The Gwandalan and Summerland Point Peninsula Improvement Group (GaSPPIG) has set out its objections to proposed amendments to a $36m, 405-lot subdivision, at 85 to 95 Kanangra Drive, Gwandalan.
According to a Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE) submitted in support of the application, concept approval for a 623 dwelling subdivision was originally granted under the former Part 3A of the EP&A Act in July, 2012.
This is the third time amendments have been proposed to the 405 lot subdivision since it was subsequently approved by the Joint Regional Planning Panel in June, 2014.
This time the applicant, Scape Constructions, is seeking modifications to a condition of consent that required nest boxes.
The consent was modified in March, 2017, to reduce the staging from 11 stages to six, and to amend several conditions to match the amended staging plans.
The modification permitted the creation of two development lots.
A S4.55(1A) modification application has also recently been lodged with Council in May, seeking to defer the timing of the Pacific Hwy-Kanangra Dve intersection upgrades required by RMS from Stage 2 until Stage 5.
This application is also still currently under assessment and, according to GaSPPIG, is of greatest concern to the community.
The proposed modification now seeks to amend the wording of Condition 14 in order to allow nest boxes to be placed progressively as each stage of the subdivision is developed.
“This will allow for the nest boxes to associate with the clearing of Stage 2, to be installed within the Angophora inopina reserve, whilst additional locations are investigated with Council and other land owners for nest box installation, to accommodate subsequent development stages,” the SEE said.
“Prior to tree clearing in Stage 2, 92 nest boxes will be installed in the Angophora Inopina reserve.
“The timeframe for installation of compensatory nest boxes for the 71 ‘potential’ hollows, will be following habitat tree clearing,” it said.
According to Tony Kirby, GaSPPIG Chairman, “The proponent accepted and agreed to the contractual conditions of consent for the reconstruction of the Pacific Hwy Kanangra Dve intersection.
“Having already achieved a delay in commencement of the work from stage 1, to stage 2, by way of modification A, the proponent is now seeking to further delay the reconstruction of this critical intersection to stage 5, which is not acceptable,” he said.
According to GaSPPIG’s submission, the intersection reconstruction was meant to be completed prior to the commencement of any construction work on the actual subdivision.
“It should be no surprise that, since the original consent, there has been a marked overall increase in population and a corresponding increase in vehicles using Kanangra Dve, which is a one way in-one way out important road.
“It should be a given that any factors contributing to the original staging for the reconstruction of the Pacific Hwy Kanangra Dve intersection have increased as well and should not be delayed,” the GaSPPIG submission said.
“The natural increase in population and construction traffic movements will place a heavier burden on the intersection.
“Increased growth has been exacerbated with the opening of the Catherine Hill Bay subdivision and the sale of several hundred blocks of land; many of these lots have already been built on.”
More new developments for Rosecorp and Coal and Allied, at Nords Wharf and Catherine Hill Bay, have been approved and await construction start dates.
“This increase in housing, with an average 2.5 cars per house, will also contribute to increased through traffic on the Pacific Hwy, both north and south, and create more congestion on the existing Kanagra Dve intersection,” GaSPPIG said.
According to the submission, the proponent hasn’t indicated any benefit if intersection works are further delayed, but will receive a financial benefit if the works are delayed.
DA967/2013, Jul 23
Wyong DA Tracker, Central Coast Council