In a big win for residents, the Georges River Council has supported more in-person consultations on the Mortdale and Beverly Hills draft master plans.
Last night, the council voted to write to the Planning Minister to remove the requirement that Master Plans be completed by June 30.
The council also voted to hold an in-person community consultation for the Mortdale and Beverly Hills master plans and, once the plans are approved by the council, will place them on public display for 28 days.
“We need to provide some certainty to the Mortdale and Beverly Hills communities on the preliminary master plans,” said Councilwoman Kathryn Landsberry.
“It’s really important that we expose them. It’s very important that we go back to the community and have the plans modified to be much more acceptable to what the community will accept.”
“The community is willing to accept some of the proposed revitalization, but not all of it. We need to work together to get the outcome right for everyone.”
Concerned that the June 30 deadline for completion of the Master Plan was approaching, the Save Mortdale Village Community Group called for more face-to-face community consultations.
Georges River Council said it was not currently holding in-person community meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but was continuing to accept public presentations on the Master Plan.
So the group decided to fund their own developer and conduct their own face-to-face consultation with the community to inform residents of what is proposed for Mortdale Town Center.
Consultation sessions were held today in the Mortdale United Church Hall.
The group’s spokeswoman, Catherine Ford, singled out Hurstville, who said it had been stripped of its identity by excessive development that was not suitable for Mortdale.
“Mortdale is a quiet but prosperous community. The Master Plan will make it a very unattractive place to live,” he said.
The group opposes preliminary Master Plan proposals for an additional 969 units, or 1,189 with additional affordable housing allowance, and six- to eight-story developments on Morts Road. Cook Street and Victoria Avenue.
Concerns with the draft Master Plan include an expansion of the B2 zone on Cook Street to include land currently zoned as R2 Low Density Residential.
Council properties at 25, 27 and 29 Cook Streets and 30 Morts Road would have a proposed height of 22 meters or 28 meters with the affordable housing bonus.
The land on Macquarie Place currently zoned R4 High Density Residential would be zoned as B2 Local Center and the land on Pitt Street currently zoned as R4 High Density Residential would be rezoned as B2 Local Center.
Resident David Martin said the council had produced a plan that is totally out of character with Mortdale.
“It is the beginning of the destruction of our town,” he said.
“The Georges River Council area already has more people per square kilometer than 20 other boroughs in the Sydney metropolitan area.
“Current R4 high-density residential means no more than 40 feet. The Master Plan calls for a possible 90 feet to create another Kogarah or Hurstville and destroy our town.”
Mortale’s population is now 11,000. The population forecast for 2036 is an increase of 600. Based on this figure, Mortdale only needs 273 new homes, less than the listing of 1,189 homes.
“The council must uphold the wishes of the people and not override our democracy and hand over control to developers.”
Peter Thompson, who has lived in Mortdale for more than 50 years, said the streets were not built for high-density development.
He described Mortdale as an island suburb that is restricted by only one road access to the city center.
“The current population is 11,089. With 969 new houses there would be an increase of 3,000 people.
‘The Georges River Council has not done any forecast modeling. The national standard for a house or housing unit is 10 daily trips in a single car. That would mean an additional 9,690 traffic movements per day.
“The council has failed to simulate the impact the Master Plan will have on traffic and parking.
“Metered parking will have to enter and time restrictions.”
The Save Mortdale Village Community Group is encouraging residents to write individual submissions to council about their objections to the Master Plan.