On Monday 26 August, Lake Macquarie City Councillors will be asked to endorse an extended planning precinct on the Toronto Foreshore, to assist the safe passage of the 6-storey Bath St development proposal.
Councillors are being asked to endorse an extended Foreshore precinct that includes the 6-storey tower on Bath St/Victory Row, Arnott and Bay St residences and the Royal Motor Yacht Club. Areas not previously considered as part of the Toronto Foreshore project.
The reason for the precinct proposal is that “Feedback from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) indicates it is not likely to support a proposal to amend LEP 2014 controls only for Council’s land at 4 Bath Street and 1B Victory Row.”
Lake Macquarie City Council by over-riding its own master planning and community consultation processes are shifting the goal posts and proposing to change their own planning rules to get a favourable commercial outcome, setting a poor precedent for planning, governance and trust.
Included in this proposal is also rezoning multiple foreshore parcels of ‘operational land’, that the community always believed to be ‘community land’. This is a positive aspect of the proposal. Unfortunately it is an all or nothing option that is being put forward.
With only 2 options being presented to Councillors it opens a window of opportunity for them to reconsider the 6-storey Bath St tower by reflecting on the community’s need for more open space.
It is a chance for Councillors to acknowledge the outpouring of opposition to commercialisation of the foreshore and respect the feedback to date such as the 450-person public meeting, a 5200-signature petition and repeated representations.
If councillors choose to not proceed with the LEP precinct planning proposal Council would have to abide by its current planning instruments that have been designed to guide the growth of Toronto in an integrated and strategic manner.
The Toronto Foreshore Protection Group calls upon Councillors to act in good faith and respect its own planning processes by rejecting this premature and ill-considered proposal to amend the LEP and provide the Toronto community with the much-needed foreshore parkland for our growing population.
We are urging the community to attend Monday’s Council meeting 26/8/19 at 6:30pm
This is the agenda item being discussed
Here is a recent media release outlining some of the issues
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