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Collapse Issue 579:<br />09 Oct 2023<br />_____________Issue 579:
09 Oct 2023
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Council withdraws reserve from reclassification process
Ettalong ferry service may not resume for weeks
After-hours medical service announces closure
Umina chosen for Urgent Care Clinic
Baiting program to target wild dogs and foxes
Church holds Blessing of the Pets
Brigade members walk to Little Wobby to fight fire
Ferry wharf trees removed
Four gardens take part in Edible Garden Trail
Varroa mite eradication efforts abandoned
Grants to local groups*
Cooking competition held at Umina CWA*
Shade tree group seeks 'watering angels'
Monthly community breakfast raises funds for hall*
Dementia cafe held last week*
The reward of removing a weed
Crafts centre to hold exhibition and sale*
Food donated to Mary Macs for pets
Pelican Park and cricket club benefit in State Budget*
Official 'farewell' as Jane steps down from presidency*
Heritage boat challenge to run along Woy Woy channel*
Gardening club meets at Umina library*
Marine rescue training*
Rotary club holds Swinging 60s night*
Rotary club holds trivia night*
Council announces second year of 'stable' finances*
Free graffiti removal kits*
Low monthly rainfall for September
Planning Panel insists on boundary landscaping
Proposal for 21 flats in Trafalgar Ave
Submission claims consultant's remarks are offensive
Removal of large street tree approved by planning panel*
Architects show options for Peninsula Plaza
Lions Park future joins other Peninsula consultations
Two petitions oppose Austin Butler reclassification
Little about Peninsula in Strategic Planning Statement*
Reserve is less than a metre above sea level*
C'mon Rik, hit up that nice Mr Minns for some trees
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Keep an eye out for sick pelicans as weather warms
No action on Peninsula heat island health crisis
Change of Hart, but not out of the woods
Yes, no or I don't know*
Aunt moves in to aged care facility to be near neice
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Umina artist wins ephemeral art prize
Musicians support Yes vote*
Patchwork group member showns three recent quilts*
Early childhood educators meet up at St John's
Woy Woy South is 'excelling', says principal
Positive behaviour brings joy, says principal
Call for parents to label jumpers
School raises almost $5000 through skipping challenge
A range of improvements at Woy Woy South*
New roofs on two school blocks
Students take part in netball gala day
Ettalong holds 'shelter in place' drill*
Donations wanted for Christmas raffle*
Ettalong Eagles in zone bowls finals
Woy Woy Lions under-12s show them how it is done
Ettalong charity bowls raises $1000
Outrigger club attends first regatta for season
Bunnies to hold annual general meeting*
Cricket club receives grant for mobile scoreboard*
Cycling club holds two rides from Woy Woy
Bridge club announces Saturday 'best three' winners
Fab Fenton hosts sports trivia quiz*
Beach patrol season starts
Surf club team completes Kokoda Trail trek
Association announces 'phase two' netball players
Social bowls ahead of NRL final
Photographers wanted for park run
Roosters announce signings for 2024
Two major soccer awards to Southern and Ettalong
Council grants $2000 for soccer marquee*
Boardriders hold joint party*
Swans receive grant for canteen equipment*



Proposal for 21 flats in Trafalgar Ave

A 21-unit two-storey development costing $9.18 million has been proposed for three lots fronting 290-294 Trafalgar Ave, Umina.

The site includes 23 Hector St as well as the three lots in Trafalgar Ave, opposite Wellington St.

The residential flat building will be two storeys with basement parking and will have three single-bedroom units, 14 two-bedroom units and four three-bedroom apartments.

According to the application "overview", parking will be provided for 36 cars, including two accessible parking bays.

However, the basement plan appears to indicate 37 car spaces and in at least two other places the application states that there are three "disabled" car spaces.

According to the application prepared by Doug Sneddon Pty Ltd: "The subject land has an area of 2257 square metres, with a western frontage of 43.895m to Trafalgar Ave; a small eastern frontage to Hector St; a northern side boundary of 51.62m; and a southern boundary of 52.78m."

The floor space ratio of the proposed development is 0.76:1, exceeding the 0.7:1 ratio permitted by the planning provisions.

A written "clause 4.6 variation request" has been provided as an appendix to the application, running to 13 pages.

The principal argument appears to be: "The proposed development will not be visually prominent; will have a bulk and scale appropriate to its urban context; and will be compatible with the bulk and scale of multi-storey residential flat buildings envisaged under current planning controls."

The only other notified non-compliance with planning provisions is for the rear setback which at 1.685 metres is considerably less than the 4.5 metres required.

The application states: "It is considered that the proposed 1.685m rear boundary setback is reasonable in the circumstances because this boundary is fundamentally a side boundary shared with the adjacent property."

In another inconsistency, the computer-generated perspectives featured in the application show the retention of two large trees on the site.

However, the plans show that these will be removed.

According to the arborist report prepared by Advanced Treescape Consulting, all nine trees on the site are to be removed.

The report states one is to be removed because it "failed the Visual Tree Assessment".

Four are listed as "exempt", because they are considered noxious weeds and four are to be removed to "facilitate the proposed development plans".

The application, DA/1787/2023, concludes that the development "will have minimal environmental impact and that the subject land is environmentally suitable for the proposed development".

It is currently on public exhibition and available for written submissions until October 23.

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