Have your say – VPA 15 Centennial Ave

Posted: November 29th, 2013 | Filed under: Announcements, Current Issues, Mowbray Precinct

Lane Cove Council has received a proposal from HYECORP Property Group for 7-15 Centennial Avenue and 92-96 Gordon Crescent, Lane Cove.

The proposal is to transfer land at 15 Centennial Avenue to Council to form part of the Stringybark Creek Reserve in return for transferring the floor space of this property to the adjacent development at 7-13 Centennial Avenue.

This would mean that Council will receive the land at 15 Centennial Avenue free of cost in addition to a cash contribution of $175,000 which will be utilised to remove the existing dwelling and regenerate the area providing a continuation of Stringy Bark Reserve. Hyecorp will be able to build 31 additional units on their development on their 7-13 Centennial Ave development.

To have your say  complete Council’s survey or make a submission to the Council’s Manager – Governance, quoting the reference I.Naylor – DA11/233,  by:-

  • Post – Lane Cove Council, PO Box 20 Lane Cove 1595;
  • Fax – 9911 3600; or
  • Email

Written submissions will be received by Council until 5pm Thursday 5 December 2013.

Further information Lane Cove Council’s website


JRPP refused DA for 62-70 Gordon Crescent

Posted: May 2nd, 2013 | Filed under: Announcements, Current Issues, Mowbray Precinct

The Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) met on Thursday 9 May 2013, to assess DA13/24 62-70 Gordon Crescent.

The development application includes destruction of 5 houses and the construction of 69 units including basement parking.

The JRPP refused this development application due to extensive breaches of the LEP and the DCP.  It is now being dealt with by Land & Environment Court proceedings.

The full assessment report and JRPP report for this development assessment can be found  at http://www.jrpp.nsw.gov.au/DevelopmentRegister/tabid/62/ctl/view/mid/424/JRPP_ID/1307/language/en-AU/Default.aspx,

We will provide further information on the assessment of this development when it becomes available.

Mowbray Precinct Working Party

Posted: April 4th, 2013 | Filed under: Announcements, Current Issues, Mowbray Precinct

Council has appointed eight local residents to join the West Ward Councillors and Council staff in a working party that will address issues relating to the Mowbray Precinct’s transition during the current and future development of properties and infrastructure in the area.

The Committee will

  • provide input and feedback on amenity, environmental and other issues during the period of intensifying development
  • provide input and feedback on infrastructure planning; and
  • contribute ideas for the enhancement of a sense of community for the current and changing population, including proposed open space and a potential community centre

Residents appointed to this working party include:  Guy Hallowes, Deborah Hill, Ann Proudfoot, Mark Joyner, Kylie Bryden-Smith, Frances Vissel, Brian McDonald and Elizabeth McDougal.

New Working Hours in the Mowbray Precinct

Posted: April 4th, 2013 | Filed under: Current Issues, Media, Mowbray Precinct, Uncategorized

Council voted unanimously to reduce the Saturday working hours in the Mowbray Precinct at their meeting on 18 March.

There was a very strong message given to the Councillors by the community about the impact of the construction noise and the limited respite (1 day) for residents living in the area and around the Mowbray Precinct developments.

The Saturday building working hours for any new development approvals are now 8am to 12 noon on Saturday, in line with Willoughby Council’s Saturday working hours.

Unfortunately this is not retrospective and only applies to new developments that are yet to be approved.

Had the previous Council had the same empathy to the situation when we requested the same reduction last year, some of the newer approvals would have come under the ruling.

It could be a few years before we have our peaceful Saturday afternoons back. But better to get this now as we have a lot more developments still go!

Read North Shore Times article on this matter http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/north-shore/an-hour-more-shut-eye-for-lane-cove-resdidents-but-contruction-could-last-for-years/story-fngr8h9d-1226606956992

Mowbray Precinct Development Control Plan

Posted: April 3rd, 2013 | Filed under: Announcements, Current Issues, Mowbray Precinct

The Development Control Plan (DCP) for the Mowbray Precinct also came into effect early 2013.

This is an important document as it complements the Local Environment Plan (LEP) and has new conditions including maximum number of storeys that may be accommodated with the height limits, a minimum 40% deep soil landscaping area, and revised setback conditions.

This DCP is entitled Locality Plan 6 and can be found in Part C – Residential Locailities of the Lane Cove Development Control Plan http://www.lanecove.nsw.gov.au/Council%20Services/Development%20Control/Development%20Controls/LEPandDCP/LEPandDevelopmentControlPlans.htm


Mowbray Precinct LEP Gazetted

Posted: April 3rd, 2013 | Filed under: Announcements, Current Issues, Mowbray Precinct

The Amended Mowbray Precinct LEP was finally gazetted in early 2013.

The maps showing the zoning, floor space ratios, heights of buildings and lot sizes can be accessed on the following weblinks.

Land zoning map: http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/map/4700_COM_LZN_001_010_20121213.pdf?id=0904014d-69df-68bb-f7f5-aae1951bd89a

Floor Space Ratio map: http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/map/4700_COM_FSR_001_010_20121205.pdf?id=7cd7f126-70c0-4594-d4db-d32e51c8fbb3

Height of Buildings map: http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/map/4700_COM_HOB_001_010_20121205.pdf?id=90d854ed-eb58-60ab-d958-d6a9e5693194

Lot size map: http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/map/4700_COM_LSZ_001_010_20121205.pdf?id=e76e0159-3bca-424f-aec3-bc587d3c5f8c

The outcome is in accordance with the Council resolution of 15 October 2012 http://www.lanecove.nsw.gov.au/bps/Open/2012/CNL_15102012_MIN.HTM#PDF2_ReportName_8881




Council considering Mowbray DCP on 3 Dec meeting

Posted: December 3rd, 2012 | Filed under: Announcements, Current Issues, Mowbray Precinct

Lane Cove Council will be considering amendments to Development Control Plan (DCP) for the Mowbray Precinct with a view to finalise the DCP at 3 December Council meeting.

The proposed amendments result from the recent public exhibition of the Mowbray Precinct DCP and include

  • Additional objectives to deal with protection of the natural environment and the Batten Reserve from development impacts
  • Additional provision relating to building design for development applications that are on the interface between high and low density residential zones
  • Additional provision relating to building specifications in bushfire prone areas

To see the Council’s recommendation that will be considered at the 3 December meeting http://www.lanecove.nsw.gov.au/bps/Open/2012/CNL_03122012_AGN_WEB.HTM


Department of Planning’s response re: LEP Finalisation

Posted: October 29th, 2012 | Filed under: Announcements, Current Issues, Mowbray Precinct
Lane Cove Council considered the Department of Planning’s response regarding the finalisation of the Mowbray Precinct at their meeting on 15 October.
You will recall that on 16 April this year, Council endorsed the exhibited LEP for the Mowbray Precinct but adopted amendments to three particular sites from the exhibited LEP
  • To re-zone 46-60 Gordon Crescent from single dwelling to R4 high density
  • To re-zone 15 Centennial Ave from single dwelling to R4 high density
  • To re-zone 8-14 Mindarie St from R4 high density to single dwelling
The Department of Planning, in a letter to Council on 28 September, recommended the LEP be gazetted in accordance with the LEP public exhibition that occured from January-March 2012, i.e withouth the above amendments.  The Council discussed these proposed changes with the Department and they agreed to allow to all three sites to be zoned R4 high density.
The Councillors discussed this zoning in their meeting of 15 Ocotber and the following is the resolution as noted in the Council minutes Read the rest of this entry »

2012 AGM meeting & new SBCRA Committee

Posted: October 29th, 2012 | Filed under: Announcements, General, Mowbray Precinct, Newsletter

The SBCRA AGM was held on 18 October and members were treated to a moving video and slide show of the Batten Reserve presented by Danielle Akayan.

The photography of the Batten Reserve and its stunning flora and fauna by Matthew Syres is amazing and reinforced the unique beauty of this special bushland area.

The complete collection of Matthew’s Batten Reserve photograph, including the Batten Reserve collection,  can be found on his website   http://matthewsyres.photoshelter.com/gallery-collection/Stock-Photography/C0000SwqH_PGkosg

Frances Vissel did a presentation of the year in review and the year ahead. Much of this focussed on issues arising from the Mowbray Precinct, but also included other comunity work that the SBCRA is involved in including twice monthly bush generation in the Batten Reserve, addressing traffic and safety issues with Council, engaging with the NSW Government’s Planning Review and organising community events such as Clean Up Australia Day.

Elections for the Committee for 2012/13 were held and the roles and Committee members for the year ahead will be held by

  • President – Frances Vissel
  • Vice President – Kylie Bryden-Smith
  • Treasurer & Memberships – Jack Winning
  • Minute Secretary – Alasdair Stuart
  • Committee – Guy Hallowes, Win Chandler, Leah Bangma

For further information on the AGM or to contact the Committee members email us on contact@sbcra.org.au or for membership inquiries membership@sbcra.org.au


Mowbray Precinct DCP – Have your say

Posted: October 9th, 2012 | Filed under: Announcements, Mowbray Precinct

The Development Control Plan (DCP) for the Mowbray Precinct is currently on display and Lane Cove Council is inviting residents to make comments and submissions.

The DCP is important as it acknowledges the special landscape character of the area including the proximity of the developments of the area to the Batten Reserve Bushland. It also recognises specific issues relating to amenity of residents and the need to provide appropriate transition between adjoining high and low density residential areas.

The draft development controls includes:

  • the maximums number of residental storeys relating to the LEP height level, 14.5m  – 4 storeys, 17.5m – 5 storeys (subject to the point below)
  • a recommended minimum deep soil area  of 40% of the site to be provided for residential flat buildings to enable planting and growth of mature trees
  • tree retention of the site to be encouraged
  • development applications at the interface between high and low density residential zone to demonstrate that the amenity of adjacent houses has been a design considereration eg. by stepping-down of buildings, inclusion of upper level setbacks, increased setbacks etc.
  • development applications are to be in character with the materials, finishes and design elements that are in harmony with the natural landscape and complementary to the bushland setting.

To review the full Council report and the Council Resolution  http://www.lanecove.nsw.gov.au/Living%20in%20the%20Area/Current%20Issues/CurrentIssues.htm#DCPMowbray

To have your say you can make a submission to the General Manager by:-  Post – Lane Cove Council, PO Box 20, Lane Cove NSW 1595;  Fax – 02 9911 3600; or Email: lccouncil@lanecove.nsw.gov.au

Written submissions need to be received by Council until 6pm Wednesday 10 October 2012.  Please ensure you quote the reference “DCP Draft Amendment 4 – VA – SU4861” in your submission.