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NSW Sutherland Shire - REJECTED sad Developer
Sometimes you just can't win. The area is zoned HIGH DESITY....BUT council plans to rezone it medium density residential. So developer buys and does the DA in good faith only to be told sorry we will change our mind later .....
Three-storey plan knocked back
19 May, 2012 02:00 PM
KIRRAWEE residents are rejoicing after Sutherland Shire Council rejected a $1.9 million development application for a three-story residential building in Flora Street.
The development broadly complied with the area's zoning and was originally recommended for approval.
But councillors accused the Department of Planning and Infrastructure of getting the zoning wrong and want the area rezoned to prevent future development of a similar nature.
The site is zoned high density residential, but the council plans to rezone it medium density residential. It also wants a two-storey, nine-metre height limit and will investigate the possibility of rezoning it again for open space.
About 15 Kirrawee residents attended the May 7 council meeting, with several interjecting to urge councillors to reject the proposal.
Councillor Phil Blight said the proposed building was far larger than surrounding homes.
"This is very poor planning," Cr Blight told the Leader.
"It shows what happens when the state government decides planning issues at a desk in the city and doesn't look at the impacts on residents' homes and yards."
The application, lodged by Bill Zervos, was originally recommended for approval by council staff.
But the Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel found it should be rejected because it was "not sympathetic to the existing streetscape" and would have an "unacceptable amenity impact" on neighbouring residents.
The Leader was unable to reach Mr Zervos for comment.
Resident George Edwards said it was "terrible" that a proposal so out of proportion with the street had come so close to being approved.
Francisco Hoffman, who lives next door to the proposed development, said a three-storey building would leave his home permanently shaded.
"The light was a really big factor in buying the house," Mr Hoffman said.
source: The Leader