This evening I and my fellow petitioners from Smythe Street Merrylands in the Woodville Ward would like to comment on the proposed Local Environment Plan changes to increase the urban density in our street.
Firstly, we would like to thank Councillor Garrard for alerting us to these proposed changes. Without his intervention, we would not have been aware of these matters.
This is in comparison to the Council’s excellent job in communicating the proposed changes in the previous LEP, which we felt had provided for much more community consultation.
Our main concerns in brief are:
1. Parking congestion already exists in our street as a flow-on effect after changes to the adjoining Railway Terrace.
2. The narrow width of the street makes if difficult for cars to pass and damage to property and vehicles has already occurred.
3. Several residents have recently renovated their properties after being advised in the previous LEP that the street would not be zoned for unit developments.
At the last general meeting on the 14th July, the petitioner in Railway Terrace mentioned the difficulties experienced from changes to parking availability and traffic flow due to the RTA redevelopment. This included the removal of parking from the eastern side of the street and no provision for drivers to drop off passengers for the railway station.
These issues have had a flow on effect into Smythe Street resulting in weekday parking congestion where three-quarters of the street is parked out from anywhere between 7:30am and 7:30pm, making entry and exit to one’s property difficult, with cars obscuring vision and sometimes parking over driveways. Recently we had a development of 4 townhouses in the street which has already increased vehicle density, and we are concerned about the multiple impact on street parking, 7 days a week, if the council approves up to 6 storey unit blocks.
Minutes of a previous Council
meeting state the road pavement width of
We have been told that Council would then consider either making the street open to one-way traffic flow only or making the road wider by removing trees and realigning the kerb and guttering. For the first proposal we would ask, “Where then would the current residents and commuters park?” and also “ What would be the implications for traffic flow and access?” And as for the widening of the road, “How will our streetscape look if the trees are removed?”
The question of access and traffic flow have been on the Council agenda previously where the right turn from Loftus street was terminated due to the hazard of collision and also to reduce the quantity of traffic flowing westerly down Smythe street to the Railway station. A roundabout was placed on Merrylands road to steer the majority of the traffic down Merrylands road, which is a much wider street.
We acknowledge that there is a
percentage of housing stock in
The residents ask, “What percentage of land changed to heavier density in the previous LEP has been utilised in the new zoning for high density dwellings?” We ask you to consider the current impact of density and traffic changes affecting the residents and how this impact would be multiplied if higher density dwellings were constructed in our street. We ask you to consider the impact of offending residents and commuters at the cost of appeasing developers.
We ask you to stop and assess the
impact from the grass roots level, before creating multiple dwellings leaving
little or no open space for inhabitants, no space for children to play,
increasing noise pollution and where quality of life is greatly reduced. What
statement are you sending your voters – will
We, the residents of
Response by Acting Manager, Land Use & Transport Planning – Sue Stewart:-
Tonight, Council will be
considering two options for proposed changes to the planning controls in
1. Option 2 – Draft Planning Controls for Merrylands
It should be
noted that under Option 2, land in
2. Public Consultation
Tonight Council is considering which draft zoning option it wishes to be included in the draft Local Environmental Plan when it goes on public exhibition. Residents will have the opportunity to provide comments to Council during the exhibition. This exhibition is likely to be conducted over a 2 month period to enable all stakeholders opportunities for comment. Council will consider all submissions before any final decision is made.
4. Amenity Impacts of Higher Density Development
Development applications for residential flat buildings are examined by Council’s Design Review Panel to ensure that design quality and residential amenity are satisfied. This is over and above the normal assessment process. Neighbouring residents also have the opportunity to comment on such development applications and can raise any concerns about amenity or other impacts before the application is determined by Council.