And it’s hello again from us all at Save Hastings Point!
Recently, residents in Creek St & the North Star precinct have received letters in respect of a new Walter Elliott DA for Lot 156 by his construction company, Palm Lakes.
The new DA has been proposed despite Councillors voting on 6 November 2014 to send proposed planning amendments to the NSW Dept of Planning, in respect of both the Hastings Point DCP and Tweed LEP relating to Lot 156, which would largely defeat this DA.
Unfortunately, the proposed amendments required a few changes (particularly the drawing in of 75m buffers, which were granted in November) and were only sent to the Dept of Planning last week. The Dept of Planning is likely to greenlight exhibition of these amendments for our further submissions in a week or two.
We suspect Walter Elliott has proposed this DA knowing the proposed amendments are not favourable to him as they require a 75m buffer, blocks to be a minimum of 700m2, no/minimal fill and all water treatment, bushfire zones and roads be within the development footprint i.e. not in the 75m buffer. He has proposed 20 lots – approximately 1 or 2 less than his former DA in 2013.
The new development is still on fill and has largely the same problems that his former one did, although he has improved some aspects and obtained a different town planner and engineer/ecologist to present a similar project in a different light!
He has relied on old flood assessment reports, old flora/fauna reports, old groundwater reports, and old midge report to support a now different development.
We have once again consulted Max Winders of MWA Environmental to address flood/drainage issues and Australian Wetlands to report and address stormwater and environmental issues. We’ll be preparing a community submission like last time incorporating both their reports.
Below you’ll find a template for recommended submissions that community members should consider submitting. If you have time, it would be good if you wrote up your own using these as a guide. The public interest is an important consideration to this application and so every person’s objection is important and will be noted. We had 131 submissions last time which did have an impact, so if people can rally around and get as many submissions, and perhaps share on social media outlets too (we know a lot of community based Facebook groups have sprung up since our last time around), that would be a great help.
This development will impact the whole of Hastings Point given the adverse environmental impact it could cause.
Due date for submissions is close of business 8 May 2015 so please rally up!
Tweed Shire Council
PO Box 816, Murwillumbah NSW 2484
Attention: General Manager/Joanne Kay
Development Application 15/0201 – Lot 156, No. 40 Creek Street, Hastings Point
I object to the referenced DA on the following grounds:
Flooding & Drainage
Adverse impact on local drainage and flooding.
Inadequate flood impact assessment on regional and local flooding and drainage conditions.
Reliance on dated, inaccurate flood assessments/ modelling – particularly 2005 flood.
Failure to consider size of proposal and excessive pressure on rescue/evacuation services for local area with no emergency evacuation egress. It is excessive already.
Unacceptable cumulative impact of fill on the local community, ecology, local drainage, flooding, catchment conditions. Others will have to fill to detriment to those that can’t.
Environmental and Ecological
Adverse impact of storm water/drainage on the environment – estuary, flora and fauna.
Reliance on deficient and outdated flora and fauna surveys and groundwater investigations to determine real or cumulative impact on the receiving environment
Failure to properly consider the existing ecological and hydrological conditions to know what impact changed conditions will have in the future.
No assessment of sea level rise on ecology and hydrology – including saltmarsh.
No proper assessment of impact on endangered and protected species – including Koalas.
No recognition or provision for adequate environmental restoration, protection, planning and community consultation required by Hastings Point DCP.
Too big/too close to natural flora/fauna/ecology of the area. Disturbance impacts excessive.
Amenity, Character, Safety and Proposed Planning Amendments
Uncharacteristic with the low lying character of Creek St and adjoining properties.
Inconsistent with proposed planning amendments including a 75m buffer, 700 m2 blocks, all lots being within ringroad, 20 m buffer to vegetation on Eastern side, no/minimal fill.
No specific mosquito & biting midge assessment in respect of subject DA.
Adverse visual impact of houses in Creek St, too close to estuary and viewing from east.
Reliance on dated traffic assessments, failure to adequately consider traffic impact and pedestrian island, speed mitigation, construction impact and street character requirements including natural green verges for amenity, filtration and drainage requirements.
I authorise and support submissions for and on behalf of the Hastings Point community by O’Reilly Sever & Co, MWA Environmental and Australian Wetlands Consulting.
We’ll let you know when the new Proposed Planning Amendments come to exhibition, as we will want to put submissions in for that as well. The passing of the new amendments as law will be pivotal in having the final controls in all of Hastings Point to protect its character and environment everywhere.
These final planning amendments were left out of the Locality Plan process previously because Lot 156 DA was before the Department of Planning back in 2010-2012.