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News since last Redfern Waterloo Issues Update.
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.
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.
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.
REDWatch Comments on CME ROI
The following comments were made by REDWatch to the news of the CME ROI.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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