Category Archives: Development

Construction Vibration Guide for Homeowners

Those who attended the last ARAG meeting will be aware we discussed the “Construction Vibration Guide for Homeowners”, which promises that:

“For residents and homeowners facing imminent large-scale construction, it provides detailed outlines on how to prepare for construction, how to document it, what to do if the home develops damage traceable to the construction, how to recognise damage, how to pursue a claim for repair reimbursement, relevant ground vibration standards, the impact pile-driving equipment that needs to be used to minimise cosmetic or structural damage to homes, the correct vibration monitoring equipment, and more. “

A copy of the guide may be found here.

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ARAG meeting, 8 August

Our next meeting will be

  • 7pm, Wednesday, 8 August
  • Alexandria Town Hall, 73 Garden St, Alexandria

We will be discussing:

  • Tanya Plibersek’s WestConnex meeting:
  • The Metro Quarter and the shadows to fall on Alexandria:
  • Ashmore Estate:
    • DA amendment to increase height limits
    • Pile driving impacts on our suburb and our house

The Swanson Hotel – not too late to object

The City of Sydney will still accept submissions until 20 April.

Address your submission to:

Alistair Smith, ASmith1@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.

If you wish to object, you must include in your submission:

Key points to raise:

Height:

  • The applicant acknowledges that the proposed development exceeds the maximum height in the Sydney DCP 2012 and the allowable height under the LEP 2012. No justification for this is non-compliance is provided.
  • As a community we are seriously concerned about the precedent that any breach of controls would set for future developments in the area.

Heritage:

  • Currently, the hotel is listed in the City’s LEP as a contributory building
  • According to City of Sydney guidelines: ‘Alterations and additions should not significantly alter the appearance of principal and significant façades of a contributory building, except to remove detracting elements.’ The current proposal clearly constitutes a major alteration to a principal and significant façade.
  • This is even more importance since the hotel still maintains its original façade and its appearance has not been changed since its first operation in 1939.

 

April meeting – Alexandria Traffic Management Plan, Swanson Hotel DA, and more.

Our next meeting will be:

7pm, Wednesday, 11 April
Alexandria Town Hall
73 Garden St, Alexandria

The Agenda is:

  • Protecting Local Streets – City of Sydney transport study
  • DA for the Swanson pub DA
  • Alexandria Sunday Funday report

The transport study

Material from last Thursday night’s briefing,  ‘WestConnex: traffic solutions for Alexandria, Erskineville and St Peters‘, is now available online:
https://www.sydneyyoursay.com.au/westconnex-traffic-solutions-alexandria-erskineville-st-peters

This page has a link to the Alexandria Traffic Management Plan survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FBTNPFC

The consultation period ends 1 June.

If you have questions for council, the contact person is  Adam Lander (Senior Community Engagement Coordinator, reachable 02 9265 9333 or alander@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.

Swanson Hotel DA

More information available on council website, or at planningalerts.org.au.

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Alexandria Park Community School Redevelopment Updates

AlexSchoolVisionAerial.pngPlans for the Alexandria Park Community School Redevelopment are online, and they are accepting submissions until 31st January.

There will be four information sessions (although two are after submissions have closed):

  • Saturday 20 January 2018 at Carriageworks Farmers Markets – 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, 11:00am-1:00pm
  • Saturday 27 January 2018 at Woolworths Supermarket – 10 Fountain Street, Alexandria, 2:00pm-4:00pm
  • Saturday 10 February 2018 at Carriageworks Farmers Markets – 45 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, 11:00am-1:00pm
  • Saturday 24 February 2018 at Woolworths Supermarket – 10 Fountain Street, Alexandria, 2:00pm-4:00pm

May Meeting, 7pm Thursday: RMS, 163 Euston Rd, Act Up Alexandria!

At last month’s meeting we collected some questions for RMS, including air quality monitoring, noise monitoring, and traffic plans and forecasts. We’ve been promised RMS will attend this month’s meeting, with answers.

In addition, we will be discussing a $50 million 6 storey development proposed for 163-173 Euston Road, and we’re introducing ‘Act Up Alexandria’.

The meeting will be at 7pm this coming Thursday 11 May, at our new temporary home, the Cliff Noble Community Centre, corner of Suttor and Renwick Streets

New threat to Sydney Park

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If WestConnex were not enough, there is a proposal to build a six storey,  400+ apartment building in the middle of Sydney Park.

The proposed new development will replace what is currently a low rise warehouse/office building that is tucked behind a row of trees next to the lakes.

The full details are yet to be released, but we do know that the new buildings will be considerably taller than the surrounding trees and will be hard up against the boundaries with Sydney Park.

There is even a suggestion that the new complex will be called Sydney Park.

Formal objections have closed, but we are told that if an objection is received by the end of this week, it will still be considered.

We have prepared a suggested template that you might like to use as the starting point for your own objection – we strongly encourage you explain in your own words why this development matters to – it just carries more weight if you use your own words and talk about the things that matter to you.

Objections should be sent to RHand@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au ASAP, but definitely by 16/9.