I had the
pleasure of speaking at the No Maccas in The Hills community meeting today. It
was great to see a couple of hundred people join the meeting, forfeiting their
sunny Sunday afternoon to hear more about the campaign.
about the process of the demolition on the site as well as a couple of
important consultations the council is currently undertaking.
the demolition was a separate process to the construction and that a demolition
permit would be issued by a private building surveyor, as part of that process
an ‘asset protection permit’ would need to be issued by council to ensure the
protection of council assets, in this case the footpath and drains. I said
council would get a copy of the demolition permit and also be advised of when
the demolition would take place. For more general info on the demolition
process read my recent blog entry here.
first about council’s consultation on our health and wellbeing plan and how
important it is to input to this consultation. I have heard so much about the
proximity of this development to sensitive uses such as the Primary School and
the PreSchool, it’s important that if the community are concerned about this
and any potential to link to childhood obesity then they need to input to the
online forum and the health and wellbeing consultation is the right place to do
it. You can read more about participating here.
talked about what’s called in planning jargon, C126. C126 is a planning scheme
amendment that seeks to include Design and Development Overlays (DDOs) in the
planning scheme to guide the built form in townships. Given that built form was
such an important element in the objection to McDonalds I expected that the
community might include their concerns about drive through restaurants and
their impact on pedestrian friendly design and pedestrian friendly townships. I
also talked about Hurstbridge and their “township zoning” which means there is
greater scrutiny over any application process unlike the Business One zone
currently in place in Tecoma and that may be something the community might like
to further investigate. You can read more about submitting to the C126
encouraged meeting goers to participate across the consultation process, it’s
very hard to make a case to my councillor colleagues and to other tiers of
government without submissions calling for change, submissions and participation
from the community gives a far greater credibility to any advocacy or planning
scheme changes we might undertake.
by saying if anyone asked me if the campaign had reached its full potential I
would have no hesitation in telling them you aint seen nothing yet.
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