UPDATE AS AT 3 APRIL 2016

THURSDAY 7 APRIL AT 5PM AT NORTH SYDNEY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

PUBLIC MEETING OF JOINT REGIONAL PLANNING PANEL

TO BEGIN DETERMINATION OF THE BERRYS BAY MARINA DA

The decision process on whether the Berrys Bay Marina Development Application should be approved or refused has begun following the long phase of submissions and assessment. This decision will NOT be a Council decision but is made by the Joint Regional Planning Panel, JRPP, for Sydney East, consisting of three Government appointees and two North Sydney Councillors. The Chair is Dr John Roseth, a respected senior planner.

The public are invited to attend the public meeting and we encourage you to attend on Thursday.

The JRPP has now received the detailed Assessment Report commissioned by Council from the external planning assessor. The JRPP has also received the hundreds of submissions lodged by the community and interested parties. The purpose of the public meeting is for the JRPP to hear additional information commenting on that report before making its decision.

You can find the Assessment Report by clicking on the ‘Council Assessment Report’ link on the webpage: http://www.jrpp.nsw.gov.au/Meetings/tabid/82/ctl/view/JRPP_ID/2315/mid/460/a/1/language/en-US/Default.aspx  .

The Assessor has recommended that the DA be refused on many grounds and despite its length is very worth reading.

We strongly encourage you to attend the meeting because a large attendance will reinforce to the JRPP the breadth of community concern at the excessive scale of the proposed development.  Precinct representatives and others will address the meeting.  It is not necessary that you speak.

If you wish to address the 7 April meeting you must register with the Regional Panels Secretariat by 4pm Wednesday 6 April 2016 on 9228 2060 or by email to jrppenquiry@jrpp.nsw.gov.au.

It is very important to note that this is a planning consent meeting and is not an occasion for public protest. Our behaviour must be appropriate with no interjections from the floor.

Although the Assessor’s recommendation is for refusal the JRPP makes up its own mind. It is very important to remember that for the Clontarf Marina DA the Manly Council Assessment Report in 2014 recommended ‘refusal’ but that JRPP approved that DA with conditions. So, as ever, we must keep our firm representations on the excessive scale and nature of this proposal.

There will be a further public meeting because of a procedural issue with public notification of the first meeting date. The date of this further meeting is yet to be announced but if you cannot attend on Thursday this will be another opportunity to attend and speak. However we recommend a strong attendance at the Thurs 7th April meeting.

Contact us for further information at wavertonprecinct@icloud.com.