Eastern Suburbs Sydney
Randwick Council Suspends Racecourse rezoning after Paul Pearce criticism of process on Streetcorner
Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson
The following is from the Randwick Mayor.
“Mayor Seeks Urgent Clarification Meeting With Paul Pearce
Randwick Mayor Murray Matson has suspended Council work on a major rezoning proposal following criticism by Coogee Labor MP Paul Pearce on the Streetcorner web site that the project is “very flawed”.
The Mayor is now seeking an urgent meeting with Pearce because the project was going to provide some of 8,400 new dwellings “demanded” of the Council under the State Labor Government’s Metro Strategy Plan.
Mayor Murray Matson stated today the Council had been looking at putting around 1,500 extra dwellings in the UNSW, Randwick Race Course and Prince of Wales Hospital area. He elaborated,
“Yesterday Coogee Labor MP Paul Pearce used the Streetcorner web site to torpedo the Council’s exhibited discussion paper currently calling it ‘very flawed’. I had no choice but to immediately suspend Council work on it and seek a meeting with Mr Pearce”
Mayor Matson stated that the Pearce’s “unexpected” comments had come out of “left field” because the discussion paper was intended to allow the Council to meet the State Governments 8,400 dwelling target for Randwick.
“I need to urgently meet with Mr Pearce to clarify what it is that he now wants the Council to do to accommodate the 8,400 extra dwellings that his Government has instructed us to take.”
The Council wanted to put the dwellings where a majority of its’ jobs were in order to reduce trip journeys. Mayor Matson stated,
“Council was proposing to accommodate some of these additional dwellings in the Specialised Centre, which is the racecourse, UNSW and hospital area. This is because this is where 40% of our workforce actually do work and a lot of students study. We were thinking that we could put around 1,500 dwellings in this area.
If we are not allowed to do that then we need Mr Pearce to identify which part of the municipality we are required to put them in. Where are they actually supposed to go? Coogee? Clovelly? Kensington? We need some direction here from the local Labor MP.”
Mayor Matson stated that the meeting with Pearce need to scope out a number of issues so that he could report back to Council what Mr Pearce required of the Council.
“Council had been intending to move ahead with a comprehensive reworking of our Local Environment Plan midway through next year. This is another process required of us by the State Government. We wanted to have some direction from the community consultation on the Specialised Centre exhibition to use for that city wide rezoning process. Pearce has now thrown our time tables out of the window.”
Mayor Matson stated that he intended to discuss with Mr Pearce a number of objectives behind the Specialised Centre study including avoiding the possible future downgrading of UNSW and the Hospital.
The questions the Mayor would like to put to Mr Pearce are:
• Is the Government’s Metro Strategy target of 8,400 new dwellings for Randwick still required of Council; or not
• Is the Comprehensive rezoning LEP required of Council by the Government to accepted as the means to achieve this government required housing increase;
• If the Government’s 8,400 target is still required, does Mr Pearce accept that the Specialised Centre area can be allocated a maximum number of around 1,500 new dwellings based on the following justifications;
? Expected job growth and UNSW student accommodation needs; ? Establishing key stake holder support for a light rail station in High street to service UNSW, the Hospital and the Racecourse; ? Advancing Council’s off road bike plan for Anzac Parade; ? Preserving UNSW and POW from possible downgrading or closure if accommodation and transport needs are not met; ? Achieving of transport, climate change and fuel sustainability goals by reducing trip journeys to the Centre; and ? Broader regional objectives such as the need to reduce urban sprawl in outer suburban areas; and
• If the Specialised Centre proposed is to be scrapped, where does the Council put the dwellings required under the Metro Strategy?
Mayor Matson said,
“I intend to advise fellow Councillors to suspend all work on the discussion paper until it is clear what Mr Pearce is articulating the Government’s position to be.”
Metropolitan Strategy - dwelling target for Randwick City:
8400 dwellings over 25 years (from 2004-2031) to help address Sydney’s expected population growth and changing household sizes.
Figures below show Randwick City Council’s suggested approach to addressing the target is to plan for a dwelling range focused in and around centres and major redevelopment sites:
The figures show a range of dwelling numbers
Future dwelling growth 1,800 to 3,000
Town/commercial centres 2,500 to 3,000
Education/Health Specialised Centre 1,500 to 2,000
Major redevelopment sites 1,000 to 1,500
Other areas – rezoning requests/infill 200 to 300
DWELLING TOTAL 7,000 to 9,800
This is the conclusion of Mayor Matson’s news update.
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