17 February 2012
Last December, I wrote to the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure to express my concerns about the State Government’s drastic changes to planning controls for Ashmore which included increases to the limits on building heights and floor space ratios.
While the Minister has provided me with some assurance that the Government is seeking to work with councils and local communities, I strongly believe that State Government intervention erodes community trust in the planning process. Decisions about urban renewal sites such as Ashmore should be made by councils in consultation with their local communities.
We have a responsibility to provide sustainable places for future generations to live and work. We do this by consulting with the community and carrying out the proper studies to understand the potential impacts on existing communities.
To prevent ad hoc development and protect the heritage and character of existing villages the City of Sydney is only accommodating growth in areas that can sustain new residents and jobs, such as in Green Square, Harold Park, Ashmore, the CUB site and Barangaroo.
We work hard to ensure that these urban renewal areas have design excellence, new open space, retail services, community facilities, affordable housing for workers and new walking and cycling connections.
The City’s draft Development Control Plan (DCP) for Ashmore is on exhibition until 29 February. It details the City’s preferred planning controls for the precinct which were developed after thorough research and advice and community consultation.
The City’s proposal limits the height of buildings to nine storeys and delivers new streets, bike lanes, a small supermarket and 15,000 square metres of open space — we have strongly opposed the increases proposed by the State Government which would allow buildings up to 19 storeys.
One landowner in the Ashmore precinct has gone through the City’s design excellence process and submitted a development application (DA) for new residential buildings. This shows the City’s proposal strikes the right balance between protecting the existing area and providing for future growth.
You can have your say on the Draft DCP and the DA for 1A Coulson Street, Erskineville by following the links below.