What is in it for the benefit of the wider Ryde community?
‘The controversial 63-storey mega Meriton towers in Sydney’s northwest would more than double the current height restrictions of 27 storeys if new rezoning laws are to be passed.
And it has led some councillors concerned that it could set a precedent for future developments.’
CAAN: Will this give the green light to not only Meriton but Jean Nassif’s Toplace, Ralan Group, Mirvac, China’s Country Garden now known as Risland, Greenland and Aqualand? And other developers?
Currently the maximum height for new towers is 27 storeys but prior to the Liberal Coalition planning law changes the height limit was 10 storeys
Both the Ryde MP Dominello and Mayor Laxale opposed it in the lead-up to the March 2019 NSW Election yet Meriton pursued it through the L & E Court.
Why was it not stopped by the Berejiklian Government before this?
Will High-Rise Harry stop at one 63 storey tower or will he want more for Talavera Road?
The conclusion of the moratorium, a two-year state government freeze on new rezoning residential applications in Ryde was lifted on 28 February opening the way for high-rise projects in West Ryde and Gladesville to be considered for approval.
‘Ryde Mayor Jerome Laxale said he was now calling on Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes to step in and not allow the rezoning to go ahead.
“I am pleading on behalf of the community to the minister to refuse this planning proposal to refuse as we (Council) recommended in December 2018,” he said.
Cr Laxale said the “safest” and “best way” was not to change the zoning laws for the site.
Ryde state Liberal MP Victor Dominello said whether or not the zoning is changed he believes council should talk to Meriton to renegotiate an amended proposal.
CAAN: Has the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) taken into consideration the impact of the rapidly changing demographics of Ryde as the CCP expand beyond their Chatswood through the Hong Kong MTR owned Metro throughout Sydney?
Why does it seem that the NSW Government is fulfilling the Xi Jinping Communist Party dream of its OBOR through this Trojan Horse?
FIND out more here from ‘A Geopolitical Strategist on the MK Hong Kong the US and Australia’
Forward to about 9.5 minutes in, and David Lee hones in on CHATSWOOD!
-15% of the entire GDP of Australia comes from Sydney to Chatswood
-Chatswood has been built by the Chinese Communist Party; built ostensibly with China’s money
High immigration and visa manipulation has been largely to the benefit of the Chinese community as established Australian residents and commercial property have been displaced by this redevelopment process with new ‘Permanent Residents’ congregating throughout Macquarie Park. And largely gaining places at Macquarie University …
Harry Triguboff was reported in the Australian Financial Review when there was concern there was going to be a problem with house prices:
“Then I’ll bring in more migrants.” To increase the competition and hike up prices, of course!
Harry’s Meriton markets its residential apartment precincts to China, and this would seem to explain why!
“China has more than 1 billion people, and they love Australia. I think they love Australia as much as we love Australia. So there will always be enough of them that will buy.”
“The problem with Australians is they are very slow. They ask their lawyer, they ask their financial adviser, they ask their family, they ask everybody. The Chinese don’t ask anybody, they come off the plane, buy their unit and go.”
DESPITE the negative ramifications for Our Society and the environment because high-rise residential developments use more power for lighting, heating, air-conditioning, to pump water up the towers, and to operate the lifts.
It doesn’t stop there with building materials of concrete, steel and glass emit CO2 not only in the manufacturing process, but in ongoing use … is it any wonder that China is the biggest emitter of CO2 with its urbanisation for 1.4 Billion people?
‘ITs Time to Call Out CHINAs BS‘
-all the infrastructure and buildings at a massive cost to the environment in China and across the globe (CO2 emissions)
Read more: ‘2011 The Carbon Devil in the Detail on Urban Density’
HOW can this be justified for Sydney and New South Wales?
‘The department confirmed it has been in consultation with Ryde Council and it is understood the amended local environment plan (LEP) is to be gazetted in coming days.
“The Department has consulted with Ryde City Council on the terms of the proposed new LEP, which is required under planning laws,” a DPIE spokesman told The Northern District Times.
The spokesman confirmed the department was the main authority on this LEP and had been delegated by Minister Stokes.
Council first discussed Meriton’s offer to enter a Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) in relation to a planning proposal back in November 2017.’
-the recommendation moved by Crs Maggio and Moujalli that council submit a planning proposal to Gateway; which received a unanimous vote
-December 2017 council requested amendments to Ryde’s LEP which included increasing maximum building heights from 45m and 60m to 18.5m, 135m and 200m.
‘If the new zoning laws go through, Meriton will legally be allowed to build towers as high as 63 storeys which was part of their first development proposal in 2017, even though they revised their proposal with the tallest building being 42 storeys high.
That move followed community backlash after the Times first revealed the council’s deal with Meriton in April 2018.
In December 2018, Ryde Council backflipped and publicly came out recommending refusal of the amended Meriton proposal, yet it had already gone through the Gateway process which found it was fine to proceed.
When asked whether Cr Laxale thought the proposed Meriton Towers was initially a good idea, he claimed he couldn’t have made that decision back in 2017.
“I had to get feedback from the community,” he told The Northern District Times.
“Meriton lodged a planning proposal. It’s not unlawful. You can’t not allow someone to lodge documents.”
In a statement, Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said: “Even if the land at Talavera Rd is rezoned, any subsequent development applications for the site will be a matter for council to consider.
“Council is now back in the driver’s seat and I urge them to act in the best interests of the Ryde community.” ‘
Ryde Liberal Cr Jordan Lane said he questioned why Meriton:
-could have a “special rezoning” and could this set a precedent for future developers if the laws were to be passed
-a special rezoning for this site is not right
-why are exceptions made for Meriton
One must question the alleged ‘$35M in community benefits’ including the nearby Christie Park first negotiated in the VPA … afterall with Macquarie Park largely populated by ‘new permanent residents’ how can this be of benefit to families beyond Macquarie Park?
-it is for the benefit of the new ‘permanent residents’ and their families in Macquarie Park
How can OVERDEVELOPMENT be described as the ‘right kind of development in the right place’?
Not only does the Ryde Community lose out with loss of amenity, schools, buses, trains, parks all full-up … and more blackouts … but apparently the City of Ryde is now to get nothing! With the NSW Government gaining another $12.5M in Value Capture … will HT pocket even more … ?
VIEW the full report ’63 Storey Meriton Towers set to go up despite Doubling Existing Zoning Laws If Passed’