Simply, Urban Growth NSW (the governments for-profit property developer) is seeking big foreign & local investors to replace all the low density homes and businesses marked in red with high density residential. This forced transformation of the Inner West into Chatswood is referred to as Density Uplift.
An Urban Activation Zone so large it could be seen from space!
Explore the start of the governments plans for you suburb in detail after the fold.
Sydney’s traffic is already the most congested in the nation. But traffic experts say the proposed WestConnex motorway, which is billed as Australia’s largest transport project, is going to make the city’s congestion even worse.
The proposed changes to the planning laws are designed to strip away the last remaining community control over developments in their suburbs. The Department of Planning and their delegates, the Planning Assessment Commission and Joint Regional Planning Panels, have demonstrated a willingness to approve inappropriate developments despite expert advice & community objections. It is clear that the changes proposed by Minister for Planning Brad Hazzard will be bad for communities and bad for NSW.
The towers planned in Ashfield and Five Dock
The NSW Government has repeatedly stated its commitment to use the Westconnex and their proposed planning laws to transform the Inner West into High Density Apartment Towers; no matter what the community wants.
The Sydney Regional Growth Plan specifies that Ashfield is within the Sydney urban growth corridor and the relevant subregional plan identifies a number of Ashfield streets as suitable for high density.
A developer buys up 3 adjoining blocks on which are erected 3 houses that are listed in the Ashfield Local Plan as local heritage items and are zoned low density.
The developer applies for a SCC on the basis that the streets on which the bought land is located are identified as high density in the relevant subregional plan. The purpose of the SCC application is to allow the developer to demolish the existing houses and build a 10 storey residential block instead. This development is prohibited in the Ashfield Local Plan because it has not yet been updated to reflect the subregional plan.
The Director-General of Planning places the SCC on a mandatory 28 day public exhibition.
There are more than 25 objections from the community and Ashfield Council also objects, so the DG hands over the decision to the regional planning panel.
The regional planning panel decides that the proposed development is consistent with the relevant subregional delivery plan, and that it will not have any significant adverse impact on likely future uses of the surrounding land. On this basis, it decides to grant the SCC to the developer. Note: there is no specific requirement for the regional planning panel or the DG to consider impacts on local heritage.
The developer puts in a DA to Ashfield Council for a 10 storey residential block.
The DA goes on public exhibition and the community is up in arms because of the impact of the proposed 10 storey block on local heritage, surrounding streets and nearby detached houses. Ashfield Council agrees with the community but cannot refuse the development on the basis of its height, because the SCC effectively allows this building height to proceed.
The Better Planning Network is a volunteer-based organisation formed at the end of August 2012 by community groups concerned about the NSW Government’s planning reforms.
NoWestCONnexPublicTransport meeting in Marrickville on Wednesday heard from Research Principle in Transport at UTS, Dr Michelle Zeibots, about a better way to solve Sydney’s transport problems. She revealed how business interests had hijacked the transport agenda to further their own developer interests rather than provide the transport Sydney needs for long term business and population growth.
Eco-Transit Convenor Gavin Gatenby uncovered the extent of the Westconnex plan and how it will impact on residents right across Sydney.
In line with previous meetings at Leichhardt and Ashfield Town Hall and Ashfield Park on Sunday, the meeting unanimously endorsed the following resolution:-
This public meeting rejects Westconnex and calls on Marrickville Council, all councils along the planned Westconnex route and local MPs to run a fully-funded campaign against the Westconnex toll road.
Dear friends ,neighbours, supporters and fellow mushrooms,
Great Rally in Ashfield Park on Sunday. Strong support from Robert Borsak MLC, local Ashfield resident (who holds the balance of power in the Upper House in NSW) for the no WestConnex call and Jamie Parker Member for Balmain (who represents Haberfield). The other local politician Charles Casuscelli (Strathfield) who is an advocate of the scheme gave us the spin that the Park would not be used as a construction depot but he would not be drawn on the loss of a 20m strip off the face of the Park. (4% of the total area). Attached is the leaflet we distributed at the Rally.
This week is Westconnex submission time. Yes I know you are all busy….. but it’s easy. The action groups website has templates for long and short submissions which you can download and adapt to express your particular concerns or just sign and send to WestConnex. The web page http://westconactiongroup.weebly.com/ also has maps that details the impact of the scheme and the footprints of the toxic pollution from the ventilation stacks and tunnel exits. (I was going to attach the map for the Ashfield Haberfield area but at 10 MB it would give many inboxes indigestion)
Email a copy of your submission to WestCON Community Action Groups and your local Council. (Ashfield, Canada Bay, Leichhardt, Marrickville, Strathfield and Burwood) This will help keep WestConnex honest in the event your paperwork disappears into their black hole. Email address for your submissions to WestConnex is firstname.lastname@example.org
Your submission, however brief, is an important way of continuing to build the political pressure on the State Government to pull back and think again about a $13bn scheme that will not work. As people come to understand the extent of the devastation and the impact on their lives, the coalition of community groups is growing and spreading. People in the community have differing views about how to solve the traffic issues along the Western Corridor but there is very broad support for the motions we put to the Ashfield Park Rally which rejects the WestConnex concept plan in its current form and calls for-
Hands off our homes and businesses, Ashfield Park, Yasmar, and Reg Coady Reserve
Sustainable, effective transport and freight solutions for the Sydney Region
State and Federal investment in public transport, not a private toll-way
The release of detailed concept plans and maps and extension of the WestConnex submission date to allow more community consultation.
Councils to make available all submissions sent to WestConnex and copied to the Council
Just compensation for residents whose homes will be acquired and those directly affected by the scheme.
Federal, State and Council support and assistance for affected individuals and communities.