In Focus Lane Cove Lane Cove Council Community Newsletter July 2018 1 New Creative Studios space Over the past six months Council has been refurbishing the space at 164-172 Longueville Road to create new premises for Centrehouse, now known as Lane Cove Creative Studios. The completed facility provides space for pottery, printmaking, photography, textiles and other arts activities supported by teaching rooms and artist in residence spaces. Celebrations were recently held to mark the opening ahead of Term 3 classes taking place under the newly branded Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios. For details of activities, visit www.gallerylanecove.com.au Council has been granted a 12 month extension to complete the St Leonards South Planning Proposal to allow for the public release and consideration of the State Government’s St Leonards/ Crows Nest Precinct Draft Land Use Infrastructure and Implementation Plan. This will assist Council and the community in understanding the State Government infrastructure planned across this precinct and the context of the St Leonards South proposal in relation to the entire St Leonards/Crows Nest Precinct. Council also recently sought clarity and a commitment from the State Government that Council’s housing supply targets would be met if the St Leonards South Planning Proposal proceeds and given the recent rezonings in St Leonards east of the railway line. The Greater Sydney Commission has confirmed that the additional capacity created through these local planning initiatives will count towards achievement of the 10 year target which Council is required to meet. In effect this means Council can develop a 10 year Housing Strategy based on the St Leonards East and South precincts only. Council has successfully obtained a 12 month deferral for the implementation of the State Government’s new Medium Density Housing Code and Design Guide, which would override Council’s planning controls by permitting villas and terraces/townhouses in the R2 (Residential) zone. The Code permits both villas and terraces to a height of 8.5 metres, overriding Council’s height control of 5 metres, which was designed to accommodate villas only. While Council supports and encourages housing diversity, the provisions of the Code and Guide have not taken into account the Lane Cove Local Government Area local planning context with regards to multi-dwelling housing. Council in May submitted a Planning Proposal to the NSW Government to remove multi-dwelling housing from the R2 zone. Public consultation of the change is anticipated to commence in August 2018, with the matter to be finalised before the expiration of the 12 month deferral. St Leonards South Rezoning Update Update on New Medium Density Rules Upgraded facility for families Local residents accessing the valuable services of the Lane Cove Child and Family Health Centre will benefit from the recently refurbished space at 164 Longueville Road. Member for Lane Cove, the Hon. Anthony Roberts MP joined the Mayor of Lane Cove, Clr Pam Palmer and Chief Executive of Northern Sydney Local Health District Deb Willcox to open the facility last month. When speaking of the opening Mr Roberts said, “It is fantastic to see this service operating in a space which better reflects the important role it plays in supporting our families in Lane Cove”. The refurbishment was undertaken by Council, utilising a grant from the NSW Government.