Category Archives: Development

ARAG Meeting this Wednesday – Waterloo Towers

Waterloo is about to be redeveloped. Past proposals have included up six towers of between 33 and 40 storeys plus another 11 towers of between 16 and 32 storeys.

Come along and find out more about the latest round of proposals:

7pm Wednesday, 13 Feb,
Alexandria Town Hall,
73 Garden St, Alexandria.

Points for an objection: 390 apartments adjacent to Sydney Park

Background: this development is going ahead (the State Government has pushed it through the planning process) but now the developers are back – and they want to exceed the allowable height limits.

As part of their argument, they are using the argument that they ran a design competition so, according to their interpretation of Council rules, should be granted an extra 10% in height.

We think that as a community, we should oppose this loudly and clearly because it will have an impact on our precious and ever-decreasing green space. We urge you to submit an objection.

The best objection is always one that expresses your concerns in your own words.

Having said that, if you are looking for things to mention in to an objection to the DA for 215-225 Euston Road, D/2016/989/B (pictured), something to consider might be that the 10% extra height that the applicant has applied for is not a right..

The LEP (Local Environmental Plan) sets out the rules that should govern the approval process:

“In considering whether development to which this clause applies exhibits design excellence, the consent authority must have regard to the following matters:
(a) whether a high standard of architectural design, materials and detailing appropriate to the building type and location will be achieved,
(b) whether the form and external appearance of the proposed development will improve the quality and amenity of the public domain,
(c) whether the proposed development detrimentally impacts on view corridors,
(d) how the proposed development addresses the following matters:
(i) the suitability of the land for development, …
(x) the impact on, and any proposed improvements to, the public domain,
(xi) the impact on any special character area,
(xii) achieving appropriate interfaces at ground level between the building and the public domain,(xiii) excellence and integration of landscape design.

Last date for submissions is: 24/09/2018

More details, and a link you can click to submit a submission, can be found on the City of Sydney website.

For a guide on the most effective ways to lodge an objection, click here.

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Construction Vibration Guide for Homeowners

Those who attended the last ARAG meeting will be aware we discussed the “Construction Vibration Guide for Homeowners”.

A copy of the guide may be found here (registration required).

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.

July meeting: C2E, Alex Hotel update, AGM

The agenda for Wednesday’s ARAG meeting (13/7) is:

1. Central to Eveleigh

Development along the rail corridor between
Central and Eveleigh stations.

Guest speaker: Matthew White, Program Director, UrbanGrowth NSW.

2. Update on Alexandria Hotel

Land and Environment Court proceedings have resumed.

There will be a ‘Mediation’ meeting between the developer, and Council,
and Residents: Aug 4, 9:30am, on-site

3. AGM.

Anyone who wishes to become more involved in the Residents Group is
encouraged to nominate to join the Executive.