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REDWatch is a community group which covers the Sydney suburbs of Redfern Eveleigh Darlington and Waterloo. These suburbs make up what the NSW Government generally refers to as Redfern - Waterloo. The area has been subject to various NSW Government interventions since the early 2000's and had its own Government Minister from 2004 to 2011. Interventions have included removing planning responsibilities from City of Sydney Council and having place specific interventions on human services, infrastructure and employment. This history is captured on this website. Currently the focus is on UrbanGrowth's Central to Eveleigh and the proposed redevelopment of the Waterloo Public Housing Estate. Below is the latest news from REDWatch about our area and its issues.

Poster for North Eveleigh Public Meeting 13 Aug 1.30pm

This is the poster for the community meeting about the Redfern North Eveleigh Paint Shop Exhibition. Please use this to promote the event.

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Link to Waterloo Planning Controls

This website has a section dealing with the Planning Proposal / Rezoning application at www.redwatch.org.au/RWA/Waterloo/South/wsexhibit This link will take you to the proposed planning controls as modified after the exhibition

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LAHC focus areas for implementation of Waterloo redevelopment

LAHC focus areas for implementation of Waterloo redevelopment

This is one page from the LAHC presentation to REDWatch on "Moving to delivery" that sets out LAHCs focus now that the planning proposal rezoning exhibition has finished. The schedule includes refining precinct outcomes, relocation planning, human services and social sustainability, place making and outcomes for Aboriginal people and the procurement of of development partners.

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LAHC "Moving to Delivery" presentation to REDWatch 4 August 2022

This presentation was made to a REDWatch meeting on 4 August 2022. It mirrors earlier LAHC presentations to the Waterloo Neighbourhood Advisory Board (NAB) the Waterloo Redevelopment Group (WRG) and Non Government Organisations. In affirms LAHC's decision to proceed with the Waterloo South Redevelopment as the first stage of the Waterloo Estate redevelopment. It sets out the areas that LAHC will be focusing on over the next year or two until a developer is in place and concrete development application (DA) plans for the Waterloo South precinct are ready for exhibition. The schedule includes refining precinct outcomes, relocation planning, human services and social sustainability, place making and outcomes for Aboriginal people and the procurement of of development partners.

LAHC "Moving to Delivery" presentation to REDWatch 4 August 2022 - Read More…

Waterloo South Post Exhibition Report & Proposal Amendments Guide

On 5 August 2022, the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) advised submitters that the department had reviewed all feedback received during the exhibition period. DPE had undertaken some further studies and had made changes to the exhibited plan. Here REDWatch provides a guide to the documents, the changes and the new studies

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Heritage Impacts of Masterplan on Paint Shop and Extension

Heritage Impacts of Masterplan on Paint Shop and Extension

In this section of the site we have provided the details on the heritage significance of the two heritage buildings mostly impacted by the North Eveleigh Planning Proposal. These details are taken from the heritage significance section of the Heritage Interpretation Strategy for the project. We have also used two images from the exhibition materials to show how the proposal impacts on these two important heritage buildings.

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Image of the Building Proposed over the Paint Shop from the Master Plan fly through

Image of the Building Proposed over the Paint Shop from the Master Plan fly through

This image is a still from the flythrough showing the proposed building within and above the paint shop. This building could, under the proposed controls, be anywhere through and above the heritage Paint Shop building. This impacts both the visual appearance of the Paint Shop, but also its important heritage underground works and the natural light and ventilation of the Paint Shop. For information about the heritage importance and features of the Paint Shop see the Heritage Significance summary in the Heritage Interpretation Strategy. REDWatch has extracted this section at at http://www.redwatch.org.au/RWA/statesignificant/northeveleigh/TfNSW/paintshoprezone/220805hissig

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Image of impact of master plan on Paint Shop (1888) & Extension / Suburban Car workshops (1912)

Image of impact of master plan on Paint Shop (1888) & Extension / Suburban Car workshops (1912)

This image is extracted from an Aerial render of the proposed master plan on exhibition in August 2022. The image shows both the proposed building through the Paint Shop (which under the proposal can be anywhere over the building) as well as the replacement of part of the Paint Shop extension by a building onto Wilson Street and a battle-axe representation of the heritage Former Suburban Car Workshops building. To understand the importance of these buildings and what of heritage importance is impacted see the Heritage Significance summary for the Heritage Interpretation Strategy which REDWatch has extracted at http://www.redwatch.org.au/RWA/statesignificant/northeveleigh/TfNSW/paintshoprezone/220805hissig

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Paint Shop Precinct – what the LEP maps tell us

When looking at a planning proposal like North Eveleigh, it is useful to start at the proposed planning controls. This is the place the developer starts in working out what they can do within the rules or where bending them might be possible and hence what they might pay for the site. Below REDWatch has extracted the four maps proposed for the Sydney Local Environment Plan (LEP) and provided some comments.

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Heritage Significance of Paint Shop Precinct Buildings

This is a 14 page extract from the Paint Shop Precinct Heritage Interpretation Strategy detailing the significance of each of the buildings and places impacted by the proposed Redfern North Eveleigh Paint Shop Precinct master plan. While many buildings are not greatly impacted by the proposal, The Paint Shop (c1888) and the Paint Shop Extension / Former Suburban Car workshops (1912) are two buildings that will be highly impacted. The Paint Shop by a proposed 4 storey building through and on top of it and the Extension by a part of it being demolished to make place for a new building fronting Wilson Street. How the development impacts heritage is a major issue to be considered in submissions.

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Lack of Bridge between North and South Eveleigh a major concern

One of the problems REDWatch has experienced in dealing with Transport for NSW (TfNSW) is that it wants to divide the precinct around Redfern North Eveleigh up and then refuse to talk about connectivity across the entire site. The Paint Shop Master Plan is another classic in that discussion. The reports say it is still feasible to have a connection between North and South Eveleigh.

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The Proposed Paint Shop Precinct Heritage Map

The Proposed Paint Shop Precinct Heritage Map

This is the same as the existing map. When compared to the height map it shows that all heritage buildings except the Paint Shop are to stay at existing heights and are protected. The proposal for the paint shop shows that an up to 63.6 m building can be placed anywhere above the paint shop, how much of the paint shop is covered by a building and how much floor space can go there is again defined only by the guide and a future design excellence process that could change the guide. It is important to note that some visuals on display, such as parts of the aerial fly through do not show the proposed building above the paint shop. Map Source Explanation of Intended Effect page 10.

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The Proposed Paint Shop Precinct Height of Buildings Map

The Proposed Paint Shop Precinct Height of Buildings Map

This is the map that defines the possible building envelopes and the area within which the maximum heights might be used. The reference scheme used in the graphics is just one of many possible options possible under the controls. The developers can move that height anywhere within the height controls. How much floor space is in the building, ie if it is thin or fat, is constrained only by the guide rather than an allocation in the LEP. Explanation of Intended Effect page 8.

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The Paint Shop Precinct Proposed Land Use Map

The Paint Shop Precinct Proposed Land Use Map

Probably because of the decision to place FSR across the entire site the whole of the site is zoned as mixed use in the land use map. As a consequence the 20+% of the site that are public areas are not protected as recreational zones, which makes it possible to change controls later without having to ask for a land use change. REDWatch is of the view that all public space should be protected by appropriate zoning, Map Source: Explanation of Intended Effect page 7

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The Paint Shop Precinct Proposed Floor Space Ratio (FSR) Map

The Paint Shop Precinct Proposed Floor Space Ratio (FSR) Map

This is an interesting map because it allocates 2.78 times the area across the entire site rather than to the proposed buildings. So the roads, walkways and public spaces all have the allocated FSR. The proposal uses a lower level planning document, the design guide, to say where that floor space should go rather than allocate it building by building. This provides great flexibility for the developer, lack of certainty for the community and probably a higher price for the Transit Asset Management Entity (TAME) selling the site. Map Source: Explanation of Intended Effect page 9.

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REDWatch Monthly Meeting 4 Aug - Waterloo Estate: LAHC proceeds to implementation

Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) will provide an update on the Waterloo Estate redevelopment including what the community can expect over the next couple of years as the logistics are put in place for the redevelopment. LAHC, in its submission has raised concerns about the exhibited proposal and we have asked LAHC to talk to those concerns also.

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TfNSW briefing for REDWatch on North Eveleigh 1st August 6pm

Transport for NSW (TfNSW) will provide a briefing and answer questions on the Redfern North Eveleigh Paint Shop Precinct Planning Proposal for REDWatch on Monday 1st August 2022 at 6pm. Like all REDWatch meeting this meeting is open to all interested members of the community so it will be a good opportunity for those arround the North Eveleigh site to hear TfNSW present on their proposal for the North Eveleigh Paint Shop Precinct.

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A Quick REDWatch Guide to the North Eveleigh Consultation

This is REDWatch's Guide to the Exhibition consultation and and the documents. It is based on our email to our distribution lists and includes an additional section at the end matching up the proposal's studies to the Appendix of the main Planning Report.

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Minister's media release on Redfern North Eveleigh Paint Shop Precinct Rezoning until 25 August

This is the text of Minister Stoke's media release regarding the rezoning of the Paint Shop Precinct of Redfern North Eveleigh of 26 July 2022. Links to related sites about the site and the exhibition have been added to the foot of this post.

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Outline of the Paint Shop Precinct Masterplan

Outline of the Paint Shop Precinct Masterplan

This outline can be found in the Transport for NSW newsletter. It gives an overview of what is being proposed for the site under the masterplan reflected in the rezoning planning proposal on exhibition until 25 August 2022.

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Redfern North Eveleigh Paint Shop FAQs.

This is the Frequently asked Questions prepared by TfNSW prior to the exhibition which try's to pre-empt the questions people might ask. For example it asks Q: Will there be a second bridge from North to South Eveleigh? A: While not part of the scope for the rezoning proposal, this has been considered when developing the masterplan. The design has ensured that any potential future pedestrian connection could be integrated within the proposed rezoning proposal. Which sort of begs the question as to why it is not in the plan. A clear area for people to push for. File is PDF 825Kb.

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Artist Impression of Paint Shop Precinct from Video Fly Through

Artist Impression of Paint Shop Precinct from Video Fly Through

This Image shows what might be possible under the proposed rezoning between the Paint Shop and Redfern Station. This is a planning proposal so the images are indicative of what might be possible under the planning proposal being publicly exhibited.

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Paint Shop Sub-Precinct Rezoning Proposal

The Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) placed the rezoning proposal for the Paint Shop Sub-Precinct of Redfern North Eveleigh on exhibition from 26 July to 25 August 2022. This section of the website covers this exhibition.

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Waterloo Renewal Project Update Newsletter - July 2022

This is a PDF copy of the Newsletter to public housing tenants distributed on 13 July 2022 advising tenants that LAHC is taking the next steps to the renewal of the Waterloo Estate. It sets out a timeframe and process for the appointment of a developer and Community Housing consortium to redevelop Waterloo South and potentially the balance of the estate. It also provides an indication on timeframes for relocations with currently none expected before 2024. This newsletter also has a section on DCJ Housing's approach to Anti-Social Behaviour an an details on Counterpoint and the Waterloo Redevelopment Group. File is 474 KB PDF.

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LAHC Search for renewal partner for Waterloo Estate

Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) issues the following statement in their news section on 7 July 2022 announcing the launch of the EOI process for the redevelopment of Waterloo South and the option to redevelop the rest of the Waterloo Estate. The EOI is inviting interested parties, who must include a developer and a registered Tier 1 Community Housing Provider but may also include non-CHP members such as builders or investors. The tender summary says "LAHC is also seeking excellence in the long-term management of social housing residents and assets, including the provision of wrap around services to residents that improves their social and economic wellbeing. In addition, LAHC is focused on ensuring that the needs and ambitions of the Waterloo Aboriginal community are specifically addressed and advanced through the Waterloo Renewal Project". The tender documents are not assessible to the public and tenants, only to potential tenders under a confidentiality agreement.

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REDWatch Comments on CME ROI

The following comments were made by REDWatch to the news of the CME ROI.

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Chief Mechanical Engineers Building

The Chief Mechanical Engineers Building sits on Wilson Street as a part of the former Eveleigh Railway Workshops. Under Urbangrowth NSW the exterior underwent heritage restoration. In 2022 Transport for NSW announced that they had called for Registration of Interest for organisations interested in the occupation of the CME's building. This section of the website deals with the CME building which is on the state heritage register.

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REDWatch comments on LES use by Mirvac

Mirvac held two two information sessions on the future of the Large Erecting Shop (LES) on 31 May and 1 June 2022 about their pre-planning for the redevelopment of the South Eveleigh Large Erecting Shop. Below is the background to this development prepared by REDWatch.

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Study Requirements for the Rezoning of the South Eveleigh Train Workshop (Large Erecting Shop)

This link provides the study requirements for the rezoning studies required by the Department of Planning and Environment to rezone the Large Erecting Shop which is on the state heritage register as the South Eveleigh Train Workshop.

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South Eveleigh Train Workshop Redevelopment (Large Erecting Shop)

In June 2022 Mirvac did a pre-lodgement consultation for a rezoning of the Large Erecting Shop which has been renamed the "South Eveleigh Train Workshop". This section deals with the redevelopment of this heritage site. The rezoning is being down by Transport for NSW on behalf of Mirvac. The site has been used as an operational and restoration base for heritage locomotives and trains since it became the operational base for 3801 Ltd. Mirvac secured first rights on the site should it become surplus to Transport for NSW needs. This transfer is being planned as the site still contains important state heritage assets.

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LAHC Submission to DPE PPA on Waterloo South

Mid 2022 the zoning for Waterloo had not been finalised. This submission for the Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) on the Waterloo Rezoning provides an insight into how LAHC view the exhibited proposal and the changes they would like to see made. While the zoning is expected to be finalised around the end of 2022 it would still be possible for LAHC to revisit the new controls and argue for changes at the Development Application stage.

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LAHC statement on the Waterloo redevelopment post exhibition

In late June 2022 the Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) briefed Waterloo tenant representatives and agencies about LAHCs decision to proceed with the redevelopment. These briefings were not made public and more details will be released in the near future. On 30 June 2022, REDWatch requested a statement of what LAHC could say at that time to the wider community. This statement is below. A newsletter to all Waterloo tenants will advise the community in early July.

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LAHC post zoning planning.

With the exhibition for Waterloo South finalised in the first half of 2022 Land and Housing Corporation are starting the tendering process and planning for the early stages of the redevelopment of the Waterloo public housing estate. This includes contamination drilling on Waterloo South expected in August 2022 and planning for relocations and project delivery. LAHC are responsible during this stage of the redevelopment until contracts are entered into with a development consortium involving a developer, financing and a Community Housing Provider (CHP) that will run the new social housing. This section of the website deals with announcements and activities relating to this part of the redevelopment process.

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LAHC Submission to DPE PPA on Waterloo South

This is the Land and Housing Corporation submission on Waterloo South which has been extracted from pages 490 to 511 of the large consolidated submission file. It has to be remembered that while the land that is being rezoned was mainly LAHC owed land, the proposal exhibited was based on an increased City of Sydney Council proposal. In its submission LAHC argues for nine changes to the planning proposal and its controls. The changes requested include removing the mandate for a certain proportion of social housing; adopting a larger floor plate for the towers; validating that the controls can deliver 255,000 sqm Gross Floor Area and that this floorspace and the 10% increase can be accommodated within the planning controls; Adopting a simpler process for design excellence with competitions for the towers and a design excellence strategy for the rest of the buildings; create a site specific DA in the place of the design guide based on consultants SJB report; and remove the requirement for a Concept DA by adopting a site specific DA.

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Waterloo South Submission Index

This index is to the Waterloo South submissions file which is a single 554 page PDF file (26.4 MB) available through the Department of planning and Environments Waterloo South Exhibition page at https://pp.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/ppr/post-exhibition/waterloo-estate-south. The index is designed to help people easily locate submissions that might be of interest. If you find any errors in the file or have suggestions for improvement please email mail@redwatch.org.au

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Waterloo South 2022 Planning Proposal submissions to DPE

The Waterloo South submissions are now public. The Department of Planning and Environment Proposal Authority has put all the submissions into one large PDF file of 554 pages (26.4 MB) which can be downloaded from the exhibition site. REDWatch has prepared a separate index to submissions, which is in this section of the website, to help people to quickly find key submissions that may be of interest.

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Social Impacts in Waterloo South!

Social Impacts in Waterloo South!

The discussion about the need for a Social Impact Study for Waterloo (South) has inspired Geoffrey Atherden to produce this great cartoon on social impacts and why they might catch you unaware. Image Copyright © Geoffrey Atherden.

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Waterloo South Submission from Eddie Ma from Vigilanti

This is the Waterloo South Planning Proposal submission by Eddie Ma from Vigilanti

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Shelter NSW Submission on Waterloo South

This is a copy of the Waterloo (South) Planning Proposal submission made by Shelter (NSW).

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REDWatch Submission on Planning Proposal Waterloo Estate (South) PP-2021-3265

Below is the text of the REDWatch submission on the Waterloo South Planning Proposal made on 29 April 2022. The links at the top will take you to the relevant part of the REDWatch submission.

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Do your submission Now: Waterloo South Submissions close Friday 29 at midnight!

A request for an extension by Council to extend the exhibition has been rejected by the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) Planning Proposal Authority (PPA).The deadline for submissions remains midnight Friday 29th April 2022.

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Counterpoint Final Submission on Waterloo South

Counterpoint Community Services has finalised its submission on Waterloo South after taking feedback from the Waterloo Redevelopment Group and the community more widely. This is their submission as made to the department of Planning and Environment.

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REDWatch Waterloo South suggested submission points

As part of the Submission writing workshop for Waterloo public housing tenants on 22 April 2022, REDWatch prepared some submission points dealing with issues identified during the exhibition period that tenants may want to include in addition to their own observations and comments. These points have been provided for consideration in peoples submissions.

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Make a Waterloo South Submission by 29 April 2022

Members of the Community are encouraged to make a submission on the Waterloo South Planning Proposal. In doing so it is important that they respond to what is actually on exhibition rather than to the lower density proposal indicated by the support material circulated as part of the exhibition.

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Council Submission on Waterloo South

This is a copy of the submitted version of the City of Sydney Council Waterloo South submission. A simple summary can be found in the Council presentation to REDWatch on April 7. This is an important read for anyone making a submission as Council identified that the density (number of dwellings) being disclosed by the DPE Planning Proposal Authority was in fact the minimum likely to be delivered and that the 10% allowed for the design excellence increase is to be additional rather than capped within the stated floor space. The likely outcome is expected to be between 3300 and 3400 depending on unit size not the 3012 referred to in the exhibition material. The increase in the size of the development only became public at the beginning of April as a result of the Council analysis. The PPA continue to use the lower minimum dwelling numbers in their presentations. Council in their draft submission have said this increase in density has not been properly disclosed or tested and Council have questioned if the increase will fit within the planning envelopes exhibited. There is no assessment for example of the impact of the PPE proposal on streets, parks and courtyards. People making submission are encouraged to also read the Council submission rather than take the exhibited material at face value.

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Need for a Social Impact Assessment (SIA) for waterloo South

This submission has been made by Alison Ziller to DPE regarding the Waterloo South Planning Proposal. Alison is a specialist in SIAs and teaches a specialist social impact assessment course as part of Macquarie’s planning degrees. Alison has made her submission available early to help those making submissions understand the importance and role of a SIA. In her submission Alison Ziller points out that Council check list required an ‘outline of likely impacts’ on relevant communities and ‘a plan to reduce negative impacts’ but that Council then accepted the Social Sustainability Report LAHC had already prepared even though it did not include this analysis. As a result issues which would normally central to a SIA were not undertaken and the potential negatiuve impacts were not assessed or proposals for mitigation advanced. Alison Ziller's submission requests the Planning Proposal Authority to undertake a SIA before determining the planning proposal.

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Council Presentation to REDWatch on Waterloo South Planning Proposal

On Thursday 7 April 2022 Council staff presented their analysis of the Waterloo South planning proposal to a REDWatch meeting. The analysis compares the exhibited proposal to the Council's proposal prior to modification by the Department of Planning. One of the major take outs was that the exhibited proposal was 10% larger than the community has been lead to believe and that the changes to the proposal including the impact of the extra 10% had not been assessed or disclosed in the in the documents used to explain the planning proposal. The key elements of the Council submission are summarised in this presentation and are important reading for those making submissions about Waterloo South.

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Safety Considerations in Waterloo South Planning Proposal

The following analysis has been provided by a safety consultant to help people to help people understand the safety and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) issues raised by the Waterloo South Planning Proposal. IMPORTANT UPDATE - DPE advised the Waterloo Redevelopment Group on 20 April 2022 that they were commissioning a CPTED study on the proposal as part of their assessment.

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REDWatch Update on Waterloo South Issues - 7 April 2022

This REDWatch Update was part of a REDWatch email circulated prior to the REDWatch meeting on 7 April 2022. It sets out REDWatch's concerns about the Waterloo Planning Proposal on exhibition at that date.

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Planning Proposal Authority Presentation on Waterloo South

This presentation was made to the Waterloo Neighbourhood Advisory Board's Waterloo Redevelopment Group on 16 March 2022. This presentation was made by representatives from a section of the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) that is acting in Council's stead as the Planning Proposal Authority for the Waterloo South Planning Proposal. This presentation is indicative of the presentations shown in online community briefings as part of the Waterloo South exhibition in March and April 2022. It should be noted that it was not until the beginning of April that it became apparent that the figures in this presentation were a minimum and that the 10% increase in gross residential floor space for design excellence provision would likely add between 330 and 384 dwellings to the 3012 dwellings used in this presentation. Those doing submissions are encouraged to read the Council submissions to understand the implications of this increase.

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REDWatch on Council's Draft Waterloo South Submission

REDWatch on Council's Draft Waterloo South Submission

REDWatch wrote to Councillors of the City of Sydney regarding the draft submission being considered by Council Committee on 4 April 2022. Prior to this being considered by the Council meeting of 11 April 2022, council officers responded to the issues raised. REDWatch responded again to Councillors on 11 April. As a result of this correspondence and discussions between Councillors, Council passed an improved Waterloo South motion moved by the Lord Mayor and seconded by Councillor Sylvie Ellsmore. Below is the text of the original email posted on 4 April, with council officer’s response (in italics) and REDWatch’s reply now inserted (bold italics) as well as the Council Resolution outcome. Hopefully this information will help inform people’s submissions on this project. We have broken the correspondence up by issues for ease of reference.

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Unpacking Housing Mix in the Waterloo South Planning Proposal

Unpacking Housing Mix in the Waterloo South Planning Proposal

The housing mix materials for the consultation (website, information boards and brochure) explain housing mix based on the number of units or front doors prior to any of the possible 10% floorspace increase from design excellence. The planning proposal itself provides figures by both housing units and the proportion of residential gross floor area prior to uplift. As the average unit sizes of public and affordable housing is smaller than the private housing the proportion of the floor space allocated to social and affordable housing are lower percentages. Here REDWatch unpacks the housing mix figures.

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REDWatch Guide to Waterloo South Study planning proposal documents

REDWatch Guide to Waterloo South Study planning proposal documents

The Waterloo South planning proposal documents are complex because they contain documents relating to the original LAHC proposal, Council’s proposal, the Gateway determination and then the subsequent additional studies produced by the Planning Proposal Authority that was not Council. They are also complex because the Planning Proposal does not contain all the necessary information in one place and finding the correct information is not straightforward. This document tries to provide guidance through these documents so the reader can find the information they are looking for as easily as possible.

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Floor Space Ratios (FSRs) for Waterloo South Planning Proposal

Floor Space Ratios (FSRs) for Waterloo South Planning Proposal

The main Planning Proposal document does not contain the proposed Floor space rations (FSRs) proposed. The FSR map can be found on page 135 of the Hassell Addendum to the urban design report or spread across two pages of the draft LEP Cadastre maps. We have extracted the FSR map from the Hassell Addendum to the urban design report to make it more easily accessible. Please note these are the FSR's before the 10% increase allowable if design excellence is achieved. The 10% bonus increases the number of dwellings over the base 3012 which is calculated before the 10% bonus if achieved.

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REDWatch Meeting Today 7 April 6pm - The Mood: Thoughts, Issues and Possible Responses to the Waterloo South Planning Proposal.

The meeting will hear an online update by Peter John Cantrell from the City of Sydney on Council’s recent analysis of the proposal, including that the proposal is bigger than disclosed by DPE (see later in this update). There will also be an update of community responses and the emerging issues. A panel will try to encourage discussion, answer questions and suggest areas for submissions to cover.

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Groundswell seeks expert input for Waterloo South

The Groundswell agencies have written to academics and planning specialists asking them to support public housing tenants by making expert comment on the Waterloo Planning proposal. While public tenants bring their expertise from living and knowing a location, academics and specialists often know the finer detail that is import for planning authorities to consider. Both kinds of input are important for Waterloo. This letter has been sent out by the Groundswell agencies to their contacts and they are encouraging everyone to make a submission and share it if possible.

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Draft Council Submission: Waterloo South proposal is 10% bigger and this is not being disclosed

Draft Council Submission: Waterloo South proposal is 10% bigger and this is not being disclosed

The City of Sydney Council have produced a Draft submission on the Waterloo South Planning Proposal. The draft is on the Council website among papers to go to the Transport, Heritage, Environment and Planning Committee on Monday 4 April 2022. It would then be dealt with at the Central Sydney Planning Committee meeting on Thursday 7 April and the Council meeting on 11 April 2022.

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Updated Consultation on Waterloo South Planning Proposal

Updated Consultation on Waterloo South Planning Proposal

Below are the consultation and capacity building details for the Waterloo South Planning Proposal. We will update this as more information comes to hand.

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Clover Moore Waterloo social housing meeting - 7 April 2022

Please join the Lord Mayor for an update on work happening in your area, and for an opportunity to ask the questions you need answered. This is an important time for the Waterloo community, with the Waterloo Estate South redevelopment plan on public exhibition. Representatives in attendance from the Department of Community and Justice (DCJ), Police, the Department of Planning and Environment, Land and Housing Corporation, as well as your local members.

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Height of Buildings suggested in the Waterloo South Design Guide

Height of Buildings suggested in the Waterloo South Design Guide

This map shows the height of buildings in storeys suggested in the Waterloo South Design Guide. For more information on heights used in the Waterloo South planning proposal read REDWatch's article on Building heights in the Waterloo South Planning Proposal

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Simplified Height of Buildings for Waterloo South Consultation

Simplified Height of Buildings for Waterloo South Consultation

This is a simplified height of buildings map used for the Waterloo South consultation. It has no statutory basis. For more information on heights used in the Waterloo South planning proposal read REDWatch's article on Building heights in the Waterloo South Planning Proposal.

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Urban Strategy Maps without heights for Waterloo South

Urban Strategy Maps without heights for Waterloo South

This Urban Strategy map is from the Draft Design Guide and has the same height layout as the storey height guide in this document but it has no key to show heights. It also includes parks and other design elements.

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LEP Special Character Areas - Restricted Retail Premises Map

LEP Special Character Areas - Restricted Retail Premises Map

The planning proposal maps the site on the Retail Premises Map, in line with Sydney LEP 2012 controls. The George Street corridor is excluded from the Restricted Retail Premises provision, while the remainder of the site is subject to this provision. In accordance with Sydney LEP 2012 clause 7.23 ‘Large retail development outside of Green Square Town Centre and other planned centres’, larger retail premises (such as larger supermarkets) will be allowed along George Street but elsewhere shops and markets are limited to 1,000 sqm.

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LEP Active Street Frontages Map proposed for Waterloo South

LEP Active Street Frontages Map proposed for Waterloo South

This planning proposal also maps Active Street Frontages in Sydney LEP 2012, along the extent of George Street and on corners and laneways extending off the sides of George Street. This mapping is used by clause 7.27 ‘Active street frontages’ and requires all premises on the ground floor of identified buildings to be used for the purposes of business premises or retail premises, and for those premises to have an active street frontage. This Planning Proposal expands the requirement to include all of the following uses on the ground floor of identified buildings in Waterloo Estate (South): business premises, retail premises, community facilities, health facilities, and centre-based childcare facilities. The proposal says that identifying George Street will ensure delivery of retail, business premises and community uses along the extent of the main street in the site, helping support a lively and continuous strip of activity, and providing convenient, easy access to retail by residents. Identifying side streets and laneways will deliver overflow and more affordable retail space, to support a diversity of uses and provide room for growth.

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Vigilanti Waterloo South Planning Proposal Presentation

Eddie Ma and his team at Vigilanti has been working with public housing tenants sharing his Architectural expertise during the Waterloo South consultations. Eddie has reviewed the planning proposal documents published by DPIE and prepared a summary of his findings from the documents in simple English with graphics so the community has all the information they need to make their submission by Friday 29th April, and to have their say on the proposal. He has tried to provide some answers and context to the questions and concerns raised during the consultation process. In agreement with Eddie Ma, REDWatch is happy to make the presentation as accessible as possible through its website as a useful resource in understanding and responding to the proposal.

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Waterloo South Redevelopment: Unpacking the Planning Proposal

This presentation was given on 17 March 2022 at Counterpoint Community Services as part of Waterloo (South) Planning Proposal Capacity Building. This session explains that the Planning Proposal is setting the rules for developers and LAHC to follow in preparing their detailed proposal and Development Applications. This presentation starts with the proposed planning controls rather than the simplified planning map of a possible outcome under the proposed planning controls.

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Waterloo Redevelopment - How did we get here?

This is the PowerPoint presentation in PDF format from a presentation given by Geoffrey Turnbull from REDWatch on Wednesday 9 March 2022 for Counterpoint Community Services' Waterloo (South) Exhibition Planning Proposal Capacity Building. The recording of this presentation and the workshop outcomes will be placed on the Counterpoint Community Services website. The presentation looks at the history of plans to redevelop Waterloo public housing from the Redfern Waterloo Partnership Project in 2003 until the current exhibition.

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Overshadowing Drawings for Waterloo (South) Planning Proposal

The Overshadowing Drawings for the Waterloo (South) Planning Proposal are only found in the Appendix B of the Addendum to urban design report by Hassell. To enable easy access to these drawings that give information of the shadows at different times of the day mid winter and mid summer and at the Equinox, we have extracted them and placed them on the REDWatch website for download.

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Land Use Zones Proposed for Waterloo South

Land Use Zones Proposed for Waterloo South

The Waterloo South planning proposal proposes changing land uses the existing residential R1 and 2b zones to RE1, and business zones B2 and B4 for the area. The B4 zone is mitigated by applying in the LEP a Restricted Retail Development over this area which limits shops to 1,000 square metres. The LEP also incudes an active street frontage map where uses that will activate the public domain are required. Below we have provided the LEP Zone definitions from the Sydney Local Environment Plan 2012 that would apply to the site. The definitions set out the objectives of each zone, what is permitted with and without consent and what is prohibited. While the planning proposal sets out proposed uses, the land use zones set out what a land owner or developer may also be able to do on that land which may be quite different. We have also supplied the Restricted Retail Development and Active Street frontages map for completeness.

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Building heights in the Waterloo South Planning Proposal

Building heights in the Waterloo South Planning Proposal

Height of buildings is basic to understanding a planning proposal. This planning proposal makes understanding height difficult by dealing with it in a number of ways. Also height maps in the documents do not always agree. Here REDWatch unpacks the Height of buildings in the Waterloo South planning proposal.

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Waterloo South proposed Land Use Zoning Map

Waterloo South proposed Land Use Zoning Map

This map shows the Waterloo South proposed Land Use Zoning Map with the proposed zones. Permissible uses under each zone are shown in the article.

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Public to have say on future of Waterloo Estate - Media Release

Public to have say on future of Waterloo Estate - Media Release

This is the text of the media release from Minister for Planning and Minister for Homes Anthony Roberts regarding the Waterloo Estate (South) public exhibition on 3 March 2022.

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Solar Access for buildings in the Waterloo South Project Proposal

Solar Access for buildings in the Waterloo South Project Proposal

This diagram illustrates the percentage of solar access to the internal and external perimeter of the building facades for each development block in the Waterloo (South) planning proposal between 9am and 3pm mid winter. Yellow shows greater than 2 hours sun and blue shows less than 2 hours sun. It it from page 114 of the Addendum to the urban design report prepared by Hassel. Apart from section 4.7 (page 123-126) in the same report on the impact of the 4th tower there are no solar access diagrams in the planning proposal that relate to the planning proposal on exhibition. None of the maps in the urban design report for solar access to streets, open spaces, communal open space or deep soil zones that showing how many hours of sunlight different areas get for the preferred plan receives have been done for the exhibited proposal.

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REDWatch Easy Access Waterloo South LEP

REDWatch has created this easy access version of Waterloo South planning proposal maps. For each of the draft controls to go into the City of Sydney Local environment Plan there are two pages because the join between two of the pages runs through the north western tip of Waterloo South. REDWatch has created this pdf from the sheets in the draft maps covering the bulk of the estate. The only major omission is that the active street frontage on wellington Street continues around the corner into Cope Street.

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Waterloo Estate (South) Planning Proposal Exhibition March 2022

This section of the website deals with material from the DPE formal exhibition of the Waterloo Estate (South) planning proposal in March and April 2022

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Clover Moore to REDWatch regarding Council Community Centres

In February 2022 REDWatch became aware of questions circulating about the future of Council's Community Centres and facilities. REDWatch wrote to Council about what we had heard and asking for assurances that Redfern Community Centre and Waterloo Library would continue to service our local communities. The attached response from Lord Mayor Clover Moore provides these assurances and responds to some misinformation that is circulating. REDWatch is making the letter public so people have access to Council assurances regarding the future of council provided services in our area. REDWatch has run an optical character recognition (OCR) program across this letter so people can easily extract quotes from the letter however please check the copy against the visual text as errors can occur with OCR.

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LAHC profit on 600 Elizabeth Street Redfern to fund social housing across the state at cost of affordable housing

The Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) have now finalised the planning controls for the 600-660 Elizabeth redevelopment. Council has been unsuccessful in forcing its recommended 7.5% affordable housing on the site in addition to the 30% social housing proposed by LAHC. The approved planning controls are for a minimum of 30% affordable housing (which includes social housing).

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Recent research on mixed tenure redevelopment - Dr Laura Crommelin presentation

This presentation by Dr Laura Crommelin - CFRC Fellow from UNSW City Futures Research Centre was presented to a REDWatch meeting on 3 February 2022. The brief presentation deals with recent work on lower-income residents in higher density as well as summarising key findings from research on mixed tenure development, Equitable density and improving outcomes from development. It also provides links to some research and articles in The Conversation.

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