Lane Cove Labor and Councillor Andrew Zbik have been paying attention and they recognise that the community in and around St Leonards South have concerns about plans to rezone the area, and to increase building height limits and resident numbers without adequately improving local infrastructure.
Councillor Andrew Zbik invited Shadow Minister for Planing and Infrastructure Michael Daley MP to listen to residents. A community meeting was held on Friday, 9th of March at Newlands Park where over 100 people attended to voice their opinions and concerns.
Andrew Zbik has read hundreds of emails from residents and says that “In every submission that I have read and every conversation that I have had with local residents, they have raised concerns about road congestion, public transport, school capacity and pressures on local healthcare services.”
“We have not seen density like this in our area before. This is a game changer and we only have one chance to get it right. That’s why it’s so important that we look at a plan that takes into consideration all of the Council areas of North Sydney, Willoughby and Lane Cove.”
Lane Cove Council has already reached its 2021 housing supply target. 1900 new residences are currently being built. The St Leonards South development will add another 2400 on top of that.
As it stands, Lane Cove Council has no current housing supply target to meet.
Residents are anxious but many understand the need for some development of the area. As there is no current regulatory housing requirement to be met, perhaps more time could be taken to consult with residents to ensure that any development does not spoil the area that they know and love.
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