Meriton Apartments Development at
Your Action is
necessary NOW to HELP STOP this development
believe a lot of people are very disturbed by the application by
Meriton Apartments to the Minister for Planning for the development of
600 apartments in sixteen 3 and 5 storey blocks Warriewood, but feel
helpless to do anything about it.
With any luck this type of
development will never happen on Scotland island but it could easily
happen in Mona Vale, maybe Newport.
They are both on a Major bus route and Mona Vale is a major centre and
Newport has a lot of everyday services.
do not copy/cut and paste from this document, but paraphrase -- do not
just send in word for word submission, change the order and even
font. If you just copy and paste it only counts as a form
and only as one
If you want to view the Meriton application go to http://majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au
and follow the link to the "on exhibition" page.
close next Friday, 14th May at 5 pm. You must quote the ref. no. MP 09-
0162, include your name and address, and the address of the
development, 14-18 Bondah Rd Warriewood.
submissions should be sent to;
GPO Box 39
NOTE there is an underscore between plan and comment
P.O. Box 882
NOTE there is an underscore between pittwater and council
Apartments have applied to the Department of Planning to build sixteen
3 to 5 storey apartment blocks with 600 dwellings of one, two or three
bedrooms at 14-18 Boondah Rd at its intersection with
St. -- on the high side of Mcpherson St.
submission does not have to be long. Any thing that could impact on
you, your friends or our community is good enough reason to
It does not have to be backed up with
documentation or numbers. Even one issue is worthwhile--it should not
take long but may have long lasting effect on your suburb--people
power is all we have left.
seems as though the Dept of Planning (DoP) who used to do the strategic
planning for NSW have been forced to forsake that role to concentrate
on just getting as much new housing approved in as short a time as
possible--like supermarket checkouts in peak hour.
Valley and it's infrastructure to accommodate the needs of new
residents was carefully planned for (approx) 2012 new
DoP itself decided on this number on the basis of a number of studies
commissioned by both themselves and Pittwater Council.
This averages at about 25 dwelling per hectare, but Meritons
application is for 75 dwellings per hectare.
Meriton's application is approved there will be 420 more
dwellings than planned for BUT it opens the door for land still to be
developed to be developed at 75 dwellings per hectare rate.
alone have already applied to the Govt for an extra 356 extra
dwellings--399 rather the the 43 Council had allocated--on their land
on the corner of Mcpherson St and Warriewood Rd--and that
just be the beginning !!
Some reasons to write a submission to the DoP may be
do not copy word for word or cut and paste or put issues in
same order. If you all do it, the DoP counts it as one submission)
AND YOU MAY HAVE OTHERS
Part 3a legislation is the way which Meritons now have the
ability to ask the Dept of Planning to assess this
application. They choose this way this because they can
Council's Planning Framework for Warriewood Valley which
prescribes how much and where development can take place. It is under
this Planning Framework that ALL other
to drew up their designs--this new legislation is not a fair
previous developers or home owners in Warriewood Valley.
for new residents is paid for by the developers paying into
Section 94 Contribution Fund. Currently that levy is $62,200 per
dwelling. Meritons argue that they should only pay $20,000.
levy was added into the cost of your dwelling. You paid the
which was in place at the time you purchased your dwelling-- it is
recalculated regularly as costs rise--
$20,00 per dwelling how will the extra funds be found to fulfill the
needs of the extra residents, over and above the number of new
residents whose needs were planned for; e.g for open space for passive
and active recreation; playing fields and associated car
multi use paths for bicycles and pedestrians; re
creekline corridors and recreational opportunities in those; children's
playgrounds; bridges across the creeks; board walks through the
wetlands; the management of storm water to flood proof the Valley and
North Narrabeen, water quality devices, street trees to shade
- A developer only has to make
good the road and footpath on their half of the road in front of their
development--AND the Section 94 fund only pays for infrastructure
within the land release area. Who will pay to resurface and kerb and
gutter the other side of Boondah Rd ?
all the extra residents, and that Meritons only want to pay $20,000 per
dwelling and that to do supermarket shopping at Warriewood Centre a car
is needed, and that the that these following local intersections are
almost at crisis point, who will pay for roundabouts e.g. at
Garden St/Jacksons Rd, Jacksons Rd/ Boondah Rd,
Rd/Garden St, and the Jacksons Rd/entry to Centro Warriewood, Boondah
Rd and Vuko Place? your rates will have to fund these upgrades.
- How will Council acquire the land needed for
the extra playing fields, maybe even on Boondah Rd and the associated
could be argued that kids will walk to and from Soccer at Boondah Rd.
Maybe, maybe not. Certainly the under 10's should not. The
is currently running a TV ad campaign saying that children
10 should hold an adults hand when crossing roads. So will Mum or Dad
walk with their child to Soccer or will they drive? and maybe shop for
the hour the game is on? Where will they park?
overflow parking for the N Narrabeen fields and the Boondah Rd fields
is at Warriewood Centro -- how soon will it be
Centro clamps down by charging for parking? then where will
cars be parked?
- and what about safety of children
when the car parking for the playing fields is on both sides tof
Boondah Rd and the shortest and quickest way from the Meritons
Apartments to Warriewood Centro is through this car park?
only want to pay $20,000 Section 94 levy per dwelling. They claim is
that this will make housing affordable-- maybe for the initial
purchaser, but not for long as there is no mechanism in place to ensure
they remain "affordable"
- There is limited
parking proved for each unit on the site, with just over 1 car parking
place per unit. So where will all the other car be parked?
the transport difficulties we experience and that the nearest public
transport interchanges are at Dee Why, Manly Wharf, Chatswood, York St
and Central railway, it is virtually impossible to live this far out of
the city and not own a car. With manners being what they are many older
residents and even pregnant woman already have to stand most
the way to and/or from the city.
Even the young singles,
couples, young marrieds or single older residents who may be the
occupants of the one bedroom units will need a car, as lack of good,
public transport makes it virtually impossible to live in Warriewood
and not own a car.
Given the example of other town houses
in Warriewood a quick car count will show that in the 3 bedroom units
there could well be up to 3 or 4 cars per dwelling--where do they park ?
is an hour or more to the city by bus, before changing from bus to
train or other bus to get to a University or TAFE ( except Brookvale
with it's limited curriculum)) work, visit Grandma or friends
may live on the other side of the city or indeed even anywhere west of
- extra traffic, over and
above that calculated by Council's consultant's Traffic Studies, which
at the time 19933/4 took into account the intersections and road system
in the general area . This has hardly improved since that time and
again these factor were taken into account when determining the density
of dwellings to be built in the Valley.
is it that all of a sudden the State Govt can make legislation that
allows a developer to apply to built at three times the density of that
considered appropriate given the Environmental constraints in the
Valley and the level of Government Infrastructure.
will be extra traffic , over and above that shown in the Traffic
Study along Mcpherson St as this is the shortest and quickest
to access Mona Vale Rd and Powderworks Rd.
traffic, over and above that calculated on Mona Vale Rd and Powderworks
Rd. The intersection of Powderworks Rd and Garden St is a nightmare
during the evening peak hour causing traffic coming from the west to
disperse through residential streets and Jacksons Rd -- and
others just sit in a traffic jam.
- extra traffic
over and above that calculated through the intersection of Pittwater Rd
and Wakehurst Parkway, Pittwater Rd and Waterloo St, Narrabeen, Forest
Way and Mona vale Rd and Wakehurst Parkway and Warringah Rd and from
Neutral Bay to the city is already a sea of buses jockeying for places
on the already overcrowded road system.
Only one issue you feel grieved about is good enough to write a
- parking spaces
outside Warriewood Rd houses, east of Vuko Place will be taken over as
a traffic lane--where will these residents park and how will they be
able to back onto Warriewood Rd in peak hours?
Each individual submission will be counted so the more the better each
member of your family can sent their own - not just a copy of each other's
want to know how much noise is going on in the community.
The number of
submissions received is their way of knowing that.
Minister for Planning will get to know about any comments in newspapers
and the internet--the more the better--just do it, please...
is a front page article in the Manly Daily Wed 5 May, on the
Meriton proposal so you can post your comments on the feedback page of
the paper at: http://manly-daily.whereilive.com.au/news/story/triguboff/
is an easy way to get comment out there, and it might get
thinking enough to write a submission on the application.
Ph (02) 9997-1723
Pile Burn at Pathilda
Reserve, 16 May
Reduction of E86 services ?
regulars to/from the city:
I have been told by staff at Wynyard that Sydney Buses is considering
the ‘reduction’ of E86 services.
He was unable to let me know which particular ones only that it is
under consideration. I’m letting you all know because I think we should
nip this in the bud prior to anything going ahead.
You might have also noticed that they are currently trialling two extra
E89 as well as two extra E87 services out of the city in the afternoon.
If we’re happy with these services then you should also let them know.
I personally think the more buses the better as they free seats on the
I’ve found lately that my bus is very busy ex-Wynyard because earlier
ones which stop at Collaroy, Narrabeen or Mona Vale have been delayed.
If you feel strongly about keeping our service or would like to comment
on any of the below:
additional earlier service ex-Church Point
reinstate the Warringah Mall stop
reinstate ‘first set down Narrabeen’ for services ex-city
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