DISCLAIMER: This document is an Independent Planning Commission release.
It relates to Randwick City Council’s area-wide “Kensington and Planning Strategy” (K2K) that is intended to block un-controlled single-site “spot” rezoning proposals from private developers seeking to permission to build high tower blocks in the Anzac Parade corridor section that links the Kensington and Kingsford town centres.
IPC CONCLUDES KENSINGTON AND KINGSFORD GATEWAY DETERMINATION REVIEW
Monday 29 October 2018
A review by the state’s Independent Planning Commission has backed Randwick City Council’s right to levy developers to help fund local infrastructure as part of a major revitalisation of Kensington and Kingsford.
Council submitted a $300 million proposal to transform the Anzac Parade corridor into vibrant communities by encouraging new residential and commercial development in Kensington and Kingsford to the Department of Planning and Environment for approval in February last year.
The Kensington and Kingsford Planning Proposal (K2K) sought to increase maximum building heights and density limits in both town centres and introduce higher levies on new development to fund much-needed community infrastructure.
That included the introduction of a Community Infrastructure Contribution (CIC) scheme for developers who take advantage of the new height and density limits.
The Department issued a Gateway determination last December recommending significant changes to the K2K, including the removal of the CIC, prior to it going on public exhibition.
The matter was referred to the Commission in August this year after Council asked the Department for the determination to be independently reviewed.
IPC Chair, Professor Mary O’Kane AC, appointed a two-member Panel, comprising Mr John Hann (Chair) and Mr Stephen O’Connor, to conduct the review and provide advice to the Greater Sydney Commission.
The Panel met with representatives of Council and the Department on several occasions and inspected several key sites in the Kensington and Kingsford areas.
Having considered all the material before it, the Commission has today (Monday 29 October) handed down the findings of its Review.
It’s found the proposed CIC is not dissimilar to schemes already operating in other Local Government Areas, including at Green Square in the City of Sydney LGA and Burwood Town Centre in the Burwood LGA.
The Commission said it’s satisfied the CIC scheme outlined in K2K is “a valid mechanism to attain contributions towards community infrastructure” in the Kensington and Kingsford town centres”, subject to revisions.
It’s recommended to the Greater Sydney Commission that Council be required to adopt a revised CIC clause which “clearly addresses both height and FSR (floor space ratio) and more clearly defines community infrastructure” as recreation areas, recreation facilities (indoor and outdoor), public roads, drainage and community facilities.
The revised clause will ensure developers who take advantage of increased maximum building height and FSR in Kensington and Kingsford by choosing to participate in the CIC scheme contribute fairly to appropriate community infrastructure.
The IPC’s recommendations are not binding on the Greater Sydney Commission.
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- K2K – Greens Mayor Lindsay Shurey: “people of Kensington and Kingsford deserve better” as NSW Department of Planning forces extra density into draft planning strategy and denies Randwick Council power to levy developers for needed infrastructure upgrades – 14th December 2017
- Green Councillor calls for confrontation between Randwick Council and State Government in run up to Council elections over Kingsford and Kensington spot rezonings – 19th May 2017
- K2K – NSW Government and Local MPs Must Back Randwick Councils Draft Planning Strategy Against 25 Storey High Rise Threats In Kensington and Kingsford – 2nd May 2017
- Kingsford to Kensington (K2K) town centre review: Councillor implores Loracn Byrne to meet with him and General Manager – 17th January 2017
- Will Randwick Council’s draft planning proposal based on the winning K2K urban planning competition be enough to head off twenty five storey towers in the Kensington and Kingsford Town Centres? – 8th December 2016