Draft Planning Proposal - Jim Filmer Reserve (723) and Reserve 23

Submissions closing on 26 September 2018, 12:00 AM

On 13 July 2018, the NSW Department of Planning and Environment issued a Gateway determination, giving permission for Council to publicly exhibit its Planning Proposal to reclassify Jim Filmer Reserve (723) and part of Reserve 23 from ‘community land’ to ‘operational land’ and rezone the lots from RE1 Public Recreation to R4 High Density Residential. The Planning Proposal also seeks to apply a height of building control of 20 metres.

Justification for the proposal

The subject Reserves are considered to have relatively low recreational value due to their isolated location. The Planning Proposal will enable Council, or subsequent owners, to better utilise these sites for high density residential development, which is the dominant surrounding land use.

Reclassification of public land

Public land is managed under the Local Government Act 1993 based on its classification. All public land must be classified as either community land or operational land.

‘Community land’ is land council makes available for use by the general public, for example, parks, reserves or sports grounds. Community land cannot be sold, exchanged or otherwise disposed of by a council.

‘Operational land’ is land which facilitates the functions of council, and may not be open to the general public, for example, a works depot or council garage.

For more information about the classification and reclassification of public land, please refer to LEP Practice Note 16-001.

Make a submission

We encourage you to view the Planning Proposal and have your say.  All submissions must be made in writing by 5 pm on 25 September 2018. You may forward your submission to Planning.Policy@Blacktown.nsw.gov.au or send a hard copy to:

The General Manager
Blacktown City Council

PO Box 63

Please be aware that your submission may be made available to any person or organisation without notification

Any person making a submission must lodge a Disclosure Statement if a reportable political donation or gift has been made to certain people or organisations within the last 2 years.

Public hearing

At least 21 days after the close of the exhibition, Council will organise a public hearing to discuss the proposed reclassification of the subject sites. This is a requirement of the Local Government Act 1993.

All members of the public are welcome to attend the public hearing. We will advertise the date, time and location in the local papers and write directly to all submittors inviting them to attend. It is anticipated that the meeting will be held in the last quarter of 2018.

An independent planning professional will chair the meeting and prepare a report on community feedback.

Final decision

Council will consider all of the public feedback received during the exhibition period and at the public hearing at an Ordinary Council Meeting. At the meeting, Council will make a decision about whether or not to proceed with the Planning Proposal, with or without variation, and forward it to the Department of Planning and Environment to be made law.

All members of the public are welcome to attend the Council meeting. We will write directly to any person who made a submission during the exhibition period and/or attended the public hearing, inviting them to attend. It is anticipated that the meeting will be held in the first quarter of 2019.