Call for public comment to help retain character of local suburbs

24/04/2019

To ensure the character of local suburbs is retained and protected, Georges River Council is exhibiting a Planning Proposal to amend the Kogarah and Hurstville Local Environment Plans in response to the State Government’s Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code. 
 
The Code currently allows one and two storey dual occupancies, manor houses and terraces to be carried out under a fast track complying development approval within our City’s suburbs. Complying development approval must be approved if the application complies with the requirements in the Code. 
 
Georges River Council’s Mayor Kevin Greene explained it is important for community members to be part of the consultation process for the Planning Proposal, to help safeguard against unsuitable development in our suburbs. 
 
“The Code will provide more housing diversity to meet a range of lifestyles and needs, however Council needs to ensure it is tailored to our community’s long-term vision, rather than just accepting the State Government Code,” said Mayor Greene. 
 
“We know that quality housing development is imperative in meeting the community’s future housing needs, and to do this we need input from the public to help make sure future housing is well planned, is in the right locations and carefully considered. 
 
Mayor Greene is encouraging residents to have their say during the public exhibition period on from 1 May-31 May 2019.   
 
“I encourage everyone to take time out to share their feedback to ensure the Code reflects our community needs,” he added. 
 
How to get involved

You can provide your feedback in the following ways: 

- Online – see the submission form below 
- Email: mail@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au 
- In writing to the General Manager Georges River Council PO Box 205 Hurstville BC NSW 1481 

Submissions should quote reference number: Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code Planning Proposal PP2018/0001 Comments close 31 May 2019 (close of business) 
 
If you would like more information please contact Council’s Strategic Planning Section on 9330 9435. 
 
Please ensure you have reviewed the Planning Proposal prior to making a submission. All submissions must be received by close of business on 31 May 2019.  

Explanation of dwellings:  
 
Multi dwelling housing means 3 or more dwellings (whether attached or detached) on one lot of land, each with access at ground level, but does not include a residential flat building. 
 
Multi dwelling housing (terraces) means multi dwelling housing where all dwellings are attached and face, and are generally aligned along, 1 or more public roads. 
 
Manor house means a residential flat building containing 3 or 4 dwellings, where:

(a)  each dwelling is attached to another dwelling by a common wall or floor, and
(b)  at least 1 dwelling is partially or wholly located above another dwelling, and
(c)  the building contains no more than 2 storeys (excluding any basement).