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North District Plan

The Greater Sydney Commission, under the Greater Sydney Commission Act 2015, is responsible for developing the Region Plan for the Greater Sydney Region and District Plans for all Districts declared in the Greater Sydney Region. The first version of the District Plan was released in November 2016 and Council made a detailed submission on this in March 2017. Further to this in October 2017 the Greater Sydney Commission released the Draft Greater Sydney Region Plan, along with Revised Draft District Plans for public exhibition (refer Attachment 1). District Plans have been developed to ensure well-coordinated, integrated and effective planning for land use, transport and infrastructure.

The Northern Beaches Council is located within the North District Plan (draft Plan). The North District consists of nine (9) Local Government Areas (LGA);

 Northern Beaches

 Hornsby

 Hunter’s Hill

 Ku-ring-gai

 Lane Cove

 Mosman

 North Sydney

 Ryde

 Willoughby

The draft Plan is a 20 year plan to manage growth in line with a 40 year vision and represents the link between regional and local planning. The draft Plan is a more concise and user-friendly document than the first release.

213/17 RESOLVED Cr Regan / Cr Amon

That Council:

A. Identify the need for the open green community space in and around the Frenchs Forest Hospital as a priority.

B. Forward the submission to the Greater Sydney Commission on the Revised Draft North District Plan with the following additions: The State Government recognise the need and ensure reliable road access and high frequency public transport from Palm Beach to the new hospital at Frenchs Forest is provided via the Wakehurst Parkway. This will include addressing flooding issues whilst protecting the natural bushland context.

Insert a new action to “Protect open space and surviving tree canopy to provide relief from high density surrounds and play space for children and adults, regenerating bushland wherever possible”.

Add the following principle to Action 43: “protect heritage of Mona Vale and its low-rise, suburban character”.

N15 Protecting the Health and Enjoyment of Sydney Harbour and the Districts Waterways Edit to statement to read: “Enhancing community access to the coast and waterways within the District, prioritising the foreshores of Sydney Harbour and Pittwater”.

Provide more specific wording to reduce degradation of waterways by: improving water quality by eliminating pollution, reducing weed infestation and exotic fish and other introduced pests, and encourage tree planting to reduce erosion and siltation.

Enhance the actions in relation to N16 Sustainability by:

(a) preserving and enhancing bushland and remnant vegetation, including large pockets, bushland corridors and other reserves, remnant vegetation and urban canopies.

(b) auditing Crown Land and other forest in region to identify all parcels of bushland and remnant vegetation in need of protection.

Enhance the actions in relation to N19 by including an action to undertaken an audit of the existing tree canopy in urban areas to protect existing trees.

Enhance the actions in relation to N22 by including the following actions:

(a) Development of strategy to deal with inundation and retreat from low lying areas.

(b) Development of regulations to increase efficiency of buildings and ability to withstand flooding and bushfires in areas at risk.

Include in response to Action N3 Open Space, Sport and Recreation:

(a) This agreement will not lead to school space being used as substitute for other public green space in the council area. In reference to the agreement between Northern Beaches Council and the Department of Education and Communities for opportunities for shared use.

VOTING FOR: Crs Amon, Bingham, Daley, De Luca, Ferguson, Grattan, Harrison, Heins, Philpott, Regan, Sprott, Walton, Warren and White

AGAINST: Cr McTaggart


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