MERITON TOWER: MACQUARIE PARK Rejected by RYDE Council; State Government should heed Community anger

THIS REPORT IS A SMOKESCREEN!  Reads like a NSW INC Media Release …

There is another agenda here … where is the real agenda?

As if Berejiklian and Turnbull are not talking on a daily basis … what a low opinion they must have for the Public if they believe we believe this cr.p!

The NSW Election is in March 2019, and with so much OVERDEVELOPMENT IN RYDE, who knows how many former rusted on LNP voters will be changing their vote?

THIS IS A MESSAGE ON OVERDEVELOPMENT FOR ALL POLITICAL PARTIES!  

FACTS ….

From Ryde Mayor Jerome Laxale:

The Motion to Refuse the MERITON 112 Talavera Road Macquarie Park Proposal

Ryde Council notes that the State Government has already imposed the capacity for 15,000 extra dwellings in the Macquarie University (Herring Road) and North Ryde Priority Precincts, and reaffirms Council’s demands the State Government abolish Priority Precincts in Ryde

That the City of Ryde reaffirms its demand to be exempt permanently from the Medium Density Housing Code

That the City of Ryde notes deliberate and misleading political commentary surrounding the Meriton application.

Residential tower rejected by council – but development drama isn’t over yet

The Ryde residential tower that has become a lightning rod for political concerns about development in Sydney has been rejected by the local council, but could still proceed if approved by the state government.

Councillors from the City of Ryde on Tuesday night voted to refuse a planning proposal submitted by developer Meriton for a 42-storey tower at 112 Talavera Road, Macquarie Park, despite council staff recommending that the project had merit.

The original plan from Meriton that included a 63-storey tower was rejected by Ryde Council.
The original plan from Meriton that included a 63-storey tower was rejected by Ryde Council. CREDIT:RYDE COUNCIL

 

Meriton had earlier submitted a proposal for a 63-storey tower, which would have been one of Sydney’s tallest residential structures, but lowered it in response to community concerns.

The Member for Ryde, Victor Dominello, has been leading a campaign against the proposal, and blamed the council and Labor Mayor Jerome Laxale for allowing Meriton’s plan to get to this stage of the planning process.

 

 

“Council received more than 400 submissions on this matter, of which the vast majority were against the planning proposal due to a range of concerns including traffic congestion, inadequate supporting infrastructure and loss of local amenity and character,” Cr Laxale, who will be Labor’s candidate in the March state election, said after Tuesday night’s council vote on the proposal.

Meriton’s revised Macquarie Park proposal which included three 42-storey towers, down from the original plan of 63 storeys at 112 Talavera Road.
Meriton’s revised Macquarie Park proposal which included three 42-storey towers, down from the original plan of 63 storeys at 112 Talavera Road.CREDIT:RYDE COUNCIL

 

However the planning proposal could still proceed if approved by the Minister for Planning or a delegate.

Mr Dominello, the Minister for Finance, has been unusually vocal in his concerns about development in his local area, prompting developers to warn of a “Dominello Effect” of anti-development political rhetoric across the city.

Finance Minister Victor Dominello with Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
Finance Minister Victor Dominello with Premier Gladys Berejiklian.CREDIT:AAP

 

Mr Dominello, who is close to Premier Gladys Berejiklian, has already managed to secure a number of unusual carve-outs for his area. No new residential rezoning proposals will be considered in Ryde over the next year – the only area in which such a moratorium applies.

And Ms Berejiklian also wrote to the Greater Sydney Commission, meanwhile, requesting that it conduct an “assurance review” into development in Ryde.

Chief commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission, Lucy Turnbull, replied to Ms Berejiklian last week saying her agency would conduct this review into what the Department of Planning and Environment “has been doing in the area over the past several years.”

Mr Dominello has touted the “assurance review” as a win for the community. But the unusual request drew immediate criticism from the state opposition, who said the Premier was using the Greater Sydney Commission as a political football.

“The Premier’s call for intervention, three months before the state election, stands to compromise the integrity of the Greater Sydney Commission,” said Labor’s planning spokeswoman, Tania Mihailuk.

 

 

Jacob Saulwick is City Editor at The Sydney Morning Herald.

 

The original plan from Meriton that included a 63-storey tower was rejected by Ryde Council.

 

SOURCE:  https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/residential-tower-rejected-by-council-but-development-drama-isn-t-over-yet-20181205-p50k9y.html

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