Inner West Council’s draft Housing Strategy includes the text “...Carrington Road is identified as significantly restrained and should not be considered for residential purposes” (p112, 6.2.3). At the next Council meeting on Tuesday 3rd of March there is a proposed amendment to remove the words “should not be considered for residential purposes.” We understand that this amendment was requested by the Carrington precinct landowners and the developer Mirvac.
Save Marrickville believes that this amendment would represent a significant shift in Council’s position on the potential residential development of Carrington Road, and the preservation of industrial land. We have talked to some Councillors and emailed them to let them know that we are opposed to the proposed amendment and want to retain the original wording.
Council will vote on this at its meeting at Ashfield Civic Centre, 260 Liverpool Road Ashfield, which starts 6.30 pm Tuesday 3rd March. The meeting is open to the public if people are interested to attend.
NEWS UPDATE (4th March 2020)
Save Marrickville members attended last night's Council meeting (Tuesday 3rd March) and are pleased to report that the original wording of Council's draft Housing Strategy “...Carrington Road is identified as significantly restrained and should not be considered for residential purposes” (p112, 6.2.3) was retained. We were particularly heartened by Mayor Darcy Byrne's strong statements about not supporting rezoning of the Carrington Rd industrial land now or into the future. We would like to thank and acknowledge the support of Councillors. We had valuable discussions with Councillors Mark Drury (Labor), Colin Hesse (Greens) and Pauline Lockie (Progressive Independent).
The Inner West Council publicly exhibited a number of important strategic documents last year. Council is operating to a very tight deadline to produce a draft Local Environment Plan (LEP) this year. This means that their draft Housing Strategy, draft Employment and Retail Lands Strategy and draft Local Strategic Planning Statement were released in succession in the latter part of 2019. It is difficult for any community member to properly digest these documents and make a considered submission and we thank those who were able to make their voice heard by responding to Council. There will be more opportunities to contribute to Council’s strategic planning this year as we expect Council to publicly exhibit a draft LEP this year, which will set out Council’s future plans for our area’s zonings and building heights. It will be critical for the community to respond. We will publish dates of exhibition on our Facebook page and here on our website.
As a group we submitted submissions to many of their draft strategies which you can view in the links published below.
Local Strategic Planning Statement
As a key step in its planning for our area’s future, in September, Inner West Council released Our Place Inner West, its draft Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) which includes Marrickville.
Save Marrickville provided a written response and met with Council’s planning staff twice to discuss the draft plan. Some key areas covered were:
– In its retail centre hierarchy, Council has classified Marrickville’s retail area as a Town Centre, which is smaller scale than a Major Centre (Ashfield) but larger than a Local Centre (Dulwich Hill). In discussion with Council it appears the intention is that Marrickville Town Centre will have medium density development above shops and near the station, in the order of five storeys, rather than higher density.
– Marrickville is included as a Low Carbon, High Performance Precinct which are usually areas of greatest change and growth. These indicators usually give the green light to justify intense development. SM has therefore advocated strongly for Council to include a statement in that section of the LSPS, to make it clear that Marrickville is not an area of major growth and transformation.
– Council wants to retain industrial land in our area, and has not changed its position on this issue.
– We have argued for a tight definition of affordable housing in new developments, so that it is actually affordable (no more than 30% of income), for people on low incomes (lowest 40%), and managed by social housing agencies.
Council has revised the draft strategy taking into account the 117 survey responses and 65 separate submission from individuals/groups. The majority of respondents were from Dulwich Hill and Marrickville. The report on responses can be read here.
Council will determine whether to endorse the draft LSPS (with amendments recommended as a result of the public exhibition) for submission to the Greater Sydney Commission at the next Council meeting on 25 February 2020.
Housing Strategy and Employment and Retail Lands Strategy
Save Marrickville also provided a written response to Council regarding both the Housing Strategy and the Employment and Retails Lands Strategy which you are welcome to read. Some key areas covered were:
– We indicated our support for Council’s goal to protect industrial land.
– We requested detailed heritage studies to be conducted for all of Marrickville with the aim of providing invaluable information about the current state of heritage that may be used to create Heritage Conservation areas.
– We were pleased to note that the IWC will meet housing targets without the need to re-zone land.
– We expressed our concern that Marrickville will be asked to take more of the share of future density to meet increasing population and housing targets imposed by the NSW State Government.
– We support the Council to assertively work towards closing the significant supply gap of affordable housing in our local government area.
Council will determine whether to adopt the draft housing strategy (with amendments recommended as a result of the public exhibition) and seek endorsement from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for the strategies at the 25 February 2020 Council Meeting.
Council also released other strategy documents during 2019 such as the Integrated Transport Strategy and the Economic Development Strategic Plan which we were unable to comment on due to limited time and resources. Please get in touch if you would like to help out.
NSW Department of Planning has announced a new planning approach for the Sydenham to Bankstown Corridor. The information from Planning says that they will work with Councils to develop a high level strategy, which will inform Council’s future changes to planning controls. See Planning’s information here.
Save Marrickville is not yet clear what this means for our area and will request a meeting with the Minister for Planning’s office to get more detail. Last year the government agreed to return planning along the corridor to Councils. We need to know how this new approach affects Council’s control of planning and its current work with the community to produce a new Local Environment Plan (LEP), and implications for the level of future development in Marrickville.
We have also received a media release on this announcement from our local MP Jo Haylen and the Mayor of Inner West Council. Read it here.
Save Marrickville has prepared our draft response to Council's Local Strategic Planning Statement. You can read it here.
The Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) is an important document as it will guide land use in the Inner West over the next 20 years, including the alignment of population growth and infrastructure.
If you have any feedback on our draft that you would like us to include in the statement please email email@example.com by this Friday (1st November). We will endeavour to incorporate all feedback before we submit our response to Council.
We will be at Marrickville Festival this Sunday 20th October. Come and visit our stall on Marrickville Road (towards the Marrickville Town Hall end) and say hello.
Some other important October news
The Inner West Council has recently released a suite of critical planning documents. They are currently on public exhibition.
One of those documents is the Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS). All Council areas are required to prepare a LSPS by the State government. It will be a pivotal tool for local strategic planning in the inner west and it identifies where further strategic planning effort is needed which includes Marrickville. In practice, the statements will shape how the local environmental plan (LEP) and development control plans (DCP) evolve over time.
This is our chance to help shape the future of the inner west. The statement sets out the vision for our area under 6 themes including transport, sustainability, economy, culture and character. We urge everyone to take the time to look at the statement and submit their feedback to Council (or give feedback face-to-face at Council's stall at the festival this weekend).
The second document to note is the Employment And Retail Lands strategy! This strategy prioritises the long-term supply of industrial land, more commercial space and identifies distinct areas of business and employment lands. It provides clear controls for productive commercial and industrial land uses to facilitate job growth and thriving economies. Again we urge you to spend a little time reviewing this document and sending your thoughts to Council. You can make a written submission to Council OR you can fill in the guided online survey.
Both of these draft documents are open for submission until Sunday 27th October. This opportunity will not come around for many, many, many years to come!!
Channel 9’s A Current Affair contacted Save Marrickville for a story they’re doing on overdevelopment in Sydney. Here’s the statement we gave them.
Recent changes to planning legislation in NSW means that the Inner West Council is required to develop a local housing strategy in consultation with the community. This strategy needs to be consistent with the Greater Sydney Commission's Greater Sydney Region Plan A Metropolis of Three Cities and the Eastern City District Plan. The Council currently has a draft housing strategy on public exhibition. We are encouraging everyone interested in housing to take a look at the documentation and submit their feedback to Council. The deadline is the 28th July.
This is an unique opportunity to be involved in the strategic direction of housing in our community. If you want to make a real impact to the types of housing development and the identification of parts of the Inner West more or less suitable for housing development, this is your chance. Please take the time to let Council know what you think of their Local Housing Strategy. This strategy will feed into the Inner West LEP that is being created right now.
If you want to talk to someone about the strategy you can turn up to one of the information sessions. Dates, venues and times are listed here.
A draft transport strategy is also on public submission so you might like to take a look at that one too.
As part of a day-long field trip taking in a series of urban renewal projects and sites along the Sydenham to Bankstown Corridor, Associate Professor Simon Pinnegar and thirty-five UNSW Faculty of Built Environment students visited Marrickville’s large Carrington Road industry precinct to hear from the Save Marrickville resident group. Save Marrickville were able to share the organisation’s interest and involvement in this important site and discuss the crucial value of the area for producing things that are needed in the Inner Sydney region.
Our initial call to the community for feedback, May 2019:
Please email us any comments or concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm, Saturday 11th May. Save Marrickville will be meeting with Mirvac and the landowners to provide community feedback.
Save Marrickville invites you to meet the candidates in the NSW election and hear their thoughts on planning and development in our local area. In attendance will be our sitting member, Jo Haylen (Labor), Tom Raue, the candidate for the Greens and Teresa Romanovsky, the candidate for the Animal Justice Party. We have also invited the candidate for the Liberal Party, Leo Wei, but he is yet to confirm whether he will attend.
DATE: Wednesday 13th March
TIME: 7pm to 8pm
VENUE: Marrickville Golf Club, Wharf Rd, Marrickville
We hope to see you on the night.