.

- END OF CONDITIONS -

ADVISORY NOTES

The following information is provided for your assistance to ensure compliance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979, Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000, other relevant legislation and Council’s policies and specifications.  This information does not form part of the conditions of development consent pursuant to Section 80a of the Act.

Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 Requirements

Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 requires:

·              The issue of a construction certificate prior to the commencement of any works. Enquiries can be made to Council’s Customer Services Branch on 9847 6760.

·              A principal certifying authority to be nominated and Council notified of that appointment prior to the commencement of any works.

·              Council to be given at least two days written notice prior to the commencement of any works.

·              Mandatory inspections of nominated stages of the construction inspected.

·              An occupation certificate to be issued before occupying any building or commencing the use of the land.

Occupation Certificate Requirements

An Occupation Certificate application is required to be lodged with the Principal Certifying Authority containing the following information:

·              A certificate by a Registered Surveyor shall be submitted to the Principal Certifying Authority, certifying that there has been no removal, damage, destruction, displacement or defacing of the existing survey marks in the vicinity of the proposed development, or otherwise certifying that the necessary re-establishment of any damaged, removed or displaced survey marks has been undertaken in accordance with the Surveyor General’s Direction No. 11 – “Preservation of Survey Infrastructure”.

Long Service Levy

In accordance with Section 34 of the Building and Construction Industry Long Service Payments Act 1986, a ‘Long Service Levy’ must be paid to the Long Service Payments Corporation or Hornsby Council. Note: The rate of the Long Service Levy is 0.35% of the total cost of the work. Note: Hornsby Council requires the payment of the Long Service Levy prior to the issue of a construction certificate.

Tree and Vegetation Preservation

In accordance with Clause 5.9 of the Hornsby Local Environmental Plan 2013 a person must not ringbark, cut down, top, lop, remove, injure or wilfully destroy any tree or other vegetation protected under the Hornsby Development Control Plan 2013 without the authority conferred by development consent or a permit granted by Council.

Notes: A tree is defined as a long lived, woody perennial plant with one or relatively few main stems with the potential to grow to a height greater than three metres (3M). (HDCP 1B.6.1.c). Tree protection measures and distances are determined using the Australian Standard AS 4970:2009, “Protection of Trees on Development Sites”. Fines may be imposed for non-compliance with both the Hornsby Local Environmental Plan 2013 and the Hornsby Development Control Plan 2013.

Disability Discrimination Act

The applicant’s attention is drawn to the existence of the Disability Discrimination Act. A construction certificate is required to be obtained for the proposed building/s, which will provide consideration under the Building Code of Australia, however, the development may not comply with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act. This is the sole responsibility of the applicant.

Covenants

The land upon which the subject building is to be constructed may be affected by restrictive covenants. Council issues this approval without enquiry as to whether any restrictive covenant affecting the land would be breached by the construction of the building, the subject of this consent. Applicants must rely on their own enquiries as to whether or not the building breaches any such covenant.

Dial Before You Dig

Prior to commencing any works, the applicant is encouraged to contact Dial Before You Dig on 1100 or www.dialbeforeyoudig.com.au for free information on potential underground pipes and cables within the vicinity of the development site.

Telecommunications Act 1997 (Commonwealth)

If you are aware of any works or proposed works which may affect or impact on Telstra’s assets in any way, you are required to contact: Telstra’s Network Integrity Team on Phone Number 1800810443.

Unit Numbering

Unit numbering can only be authorised by Council. Before proceeding to number each premise in the development, the allocation of numbers is required to be obtained from Council's Planning Division prior to the issue of a Subdivision Certificate. The authorised numbers are required to comply with Council’s Property Numbering Policy and be displayed in a clear manner at or near the main entrance to each premise.

 


 

Group Manager’s Report No. PL73/15

Planning Division

Date of Meeting: 11/11/2015

 

11      DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION - FIVE STOREY RESIDENTIAL FLAT BUILDING COMPRISING 34 UNITS - 12 AND 14 BOUVARDIA STREET, ASQUITH   

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

DA No:

DA/745/2015 (Lodged 23 June 2015)    

Description:

Demolition of existing structures and construction of a five storey residential flat building comprising 34 units

Property:

Lot 54 and 55 DP 8437, Nos. 12 and 14 Bouvardia Street, Asquith

Applicant:

Mr Steve Fadel

Owner:

Asquith Development Holdings Pty Ltd

Estimated Value:

$6.997 million

Ward:

A

·              The application involves demolition of existing structures and the construction of a five storey residential flat building comprising 34 units and basement car parking.

·              The proposal complies with State Environmental Planning Policy No. 65 – Design Quality Residential Flat Development, and is generally in accordance with the Apartment Design Guide and the Hornsby Development Control Plan 2013.

·              The applicant has made a submission in accordance with Clause 4.6 ‘Exceptions to development standards’ of the Hornsby Local Environmental Plan 2013 to vary Clause 4.3 Height of buildings.  The submission is considered well founded and is supported.

·              One submission has been received in respect of the application.

·              It is recommended that the application be approved. 

 

RECOMMENDATION

THAT Council assume the concurrence of the Secretary of the Department of Planning and Environment pursuant to Clause 4.6 of the Hornsby Local Environmental Plan 2013 and approve Development Application No. DA/745/2015 for demolition of existing structures and the construction of a five storey residential flat building comprising 34 units and basement car parking at Lot 55 DP 8437, Nos. 12 and 14 Bouvardia Street, Asquith subject to the conditions of consent detailed in Schedule 1 of Group Manager’s Report No. PL73/15.

 


BACKGROUND

The subject land was rezoned from Residential A (Low Density) to R4 (High Density Residential) on 2 September 2011 as part of Council’s Housing Strategy.

On 23 June 2015, the application was lodged with Council. 

On 28 July 2015, Council officers raised concerns regarding isolation of the adjoining property at No. 10 Bouvardia Street, building form and separation, stormwater drainage, unit mix and landscaping.

Following discussions with Council, the applicant submitted amended plans and documentation on 25 August 2015 responding to the concerns raised by Council.

Further amended plans were lodged on 22 September 2015, to address compliance matters in relation to the Apartment Design Guide.

SITE

The site comprises two allotments, Nos. 12 and 14 Bouvardia Street, Asquith.  The site is irregular in shape with a total site area of 1668m² and 35.8m frontage to Bouvardia Street.

The site experiences a minor fall from the southern property boundary to the middle section of the northern property boundary with an average grade of 5%.  Existing improvements on the site include two single level weatherboard and fibro dwelling-houses and associated outbuildings.  The site contains a variety of locally indigenous and exotic tree specimens. 

The site forms part of a redevelopment precinct zoned for five storey residential development.  A number of similar developments have either been approved or are currently under assessment.  These include DA/971/2013 at Nos. 16-18 Bouvardia Street for construction of a five storey residential flat building comprising 35 units with basement car parking, DA/390/2014 at Nos. 9-19 Amor Street and No. 20 Bouvardia Street for construction of two five-storey residential flat buildings comprising 87 units and basement car parking and DA/270/2015 at Nos. 4-8 Bouvardia Street for construction of a five storey residential flat building comprising 47 units and basement car parking.

The site is approximately 150m east of Asquith Railway Station which is within walking distance.  The site is also within close proximity to regular bus services on Peats Ferry Road to the Hornsby Town Centre.  The western, rear boundary of the site adjoins a Coles Supermarket retail premises which is part of the Asquith Commercial Centre.  The western side of Bouvardia Street is zoned R2 Low Density Residential comprising established gardens and one and two storey dwelling-houses.

PROPOSAL

The proposal involves the demolition of existing structures and construction of a five storey residential flat building comprising 34 units with two levels of basement car parking.

The unit mix would comprise of 18 x 1 bedroom, 13 x 2 bedroom and 3 x 3 bedroom units which include a number of single and dual aspect units with balconies fronting the street, rear and side boundaries.  The units are directly accessible via a lift centrally located in the building.

The design concept for the development incorporates environmental sustainable design principles such as the use of photovoltaic panels, a grey water system via rainwater tanks and green roof and walls.  The green roof incorporates an herb garden which aims to facilitate interaction between residents.  Another herb garden is located on ground level at the rear of the property. 

Vehicular access to the site is via a 6m wide driveway located along the northern property boundary of the site.  A total of 37 residential car parking spaces including 5 visitors car parking spaces are provided in the basement levels. 

ASSESSMENT

The development application has been assessed having regard to ‘A Plan for Growing Sydney’, the ‘North Subregion (Draft) Subregional Strategy’ and the matters for consideration prescribed under Section 79C of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (the Act).  The following issues have been identified for further consideration.

1.         STRATEGIC CONTEXT

1.1        A Plan for Growing Sydney and (Draft) North Subregional Strategy

A Plan for Growing Sydney has been prepared by the NSW State Government to guide land use planning decisions for the next 20 years.  The Plan sets a strategy for accommodating Sydney’s future population growth and identifies the need to deliver 689,000 new jobs and 664,000 new homes by 2031.  The Plan identifies that the most suitable areas for new housing are in locations close to jobs, public transport, community facilities and services.

The NSW Government will use the subregional planning process to define objectives and set goals for job creation, housing supply and choice in each subregion.  Hornsby Shire has been grouped with Hunters Hill, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, Manly, Mosman, North Sydney, Pittwater, Ryde, Warringah and Willoughby to form the North Subregion.  The Draft North Subregional Strategy will be reviewed and the Government will set housing targets and monitor supply to ensure planning controls are in place to stimulate housing development.

The proposed development would be consistent with ‘A Plan for Growing Sydney’, by providing 32 additional dwellings and would contribute to housing choice in the locality.

2.         STATUTORY CONTROLS

Section 79C(1)(a) requires Council to consider “any relevant environmental planning instruments, draft environmental planning instruments, development control plans, planning agreements and regulations”.

2.1        Hornsby Local Environmental Plan 2013

The proposed development has been assessed having regard to the provisions of the Hornsby Local Environmental Plan 2013 (HLEP).

2.1.1     Zoning of Land and Permissibility

The subject land is zoned R4 (High Density Residential) zone under the HLEP.  The objectives of the R4 (High Density Residential) zone are:

(a)        To provide for the housing needs of the community within a high density residential environment.

(b)        To provide a variety of housing types within a high density residential environment.

(c)        To enable other land uses that provides facilities or services to meet the day to day needs of residents.

The proposed development is defined as a ‘residential flat building’ and is permissible in the zone with Council’s consent.

2.1.2     Height of Buildings

Clause 4.3 of the HLEP provides that the height of a building on any land should not exceed the maximum height for the land on the Height of Buildings Map.  The maximum permissible height for the subject site is 17.5 metres.  The proposed development includes a lift overrun and roof shelter that results in a maximum height of 20.18 metres and does not comply with this provision.  Notwithstanding, the applicant has made a submission in accordance with Clause 4.6 ‘Exceptions to development standards’ of the HLEP to vary Clause 4.3 ‘Height of Buildings’ as discussed below.

2.1.3     Exceptions to Development Standards

The application has been assessed against the requirements of Clause 4.6 of the HLEP.  This clause provides flexibility in the application of the development standards in circumstances where strict compliance with those standards would, in any particular case, be unreasonable or unnecessary or tender to hinder the attainment of the objectives of the zone.

The proposal exceeds the 17.5 metre maximum building height prescribed under Clause 4.3 of the HLEP.  The objective of the development standard is “to permit building heights that are appropriate for the site constraints, development potential and infrastructure capacity of the locality”.

The applicant has made a submission in support of a variation to the development standard in accordance with Clause 4.6 of the HLEP.  The development would vary the development standard by 2.68m.  The applicant states the proposed variation is considered to be consistent with the objectives of the control and is justified as follows:

·              The departure is only for the lift overrun and roof shelter.

·              The height control breach by the roof projection only occupies 15m² of the roof area.  It is slim lined and will not be a discernible item to the built form.  The roof projection assists in the environmentally sensitive design features of the subject development and enables residents to use the facilities more often.

·              The departure from the development standard is minor and will not hinder the maintenance of the height control objective.

·              The proposed building is of good design and architectural merit and the minor breach does not impact on the design.

·              The proposal is in accordance with the objectives of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act in providing for orderly and economic use of a scarce land resource.

·              The proposal meets the objectives for development in the R4 high density residential zone.

State Government Guidelines on varying development standards recommend considering the provisions of Clause 4.6 of the LEP and the ‘five part test’ established by the Land and Environment Court as follows:

1.         the objectives of the standard are achieved notwithstanding noncompliance with the standard;

2.         the underlying objective or purpose of the standard is not relevant to the development and therefore compliance is unnecessary;

3.         the underlying object of purpose would be defeated or thwarted if compliance was required and therefore compliance is unreasonable;

4.         the development standard has been virtually abandoned or destroyed by the council’s own actions in granting consents departing from the standard and hence compliance with the standard is unnecessary and unreasonable;

5.         the compliance with development standard is unreasonable or inappropriate due to existing use of land and current environmental character of the particular parcel of land.  That is, the particular parcel of land should not have been included in the zone.

The applicant’s submission to vary the Height of Buildings development standard is considered well founded for the following reasons:

·              The bulk of the building is contained within the 17.5m height limit with the roof terrace level having a height of between 14.35m to 16.89m.  The non-compliance is restricted to a 2.5m wide x 2.2m length lift overrun that exceeds the height limit by 2.68m and approximately 50% of the roof shelter that exceeds the height limit by up to 1.5m.  The total area that exceeds the height limit is only approximately 5% of the total building envelope when measured from the roof terrace level. 

·              The proposal achieves a reasonable design outcome for the site and the built form generally follows the slope of the site.

·              Due to the topography of the site, the height non-compliance is located in the centre of the building and would not be readily visible from Bouvardia Street.  Given the overall height of the development in the future context of the redeveloped precinct, this non-compliance would be imperceptible.

·              There would be no undue environmental impacts to adjoining properties that arise from the proposed non-compliance.  In fact, the design concept of the building incorporates environmental sustainable design principles including planting on structures such as a feature sheltered rooftop herb garden which provides for amenity, improves air quality and microclimate, and reduce direct energy use and stormwater runoff.

·              The lift overrun and sheltered structure allows access for people with disabilities and other residents to use the rooftop facilities.

·              The proposal is considered to be in the public interest as it achieves consistency with the objectives of the R4 High Density Residential Zone and the objective of the Height of Buildings development standard.

Following the lodgement of this application, Commissioner Pearson of the Land & Environment Court passed a judgement in the case of Four2Five Pty Ltd v Ashfield Council [2015] NSWLEC 2009, which established that ‘to accept a departure from the development standard, the context of the site should be considered and it should be demonstrated that the development promotes the proper and orderly development of land as contemplated by the controls applicable to the zone of the land, which is an objective of the Act (s 5 (a)(ii)) and which it can be assumed is within the scope of the “environmental planning grounds” referred to in cl 4.6(4)(a)(i) of the LEP”.

The judgement addressed that the environmental planning grounds, such as the public benefits arising from the additional housing and employment opportunities identified in a written request are not considered to be particular to the circumstances of a proposed development on a site.  In accordance with the views expressed in this decision, sufficient environmental planning grounds, unique to a site, must be demonstrated by the applicant, for the Clause 4.6 variation request to be upheld.

The submitted Clause 4.6 request demonstrates that the development is consistent with the objectives of this Clause and the environmental sustainable design concept of the building with an accessible rooftop garden and shelter with a non-compliance which only makes up 5% of the overall building envelope is considered to be sufficient environmental planning grounds.  In addition, the development application and accompanying Clause 4.6 variation was lodged with Council prior to the legal advice received regarding this above mentioned judgement. 

Based on this assessment, the Clause 4.6 submission is supported.

2.1.4     Heritage Conservation

Clause 5.10 of the HLEP sets out heritage conservation provisions for Hornsby Shire.  The site does not include a heritage item and is not located in a heritage conservation area.  Accordingly, no further assessment regarding heritage is necessary.

2.1.5     Earthworks

Clause 6.2 of the HLEP states that consent is required for proposed earthworks on site.  Before granting consent for earthworks, Council is required to assess the impacts of the works on adjoining properties, drainage patterns and soil stability of the locality.  The application includes the submission of a Preliminary Site Investigation Contamination Report that recommends that no remedial action is required as there is no contamination found within the natural soils on site.  Council’s assessment of the proposed works and excavation concludes that the proposal is satisfactory subject to conditions regarding submission of a dilapidation report to identify any impact of excavation on adjoining properties.

2.2        State Environmental Planning Policy No. 55 – Remediation of Land

State Environmental Planning Policy No. 55 requires that Council must not consent to the carrying out of any development on land unless it has considered whether the land is contaminated or requires remediation for the proposed use.

The site has been used for residential purposes and is unlikely to be contaminated.  No further assessment is considered necessary in this regard.  A condition is recommended should any contamination be found during construction requiring that the Principle Certifying Authority be notified.

2.3        State Environmental Planning Policy (Building Sustainability Index – BASIX)

The application has been assessed against the requirements of State Environmental Planning Policy (Building Sustainability Index – BASIX) 2004.  The proposal includes a BASIX Certificate for the proposed units and is considered to be satisfactory.

2.4        State Environmental Planning Policy No 32 – Urban Consolidation (Redevelopment of Urban Land (SEPP 32)

The application has been assessed against the requirements of SEPP 32, which requires Council to implement the aims and objectives of this Policy to the fullest extent practical when considering development application relating to redevelopment of urban land.  The application complies with the objectives of the Policy as it would promote the social and economic welfare of the locality and would result in the orderly and economic use of under-utilised land within the Shire.

2.5        State Environmental Planning Policy No. 65 – Design Quality of Residential Flat Development

The Policy provides for design principles to improve the design quality of residential flat development and for consistency in planning controls across the State.

SEPP 65 has been amended on 19 June 2015 following review of the policy by the Department of Planning and Environment.  The amendments replace the Residential Flat Design Guidelines with the Apartment Design Guide which prevails in the event of any inconsistency with a Development Control Plan.  The amendments include objectives to meet housing and population targets, affordable housing and to facilitate timely and efficient assessment of development application.  The amendments make further provision for design review panels; include additional provisions for the determination of development application and for standards for car parking, visual privacy, solar and daylight access, common circulation and spaces, apartment size and layout, ceiling heights, private open space and balconies, natural ventilation and storage, which cannot be used as grounds for refusal of development consent.

Clause 31 (Transitional provisions for SEPP 65 – Amendment No. 3) states that “If a development application or an application for the modification of a development consent has been made after the notification on the NSW legislation website of the making of State Environmental Planning Policy No 65—Design Quality of Residential Flat Development (Amendment No 3) and the application has not been finally determined before the commencement of that amendment, the application must be determined under this Policy as amended by that amendment.”

Pursuant to the above provision, this amendment is required to be applied to the subject application as it was lodged on 23 June 2015. 

2.5.1     Design Principles

The design principles of SEPP 65 are addressed in the following table.

Principle

Compliance

1.         CONTEXT AND NEIGHBOURHOOD CHARACTER

Yes

Comment:  The site is located within a precinct planned for five storey residential flat buildings in close proximity to Asquith Railway Station, Asquith commercial centre and Hornsby Town Centre. The proposal responds to the desired future character of the precinct as envisaged by Council for residential flat buildings in landscaped settings with underground car parking.

Once the development of the precinct is completed, the proposal would integrate with the surrounding sites and would be in keeping with the future urban form.  The proposed building would respond and contribute to the identity and future character of the precinct and its context.

2.         BUILT FORM AND SCALE

Yes

Comment:  The scale, bulk and height of the development is appropriate for the desired future character of five storey development within the precinct.  The proposed building complies with the height, setbacks, maximum floor-plate dimension prescribed within the DCP.  The development achieves a scale consistent with the desired outcome for well-articulated buildings that are set back to incorporate landscaping, open space and separation between buildings.

The proposal incorporates high quality facades with a balanced composition of varied building elements including a defined base, middle and top of the building and achieves an appropriate built form for the site and its purpose, in terms of building alignments, proportions, and the manipulation of building elements.  Flat roof forms have been adopted with an increased top storey setback on the external facades to minimise bulk and height of the building as required by the Hornsby DCP.

3.         DENSITY

Yes

Comment:  The HLEP does not incorporate floor space ratio requirements for the site. The density of the development is governed by the height of the building and the required setbacks.  The proposed density is considered to be sustainable as it responds to the regional context, availability of infrastructure, public transport, community facilities and environmental quality and is acceptable in terms of density.

4.         SUSTAINABILITY

Yes

Comment:  The application includes good sustainable design including the use of natural cross ventilation and sunlight for amenity, liveability of residents and passive thermal design including the use of photovoltaic panels located on the rooftop.  In addition, the proposed development incorporates the use of environmentally sustainable materials including recycled timber and brick.

The applicant has also submitted a BASIX Certificate for the proposed development. In achieving the required BASIX targets for sustainable water use, thermal comfort and energy efficiency, the proposed development would achieve efficient use of natural resources, energy and water throughout its full life cycle, including demolition and construction.

5.         LANDSCAPE

Yes

Comment:  The application includes a landscape concept plan which provides landscaping along the street frontages, side and rear boundaries, residential floors and rooftop.  The proposal has been designed to facilitate the retention of 7 locally indigenous trees which are located along the existing property boundaries.  Medium to large trees are proposed along the street frontages intercepted by shrubs and hedges which would soften the appearance of the development when viewed from the streets.  Deep soil areas that incorporate canopy trees are provided around the building envelope which would enhance the development’s natural environmental performance and provide an appropriate landscaped setting. 

In addition, herb gardens are located on ground level and the building’s rooftop and green walls are proposed on the Bouvardia Street façade which would contribute to the development’s environmental performance and optimises usability, privacy and opportunities for social interaction and equitable access.

6.         AMENITY

Yes

Comment:  The proposed units are designed with appropriate room dimensions and shapes to maximise amenity for future residents of all age groups and degrees of mobility.  The proposal incorporates good design in terms of achieving natural ventilation, solar access, visual and acoustic privacy.  All units incorporate adequate indoor and outdoor spaces with balconies accessible from living areas and privacy has been achieved through appropriate design and orientation of balconies and living areas.  Storage areas have been provided within each unit and in the basement levels. The proposal would provide efficient and safe access to service areas and all residential units via a central lift connecting the basement and all other levels. 

7.         SAFETY

Yes

Comment:  The design orientates the balconies and windows of individual apartments towards the street, rear and side boundaries, providing passive surveillance of the public domain and communal open space areas.  Both the pedestrian and vehicular entry points are secured and visually prominent from Bouvardia Street. 

The proposal includes an assessment of the development against crime prevention controls in the Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE).  The SEE has regard to Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Principles (CPTED) and includes details of surveillance, access control, territorial reinforcement and space management such as artificial lighting in public places; attractive landscaping whilst maintaining clear sight lines; security coded door lock or swipe card entry; physical or symbolic barriers to attract, channel or restrict the movement of people; security controlled access to basement car park; intercom access for pedestrians; and security cameras located at the entrance of the building.  Appropriate conditions of consent are recommended to ensure that there is a positive relationship between public and private spaces achieved through clearly defined secure access points and well lit and visible areas that are easily maintained.

8.         HOUSING DIVERSITY AND SOCIAL INTERACTION

Yes

Comment:  The proposal incorporates a range of unit sizes to cater for different demographics, living needs and household budgets.  The development complies with the housing choice requirements of the Hornsby DCP by providing a component of adaptable housing and a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom dwellings.  The proposal responds to the social context in terms of providing a range of dwelling sizes with good access to social facilities and services as the site is located in close proximity to Asquith railway station and shops.  A variety of communal spaces including barbeque facilities and herb gardens provide opportunities for social interaction amongst residents.

9.         AESTHETICS

Yes

Comment:  The architectural treatment of the building incorporates indentations and projections in the exterior walls with balcony projections to articulate the facades and green walls and roofs to soften the appearance of the building.  The roof is flat and incorporates eaves which would cast shadows across the top storey wall.  The articulation of the building, composition of building elements, textures, recycled materials and colours would achieve a built form generally consistent with the design principles contained within the Apartment Design Guideline and the Hornsby DCP. 

2.6        State Environmental Planning Policy No. 65 – Apartment Design Guide

Amendment No. 3 of the SEPP 65 also requires consideration of the Apartment Design Guide, NSW Department of Planning and Environment 2015.  The Guide includes development controls and best practice benchmarks for achieving the design principles of SEPP 65.  The following table sets out the proposal’s compliance with the Guide:

Apartment Design Guide

Control

Proposal

Requirement

Compliance

Deep Soil Zone

28%

7% of site area

Yes

Communal Open Space

30%

25%

Yes

Ground Level Private Open Space 

>15m2

Min Depth of 2m      

15m2

Min Depth of 3m

Yes

No

Solar Access (Living rooms and private open space areas)

73.5%

2 hours for 70% of units

Yes

No Solar Access allowable for units

8/34 = 23.5%

0 hours for 15% of units

No

Natural Cross Ventilation

76%

60%

Yes

Minimum Dwelling Size

1 br – 50m2 -66m2

2 br – 70m2 -83m2

3 br – 96m2 -106m2

1 br – 50m2

2 br – 70m2

3 br – 90m2

Yes

Yes

Yes

Habitable room depth from a window for open plan layout

3.7m to 8m

8m from a window (max)

Yes

Minimum Ceiling Height

2.7m

2.7m (habitable rooms)

2.4m (non-habitable rooms)

Yes

Minimum Balcony Size

1 bedroom 8m²

(min. depth 2m)

2 bedroom 10m² (min. depth 2m)

3 bedroom 12m² (min. depth 2.5m)

 

1 bedroom 8m²

(min. depth 2m)

2 bedroom 10m²

(min. depth 2m)

3 bedroom 12m²

(min. depth 2.4m)

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

Maximum Number of Units on a Single Level

8 units

8 units off a circulation core

Yes

Total Storage Area

1 bed > 3m3 Unit 401 (Min)

 

2 bed > 4m3 (Min) except 3.24m³ for Unit G6

 

3 bed – 3.7m3 Unit G2 to 4.3m³ for Units 100 and 200

 

Basement storage – 267.5m³

 

1 bed - 6m3 (Min) with 50% accessible from apartments

 

2 bed - 8m3 (Min) with 50% accessible from apartments

 

 

3 bed - 10m3 (Min) with 50% accessible from apartments

 

Basement storage –

150m³

Yes

 

 

No

 

 

 

No

 

 

 

 

Yes

As detailed in the above table, the proposed development complies with the prescriptive measures within the Apartment Design Guide (ADG) other than solar access, minimum depth for ground level private open space and storage.  Below is a brief discussion regarding the relevant development controls and best practice guidelines.

2.6.1     Solar and Daylight Access

The proposal demonstrates that 73.5% of units would receive at least 2 hours of solar access during the winter solstice which complies with the minimum 70% requirement under the ADG.  The ADG also requires that not more than 15% of apartments receive no solar access.  The proposal does not comply with this requirement as 23.5% of units (8/34) receive no solar access.  To achieve the minimum 15% compliance, 3 additional units would have to receive solar access.  Notwithstanding, the applicant has provided the following planning justification for the non-compliance:

“We acknowledge there is a shortfall on one aspect in the numerical criteria (15%).  We do achieve however 74% overall solar access and feel that the option we currently have is the best for a site of this east west orientation.  The roof terrace offers great amenity.  We consider our preferred solution is the best design outcome.  It promotes efficient planning by avoiding a long corridor of approximately 8m² which would be required if we were required to swap the two x 1 bedroom units for the 3 bedroom unit facing the street.  We feel that the current planning layouts, which has been extensively developed, in combination with the communal roof terrace will combine to produce a building with excellent amenity for users and provide a benchmark for future developments in the immediate precinct and beyond.”

In addition, the applicant provided an alternative concept sketch that demonstrates full compliance with regard to solar access.  This sketch substituted the north western 3 bedroom corner units with the two south facing single aspect one bedroom units on levels 1- 3.  However, this scheme resulted in a design that comprised long, 8m² corridor spaces for the north western one bedroom corner units.  The units in the compliant scheme provided an inferior layout, design and amenity.

In addition, the compliant scheme exacerbated non-compliances with side setbacks and privacy controls under the Hornsby Development Control Plan with a longer building length encroaching within the 4-6m setback.  As the proposed design achieves better design and amenity, the non-compliance to the solar access requirement is supported.

2.6.2     Apartment Size and Layout

The proposed residential flat building incorporates a mix of single aspect and corner units comprising of one, two and three bedroom apartments.  The majority of apartments would be well ventilated with some corner units provided with dual aspect balconies. 

The proposed layout of all units consist of open plan living/dining rooms that have a minimum width of 3.6m for one bedroom units and a minimum width of 4m for two and three bedroom units and all window areas in habitable rooms are greater than 10%.  This complies with the controls of the ADG.  As the majority of units have also been designed for adequate cross ventilation, it is considered that these layouts are well designed and functional with generous unit sizes for a majority of units.

The ADG also prescribes that master bedrooms have a minimum size of 10m² with a minimum dimension of 3 metres excluding wardrobes and all other bedrooms to have a minimum size of 9m². The proposed residential flat building incorporate units that include master bedroom floor areas of 9m² and bedrooms that are between 8.4m² - 8.95m² within a minimum dimension of 2.8 metres which does not technically comply with the ADG controlHowever, this shortfall of up to 1m² is considered negligible and would not warrant refusal of the application.

2.6.3     Ground Floor Apartments and Private Open Space

The proposal does not comply with the Guide’s design criteria for the 3 metre minimum width dimension for open space for ground floor apartments.  However, the private open space areas for the proposed ground floor apartments comply the minimum 15m² area requirement and would be capable of accommodating a table with 2-4 chairs for one and two bedroom apartments and a table with 4-6 chairs for two and three bedroom apartments.  In addition, the proposed ground floor open space areas are appropriate for the respective ground floor units in respect to dwelling size, unit layout and amenity and have been designed in accordance with the requirements of Council’s HDCP.  As such, the numerical non-compliance is considered minor and is acceptable.

2.6.4     Acoustic Privacy

The internal layout of the residential units is designed such that noise generating areas would adjoin each other wherever possible.  Storage or circulation zones would act as a buffer between units and wardrobes in bedrooms are co-located to act as sound buffers where possible.  Bedroom and service areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and laundries would be grouped together wherever possible.  The proposal is consistent with the ADG with regard to acoustic privacy.

2.6.5     Storage

The proposed residential flat building includes storage areas within the apartments, accessed from either circulation or living areas and within the basement levels.  However, these storage areas do not comply with the ADG requirement that at least 50% of the required storage is to be located within the apartment.  Of the 34 units proposed, 6 units (Units G1, G2, G5, G6, 100 and 200) have less than 50% of storage areas proposed within the apartment.  To ensure that the storage provided is proportional to the size of the apartment, a condition is recommended that each dwelling within the development has a minimum storage area of 6m³ for one bedroom units, 8m³ for two bedroom units and 10m³ for three bedroom units, where at least 50% is required to be located within the apartment and provided in addition to storage in kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms.

2.6.6     Facades

The proposed residential flat building incorporates high quality facades with a balanced composition of varied building elements including a defined base, middle and top of the building.  The facades are well composed with horizontal and vertical elements with varied textures and environmentally sustainable materials including recycled timber and brick that provide visual interest along the street while respecting the character of the local area.  The proposal is consistent with the ADG with regard to facades.

2.6.7     Landscape Design and Planting on Structures

The proposal incorporates a landscape design that is viable and sustainable with the implementation of green walls within the front façade and herb gardens which are located on the roof and rear, ground level of the site which conforms with the design guidance of the ADG.

To ensure that the landscape design of the green walls and herb garden are viable, a condition is recommended that details of the green walls and roof including waterproofing, structural certification, growing medium including soil depth, species and number of plants to be used and safety features (if applicable) are to be submitted to the PCA prior to the issue of the Construction Certificate.  To ensure that the green walls and roofs are maintained, a condition is recommended that the landscape works must be maintained into the future to ensure the establishment and successful growth of plant material to meet the intent of the landscape design.  This must include but not be limited to watering, weeding, replacement of failed plant material and promoting the growth of plants through standard industry practices.

With conditions, the proposal is consistent with the ADG with regard to Landscape Design and Planting on Structures.

2.7        Sydney Regional Environmental Plan No. 20 – Hawkesbury – Nepean River

The site is located within the catchment of the Hawkesbury Nepean River.  Part 2 of this Plan contains general planning considerations and strategies requiring Council to consider the impacts of development on water quality, aquaculture, recreation and tourism.

Subject to the implementation of sediment and erosion control measures and stormwater management to protect water quality, the proposal would comply with the requirements of the Policy.

2.8        Clause 74BA Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979 - Purpose and Status of Development Control Plans

Clause 74BA of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979 states that a DCP provision will have no effect if it prevents or unreasonably restricts development that is otherwise permitted and complies with the development standards in relevant Local Environmental Plans and State Environmental Planning Policies. 

The principal purpose of a development control plan is to provide guidance on the aims of any environmental planning instrument that applies to the development; facilitate development that is permissible under any such instrument; and achieve the objectives of land zones.  The provisions contained in a DCP are not statutory requirements and are for guidance purposes only.  Consent authorities have flexibility to consider innovative solutions when assessing development proposals, to assist achieve good planning outcomes.

2.9        Hornsby Development Control Plan 2013

The proposed development has been assessed having regard to the relevant desired outcomes and prescriptive requirements within the Hornsby Development Control Plan 2013 (HDCP).  The following table sets out the proposal’s compliance with the prescriptive requirements of the Plan:

Hornsby Development Control Plan 2013

Control

Proposal

Requirement

Compliance

Site Width

36.685m

30m

Yes

Height

5 storeys – 17.5m

Roof overrun -20.18m

Roof shelter – 19m

5 storeys – 17.5m

Yes

No

 

Lowest Residential Floor Above Ground

NW +0.5m

NE -0.8m

1m (max)

Yes

Maximum Floorplate Dimension

34.5m

35m

Yes

Building Indentation

1.5m x 4m (north)

2m x 8m (south)

4m x 4m

No

No

Height of Basement Above Ground

<1m

1m (max)

Yes

Front Setback (Bouvardia Street)

10m

8m (for 10.2m)

 

7m (balconies)

10m

8m < 1/3 building width (max 8.7m)

7m (balconies)

Yes

No

 

Yes

Rear Setback

10m

8m (for 10.2m)

 

7m (balconies)

10m

8m < 1/3 building width (max 8.7m)

7m (balconies)

Yes

No

 

Yes

Side Setback (north)

6m

4m – 6m (for 18m)

 

4 - 6m (balconies)

6m

4m <1/3 building width (for 12.2m)

6m (balconies)

Yes

No

 

No

Side Setback (south)

6m

4m (for 8m)

 

6m (balconies)

6m

4m <1/3 building width (for 12.2m)

6m (balconies)

Yes

Yes

 

Yes

Top Storey Setback from Ground Floor

3m additional provided except for minor encroachments

3m

Yes, with negligible encroachments

Underground Parking Setback

7m-front (except 4m setback for fire stairs)

7m-rear

2m-side (north)

4m-side (south) except 1.2m setback for fire stairs)

7m-front

 

7m-rear

4m-side (north)

4m-side (south)

Yes

 

Yes

No

Yes

Basement Ramp Setback

2.5m

2m

Yes

Deep Soil Landscaped Areas

7m-front and rear

3m-side (north)

4m-side (south)

7m-front and rear

4m sides

Yes

No

Yes

Private Open Space

1BR- 8m² (units 101,102,105, 106, 201, 202, 205, 206, 301,302, 305, 306)

2BR - 11m² (unit 104, 204 and 304)

3BR- 26m² - 55m² (units 100 and 200)

1 BR units – 10m²

 

 

2 BR units – 12m²

 

3 BR units – 16m²

No

 

 

No

 

Yes

Communal Open Space with Minimum Dimensions 4m

>100m²

30%

50m² (min)

25%

Yes

Parking

32 resident spaces

5 visitor spaces

7 bicycle tracks

4 visitor bicycle racks

1 motorbike space

32 resident spaces

5 visitor spaces

7 bicycle tracks

4 visitor bicycle racks

1 Motorbike space

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Solar Access

73.5%

70%

Yes

Housing Choice

1BR  -  56% (19/34)

2BR – 35% (12/34)

3BR – 9% (3/34)

10% of each type (min)

Yes

Yes

No

Adaptable Units

30%

30%

Yes

As detailed in the above table, the proposed development does not comply with a number of prescriptive requirements within the HDCP.  The matters of non-compliance are detailed below, as well as a brief discussion on compliance with relevant desired outcomes.

2.9.1     Desired Future Character

The site is included in the Bouvardia Street, Asquith precinct which was rezoned from Residential A (Low Density) to R4 (High Density Residential) as part of Council’s Housing Strategy

The proposed building is in accordance with the key principles for the future character of the precinct for well-articulated five storey residential flat buildings in garden settings with basement car parking.

2.9.2     Site Requirements

The HDCP requires sites to have a minimum frontage of 30 metres to Bouvardia Street.  The subject site complies with this requirement.  The HDCP also requires the following:

Where a development proposal results in an adjoining site within the precinct with no street frontage or a primary street frontage of less than 30m, proponents should demonstrate that orderly and economic development of the site can be achieved under this DCP. 

Where a property is likely to be isolated by a proposed development and it cannot be demonstrated that orderly and economic development (isolated) site can be achieved, applicants should provide documentary evidence that genuine and reasonable attempt has been made to purchase an isolated site based on a fair market value.

Approval has been granted for a five storey residential flat development at Nos. 4-8 Bouvardia Street under DA/270/2015.  Approval of the proposed development would result in the isolation of No. 10 Bouvardia Street for future five storey development as the primary street frontage is 18 metres which is less than the required 30 metre minimum frontage requirement under the HDCP.

In accordance with the provisions of the HDCP, the Applicant sought to resolve the isolation of No. 10 by making genuine and reasonable attempts to acquire the site at a fair market value.  Offers between $1.4 million to $1.85 million were made to the adjoining owner.  Details of the attempts made to acquire No. 10 were submitted with the Application and include a statutory declaration outlining the offers made by the landowner to purchase No. 10 and a letter of offer sent by the landowner’s property agent.  These attempts to acquire No. 10 were unsuccessful. 

Further to the above, the landowners at Nos. 4-8 Bouvardia Street provided evidence under DA/270/2015 indicating offers made to the adjoining landowner and provided an independent valuation of the property at No. 10 Bouvardia Street.  The independent valuation concluded that the property value for No. 10 Bouvardia Street was between $845, 000 to $1.1 million.  These attempts to acquire No. 10 were also unsuccessful.

No submissions were received from the owner of No. 10 Bouvardia Street opposing the subject development.

The adjoining site at No. 10 Bouvardia Street has a frontage of 18 metres and a depth of 50 metres which results in an area of 900m².  Whilst the subject application did not include the submission of indicative building envelopes for the adjoining isolated site, residential flat development has been approved on similar sized sites within the Hornsby Shire.  For example, a five storey residential flat building comprising 15 units and a single level of basement car parking was approved at No. 229 Carlingford Road under DA/644/2013.  The site at No. 229 Carlingford Road has a frontage of 17.1 metres, depth of 53.5 metres and an area of 915m².  The approved development comprised a two way aisle (5.8 metre wide), perpendicular parking (5.4 metres) for 12 vehicles and parallel parking (2.4 metres) for an additional 6 vehicles (total width 13.6 metres) and turning area.  The remaining 3.5 metre site width was proportioned along the side boundaries for landscaping.  As the site at No. 10 Bouvardia Street is of a similar size, the subject site would be capable of accommodating a residential flat development.

Based on the above, the Applicant has made reasonable attempts to acquire the adjoining site in accordance with the Land and Environment Court principles and the adjoining site is assessed as being capable of being developed.  The proposal is considered to be acceptable in respect to the HDCP prescriptive measures for site requirements.

2.9.3     Height

The proposed building would not comply with the maximum permissible height limit applicable to the site.  As discussed in Section 2.1.3 of this report, the applicant has made a submission in accordance with Clause 4.6 ‘Exceptions to development standards’ of the HLEP to vary Clause 4.3 “Height of Buildings”.  The submission is considered well founded and is supported. 

2.9.4     Setbacks

As noted in the above table, sections of the building do not comply with the setback requirements as follows:

Front and Rear Setbacks

The front and rear setback is 10 metres with a reduced 8 metre setback for a building length of 10.5 metres.  This does not technically comply with the HDCP requirement that only 1/3 of the building width (8.7 metres) can be reduced to an 8 metre front setback.  However, the front and rear façades consist of a balanced composition of varied building elements with varied textures, finishes and landscaping that provide articulation and visual interest along the street.  The design also incorporates sufficient open space and landscaping within the front and rear setback.

As the proposal achieves the desired outcome of well-articulated building forms that are set back to incorporate landscaping, open space and separation between buildings, the encroachment of 1.8 metres is considered negligible and the non-compliance is assessed as satisfactory.

Northern Side Setback

The northern side setback is 6 metres with a reduced varying setback of up to 4 metres for a building length of 18 metres which does not technically comply with the HDCP which requires only 1/3 of the building width (12.2 metres) to be reduced to a 4 metre setback.  However, this is a result of the irregular shape of the site with the northern property boundary forming an acute angle with the street frontage.  The northern side façade consists of varying setbacks, indentations and the buildings have been designed to achieve the required ‘pavilion’ effect as required by the HDCP.  The northern side façade presents as a well-articulated form when viewed from the northern adjoining property and the Bouvardia Street.  In this regard, the numerical non-compliance is assessed as satisfactory.

Underground Parking Setback

The northern underground basement setback is only 2 metres from the northern property boundary which does not comply with the minimum 4m side setback as required by the HDCP.  However, vehicular entrances to the basement car park are permitted to encroach 2 metres to the side property boundary.  As the entry ramp to the basement extends to the middle of the plan, the provision of a 4 metre basement setback is not viable for vehicle movements.  With conditions, the proposed landscape plan indicates that adequate deep soil is provided within the northern setback of the ground floor.  In this regard, the non-compliance is assessed as satisfactory. 

2.9.5     Built Form and Separation

The HDCP requires a 4 metre x 4metre building indentation to be provided on all buildings with a floor-plate dimension of 25 metres.  The proposal incorporates a floor-plate dimension of 34.5 metres along the east west axis which requires the 4 metre x 4 metre building indentations to be provided on the northern and southern facades.  The proposed northern 1.5 metre x 4 metres and southern 2 metre x 8 metre building indentations do not full comply with this measure.  However, balconies are located either adjoining or within the building indentation which would enhance depth to the overall form, resulting in a 4 metre x 4 metre indentation for the northern façade and 4 metre x 8 metre for the southern façade.  In addition, varying setbacks and additional indentations have resulted in modulation to the facades and the building has been designed to achieve the required ‘pavilion’ effect as required by the HDCP.  In this regard, the non-compliance is considered satisfactory.

2.9.6     Landscaping

The proposal includes the retention of seven indigenous trees (numbered 7, 12, 17, 18, 22, 38 and 39) and the removal of fifteen indigenous trees (numbered 2, 8, 11, 13, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 24, 30, 31, 34, 37, 40).  However, none of these trees are assessed as significant.  An Arborist Report was submitted with the application that concludes that the trees to be removed are poor to average specimens or unsuitable for retention.  Council’s Tree Assessment concurs with this report and does not object to their removal.  The landscape plan submitted indicates that whilst there are adequate large canopy trees retained within the rear setbacks and medium canopy trees provided along the side boundaries, there are insufficient large canopy trees provided along the Bouvardia Street frontage.  In this regard, a condition is recommended that two additional native trees are to be planted within the front setback and two additional native Tristaniospsis laurina ‘Luscious’ (Water Gum) street trees are required to be planted within the front verge.

The HDCP requires that a 7m wide deep soil area be provided within the front and rear setbacks and a 4m wide deep soil area be provided within the side setbacks.  Whilst this is achieved for the front, rear and southern side setback, the proposed paved terraces adjoining Units G2 and G3 result in a 3m setback for deep soil which does not comply with the controls.  To ensure that adequate deep soil is provided along the northern property boundary, a condition is recommended that the terrace pavement adjoining Units G2 and G3 is to be deleted within the 4m side setback.

With conditions, the large canopy trees provided along the front and rear boundaries and medium canopy trees provided along the side boundaries interspersed with ground covers, shrubs and adequate deep soil area would achieve a residential flat development within a landscaped setting.  The proposal complies with the intent of the Landscaping provision and is considered satisfactory.

2.9.7     Open Space

The proposed communal open space areas comply with the prescriptive area requirements and a principle open space area of at least 50 square metres with a minimum dimension of 4m has been provided at the rear, north eastern corner of the site.  The principle communal open space areas would receive at least 2 hours of sunlight between 9am to 3pm during mid-winter and can be accessed from the foyer of the building.  In addition, passive surveillance from side and rear facing balconies results in high visibility.

The HDCP also prescribes that “communal open space should be provided at ground level, equivalent to a minimum of 25% of the site area”.  A herb garden is proposed on the roof terrace which does not technically comply with the ground level control.  However, ground level communal open space is already provided for 30% of the site area and the principle communal open space area is provided on ground level at the rear, north eastern corner of the site.  The roof top herb garden is a landscaping concept for environmental sustainability and provides optimal outcomes for residential apartments by incorporating areas for residents to plant herbs.  The roof top herb garden is considered to be a “common circulation space” in accordance with the ADG as the space provides opportunities for casual social interaction among residents.  The landscaping concept is also included as a design element under the recently adopted ADG.  The common circulation space on the rooftop proposes two bench seats at either side of the rooftop.  To ensure that the herb garden is not used as a communal open space area, a condition is recommended that no additional seating is permitted on the rooftop.  With this recommended condition, the rooftop herb garden is supported.

The HDCP prescribes that the minimum private open space area for 1 bedroom units is 10m², 12m² for 2 bedroom units and 16m² for 3 bedroom units with a minimum dimension of 2.5m.  The proposed development consists of private open space areas that do not comply with this control.  12 x 1 bedroom units have private open spaces areas of 8m² and 3 x 2 bedroom units have a private open space area of 11m².  Notwithstanding, these private open space areas comply with the requirements of the ADG which prescribes that the minimum private open space area for 1 bedroom units is 8m², 10m² for 2 bedroom units and 12m² for 3 bedroom units with a minimum dimension of 2m for 1 and 2 bedroom units and 2.4m for 3 bedroom units.  All proposed private open space areas for 1 and 2 bedroom units comply with the minimum depth required to accommodate a table and 2-4 chairs.  In addition, the majority of these private open space areas adjoin planter boxes which would enhance liveability and amenity for residents.  In this regard, the non-compliance is considered to be acceptable.

2.9.8     Privacy and Security

The proposed development is appropriately designed for privacy with the majority of units having an orientation to the street or rear boundary.  Habitable rooms and balconies have been strategically located to provide adequate building separation with the same approved for the residential flat building on the northern adjoining property.  Appropriate privacy mitigation measures including movable privacy screens on balconies have been implemented on the northern facades where the building separation is less than the minimum 12 metres as required by the ADG

The proposed development would provide for casual surveillance of the public domain and communal open space areas.  Appropriate conditions are recommended for security access and crime prevention.

Subject to conditions, the proposal complies with the requirements of the HDCP.

2.9.9     Sunlight and Ventilation

The applicant has submitted solar access diagrams demonstrating compliance of individual units with solar access requirements.  As the site is located within a redevelopment precinct, the solar access analysis has taken into consideration the overshadowing impacts from the approved five storey development on the northern adjoining site.  The solar access diagrams submitted indicate that 73.5% of dwellings would receive at least 2 hours of sunlight to living room windows and private open space areas on 22 June.  Council’s assessment concludes that the proposal is satisfactory in providing solar access for future occupants of the units.

The applicant submits that 76% of units would provide for dual aspect and natural cross ventilation.  The proposed development is considered to be satisfactory with regard to providing natural ventilation for future occupants of the units.

2.9.10   Housing Choice

The proposed development incorporates a 9% unit mix for 3 bedroom units which does not comply with the minimum 10% unit mix for each dwelling type as required under the HDCP.  However, the proposed development includes a range of housing types and 30% of units are designed as adaptable units which meet the intent of the control.  The minor variation of 1% is minor in nature and does not warrant refusal of the application.

2.9.11   Vehicular Access and Parking

The proposed basement car park is over two levels and is accessed via a 6 metre wide driveway from Bouvardia Street.  The proposal includes 32 residential car spaces, 5 visitors car spaces, 7 residential bicycle spaces, 4 visitor bicycle spaces and 1 motor bicycle spaces which complies with the requirements of the HDCP.  Subject to recommended conditions, the proposal is considered satisfactory with regard to Vehicle Access and Parking.

2.9.12   Waste Management

The submitted Waste Management Plans for the demolition, construction stage and on-going use of the proposed development are acceptable subject to recommended conditions.  The site would require 8 x 240L garbage bins serviced twice a week, 8 x 240L recycling bins serviced once a week and 1 x 660L paper/cardboard bin serviced weekly.

An accessible garbage room with a chute and recycling bin has been proposed on each residential level.  A garbage room is proposed at the basement level under the chute.  The room is of sufficient size for bin storage and the 5 x 240L carousel.  No bulky waste storage area has been provided.  In this regard, a condition is recommended that there must be a bulky waste storage area of at least 8m² at the basement level.

A separate bin collection area is proposed at the ground level along the northern side property boundary, facing the driveway.  The small rigid waste collection vehicle would reverse onto the driveway for garbage collection and leave in a forward direction.  The turning path analysis submitted in the traffic and parking assessment demonstrates that this can be achieved.  In addition, Council assessed the turning paths with static turning templates and concludes that a small rigid vehicle can reverse in and forward out with parking allowable on both sides of Bouvardia Street.  The location of the bin collection area would not have adverse impacts on the amenity of the residents due to odour or noise and is adequately screened by a timber slatted structure and a 4 metre x 3.3 metre landscape area within the front setback which complements the overall design of the residential development.

Subject to recommended conditions of consent, the proposed development is assessed as satisfactory with regard to waste management.

2.9.13   Bouvardia Street, Asquith Precinct

The strategy for redevelopment of this precinct is to incorporate five storey residential flat buildings in garden settings with parking in basements.  The development would provide for a landscaped setting and a built form that is consistent with the desired future outcome for the Bouvardia Street, Asquith Precinct.

2.9.14   Heritage

The proposed development is not within a site that contains a heritage listed item or a heritage conservation area.  No heritage listed items are located within the vicinity of the site.  The proposed development complies with the Heritage requirements of the HDCP.

2.9.15   Accessible Design

The applicant has submitted an Access Report which demonstrates that the units are capable of being adapted for people with a disability in accordance with AS1429.1 – Design for Access and Mobility.  The development provides for continuous, barrier free access to all floors via two lifts for each building and complies with the Accessible Design requirements of the HDCP.

2.10      Section 94 Contributions Plans

Hornsby Shire Council Section 94 Contributions Plan 2012-2021 applies to the development as it would result in an additional 32 residential dwellings in lieu of the 2 existing residences.  Accordingly, the requirement for a monetary Section 94 contribution is recommended as a condition of consent.

3.         ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS

Section 79C(1)(b) of the Act requires Council to consider “the likely impacts of that development, including environmental impacts on both the natural and built environments, and social and economic impacts in the locality”.

3.1        Natural Environment

3.1.1     Tree and Vegetation Preservation

The subject site and adjoining land contains exotic, native (exempt species) trees.  The proposed development would necessitate the removal of 15 native trees from the site.  None of these trees are considered to be ‘significant trees’ in accordance with the Tree and Vegetation provisions of the HDCP.  Council’s assessment in this regard is satisfactory subject to the retention of trees numbered 7 Acmena smithii (Lilly Pilly), 12 Syzygium austral (Brush Cherry), 17 Grevillea robusta (Silky Oak), 18 Corymbia citriodora (Lemon-scented Gum), 22 Grevillea robusta (Silky Oak), 38 Cupressus sp (Cypress Pine) and 39 Liquidambar styraciflua (Liquidamber).

A landscape plan has been submitted with the application that includes planting with a range of locally native plant species with a mix of small, medium canopy trees, shrub layers and ground covers.  Whilst sufficient planting is proposed within the side and rear setbacks, only one large canopy tree (Angophora costata) is proposed within the front setback.  To compensate for the loss of the large canopy trees proposed to be removed within the front setback, a condition is recommended that two additional large native canopy trees are required to be planted within the front setback and two large native street trees are required to be planted within the front verge.

Subject to conditions and on-going maintenance of the landscape areas, the development would achieve a landscape setting and would be acceptable with respect to the natural environment.

3.1.2     Stormwater Management

The development would connect to Council’s drainage system located on Bouvardia Street via below ground on-site detention (OSD) system within the front communal landscape area to control the discharge of water from the site.  Council’s engineering assessment concludes that the OSD system is satisfactory, subject to conditions recommended in Schedule 1.

3.2        Built Environment

3.2.1     Built Form

The buildings would be located within a precinct identified with a future character of five storey residential flat buildings in a landscaped setting with basement car parking.  The built form would be consistent with the desired future character of the precinct.

3.2.2     Traffic

A traffic and parking assessment has been submitted with the proposal which estimates the traffic generation of the existing site and proposed development using the RMS Guide to Traffic Generating Development Updated Traffic Surveys – Technical Direction 04a.  The net traffic generation is estimated to be 6 vehicle trips per hour in the AM and PM peak hours, which is negligible when compared with the traffic volumes on the adjacent road network.  It is considered that the adjoining Pacific Highway is capable of facilitating the additional traffic.

A Traffic Management Improvement Plan for the Asquith precincts is included in the HDCP.  The Plan includes the extension of Wattle Street to Amor Street, construction of a new roundabout at the junction of Wattle Street, Amor Street and Lords Avenue and restriction of left in, left out movements from Amor Street to Pacific Highway.  These improvements have been included in the Works Schedule under Council’s Section 94 Development Contribution Plan 2012-2021 for implementation.  These works would provide for the increase in traffic in the area and ease of traffic flow within the existing network.  The proposal is in keep with the key principles diagram and desired future outcome for the precinct.

Notwithstanding, a condition of consent requires the submission of a Construction Traffic Management Plan for review and approval by Council prior to the issue of the Construction Certificate, to mitigate any adverse impacts on local roads during construction of the development.

3.3        Social Impacts

The residential development would improve housing choice in the locality by providing a range of house hold types.  This is consistent with Council’s Housing Strategy which identifies the need to provide a mix of housing options to meet future demographic needs in Hornsby Shire.

The location of the development is in close proximity to Asquith Railway station, Asquith shops and Hornsby Town Centre and would provide for the commercial, recreational, health and education facilities for future residents.

3.4        Economic Impacts

The proposal would have a minor positive impact on the local economy in conjunction with other new low density residential development in the locality by generating an increase in demand for local services.

4.         SITE SUITABILITY

Section 79C(1)(c) of the Act requires Council to consider “the suitability of the site for the development”.

The subject site has not been identified as bushfire prone or flood prone land.  The site is considered to be capable of accommodating the proposed development.  The scale of the proposed development is consistent with the capability of the site and is considered acceptable.

5.         PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Section 79C(1)(d) of the Act requires Council to consider “any submissions made in accordance with this Act”.

5.1        Community Consultation

The proposed development was placed on public exhibition and was notified to adjoining and nearby landowners between 9 July 2015 and 23 July 2015 in accordance with the Notification and Exhibition requirements of the HDCP.  During this period, Council received one submission.  The map below illustrates the location of the nearby landowners who made a submission.

NOTIFICATION PLAN

 

 

 

•       PROPERTIES NOTIFIED

 

 

 

X      SUBMISSIONS

         RECEIVED

 

 


          PROPERTY SUBJECT OF DEVELOPMENT

 

One submission objected to the development, generally on the grounds that the development would result in:

·              Excessive height of the building;

·              Unacceptable housing choice/unit mix;

·              Unacceptable unit sizes and layouts;

·              Unacceptable space provided for garbage collection on local streets; and

·              Unacceptable traffic congestion and traffic noise resulting from the increase in density of development.

The merits of the matters raised in community submissions have been addressed in the body of the report.

5.2        Public Agencies

The development application was not referred to any Public Agencies for comment. 

6.         THE PUBLIC INTEREST

Section 79C(1)(e) of the Act requires Council to consider “the public interest”.

The public interest is an overarching requirement, which includes the consideration of the matters discussed in this report.  Implicit to the public interest is the achievement of future built outcomes adequately responding to and respecting the future desired outcomes expressed in environmental planning instruments and development control plans.

The application is considered to have satisfactorily addressed Council’s and relevant agencies’ criteria and would provide a development outcome that, on balance, would result in a positive impact for the community.  Accordingly, it is considered that the approval of the proposed development would be in the public interest.

CONCLUSION

The application seeks consent for the demolition of existing structures and construction of a five storey residential flat building comprising 34 units and basement car parking.

The proposed development is generally in accordance with the development controls for the ‘Bouvardia Street Asquith precinct’ of the Hornsby Development Control Plan and would contribute to the future desired five storey residential character of the precinct.  The proposal complies with the design principles of SEPP 65 and the Apartment Design Guide.

The development would result in a maximum height of 20.18m and does not comply with the Height of Buildings development standard of the Hornsby Local Environmental Plan 2013.  The applicant has made a submission in accordance with Clause 4.6 ‘Exceptions to development standards’ of the Hornsby Local Environmental Plan 2013 to vary Clause 4.3 ‘Height of Buildings’.  The submission is considered well founded and is supported.

The proposal would result in a development that would be in keeping with the desired future character of the precinct.  Approval of the application is recommended.

Note:  At the time of the completion of this planning report, no persons have made a Political Donations Disclosure Statement pursuant to Section 147 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 in respect of the subject planning application.

RESPONSIBLE OFFICER

The officer responsible for the preparation of this Report is the Manager – Development Assessments – Rodney Pickles, who can be contacted on 9847 6731.

 

 

 

 

Rod Pickles

Manager - Development Assessment

Planning Division

 

 

James Farrington

Group Manager

Planning Division

 

 

Attachments:

1.View

Locality Map

 

 

2.View

Site Plan

 

 

3.View

Floor Plans

 

 

4.View

Elevation Plans

 

 

5.View

Landscape Plans

 

 

6.View

Shadow Plan

 

 

7.View

Finishes Schedule Plan

 

 

8.View

Perspectives Plan

 

 

 

 

File Reference:           DA/745/2015

Document Number:    D06521992

 


SCHEDULE 1

GENERAL CONDITIONS

The conditions of consent within this notice of determination have been applied to ensure that the use of the land and/or building is carried out in such a manner that is consistent with the aims and objectives of the relevant legislation, planning instruments and council policies affecting the land and does not disrupt the amenity of the neighbourhood or impact upon the environment.

Note:  For the purpose of this consent, the term ‘applicant’ means any person who has the authority to act on or the benefit of the development consent.

Note:  For the purpose of this consent, any reference to an Act, Regulation, Australian Standard or publication by a public authority shall be taken to mean the gazetted Act or Regulation, or adopted Australian Standard or publication as in force on the date that the application for a construction certificate is made.

1.         Approved Plans and Supporting Documentation

The development must be carried out in accordance with the plans and documentation listed below and endorsed with Council’s stamp, except where amended by Council and/or other conditions of this consent:

Plan No.

Plan Title

Drawn by

Dated

Ref13352

Plan Showing Details and Levels (Survey Plan)

Sydney Surveyors

4/6/2014

DA101C

Site Analysis and Site Plan

BKA Architecture

3/8/2015

DA102B

Demolition Plan

BKA Architecture

10/6/2015

DA110D

Lower Basement Plan

BKA Architecture

8/10/2015

DA111E

Basement Plan

BKA Architecture

8/10/2015

DA112F

Ground Floor Plan

BKA Architecture

17/9/2015

DA113D

Level 1 and 2

BKA Architecture

17/9/2015

DA114D

Level 3

BKA Architecture

17/9/2015

DA115E

Level 4

BKA Architecture

17/9/2015

DA116D

Roof

BKA Architecture

3/8/2015

DA200E

West and North Elevations

BKA Architecture

17/9/2015

DA201E

East and South Elevations

BKA Architecture

17/9/2015

DA301D

Section B

BKA Architecture

21/9/2015

DA850C

Shadow Analysis

BKA Architecture

10/6/2015

DA860D

Perspectives

BKA Architecture

17/9/2015

DA900B

Schedule of Finishes

BKA Architecture

10/6/2015

LP01B

Landscape Plan

Site Design + Studios

27/5/2015

LP02B

Landscape Plan Level 1-2

Site Design + Studios

27/5/2015

LP03B

Landscape Plan Level 3

Site Design + Studios

27/5/2015

LP04B

Landscape Plan Level 4

Site Design + Studios

27/5/2015

LP05B

Landscape Roof Plan

Site Design + Studios

27/5/2015

14MB6149/D01-D04 (4 pages)

Site and Roof Drainage Plan and Details

United Consulting Engineers P/L

11/8/2015

SK450A

Mesh Screen Details

BKA Architecture

19/8/2015

 

Document Title

Prepared by

Dated

BASIX Certificate No. 609837M_02

Damian O’Toole Town Planning P/L

20/10/2015

Statement of Environmental Effects

Glendinning Minto & Associates P/L

June 2015

SEPP 65 Design Verification Statement

BKA Architecture

11/6/2015

Revised Preliminary Site Investigation

Aargus

1/9/2015

Arborist Report

TLC Tree Solution

16/2/2015

Acoustic Report

Acoustic Logic

2/3/2015

Ref14133 Traffic & Parking Report

Transport and Traffic Planning Associates

May 2015

Access Report

Ergon Consulting

18/5/2015

Registered Quantity Surveyor’s Cost Report

QPC & C Quantity Surveyors

24/2/2015

2.         Amendment of Plans

The approved plans are to be amended as follows:

a)         The approved ground floor plan DA112F drawn by BKA Architecture dated 17/9/2015 and LP01B Landscape Plan drawn by Site Design + Studio dated 27/5/2015 is to be amended to reduce the paved terrace area for units G2 and G3 to provide a 4m deep soil landscaped area along the northern property boundary.

b)         A bulky waste storage area of 8m² must be included in the basement level.

3.         Removal of Existing Trees

This development consent permits the removal of trees numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 34, 35, 36, 37 and 40 as identified on in Appendix 1 contained in the supplied Arborist Report provided by TLC Tree Solutions dated 16 February 2015.  The removal of any other trees requires separate approval in accordance with the Tree and Vegetation Chapter 1B.6 Hornsby Development Control Plan (HDCP).

4.         Construction Certificate

a)         A Construction Certificate is required to be approved by Council or a Private Certifying Authority prior to the commencement of any works under this consent.

b)         The Construction Certificate plans must not be inconsistent with the Development Consent plans.

5.         Section 94 Development Contributions

a)         In accordance with Section 80A(1) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and the Hornsby Shire Council Section 94 Development Contributions Plan 2012-2021, the following monetary contributions shall be paid to Council to cater for the increased demand for community infrastructure resulting from the development:

Description

Contribution (4)

Roads

$39,547.60

Open Space and Recreation

$348,845.40

Community Facilities

$48,626.55

Plan Preparation and Administration

$1,455.25

TOTAL

$438,474.80

being for 34 units comprising 18 x 1 bedroom units, 13 x 2 bedroom units and 3 x 3 bedroom units and 2 lots to credit.

b)         The value of this contribution is current as at 13 October 2015.  If the contributions are not paid within the financial quarter that this condition was generated, the contributions payable will be adjusted in accordance with the provisions of the Hornsby Shire Council Section 94 Development Contributions Plan and the amount payable will be calculated at the time of payment in the following manner:

$CPY   =   $CDC  x CPIPY

CPIDC

Where:

$CPY      is the amount of the contribution at the date of Payment

$CDC     is the amount of the contribution as set out in this Development Consent

CPIPY    is the latest release of the Consumer Price Index (Sydney – All Groups) at the date of Payment as published by the ABS.

CPIDC    is the Consumer Price Index (Sydney – All Groups) for the financial quarter at the date applicable in this Development Consent Condition.

c)         The monetary contributions shall be paid to Council:

i)          prior to the issue of the Subdivision Certificate where the development is for subdivision; or

ii)          prior to the issue of the first Construction Certificate where the development is for building work; or

iii)         prior to issue of the Subdivision Certificate or first Construction Certificate, whichever occurs first, where the development involves both subdivision and building work; or

iv)         prior to the works commencing where the development does not require a Construction Certificate or Subdivision Certificate.

It is the professional responsibility of the Principal Certifying Authority to ensure that the monetary contributions have been paid to Council in accordance with the above timeframes.

Council’s Development Contributions Plan may be viewed at www.hornsby.nsw.gov.au or a copy may be inspected at Council’s Administration Centre during normal business hours.

6.         Project Arborist

A Project Arborist (AQF5 qualified) is to be appointed in accordance with AS 4970-2009 (1.4.4) to oversee installation of trunk protection measures, monitor the integrity of the tree protection methods, supervise and record all works (including driveways and retaining walls) within 7 metres of any trees required to be retained, record any modifications or alterations to the tree protection zone fencing for the duration of the construction period and provide all required certification throughout the development process.  Details of the Project Arborist are to be submitted to Council and the PCA prior to the issue of a Construction Certificate.

REQUIREMENTS PRIOR TO THE ISSUE OF A CONSTRUCTION CERTIFICATE

7.         Building Code of Australia

All building work must be carried out in accordance with the relevant requirements of the Building Code of Australia.

8.         Contract of Insurance (Residential Building Work)

In the case of residential building work for which the Home Building Act 1989 requires there to be a contract of insurance in force in accordance with Part 6 of that Act, that such a contract of insurance is in force before any building work authorised to be carried out by the consent commences.

9.         Notification of Home Building Act, 1989 Requirements

Residential building work within the meaning of the Home Building Act 1989 must not be carried out unless the principal certifying authority for the development to which the work relates (not being Council) has given Council written notice of the following information:

a)         In the case of work for which a principal contractor is required to be appointed:

i)          The name and licence number of the principal contractor; and

ii)          The name of the insurer by which the work is insured under Part 6 of that Act.

b)         In the case of work to be done by an owner-builder:

i)          The name of the owner-builder; and

ii)          If the owner-builder is required to hold an owner-builder’s permit under that Act, the number of the owner-builder’s permit.

Note:  If arrangements for doing the residential building work are changed while the work is in progress so that the information notified becomes out of date, further work must not be carried out unless the principal certifying authority for the development to which the work relates (not being Council) has given Council written notification of the updated information.

10.        Utility Services

The applicant must submit written evidence of the following service provider requirements:

a)         Ausgrid (formerly Energy Australia) – a letter of consent demonstrating that satisfactory arrangements have been made to service the proposed development.

b)         Telstra – a letter of consent demonstrating that satisfactory arrangements have been made to service the proposed development.

11.        Sydney Water – Quick Check

This application must be submitted to a Sydney Water ‘Quick Check Agent’ or ‘Customer Centre’ for approval to determine whether the development would affect any Sydney Water infrastructure, and whether further requirements are to be met.

Note:  Refer to www.sydneywater.com.au or telephone 13 20 92 for assistance.

12.        Dilapidation Report

A ‘Dilapidation Report’ is to be prepared by a ‘chartered structural engineer’ detailing the structural condition of the adjoining property at No. 10 Bouvardia Street, Asquith and the adjoining eastern property at Nos. 1-9A Wattle Street, Asquith (Coles Supermarket complex).

13.        Storage

Each dwelling within the development must have a minimum storage area of 6m³ for one bedroom units, 8m³ for two bedroom units and 10m³ for three bedroom units, where at least 50% is required to be located within the apartment and provided in addition to storage in kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms.

14.        Green Walls and Roof

Details of the green walls and roof including structural certification, waterproofing, growing medium including soil depth, species and number of plants to be used and safety features (if applicable) are to be submitted to the PCA prior to the issue of the Construction Certificate.

15.        Traffic Control Plan

A Traffic Control Plan (TCP) must be prepared by a qualified traffic controller in accordance with the Roads & Traffic Authority’s Traffic Control at Worksites Manual 1998 and Australian Standard 1742.3 for all work on a public road. The Traffic Management Plan shall be submitted and approved by Council’s Manager Traffic and Road Safety prior to the issue of a construction certificate. The TCP must detail the following:

a)         Arrangements for public notification of the works;

b)         Temporary construction signage;

c)         Permanent post-construction signage;

d)         Vehicle movement plans;

e)         Traffic management plans; and

f)          Pedestrian and cyclist access/safety.

16.        Construction Management Plan

A Construction Management Plan (CMP), prepared by a suitably qualified consultant, must be submitted for approval by Council. The CMP must be include, but not be limited, details of the following:

a)         Noise attenuation measures are to be implemented along the Bell Street property boundary of the site including a hoarding height not less than 3m from the existing ground level.

b)         During excavation works, rock removal must be undertaken by sawing instead of rock hammering, wherever practicable;

c)         The construction works must be undertaken in accordance with the “Interim Construction Noise Guidelines – 2009” published by DECCW and achieve compliance with the relevant noise levels; and

d)         The delivery times and vehicular movements related to demolition, excavation and construction works must be restricted to the construction hours only.

17.        Adaptable Units

The details of the fit-outs of all accessible and adaptable units must be provided with the Construction Certificate Plans.

18.        Waste Management

The following waste management requirements must be complied with:

a)         The approved on-going waste management system must not be amended without the written consent of Council.

b)         There must be a direct (straight line) travel path between the waste collection area (ground level temporary bin storage) and the driveways of no less than 2 metre wide smooth hard surface and must not include any steps.

c)         The first 6 metres of the driveway (as measured from the boundary) must have a gradient no steeper than 1:20.  For this section of driveway, land separation must not be by raised median (line marking and/or rumble bars are acceptable).  The car park security access point must not be located within this section of the driveway.

d)         The waste facilities on each residential level must be accessible by persons with a disability while comfortably housing the garbage chute and one 240 litre recycling bin (Note: a 240 litre recycling bin is 600 mm wide by 750 mm deep; allow for ease around the bin – 75 mm is recommended).

e)         There must be a bulky waste storage area of at least 8m² at the basement level.

f)          A Waste Management Plan Section One – Demolition Stage and Section Three – Construction Stage, covering the scope of this project and including the following details, is required to be submitted to Council:

i)          An estimate of the types and volumes of waste and recyclables to be generated;

ii)          A site plan showing sorting and storage areas for demolition and construction waste and the vehicle access to these areas;

iii)         How excavation, demolition and construction waste materials will be reused or recycled and where residual wastes will be disposed; and

iv)         The total percentage (by weight) of demolition and construction waste that will be reused or recycled.

19.        Construction Vehicles in Work Zone

All construction vehicle associated with the proposed development are to be contained on site or in an approved “Work Zone”.

20.        Construction Traffic Management Plan (CTMP)

In order to enable unencumbered movement of traffic in the public road during construction works, a Construction Management Plan, including a Traffic Management Plan and scaled construction plans prepared by a suitably Chartered and Qualified Chartered Civil Engineer and Qualified Worksite Traffic Controller shall be prepared and submitted to Hornsby Shire Council for approval according to the following requirements:

a)         A copy of the plans shall be submitted for consideration and written approval by Hornsby Shire Council prior to the release of the Construction Certificate.

b)         The plans shall detail the order of construction works and arrangement of all construction machines and vehicles being used at the same time during all stages.

c)         The CTMP plans shall be in accordance with the approved Development Application plans and the Development Consent conditions.

d)         In order to prevent injury, accident and loss of property, no building materials, work sheds, vehicles, machines or the like shall be allowed to remain in the road reserve area without the written consent of Hornsby Shire Council.

e)         The Plan shall be generally in compliance with the requirements of the Road and Traffic Authority’s “Traffic Control at Worksites Manual 1998” and detailing:

i)          Public notification of proposed works;

ii)          Long term signage requirements;

iii)         Short term (during actual works) signage;

iv)         Vehicle Movement Plans, where applicable;

v)         Traffic Management Plans;

vi)         Pedestrian and Cyclist access and safety.

f)          The plans shall indicate traffic controls including those used during non-working hours and shall provide pedestrian access and two-way traffic in the public road to be facilitated at all times.

g)         The plans shall include the proposed truck routes to and from the site including details of the frequency of truck movements at the different stages of the development. The plan shall also include details of parking arrangements for all employees and contractors.

h)         The Applicant and all employees of contractors on the site must obey any direction or notice from the Prescribed Certifying Authority or Hornsby Shire Council in order to ensure the above.

i)          If there is a requirement to obtain a Work Zone, partial Road Closure or Crane Permit an application to Hornsby Shire Council is to be made prior to the issue the Construction Certificate.

21.        Driveway Levels

Prior to the approval of the Construction Certificate design levels for the driveway are to be obtained. These levels are to be incorporated into the design of the driveway.

REQUIREMENTS PRIOR TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF ANY WORKS, INCLUDING DEMOLITION

22.        Erection of Construction Sign

A sign must be erected in a prominent position on any site on which building work, subdivision work or demolition work is being carried out:

a)         Showing the name, address and telephone number of the principal certifying authority for the work;

b)         Showing the name of the principal contractor (if any) for any demolition or building work and a telephone number on which that person may be contacted outside working hours; and

c)         Stating that unauthorised entry to the work site is prohibited.

Note:  Any such sign is to be maintained while the building work, subdivision work or demolition work is being carried out, but must be removed when the work has been completed.

23.        Protection of Adjoining Areas

A temporary hoarding, fence or awning must be erected between the work site and adjoining lands before the works begin and must be kept in place until after the completion of the works if the works:

a)         Could cause a danger, obstruction or inconvenience to pedestrian or vehicular traffic.

b)         Could cause damage to adjoining lands by falling objects.

c)         Involve the enclosure of a public place or part of a public place.

Note:  Notwithstanding the above, Council’s separate written approval is required prior to the erection of any structure or other obstruction on public land.

24.        Toilet Facilities

Toilet facilities must be available or provided at the works site before works begin and must be maintained until the works are completed at a ratio of one toilet for every 20 persons employed at the site.  Each toilet must:

a)         be a standard flushing toilet connected to a public sewer; or

b)         be a temporary chemical closet approved under the Local Government Act 1993; or

c)         have an on-site effluent disposal system approved under the Local Government Act 1993.

25.        Erosion and Sediment Control

Erosion and sediment control measures must be provided and maintained throughout the construction period in accordance with the manual ‘Soils and Construction 2004 (Bluebook)’, the approved plans, Council specifications and to the satisfaction of the principal certifying authority.  The erosion and sediment control devices must remain in place until the site has been stabilised and revegetated.

Note:  On the spot penalties may be issued for any non-compliance with this requirement without any further notification or warning.

26.        Tree Protection Barriers

a)         Tree protection fencing must be erected around trees numbered 7, 12, 17, 18, 22, 38 and 39 in accordance with the HDCP.  The fencing must be retained at the following setbacks:

HDCP Section 1B.6.1 (i).

Tree Root Zones

Trees with a diameter at breast height greater than 800mm

9m

Trees with a diameter at breast height between 400mm & 800mm

7m

Trees with a diameter at breast height less than 400mm

4m

 

b)         The tree fencing must be continuous and constructed of either 1.8 metre ‘cyclone chainmesh fence’ or star pickets spaced at 2 metre intervals, connected by a continuous high-visibility barrier/hazard mesh at a height of 1 metre.

c)         Once erected, the tree protection fencing must not be removed or altered without the prior approval of the Project Arborist.

d)         To avoid injury or damage, trees numbered 7, 12, 17, 18, 22, 38 and 39 must have their trunks protected by 2 metre lengths of 75mm x 25mm hardwood timbers spaced at 80mm and secured around the trunk with galvanised wire (not fixed or nailed to the tree).

e)         All Tree Protection Zones must have a layer of wood-chip mulch installed prior to works commencing and must be maintained throughout the period of construction at a depth of 150mm – 300mm using material that complies with Australian Standard AS 4454.

27.        Root Mapping

a)         Where any excavation is proposed within the TPZ of trees numbered 7, 12, 17, 18, 22, 38 and 39; root mapping must be undertaken to determine the presence, size and depth of the root system within this area of TPZ.  The roof mapping must be determined using non-destructive exploratory techniques.  Such as air knife, vacu-dig or by hand.

b)         Where tree roots are identified in the root mapping process that are required to be severed, all pruning must be undertaken as specified in Australian Standard AS 4970-2009 Sections 3.3.4, 4.5.4 and 4.5.5.

c)         Tree roots between 10mm and 30mm in diameter, severed during excavation, must be cut cleanly by hand by a qualified and experienced Arborist or horticulturalist with minimum qualifications of Horticultural Certificate or Tree Surgery Certificate (AQF 3).

d)         Excavation to facilitate the construction of the basement must be carried out at completion of root pruning as identified in the root mapping process conditions.

28.        Drilling/Boring to Install Underground Services

a)         The installation of any services within the nominated tree protection zone of any tree to be retained must utilised the thrust boring method.

b)         Thrust boring must be carried out so that ‘top of pipe’ is a minimum 600mm depth beneath existing ground level.

29.        Building Materials and Site Waste

The filling or stockpiling of building materials, the parking of vehicles or plant, the disposal of cement slurry, waste water or other contaminants must be located outside the tree protection zones as prescribed in the conditions of this consent or the prescriptive measures of Part 1B.6.1 Tree Preservation of the HDCP 2013 of any tree to be retained.

REQUIREMENTS DURING DEMOLITION AND CONSTRUCTION

30.        Construction Work Hours

All work on site (including demolition and earth works) must only occur between 7am and 5pm Monday to Saturday. No work is to be undertaken on Sundays or public holidays.

31.        Demolition

All demolition work must be carried out in accordance with “Australian Standard 2601-2001 – The Demolition of Structures” and the following requirements:

a)         Demolition material must be disposed of to an authorised recycling and/or waste disposal site and/or in accordance with an approved waste management plan;

b)         Demolition works, where asbestos material is being removed, must be undertaken by a contractor that holds an appropriate licence issued by WorkCover NSW in accordance with Chapter 10 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 2001 and Clause 29 of the Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2005 ;and

c)         On construction sites where buildings contain asbestos material, a standard commercially manufactured sign containing the words ‘DANGER ASBESTOS REMOVAL IN PROGRESS’ measuring not less than 400mm x 300mm must be erected in a prominent position visible from the street.

32.        Environmental Management

The site must be managed in accordance with the publication ‘Managing Urban Stormwater – Landcom (March 2004) and the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 by way of implementing appropriate measures to prevent sediment run-off, excessive dust, noise or odour emanating from the site during the construction of the development.

33.        Asbestos and Soil Contamination

Should the presence of asbestos or soil contamination, not recognised during the application process by identified during works, the applicant must immediately notify the principal certifying authority or Council.

34.        Street Sweeping

Street sweeping must be undertaken following sediment tracking from the site along Bouvardia Street during works and until the site is established.

The street cleaning services must undertake a street ‘scrub and dry’ method of service and not a dry sweeping service that may cause sediment tracking to spread or cause a dust nuisance.

35.        Council Property

During construction works, no building materials, waste, machinery or related matter is to be stored on the road or footpath.  The public reserve must be kept in a clean, tidy and safe condition at all times.

36.        Disturbance of Existing Site

During construction works, the existing ground levels of open space areas and natural landscape features, (including natural rock-outcrops, vegetation, soil and watercourses) must not be altered unless otherwise nominated on the approved plans.

37.        Landfill

Landfill must be constructed in accordance with Council’s ‘Construction Specification 2005’ and the following requirements:

a)         All fill material imported to the site is to wholly consist of Virgin Excavated Natural Material (VENM) as defined in Schedule 1 of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 or a material approved under the Department of Environment and Climate Change’s general resource recovery exemption.

b)         A compaction certificate is to be obtained from a geotechnical engineer verifying that the specified compaction requirements have been met.

38.        Excavated Material

All excavated material removed from the site must be classified in accordance with the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water NSW Waste Classification Guidelines prior to disposal to an approved waste management facility and reported to the principal certifying authority.

39.        Waste Management

Waste management during the demolition and construction phase of the development must be undertaken in accordance with the approved Waste Management Plan. Additionally written records of the following items must be maintained during the removal of any waste from the site and such information submitted to the Principal Certifying Authority within fourteen days of the date of completion of the works:

a)         The identity of the person removing the waste.

b)         The waste carrier vehicle registration.

c)         Date and time of waste collection.

d)         A description of the waste (type of waste and estimated quantity).

e)         Details of the site to which the waste is to be taken.

f)          The corresponding tip docket/receipt from the site to which the waste is transferred (noting date and time of delivery, description (type and quantity) of waste).

g)         Whether the waste is expected to be reused, recycled or go to landfill.

Note: In accordance with the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997, the definition of waste includes any unwanted substance, regardless of whether it is reused, recycled or disposed to landfill.

REQUIREMENTS PRIOR TO THE ISSUE OF AN OCCUPATION CERTIFICATE

Note:  For the purpose of this consent, a reference to ‘occupation certificate’ shall not be taken to mean an ‘interim occupation certificate’ unless otherwise stated.

40.        Fulfilment of BASIX Commitments

The applicant must demonstrate the fulfilment of BASIX commitments pertaining to the development.

41.        Sydney Water – s73 Certificate

An s73 Certificate must be obtained from Sydney Water.

Note:  Sydney Water requires that s73 applications are to be made through an authorised Sydney Water Servicing Coordinator.  Refer to www.sydneywater.com.au or telephone 13 20 92 for assistance.

42.        External Lighting

All external lighting must be designed and installed in accordance with Australian Standard AS 4282 – Control of the Obtrusive Effects of Outdoor Lighting.  Certification of compliance with the Standard must be obtained from a suitably qualified person.

43.        Unit Numbering

All units are to be numbered consecutively commencing at No.1. The strata plan lot number is to coincide with the unit number, e.g. unit 1 = lot 1. The allocation of unit numbering must be authorised by Council prior to the numbering of each unit in the development.

44.        Safety and Security

Prior to the issue of an Occupation Certificate, the site must include the following elements:

a)         An intercom system be installed at gate locations to ensure screening of persons entering the units;

b)         The entryway to the site be illuminated in high luminance at all times;

c)         The communal open space areas are to be illuminated with high luminance by motion sensor lighting;

d)         The service areas of the ground floor and the garbage room at the basement be illuminated with low luminance at all times;

e)         The driveway and the basement car park is to be illuminated with low luminance at all times;

f)          Robust materials which cannot be forced or breached with minimised maintenance requirements are to be used for construction work in the common areas;

g)         Effective signage be provided to guide visitors to the main areas and parking areas;

h)         A street sign be prominently displayed in front of the site in accordance with Order No. 8, Section 124 Local Government Act 1993;

i)          The communal area must include a clear sign to restrict access for non-residents;

j)          Unit numbers, entry and exit signs must be legible and clear;

k)         Fire exit doors to be fitted with single cylinder locksets (Australia New Zealand Standard – Locksets);

l)          The entry doors to the pedestrian foyers are to be constructed of safety rated glass to enable residents a clear line of site before entering or exiting the residential apartments;

m)        Security deadlocks are to be provided to each apartment door;

n)         Peep holes are to be provided to individual apartment doors to promote resident safety; and

o)         Residential parking spaces are to be secure spaces with access controlled by card or numeric pad.

45.        Garbage Collection Easement

For the purpose of waste collection, an easement entitling Council, its servants and agents and persons authorised by it to enter upon the subject land and to operate thereon, vehicles and other equipment for the purposes of garbage collection must be granted to Council by the owner of the land. 

Note:  The easement must be in a form prescribed by Council and must include covenants to the effect that parties will not be liable for any damage caused to the subject land or any part thereof or to any property located therein or thereon by reason of the operation thereon of any vehicle or other equipment used in connection with the collection of garbage and to the effect that the owner for the time being of the subject land shall indemnify the Council, its servants, agents and persons authorised by it to collect garbage against liability in respect of any such claims made by any person whomsoever.

46.        Stormwater Drainage

The stormwater drainage system for the development must be designed and constructed in accordance with Council’s Civil Works – Design and Construction Specification 2005 and the following requirements:

a)         Connected directly to the kerb line in Bouvardia Street.

47.        On-Site Stormwater Detention

An on-site stormwater detention (OSD) system and WSUD must be designed by a chartered civil engineer and constructed in accordance with the following requirements:

a)         The OSD is to have a capacity of not less than 35 cubic metres, and a maximum discharge (when full) of 32 litres per second.

b)         Have a surcharge/inspection grate located directly above the outlet.

c)         Discharge from the detention system to be controlled via 1 metre length of pipe, not less than 50 millimetres diameter or via a stainless plate with sharply drilled orifice bolted over the face of the outlet discharging into a larger diameter pipe capable of carrying the design flow to an approved Council system.

d)         Not be constructed in a location that would impact upon the visual or recreational amenity of residents.

48.        Internal Driveway/Vehicular Areas

The driveway and parking areas on site must be designed in accordance with Australian Standards 2890.1, 2890.2, 3727 and the following requirements:

a)         Design levels at the front boundary must be obtained from Council;

b)         The driveway must be a rigid pavement.

49.        Road Works

All road works approved under this consent must be constructed in accordance with Council’s Civil Works Design and Construction Specification 2005 and the following requirements:

a)         The existing kerb and gutter and footpath are to be removed and reconstructed

b)         The existing road pavement to be saw cut a minimum of 300 mm from the existing edge of the bitumen and reconstructed.

c)         No works is to commence within the road reserve of Bouvardia St until such time as an approval under Sec138 of the Roads Act is issued by Hornsby Shire Council.

50.        Damage to Council Assets

Any damage caused to Council’s assets as a result of the construction or demolition of the development must be rectified in accordance with Council’s Civil Works Specifications.  Council’s Restorations Supervision must be notified for a formwork inspection prior to pouring concrete.

51.        Certification of Water Saving Urban Design

Prior to the issue of an Occupation Certificate a certificate from a practising civil engineer is required certifying that the constructed Water Saving Urban Design measures will achieve the water saving targets contained within Councils DCP.

52.        Creation of Easements

The following matter(s) must be created on the title of the property in accordance with the Conveyancing Act 1919:

a)         The creation of an appropriate "Positive Covenant" and "Restriction as to User" over the constructed on-site detention/WSUD systems and outlet works, within the lots in favour of Council in accordance with Council’s prescribed wording.  The position of the on-site detention system is to be clearly indicated on the title.

b)         To register the OSD and WSUD easement, the restriction on the use of land “works-as-executed” details of the on-site-detention and WSUD systems must be submitted verifying that the required storage and discharge rates have been constructed in accordance with the design requirements.  The details must show the invert levels of the on-site system together with pipe sizes and grades.  Any variations to the approved plans must be shown in red on the “works-as-executed” plan and supported by calculations.

Note:  Council must be nominated as the authority to release, vary or modify any easement, restriction or covenant.

53.        Waste Management Details

The following waste management requirements must be complied with:

a)         Prior to an Occupation Certificate being issued or the use commencing, whichever is earlier, the Principal Certifying Authority must obtain Council’s approval of the waste and recycling management facilities provided in the development and ensure arrangements are in place for domestic waste collection by Council.

Note:  Waste and recycling management facilities includes everything required for on-going waste management on the site.  For example, the garbage chute system, volume handling equipment, bin lifter, motorised bin trolley or similar, recycling bin storage on each residential level, bin storage areas, bulky waste storage area, bin collection area, waste collection vehicle access, doors wide enough to fit the bin through, etc.

b)         The garbage room at the basement level must include water or a hose for cleaning, graded floors with drainage to sewer, robust doors, sealed and impervious surface, adequate lighting and ventilation, and must be lockable. The waste facility rooms/cupboards at each residential level must include sealed and impervious surface, adequate lighting and ventilation.

c)         A report must be prepared by an appropriately qualified person, certifying the following:

i)          A comparison of the estimated quantities of each waste type against the actual quantities of each waste type.

Note: Explanations of any deviations to the approved Waste Management Plan is required to be included in this report.

ii)          That at least 60% of the waste generated during the demolition and construction phase of the development was reused or recycled.

Note: If the 60% diversion from landfill cannot be achieved in the Construction Stage, the Report is to include the reasons why this occurred and certify that appropriate work practices were employed to implement the approved Waste Management Plan. The Report must be based on documentary evidence such as tipping dockets/receipts from recycling depots, transfer stations and landfills, audits of procedures etc. which are to be attached to the report.

iii)         All waste was taken to site(s) that were lawfully permitted to accept that waste.

d)         Each unit must be provided with an indoor waste/recycling cupboard for the interim storage of a minimum one day’s waste generation with separate containers for general waste and recyclable materials.

e)         Space must be provided for either individual compost containers for each unit or a communal compost container.

Note: The location of the compost containers should have regard for potential amenity impacts.

f)          A bulky waste storage area of at least 8m2 is to be identified and marked with paint and signage.

g)         The bin carting routes must be devoid of any steps.

Note: Ramps between different levels are acceptable.

h)         Access to the automatic waste volume handling equipment by unauthorised persons (including residents and waste collectors) must be prevented.

Note: Caging of the automatic volume handling equipment is acceptable.

i)          Motorised bin carting equipment is to be provided to assist the site caretaker in the safe transfer of bins between the basement and ground levels.

54.        Retaining Walls

All required retaining walls must be constructed as part of the development.

55.        Planter Boxes/On Slab Planting

On slab planter boxes must include waterproofing, subsoil drainage (proprietary drainage cell, 50mm sand and filter fabric) automatic irrigation, minimum 500mm planting soil for shrubs and minimum 1000mm planting soil for trees and palms and 75mm mulch.

56.        On-Site Detention (OSD) and Rainwater Tanks

The OSD is to be concealed beneath pavement and/or designed to achieve planting over.  Any above OSD planter requires waterproofing, subsoil drainage, irrigation, and a minimum 300mm planting soil for grasses and groundcovers, 500mm for shrubs, plus 75mm mulch.  Rainwater tanks are to be relocated to ensure they do not impact on existing trees to be retained or limit planting at the boundary as proposed in the landscape plan.

57.        Compensatory Planting – Front Setback and Public Verge

Additional planting is required within the front setback to include 2 x native trees, such as Angophora costata (Red Gum) and/or Syncarpia glomulifera (Syncarpia), installed at no smaller pot size than 25 litre.

Street tree plantings of 2 x Tristaniopsis laurina ‘Luscious’ (Water Gum) is required to the front verge, 200 litre pot size, in mulch beds with staking and ties for a period of establishment.

58.        Provision for National Broadband Network (NBN)

Provision must be made for fibre ready passive infrastructure (pits and pipes) generally in accordance with NBN Co.’s pit and pipe installation guidelines to service the proposed development.  A certificate from NBN Co or the provider must be submitted to the PCA that the fibre optic cabling provided for the development complies with MDU Building Design Guides for Development.

59.        Boundary Fencing

Fencing must be erected along all property boundaries behind the front building alignment to a height of 1.8 metres.

Note:  Alternative fencing may be erected subject to the written consent of the adjoining property owner(s).

60.        Completion of Landscaping

A certificate must be provided by a practicing landscape architect, horticulturalist or person with similar qualifications and experience certifying that all required landscaping works have been satisfactorily completed in accordance with the approved landscape plans.

Note:  Applicants are advised to pre-order plant material required in pot sizes 45 litre or larger to ensure Nurseries have stock available at the time of install.

61.        Final Certification - Arborist

Where works have been undertaken within the Tree Root Zone of a tree the Project Arborist must assess the condition of tree(s) and the growing environment and make recommendations for, and carry out remedial actions where necessary.

Following the final inspection and the completion of any remedial works, the Project Arborist must submit to the Principal Certifying Authority documentation stating that the completed works have been carried out in compliance with the approved plans and specifications for tree protection as above and AS 4970-2009, and relevant conditions of consent.

62.        Consolidation of Allotments

All allotments in the subject of this consent must be consolidated into one allotment.

Note:  The applicant is recommended to submit the plan of subdivision to consolidate allotments to the NSW Departments of Lands at least 4-6 weeks prior to seeking an occupation certificate.

OPERATIONAL CONDITIONS

63.        Noise

All noise generated by the proposed development must be attenuated to prevent levels of noise being emitted to adjacent premises which possess tonal, beating and similar characteristics or which exceeds background noise levels by more than 5dB(A).

64.        Fire Safety Statement - Annual

On at least one occasion in every 12 month period following the date of the first ‘Fire Safety Certificate’ issued for the property, the owner must provide Council with an annual ‘Fire Safety Certificate’ to each essential service installed in the building.

65.        Landscape Establishment

The landscape works must be maintained into the future to ensure the establishment and successful growth of plant material to meet the intent of the landscape design.  This must include but not be limited to watering, weeding, replacement of failed plant material and promoting the growth of plants through standard industry practices.

66.        Waste Management

A site caretaker must be employed and be responsible for moving bins where and when necessary, washing bins and maintaining waste storage areas, ensuring the chute system and related devices are maintained in effective and efficient working order, managing the communal composting area, managing the bulky item storage area, arranging the prompt removal of dumped rubbish, and ensuring cars do not park in the loading bay and that all residents are informed of the use of the waste management system.

67.        Car Parking

All car parking must be constructed and operated in accordance with Australian Standard AS/NZS 2890.1:2004 – Off-street car parking and Australian Standard AS 2890.2:2002 – Off-street commercial vehicle facilities as follows:

a)         All parking areas and driveways are to be sealed to an all-weather standard, line marked and signposted;

b)         Car parking, loading and manoeuvring areas to be used solely for nominated purposes;

c)         Vehicles awaiting loading, unloading or servicing shall be parked on site and not on adjacent or nearby public roads; and

d)         All vehicular entry on to the site and egress from the site shall be made in a forward direction.

68.        Rooftop Seating

No additional seating is permitted on the rooftop level, other than what is shown on the approved plans.

69.        Sight Distance to Pedestrians and Cyclists

Any proposed landscaping and/or fencing must not restrict sight distance to pedestrians and cyclists travelling along the footpath.

70.        Residential Parking Spaces

Residential parking spaces are to be secure spaces with access controlled by card or numeric pad.

71.        Visitors Access

Visitors must be able to access the visitor parking spaces in the basement car park at all times.

72.        Parking for People with Disabilities

All parking for people with disabilities is to comply with AS/NZS 2890.6:2009 Off-street parking for people with disabilities.  In particular note that clearance height 2500 min. is to be maintained from entry to parking space.  Refer to Figure 2.7 of AS/NZS 2890.6:2009.

73.        Bicycle Parking Spaces

Bicycle parking spaces are to be designed in accordance with AS 2890.3-1993 Bicycle parking facilities.

74.        Motorcycle Parking Spaces

Motorcycle parking spaces are to be designed in accordance with AS 2890.5-1993.

- END OF CONDITIONS -

ADVISORY NOTES

The following information is provided for your assistance to ensure compliance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000, other relevant legislation and Council’s policies and specifications.  This information does not form part of the conditions of development consent pursuant to Section 80a of the Act.

Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 Requirements

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 requires:

·              The issue of a construction certificate prior to the commencement of any works.  Enquiries can be made to Council’s Customer Services Branch on 9847 6760.

·              A principal certifying authority to be nominated and Council notified of that appointment prior to the commencement of any works.

·              Council to be given at least two days written notice prior to the commencement of any works.

·              Mandatory inspections of nominated stages of the construction inspected.

·              An occupation certificate to be issued before occupying any building or commencing the use of the land.

Long Service Levy

In accordance with Section 34 of the Building and Construction Industry Long Service Payments Act 1986, a ‘Long Service Levy’ must be paid to the Long Service Payments Corporation or Hornsby Council.

Note:  The rate of the Long Service Levy is 0.35% of the total cost of the work.

Note:  Hornsby Council requires the payment of the Long Service Levy prior to the issue of a construction certificate.

Tree and Vegetation Preservation

In accordance with Clause 5.9 of the Hornsby Local Environmental Plan 2013 a person must not ringbark, cut down, top, lop, remove, injure or wilfully destroy any tree or other vegetation protected under the Hornsby Development Control Plan 2013 without the authority conferred by a development consent or a permit granted by Council.

Notes:  A tree is defined as a long lived, woody perennial plant with one or relatively few main stems with the potential to grow to a height greater than three metres (3M).  (HDCP 1B.6.1.c).

Tree protection measures and distances are determined using the Australian Standard AS 4970:2009, “Protection of Trees on Development Sites”.

Fines may be imposed for non-compliance with both the Hornsby Local Environmental Plan 2013 and the Hornsby Development Control Plan 2013.

Disability Discrimination Act

The applicant’s attention is drawn to the existence of the Disability Discrimination Act.  A construction certificate is required to be obtained for the proposed building/s, which will provide consideration under the Building Code of Australia, however, the development may not comply with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act.  This is the sole responsibility of the applicant.

Covenants

The land upon which the subject building is to be constructed may be affected by restrictive covenants.  Council issues this approval without enquiry as to whether any restrictive covenant affecting the land would be breached by the construction of the building, the subject of this consent.  Applicants must rely on their own enquiries as to whether or not the building breaches any such covenant.

Dial Before You Dig

Prior to commencing any works, the applicant is encouraged to contact Dial Before You Dig on 1100 or www.dialbeforeyoudig.com.au for free information on potential underground pipes and cables within the vicinity of the development site.

Telecommunications Act 1997 (Commonwealth)

If you are aware of any works or proposed works which may affect or impact on Telstra’s assets in any way, you are required to contact: Telstra’s Network Integrity Team on Phone Number 1800810443.

House Numbering

House numbering can only be authorised by Council.  Before proceeding to number each premise in the development, the allocation of numbers is required to be obtained from Council's Planning Division prior to the issue of a Subdivision Certificate.  The authorised numbers are required to comply with Council’s Property Numbering Policy and be displayed in a clear manner at or near the main entrance to each premise.

Subdivision Certificate Requirements

A subdivision certificate application is required to be lodged with Council containing the following information:

·              A surveyor’s certificate certifying that all structures within the subject land comply with the development consent in regard to the setbacks from the new boundaries.

·              A surveyor’s certificate certifying that all services, drainage lines or access are located wholly within the property boundaries.  Where services encroach over the new boundaries, easements are to be created.

·              Certification that the requirements of relevant utility authorities have been met.

·              A surveyor’s certificate certifying finished ground levels are in accordance with the approved plans.

Note:  Council will not issue a subdivision certificate until all conditions of the development consent have been completed.

 


 

Group Manager’s Report No. PL86/15

Planning Division

Date of Meeting: 11/11/2015

 

12      DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION - FIVE STOREY RESIDENTIAL FLAT BUILDING COMPRISING 24 UNITS - 139-141 JERSEY STREET NORTH, ASQUITH   

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

DA No:

DA/1275/2013 (Lodged on 18 November 2013) 

Description:

Demolition of existing structures and construction of a five storey residential flat building comprising 24 units

Property:

Lot 19 and 20 DP 23965, Nos. 139-141 Jersey Street North, Asquith

Applicant:

Brayside Group Pty Ltd

Owner:

Brayside Group Pty Ltd

Estimated Value:

$6,052,386

Ward:

A

·              The application proposes demolition of existing structures and construction of a five storey residential flat building containing 24 units and basement car park. 

·              The proposal generally complies with the Hornsby Local Environmental Plan 2013, State Environmental Planning Policy No. 65 – Design Quality Residential Flat Development, and is generally in accordance with the Residential Flat Design Code and the Hornsby Development Control Plan 2013.

·              One submission has been received in respect of the application.

·              It is recommended that the application be approved as a deferred commencement to satisfy the concurrence requirements of Sydney Trains. 

 

RECOMMENDATION

THAT Development Application No. DA/1275/2013 for demolition of existing structures and construction of a five storey residential flat building comprising 24 units at Lot 19 and 20 DP 23965, Nos.139-141 Jersey Street North, Asquith be approved as a deferred commencement pursuant to Section 80(3) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 subject to the conditions of consent detailed in Schedule 1 of Group Manager’s Report No. PL86/15.

 


BACKGROUND

The subject land was rezoned from Residential A (Low Density) to R4 (High Density Residential) on 2 September 2011 as part of Council’s Housing Strategy.

The application was submitted on 18 November 2013.

On 5 February 2014, Council advised the applicant of significant concerns with the proposal in relation to the potential isolation of adjacent sites, building design, setbacks and driveway design.

On 20 February 2014, Council met with the applicant and it was agreed that Council ‘stop the clock’ on the assessment of the application to provide an opportunity to resolve the significant issues raised.

On 30 June 2014, Council requested the application be withdrawn as no amended plans or documents had been provided by the applicant.

On 3 July 2014, Council was advised that the property was sold to a new developer and they requested additional time to address the matters raised in February 2014.

From July to December 2014, the new applicant addressed the isolated site issue raised by making offers to the adjacent landowners.

From March to June 2015, the new applicant submitted concept plans for discussion purposes.

On 5 August 2015, the applicant formally lodged amended plans for assessment.

SITE

The site comprises two allotments, Nos. 139 and 141 Jersey Street North, Asquith.  The site is an irregular shaped parcel of land of 1,700.9m2 with a 45.15 metre frontage to Jersey Street North.  The site is located on the north western side of Jersey Street North, opposite the railway corridor and in close proximity to the BP Service Station. 

The site contains two dwelling-houses with associated access arrangements and landscaping.  The site experiences a minor fall from west to east across the lot with an average grade of 5%.  The site contains a number of exotic, native and locally indigenous trees.

The site forms part of the Housing Strategy ‘Jersey Street Nth, Asquith Precinct’ within the Hornsby Development Control Plan 2013.

The adjacent land to the southwest, being Nos. 135 to 137 Jersey Street North is subject to an approved 5 storey residential flat building pursuant to DA/1416/2013.  The adjacent land to the north-west fronting Peats Ferry Road is zoned for 5 storey apartment buildings and currently comprises low density dwelling houses.  The eastern corner of the site adjoins a Service Station.

The site is located within walking distance of Asquith Train Station, which is approximately 300 metres north of the site.

PROPOSAL

The proposal is for the demolition of existing structures and construction of a five storey residential flat building comprising 24 units and two levels of basement car park accommodating 32 cars.  Vehicle access to the site is proposed via a driveway off Jersey Street North along the south western boundary.

The proposed units include 6 x 1 bedroom, 12 x 2 bedroom and 6 x 3 bedroom units.  The building is arranged into two pavilions, with a central pedestrian access and lift core serving a maximum of 5 units per floor. 

Landscaped areas are proposed along the property boundaries.  A garbage collection room is proposed in the basement.

ASSESSMENT

The development application has been assessed having regard to ‘A Plan for Growing Sydney’, the ‘North Subregion (Draft) Subregional Strategy’ and the matters for consideration prescribed under Section 79C of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (the Act).  The following issues have been identified for further consideration.

1.         STRATEGIC CONTEXT

1.1        A Plan for Growing Sydney and (Draft) North Subregional Strategy

A Plan for Growing Sydney has been prepared by the NSW State Government to guide land use planning decisions for the next 20 years.  The Plan sets a strategy for accommodating Sydney’s future population growth and identifies the need to deliver 689,000 new jobs and 664,000 new homes by 2031.  The Plan identifies that the most suitable areas for new housing are in locations close to jobs, public transport, community facilities and services.

The NSW Government will use the subregional planning process to define objectives and set goals for job creation, housing supply and choice in each subregion.  Hornsby Shire has been grouped with Hunters Hill, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, Manly, Mosman, North Sydney, Pittwater, Ryde, Warringah and Willoughby to form the North Subregion.  The Draft North Subregional Strategy will be reviewed and the Government will set housing targets and monitor supply to ensure planning controls are in place to stimulate housing development.

The proposed development would be consistent with ‘A Plan for Growing Sydney’, by providing additional dwellings and would contribute to housing choice in the locality.

2.         STATUTORY CONTROLS

Section 79C(1)(a) requires Council to consider “any relevant environmental planning instruments, draft environmental planning instruments, development control plans, planning agreements and regulations”.

2.1        Hornsby Local Environmental Plan 2013

The proposed development has been assessed having regard to the provisions of the Hornsby Local Environmental Plan 2013 (HLEP).

2.1.1     Zoning of Land and Permissibility

The subject land is zoned R4 (High Density Residential) under the HLEP.  The objectives of the R4 zone are:

(a)        To provide for the housing needs of the community within a high density residential environment.

(b)        To promote a variety of housing types within a high density residential environment.

(c)        To enable other land uses that provide facilities or services to meet the day to day needs of residents.

The proposed development is defined as a “Residential flat building” under the HLEP, complies with the zone objectives and is permissible in the zone with Council’s consent.

2.1.2     Height of Buildings

Clause 4.3 of the HLEP provides that the height of a building on any land should not exceed the maximum height shown for the land on the Height of Buildings Map.  The maximum permissible height for the subject site is 17.5 metres.  The proposal complies with this provision.

2.1.3     Earthworks

Clause 6.2 of the HLEP states that consent is required for proposed earthworks on site.  Before granting consent for earthworks, Council is required to assess the impacts of the works on adjoining properties, drainage patterns and soil stability of the locality.

Council’s assessment of the proposed earthworks and excavation concludes that the proposal is satisfactory subject to conditions regarding submission of a dilapidation report assessing the impact of the excavation on the adjoining properties.

2.2        State Environmental Planning Policy No. 55 – Remediation of Land

State Environmental Planning Policy No. 55 (SEPP 55) requires that consent must not be granted to the carrying out of any development on land unless it has considered whether the land is contaminated or requires remediation for the proposed use.

The site has been used for residential purposes and is unlikely to be contaminated.  Further assessment in this regard is not required.

2.3        State Environmental Planning Policy (Building Sustainability Index – BASIX) 2004

The application has been assessed against the requirements of State Environmental Planning Policy (Building Sustainability Index – BASIX) 2004.  The proposal includes a BASIX Certificate for the proposed units and is considered to be satisfactory.

2.4        State Environmental Planning Policy No. 32 – Urban Consolidation (Redevelopment of Urban Land)

The application has been assessed against the requirements of SEPP 32, which requires Council to implement the aims and objectives of this Policy to the fullest extent practical when considering development applications relating to redevelopment of urban land.  The application complies with the objectives of the Policy as it would promote the social and economic welfare of the locality and would result in the orderly and economic use of under-utilised land within the Shire.

2.5        State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007

The application has been assessed against the requirements of State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007. This Policy contains State-wide planning controls for developments adjoining rail corridors and busy roads. The development is located immediately adjacent to a classified road corridor (Pacific Highway) and within 40 metres of a Railway corridor.  The following matters are required to be considered pursuant to the SEPP.

2.5.1     Excavation Adjacent to Rail Corridors

Clause 86 of SEPP Infrastructure applies to development that involves the penetration of ground to a depth of at least 2 metres within 25 metres of a rail corridor.  Sydney Trains was consulted and advised that the application involves excavation approximately 24 metres from the rail corridor and therefore requires concurrence from RailCorp.  RailCorp has provided deferred commencement conditions that are included in the report recommendations.

2.5.2     Impact of Rail Noise

Clause 87 of SEPP Infrastructure applies to development that is adjacent to a railway corridor.  While the property does not immediately adjoin the corridor, the applicant has submitted an acoustic assessment report that takes into consideration noise from the train line.  The report recommends measures to reduce noise impact on the internal occupants. 

2.5.3     Impact of Road Noise

Assessment of the impact of road noise on a residential use is required pursuant to Clause 102 of SEPP Infrastructure where a development fronts a road with an annual average daily traffic volume of more than 40,000 vehicles.  The average daily traffic volume on Peats Ferry Road in the vicinity of the site does not exceed 40,000 vehicles and therefore, this clause does not apply to the proposal.  Notwithstanding, the Noise Assessment submitted with the application demonstrates that the development is capable to achieving reasonable amenity and acoustic privacy. The application was referred to the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) who has not raised any concerns in this regard.

2.5.4     Traffic Generating Developments

The development is not classified as a Traffic Generating Development in accordance with Clause 104 and Schedule 3 of SEPP (Infrastructure) as it would not result in more than 75 dwellings fronting a classified road.  The RMS has provided consent conditions for the development in accordance with its concurrence role under the Roads Act.

2.6        State Environmental Planning Policy No. 65 – Design Quality of Residential Flat Development

The Policy provides for design principles to improve the design quality of residential flat development and for consistency in planning controls across the State.

2.6.1     State Environmental Planning Policy No. 65 – Design Quality of Residential Flat Development – Amendment No. 3

SEPP 65 was amended on 19 June 2015 following review of the policy by the Department of Planning and Environment.  The amendments replace the Residential Flat Design Guidelines with the Apartment Design Guide which prevails in the event of any inconsistency with a Development Control Plan. The amendments include objectives to meet housing and population targets, affordable housing and to facilitate timely and efficient assessment of development applications.  The amendments make further provision for design review panels; include additional provisions for the determination of development application and for standards for ceiling height, apartment area and car parking, which cannot be used as grounds for refusal of development consent.

Clause 31 (Transitional provisions for SEPP 65 – Amendment No. 3) states that “If a development application or an application for the modification of a development consent has been made before the notification on the NSW legislation website of the making of State Environmental Planning Policy No 65—Design Quality of Residential Flat Development (Amendment No. 3) and the application has not been finally determined before the commencement of that amendment, the application must be determined as if the amendment had not commenced.”

Pursuant to the above provision, this amendment does not apply to the subject application and the previous version (Amendment 2) of the SEPP is required to be considered. 

The applicant has submitted a “Design Verification Statement” prepared by a qualified Architect stating how the proposed development achieves the design principles of SEPP 65. The design principles of SEPP 65 and the submitted design verification statement are addressed in the following table.

Principle

Compliance

1.         CONTEXT

Yes

Comment: The site is located within a precinct planned for five storey residential flat buildings in close proximity to Asquith Railway Station and the Asquith commercial centre. The proposal responds to the desired future character of the precinct as envisaged by Council for residential flat buildings in landscaped settings with underground car parking.

The site is located near the northern end of the Jersey Street North precinct where the allotments are becoming progressively narrower.  The site has a long frontage to Jersey Street North that complies with the minimum site width control, however, the development site and the properties to the rear are relatively narrow.  The preferred site amalgamation pattern would be for the development site to be amalgamated with the land to the rear to provide for greater lot depth to facilitate a more compliant development scheme.  The applicant has attempted to amalgamate the site with the land to the rear and has not been successful.  The applicant has also demonstrated that the development potential of the adjoining land would not be necessarily thwarted by the proposed development, albeit reduced.

Once the development of the precinct is completed, the proposal would integrate with the surrounding sites and would be in keeping with the future urban form.  The proposed building would contribute to the identity and future character of the precinct.

2.         SCALE

Yes

Comment: The scale of the development is in accordance with the height control and front setbacks for the precinct prescribed within the Hornsby DCP.  As the site is an unusual shape, to facilitate a redevelopment on this site, the development does not comply with the rear setback controls in the Hornsby DCP but does comply with the separations in the Residential Flat Design Code.  As a result of the elongated and narrow shape of the allotment, the building is 40 metres wide which exceeds the maximum floorplate of 35 metres prescribed within the DCP, but provides for greater side setbacks.  The development achieves a scale consistent with the desired outcome for well-articulated buildings that are set back to incorporate landscaping, open space and separation between buildings.

3.         BUILT FORM

Yes

Comment: The proposed building achieves an appropriate built form for the site and its purpose, in terms of building alignments, proportions, and the manipulation of building elements.  The building would appropriately contribute to the character of the desired future streetscape and includes articulation to minimise the perceived scale.

The proposed materials and finishes would add to the visual interest of the development. Flat roof forms have been adopted with an increased top storey setback on the external facades to minimise bulk and height of the building as required by the Hornsby DCP. 

4.         DENSITY

Yes

Comment: The HLEP does not incorporate floor space ratio requirements for the site. The density of the development is governed by the height of the building and the required setbacks.  The development does not comply with the rear setback control in the Hornsby DCP. However, the overall unit density achieved on this site remains relatively low in comparison with other approved 5 storey developments.  The proposed density is considered to be sustainable as it responds to the regional context, availability of infrastructure, public transport, community facilities and environmental quality and is acceptable in terms of density.

5.         RESOURCE, ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENCY

Yes

Comment: The applicant has submitted a BASIX Certificate for the proposed development. In achieving the required BASIX targets for sustainable water use, thermal comfort and energy efficiency, the proposed development would achieve efficient use of natural resources, energy and water throughout its full life cycle, including demolition and construction.

6.         LANDSCAPE

Yes

Comment: The application includes a landscape concept plan which provides landscaping along the street frontages, side and rear boundaries.

Large trees are proposed along the street frontages intercepted by shrubs and hedges which would soften the appearance of the development when viewed from the streets.  Deep soil areas that incorporate canopy trees are provided around the building envelope which would enhance the development’s natural environmental performance and provide an appropriate landscaped setting. 

7.         AMENITY

Yes

Comment: The proposed units are designed with appropriate room dimensions and layout to maximise amenity for future residents.  The proposal incorporates good design in terms of achieving natural ventilation, solar access and acoustic privacy.  All units incorporate balconies accessible from living areas and privacy has been achieved through appropriate design and orientation of balconies and living areas. Storage areas have been provided within each unit and in the basement levels. The proposal would provide convenient and safe access via a central lift connecting the basement and all other levels. 

8.         SAFETY AND SECURITY

Yes

Comment: The design orientates the balconies and windows of individual apartments towards the street, rear and side boundaries, providing passive surveillance of the public domain and communal open space areas.  Both the pedestrian and vehicular entry points are secured and visibly prominent from Jersey Street North. 

The proposal includes an assessment of the development against crime prevention controls in the Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE).  The SEE has regard to Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Principles (CPTED) and includes details of surveillance, access control, territorial reinforcement and space management such as artificial lighting in public places; attractive landscaping whilst maintaining clear sight lines; security coded door lock or swipe card entry; physical or symbolic barriers to attract, channel or restrict the movement of people; security controlled access to basement car park; intercom access for pedestrians; and security cameras located at the entrance of the building.  Appropriate conditions of consent are recommended to require compliance with the above matters.

9.         SOCIAL DIMENSIONS AND HOUSING AFFORDABILITY

Yes

Comment: The proposal incorporates a range of unit sizes to cater for different budgets and housing needs.  The development complies with the housing choice requirements of the Hornsby DCP by providing a component of adaptable housing and a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom dwellings. The proposal responds to the social context in terms of providing a range of dwelling sizes with good access to social facilities and services as the site is located in close proximity to Asquith Railway Station and shops. 

10.        AESTHETICS

Yes

Comment: The architectural treatment of the building incorporates indentations and projections in the exterior walls with balcony projections to articulate the facades. The roof is low pitched to minimise building height and incorporates eaves which would cast shadows across the top storey wall.  The articulation of the building, composition of building elements, textures, materials and colours would achieve a built form generally consistent with the design principles contained within the Residential Flat Design Code and the Hornsby DCP. 

2.7        State Environmental Planning Policy No. 65 – Residential Flat Design Code

SEPP 65 also requires consideration of the Residential Flat Design Code, NSW Planning Department 2002. The Code includes development controls and best practice benchmarks for achieving the design principles of SEPP 65. The following table sets out the proposal’s compliance with the Code:

Residential Flat Design Code

Control

Proposal

Requirement

Compliance

Deep Soil Zone

41%

25%

Yes

Communal Open Space

48%

25-30%

Yes

Ground Level Private Open Space

13-72m2

 

Min Dimension 2m      

25m2

 

Min Dimension 4m

No

 

No

Minimum Dwelling Size

1 br – 52m2 to 62m2

2 br – 76m2  to 100m2

3 br – 106m2 to 110m2

1 br – 50m2

2 br – 70m2

3 br – 95m2

Yes

Yes

Yes

Maximum Kitchen Distance

8-9m

(3/ 24 units)

8m

No -minor

Minimum Balcony Depth

2m

2m

Yes

Minimum Ceiling Height

2.7m

2.7m

Yes

Total Storage Area

1 bed - 6m3 (Min)

2 bed - 8m3 (Min)

3 bed - 10m3 (Min)

 

14/24 units have internal storage less than the 50% required

1 bed - 6m3 (Min)

2 bed - 8m3 (Min)

3 bed - 10m3 (Min)

 

50% accessible from the apartments

Yes

 

 

 

No - minor

Dual Aspect and Cross Ventilation

67%

60%

Yes

Adaptable Housing

20%

10%

Yes

As detailed in the above table, the proposed development complies with the prescriptive measures within the Residential Flat Design Code (RFDC) other than ground floor private open space areas and apartment layout.  Below is a brief discussion regarding the relevant development controls and best practice guidelines.

2.7.1     Ground Floor Apartments and Private Open Space

The proposal does not comply with the Code’s best practice for the 4 metre minimum width dimension for ground floor open spaces and all of the ground floor units do not comply with the minimum 25m² area requirement.  However, the proposed ground floor open space areas are appropriate for the respective ground floor units in respect to dwelling size, unit configuration and amenity.

Furthermore, the private open space areas have been designed in accordance with the requirements of Council’s HDCP.  The HDCP requires that the deep soil area within the setbacks of the development should be retained as communal open space.  The objective of this control is to provide a landscape setting to the development.  As such, the numerical non-compliance is considered minor and is acceptable.

2.7.2     Apartment Layout

The proposed architectural composition of the building includes a mix of single aspect and corner units including one, two and three bedroom apartments.

The RFDC “Better Design Practice” guidelines indicates minimum unit sizes required to achieve high quality apartments.  The proposed development provides 37% of units with an internal area that complies with the high quality control.  All of the units exceed the minimum requirement for affordable housing.  The development provides an appropriate mix of unit types and sizes.

The RFDC requires that the back of a kitchen should be no greater than 8m from a window.  Of the 24 units proposed, 3 units contain kitchens where the back wall is marginally greater than 8m from a window. These units offer an open layout with natural ventilation and accordingly, the minor non-compliance is acceptable with respect to residential amenity.

The proposed apartment layouts are functional and satisfy the RFDC objectives for internal privacy, access to sunlight, natural ventilation, acoustic privacy and adequate storage.  It is considered that the apartment layout and mix achieve the intent of the best practice requirements of the RFDC and is acceptable in this regard.

2.7.3     Internal Circulation

The proposed development includes access to all floors via a centrally located lift.  The internal corridors meet the Code’s requirements for the number of units accessed and design for amenity.  The proposal is acceptable with respect to the accessibility requirements of the RFDC.

2.7.4     Acoustic Privacy

The internal layout of the residential units is designed such that noise generating areas would adjoin each other wherever possible.  Circulation zones, communal services or fire stairs would act as a buffer between units.  Bedrooms and service areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and laundries would be grouped together wherever possible.  As the site is in proximity to Jersey Street North and the Railway Corridor, the application includes an acoustic report recommending acoustic mitigation measures to comply with the acoustic aims of SEPP Infrastructure.  The consent conditions require the installation of acoustic attenuation measures to achieve the standards in the SEPP.  The proposal is consistent with the RFDC for acoustic privacy.

2.7.5     Storage

Each of the units is provided with storage within the units and the basement to comply with the total minimum amount required in accordance with the RFDC.  The storage provided within some of the units is marginally less than required by the RFDC, and this is proposed to be addressed as a condition of development consent. 

2.8        Sydney Regional Environmental Plan No. 20 – Hawkesbury – Nepean River

The site is located within the catchment of the Hawkesbury Nepean River.  Part 2 of this Plan contains general planning considerations and strategies requiring Council to consider the impacts of development on water quality, aquaculture, recreation and tourism.

Subject to the implementation of sediment and erosion control measures and stormwater management to protect water quality, the proposal would comply with the requirements of the Policy.

2.9        Clause 74BA Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979 - Purpose and Status of Development Control Plans

Clause 74BA of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979 states that a DCP provision will have no effect if it prevents or unreasonably restricts development that is otherwise permitted and complies with the development standards in relevant Local Environmental Plans and State Environmental Planning Policies. 

The principal purpose of a development control plan is to provide guidance on the aims of any environmental planning instrument that applies to the development; facilitate development that is permissible under any such instrument; and achieve the objectives of land zones.  The provisions contained in a DCP are not statutory requirements and are for guidance purposes only.  Consent authorities have flexibility to consider innovative solutions when assessing development proposals, to assist achieve good planning outcomes.

2.10      Hornsby Development Control Plan 2013

The proposed development has been assessed having regard to the relevant desired outcomes and prescriptive requirements within the Hornsby Development Control Plan 2013 (HDCP).  The following table sets out the proposal’s compliance with the prescriptive requirements of the Plan:

Hornsby Development Control Plan 2013

Control

Proposal

Requirement

Compliance

Site Width

45m

30m

Yes

Height

5 storeys – 16.6m

5 storeys – 17.5m

Yes

Lowest Residential Floor Above Ground

0.8m

1.5m

Yes

Maximum Floorplate Dimension

40.5m

35m

No

Building Indentation

4m x 4m (front and rear)

4m x 4m

Yes

Height of Basement Above Ground

0.8m

1m (max)

Yes

Front Setback – Jersey Street Nth

10m

15m at 8m (38%) 

7m balconies

10m

8m < 1/3 frontage

7m balconies

Yes

No - minor

Yes

Rear Setback

8m

11m at 6m (28%)

6m balconies

10m

8m < 1/3 frontage

7m balconies

No

No

No

Side Setback – NE

6m

4m < 1/3 build

6m

4m < 1/3 build

Yes

Yes

Side Setback - SW

6m

Nil less than 6m

6m

4m < 1/3 build

Yes

Yes

Top Storey Setback from Ground Floor

Setback varies from 1m to 3m.  There is no setback adjacent to the 4m x4m indents or at the fire stairs. 

3m

No

Underground Parking Setback

4m to 7m-front

6m-rear

4m - 8m-side (NE)

2m-side (SW)

7m-front

7m-rear

4m-side (east)

4m-side (west)

No

No

Yes

Yes (ramp)

Basement Ramp Setback

2m

2m

Yes

Deep Soil Landscaped Areas

4m to 7m-front

4m to 6m-rear

4m - 8m-side (NE)

2m - 4m-side (SW)

7m-front

7m-rear

4m-side

4m-side

No

No

Yes

Yes

Private Open Space

1 br units – 13m² to 19m2

2 br units – 12m² to 72m2

3 br units – 19m² to 20m2

1 br units – 10m²

2 br units – 12m²

3 br units – 16m²

Yes

Yes

Yes

Communal Open Space with Minimum Dimensions 4m

>30%

25%%

Yes

Parking

28 resident spaces

4 visitor spaces

12 bicycle racks

1 motorbike space

3 disabled spaces

26 resident spaces

4 visitor spaces

8 bicycle racks

1 Motorbike space

3 disabled spaces

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Solar Access

70%

70%

Yes

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