'Tomorrow' - Proposals affecting residents future
(Please read this page down fully - for any updates. Also read the linked pages - ie. blue links)
12/05/2016] The Liberal Nationals Premier Michael Baird today announced the first trance of Vice Regal decrees forming new Local Councils from existing. Epping is affected. First off: https://www.strongercouncils.nsw.gov.au/new-councils/city-of-parramatta-council/ The main parts of Epping and Carlingford and a small area of Eastwood are stripped from Hornsby and from the old Parramatta City, to form a new City of Parramatta Council. The other areas of Epping and Eastwood with in the Epping Civic Trust's area await decisions on joining new Councils - they remain part of Hornsby or Ryde accordingly. The link above has details of the new Parramatta council.
[18/01/2016] The proposed Greater Parramatta Area involves part of Parramatta, Auburn, The Hills, Hornsby and Holroyd local government areas. The examination into the proposal has now commenced and submissions are invited from members of the public.
The closing date for submissions is 5pm EST, Sunday 28 February 2016.
Submissions can be made online at:
or by mail to: GPO Box 5341, Sydney NSW 2001.
A public inquiry in relation to the proposal will be held at the following times and venue:
Northcott Centre, 1 Fennell Street, North Parramatta. Tuesday, 2 February 2016, 1:00pm - 5:00pm and 7:00pm - 10:00pm.
Members of the public who would like to attend are requested to register at: www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au.
Members of the public who would like to speak at the public inquiry are requested to indicate that they wish to do so when they register to attend.
For more information contact 1300 813 020
[09/12/2015] Daily Telegraph overview of planned & possible developments in Epping: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/news/interactive-epping-development-sites-explained/story-fngr8gwi-1227638192852
[14/12/2014] Sydney Metropolitan Strategic Plan released: http://www.strategy.planning.nsw.gov.au/sydney/the-highlights/
[27/6/2014] Epping Civic trust submission Improved access to M2 from Epping
[24/6/2014] Epping Civic Trust submission on Draft Hornsby DCP amendments
[28/2/2014] Minister Hazzard has now confirmed he will use the existing system to make his radical changes to the NSW planning system. This could include the possible expansion of complying development to a code-assessment like
[22/10/2013] NSW Government introduced the Planning Bill 2013 into the NSW Parliament on Tuesday 22 October, 2013 for debate and voting:
[28/11/2013] Planning Bills pulled from NSW Parliament by Minister after Upper House forced amendments but did not reject. Bills likely to be re-admitted in February/March 2014.
[28/11/2013] Commentary on 5th Estate web site: http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/archives/57448/
Planning Bills should be withdrawn
[21/8/13] Presentation on issues with the proposed new legislation. The Bills are due to be tabled in NSW Parliament in mid September - they should be withdrawn.
Presentation (in Powerpoint) on issues with the Bills
Planning System Proposed - White Paper
[14/8/13] Sign the petition: http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/the-premier-of-nsw-the-hon-barry-o-farrell-mp-withdraw-the-nsw-government-s-planning-bills?utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition
[13/8/13] NSW Planning head admits errors in White Paper and Bill [SMH]
[15/7/2013] National Trust (NSW) - Heritage Alert: http://enews.nationaltrust.com.au/t/ViewEmail/r/AC8C69AB39E1206A2540EF23F30FEDED/AE210E79ABCF1E9C25D77A725F39070E
[13/7/2013] Law Society of NSW has 'serious concerns' about the new planning system http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/scorn-from-lawyers-on-reforms-to-planning-20130712-2pvly.html
Also 'Power to the people?' - https://www.facebook.com/pages/In-the-Back-of-the-Net/223551564382455
[2/7/2013] ICAC warns of corruption risk in NSW Planning system proposals: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/planning-reforms-target-for-corruption-icac-20130701-2p7l6.html
[28/6/2013] Epping Civic Trust submission is available here: Submission
Keep informed generally at: http://keepitlocal.net.au/
BPN Video on the proposed NSW Government new planning system White Paper [19/6/13] https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=_cHUdBQpXNI
BPN key issues and submission guide to the White Paper (in Google docs) https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B1phj5J6584wa09IeGRtNXBpbEU/edit?usp=sharing
SMH writer Elizabeth Farrelly article of 20/6/13 on the New Planning System and the Metro Strategy. Who wins
if the "musts" are about maximising financial gain? http://www.smh.com.au/comment/zoning-changes-deserve-a-raspberry-20130619-2oj5w.html
Two community sessions held on the NSW Planning White Paper at Hornsby RSL Club and Castle Hill RSL Club on Thursday 2 May 2013 from 6pm to 7.30pm.
The NSW Planning System White Paper and draft Exposure Bill have now been released. You can download the documents at: http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/a-new-planning-system-for-nsw You can also obtain hard copies of the documents by calling: 1300 305 695 Public consultation ends on Friday 28 June 2013 [16/4/13].
The NSW Government deferred release of their 'White Paper' (ie. their final developed system plan, prior to actual legislation being drafted) until after February - then to date unknown but expected to be late April, 2013. [13/2/2013]
The Epping Civic Trust has been actively working as an affiliate of the Better Planning Network preparing for consultation and comment on the White Paper. This is important for your future rights.
Read the view of the Better Planning Network: http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/archives/44195/
Read the view of the developer lobby groups: http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/archives/44230/
ICAC view: http://www.smh.com.au/national/corruption-warning-on-planning-law-reforms-20121002-26xi7.html
BPN response to developer lobby article on behalf of 260+ community groups: http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/archives/44472/
NSW Government Metropolitan Strategy
Draft Strategy released 19/3/2013: http://strategies.planning.nsw.gov.au/MetropolitanStrategyforSydney.aspx
New Planning System Proposed - Green Paper
The Green Paper was on public exhibition until Friday 14 September 2012. The next step is a White Paper.
(11/2/13) As the release of the Government's White Paper on the final proposals for a new
Planning System for NSW is expected in March, the Better Planning Network
requests your urgent assistance to circulate copies of the attached petition to your members and other individuals for signature and return to the Better Planning Network, PO Box 6116, North Ryde, 2113 by 18 February 2013.
(22/10/2012) A very good and up to date article about the planned changes to Planning in NSW, and latest developments. It mentions the Better Planning Network.
The Epping Civic Trust is now the 70th community group affiliated in support of planning for communities not developers. Over 250 Groups are now affiliated.
Hear from BPN's Corrinne Fisher in this YouTube presentation:
Epping Town Centre and nearby residential areas (2011-12)
THERE are several major proposals for development that impact on Epping at present, including one by Epping Property Owners Group (EPOG) and the NSW Govt. and Council supported Epping Town Centre Study - All are of vital interest to residents! Hornsby & Parramatta residents - be aware!
Hornsby Shire Council (HSC) has placed the Epping Town Centre Study, which 'explores the potential for Epping to accommodate increased residential and employment growth,' on public exhibition from Wed 28 Sep to Mon 28 Nov 2011. All updates now on Town Centre page.
For MORE lots more go NOW to our menu link: Town Centre Study 2011-12 and Epping Town Centre UAP 2013
Rail lines - North West Rail Link & Parramatta - Epping
ECT supports commencement of a Parramatta - Carlingford section as a first priority to both those lines, with a connection at Carlingford. The Trust however also has concerns over the impact the lines will have on Epping, and will seek to maximise the positive and minimise the negative. Your comments woould be welcome.
For MORE lots more go NOW to our menu link:Rail Lines
Development 'Shocker' for the Residents of Ray Road Epping
Original Item: Residents of Ray Road Epping have been dealing with an application for an 'affordable rental housing development' on a double block at 176-178 Ray Road, which currently has a 'stately' four bedroom home with large grounds and pool.
This application has been lodged under the NSW Government policy known as the Affordable Rental Housing, State Environmental Planning Policy 2009 (AHSEPP09).
The application is a shocker. It is bad enough that the policy is a "cash cow opportunity for developers" (quote Brad Hazzard, Planning Minister - SMH 20/05/2011) but the locals have found that the development proposal in Ray Road doesn't even comply with the planning policy. Mr Lex Strauss, a local resident said in correspondence with the Trust that "... the whole development resembles stacked shipping containers and is simply out of character with the existing streetscape".
It is proposed to remove the house and most trees, offering instead 10 'modern' dwellings, of flat metal roof and rendered walls, with 16 car spaces, and extensive hard surfaces.
We also understand that the Hornsby Shire Council Mayor Nick Berman recently wrote to the Planning Minister stating that there has been an enormous backlash by the Shire residents against AHSEPP09 and asked the Minister to address inadequacies in the policy.
But there has been good news. On the 29th of May the new Planning Minister, Brad Hazzard announced amendments to the AHSEPP (see DoP web site). He has called an immediate halt to all new developments under the policy, pending a review. For current applications (those pending) he has directed that they satisfy a new local character test. This will mean that the application in Ray Road will be sent back to the developer for consideration in view of the amendment.
The developers application will not pass the test in its current form. The developers plan is reproduced in the Trust's members newsletter but you can go to the Councils web site to view all the relevant documents http://www.hornsby.nsw.gov.au/
(Planning and Development directory and - then go to Development Enquiries for DA 359/2011).
The Trust and the residents have lodged objections to the development proposal in Ray Road.
Correspondence from a resident, Mr. Lex Strauss, can be seen at: Letter
The residents web site and blog is at: stoprayroaddevelopment
ECT submission – (not yet loaded)
For more information on the Affordable Rental Housing Policy and the recent amendments go to the Department of Planning web site www.planning.nsw.gov.au (Strategic Planning directory and then go to Affordable Rental Housing).
6 June, 2011
Epping's opportunity for tomorrow
Ideally situated to bridge a valued life style to the demands of the future.
Sensibly merging the new with the old, balancing the esthetics of a garden suburb with cost/benefit considerations of development and maintaining our community and the natural and built environment poses numerous challenges.
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