Tomorrow night Greens Councillor Murray Matson will move a motion calling on local state MPs to facilitate a meeting with the NSW Planning Minister to lobby for exhibition of Randwick Council’s Draft Kensington and Kingsford Planning Strategy.
Councillor Matson says,
“The only chance for Randwick Councillors and local MPs to stop future spot rezonings burying Kensington and Kingsford under 25 storey towers is to back Council’s present draft planning strategy.”
Randwick Councillors are divided over how best to sandbag their Kensington and Kingsford town centres against a tide of private development proposals to build 25 storey towers along that section of Anzac Parade.
Council Matson says that the key is to convince the State Government of the value of “…area-wide planning against allowing proposals for single site ‘spot rezonings’ to go past the Council to the local independent planning panel”.
The Council’s draft strategy essentially wants to limit high rize development to just 16 to 18 storeys in clusters around three planned CSELR light rail stops. But the strategy has been under heavy attack by the developer lobby group the Urban Taskforce which wants much more generous height allowances.