Community to benefit from Council seeking exemption from Code

27/03/2019

Georges River Council has written to the Minister for Planning seeking an exemption from the Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code in order to ensure that community members get to have their say on what housing is built and where. 
 
Mayor Kevin Greene said that the NSW Government Code will allow one and two storey dual occupancies, manor houses and terraces to be carried out under a fast track complying development approval.  
 
“This approval can be issued within 20 days if the application complies with all the relevant requirements laid out in the State government’s Code, and provides no opportunity for the community to have their say,” said Mayor Greene. 
 
“The Code will apply to all land within the R2 Low Density Residential zone of the former Hurstville Council, all land zoned R3 Medium Density Residential and land that has been given an additional permitted use under Schedule 1 of Kogarah Local Environmental Plan 2012. 
 
“Whilst Council has requested a permanent exemption from the Code, this has not been forthcoming. In July 2018, the NSW Government granted Council a deferral from the Code in the Georges River LGA until 1 July 2019. 
 
“In the Georges River LGA, applicants cannot use the Code or lodge development applications for manor houses or terraces, or use the Code for dual occupancies until 1 July 2019. 
 
“Council has written to the Minister for Planning, requesting that if the NSW Government introduces the Code into our community that applicants must comply with the planning controls in our local environmental plans. 
 
“In order to protect the integrity of the low density residential zones and minimise impact on the medium density residential zone, we have no other planning option other than to amend the Kogarah Local Environmental Plan 2012 and the Hurstville Local Environmental Plan 2012 through a Planning Proposal. 
 
“We know how protective our community members are of the look and feel of their local communities, and we want to do all we can to help ensure their needs are considered with regard to future planning in the area,” added Mayor Greene. 
 
Council’s Planning Proposal is with the NSW Government for approval, prior to exhibition.  A letter will be sent to all affected land owners to request comment on the Planning Proposal once it is on exhibition. 
 
For more information on Georges River Council, please call 9330 6400 or visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au.