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Planning Proposal - Ralston Avenue (Belrose)

Consultation has concluded

Council has received a planning proposal to rezone land owned by the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC). The land is located at the western end of Ralston Avenue, Belrose.

Council has received a planning proposal to rezone land owned by the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC). The land is located at the western end of Ralston Avenue, Belrose.

Consultation has concluded
  • Council rejects Planning Proposal and draft Voluntary Planning Agreement

    6 months ago

    At its meeting 19 December 2017, Council resolved to reject the Planning Proposal and draft Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) for Ralston Avenue.

    Through this resolution, Council recommended that the Planning Proposal not proceed in accordance with Section 58 (4) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act).

    By letter dated 21 December 2017, the Department of Planning and Environment advised Council that the planning proposal will be referred to the Planning and Assessment Commission (PAC) under section 54 (2)(c) of the EP&A Act, to obtain independent expert advice as to whether the plan should be made. This is in light of concerns raised by the proponent about the assessment of the planning proposal and their request to have an alternate relevant planning authority appointed.

    Council rejects submissions by the proponent regarding the appropriateness of Council’s assessment processes, however will assist in the PAC’s consideration of the matter. At this stage, no further community consultation is proposed.

    For enquiries, contact Suzy Lawrence, Principal Planner.

    Phone: 1300 434 434

    Email: council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au or use online customer service.

    For more information, visit the document library.


    At its meeting 19 December 2017, Council resolved to reject the Planning Proposal and draft Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) for Ralston Avenue.

    Through this resolution, Council recommended that the Planning Proposal not proceed in accordance with Section 58 (4) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act).

    By letter dated 21 December 2017, the Department of Planning and Environment advised Council that the planning proposal will be referred to the Planning and Assessment Commission (PAC) under section 54 (2)(c) of the EP&A Act, to obtain independent expert advice as to whether the plan should be made. This is in light of concerns raised by the proponent about the assessment of the planning proposal and their request to have an alternate relevant planning authority appointed.

    Council rejects submissions by the proponent regarding the appropriateness of Council’s assessment processes, however will assist in the PAC’s consideration of the matter. At this stage, no further community consultation is proposed.

    For enquiries, contact Suzy Lawrence, Principal Planner.

    Phone: 1300 434 434

    Email: council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au or use online customer service.

    For more information, visit the document library.


  • Council to consider Assessment Report

    6 months ago

    At its upcoming meeting on 19 December 2017, Council will be considering an Assessment Report on the Ralston Avenue Planning Proposal and draft Voluntary Planning Agreement.

    If you wish to attend the Council meeting, it will be held

    • Tuesday 19 December 2017, 6.30pm at the Civic Centre, 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why.

    Please be aware that, in accordance with Council’s Code of Meeting Practice, a maximum of 2 speakers in support and 2 speakers in opposition to the recommendation in the report will be able to address the meeting. A limit of 3 minutes is permitted for any one speaker.

    If you wish to register to speak on the report to be considered by Council, please complete a Request to speak at Council meeting form.

    Please ensure you register to speak no later than midday on the day of the meeting.

    For more information, visit the document library.

    For enquiries, contact Suzy Lawrence, Principal Planner.

    Phone: 1300 434 434

    Email: council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au or use online customer service.


    At its upcoming meeting on 19 December 2017, Council will be considering an Assessment Report on the Ralston Avenue Planning Proposal and draft Voluntary Planning Agreement.

    If you wish to attend the Council meeting, it will be held

    • Tuesday 19 December 2017, 6.30pm at the Civic Centre, 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why.

    Please be aware that, in accordance with Council’s Code of Meeting Practice, a maximum of 2 speakers in support and 2 speakers in opposition to the recommendation in the report will be able to address the meeting. A limit of 3 minutes is permitted for any one speaker.

    If you wish to register to speak on the report to be considered by Council, please complete a Request to speak at Council meeting form.

    Please ensure you register to speak no later than midday on the day of the meeting.

    For more information, visit the document library.

    For enquiries, contact Suzy Lawrence, Principal Planner.

    Phone: 1300 434 434

    Email: council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au or use online customer service.


  • Progress Update

    11 months ago

    The Ralston Avenue Planning Proposal and draft Voluntary Planning Agreement are currently being assessed by Council.

    Over 250 submissions were received from the public and these can be viewed online:

    Formal responses from public authorities, including the Rural Fire Service, are yet to be lodged.

    A report will be prepared for Council’s consideration, including a recommendation whether to support the proposal upon receipt of all public authority comments and the assessment of all submissions. It is anticipated that this report will be considered by Council after Council elections to be held in September 2017.

    Council’s recommendation will then be forwarded to the Department of Planning and Environment, which will make the final determination whether the proposal should proceed.


    The Ralston Avenue Planning Proposal and draft Voluntary Planning Agreement are currently being assessed by Council.

    Over 250 submissions were received from the public and these can be viewed online:

    Formal responses from public authorities, including the Rural Fire Service, are yet to be lodged.

    A report will be prepared for Council’s consideration, including a recommendation whether to support the proposal upon receipt of all public authority comments and the assessment of all submissions. It is anticipated that this report will be considered by Council after Council elections to be held in September 2017.

    Council’s recommendation will then be forwarded to the Department of Planning and Environment, which will make the final determination whether the proposal should proceed.


  • Planning Proposal - Commencement of Exhibition

    about 1 year ago

    The draft Planning Proposal and Voluntary Planning Agreement for Ralston Ave Belrose are now on exhibition.

    View the exhibition documents in the online library, comprising of:

    Documents may also be viewed at Council’s Customer Service Centres in Manly, Dee Why and Mona Vale or Council’s Libraries at Forestville, Warringah Mall, Dee Why, and at the new Glen Street Library opening 3 June 2017.

    Make a submission:

    • Online
    • In Writing to Council marked: “Ralston Avenue Planning Proposal" 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why, 2099
    You can also attend a drop-in session and speak with Council staff at the new Glen St Library
    Wednesday 7 June, from 5-7pm.
    We invite you to register your interest to attend this session.

    To make a submission on the VPA visit the VPA project page

    For enquiries, contact Suzy Lawrence, Senior Strategic Planner, 9942 2111

    Submissions close Sunday 25 June 2017

    The draft Planning Proposal and Voluntary Planning Agreement for Ralston Ave Belrose are now on exhibition.

    View the exhibition documents in the online library, comprising of:

    Documents may also be viewed at Council’s Customer Service Centres in Manly, Dee Why and Mona Vale or Council’s Libraries at Forestville, Warringah Mall, Dee Why, and at the new Glen Street Library opening 3 June 2017.

    Make a submission:

    • Online
    • In Writing to Council marked: “Ralston Avenue Planning Proposal" 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why, 2099
    You can also attend a drop-in session and speak with Council staff at the new Glen St Library
    Wednesday 7 June, from 5-7pm.
    We invite you to register your interest to attend this session.

    To make a submission on the VPA visit the VPA project page

    For enquiries, contact Suzy Lawrence, Senior Strategic Planner, 9942 2111

    Submissions close Sunday 25 June 2017

  • Revised Planning Proposal lodged with Council

    about 1 year ago

    The Department of Planning, following the pre-Gateway review process, granted a Gateway Determination on 28 January 2015.

    From 2015 to 2017, Council has undergone extensive consultation with the Applicant and State government authorities (Rural Fire Service, Office of Environment and Heritage, Roads & Maritime Services, and Transport for NSW). In accordance with the Gateway Determination further studies were undertaken and a number of revisions were submitted by the Applicant. Concerns were raised by the Rural Fire Service and Office of Environment and Heritage regarding respectively bushfire and biodiversity impacts.

    The Applicant has responded to these concerns in a revised Planning Proposal lodged with Council 28 April 2017 to rezone land owned by the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC).

    Council is exhibiting the revised Planning Proposal in accordance with the Alteration to Gateway determination issued by the Department of Planning and Environment on 12 May 2017. Council is the Relevant Planning Authority i.e. the authority responsible for processing the application. However, the Minister for Planning has not delegated authority to Council for the making of a Local Environmental Plan related to the Planning Proposal.

    The intended outcome of the Planning Proposal is to amend Warringah Local Environmental Plan 2011 (WLEP 2011) to rezone 136.62 hectares of land at the western end of Ralston Avenue, Belrose (Lot 1, DP 1139826) to:

    • R2 Low Density Residential - 17.27 hectares (12.6% of the site) with a yield of 156 lots, based upon a minimum lot size of 600 square metres and a maximum building height of 8.5 metres
    • Zone RE1 Public Recreation - 0.3 hectares (0.2% of the site)
    • Zone E3 Environmental Management - 119.05 hectares (87.2% of the site)
    A draft Voluntary Planning Agreement (draft VPA) accompanies the Planning Proposal. The draft VPA includes the dedication of a new public park and other public benefits. The draft VPA can be viewed on the VPA project page.

    The Department of Planning, following the pre-Gateway review process, granted a Gateway Determination on 28 January 2015.

    From 2015 to 2017, Council has undergone extensive consultation with the Applicant and State government authorities (Rural Fire Service, Office of Environment and Heritage, Roads & Maritime Services, and Transport for NSW). In accordance with the Gateway Determination further studies were undertaken and a number of revisions were submitted by the Applicant. Concerns were raised by the Rural Fire Service and Office of Environment and Heritage regarding respectively bushfire and biodiversity impacts.

    The Applicant has responded to these concerns in a revised Planning Proposal lodged with Council 28 April 2017 to rezone land owned by the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC).

    Council is exhibiting the revised Planning Proposal in accordance with the Alteration to Gateway determination issued by the Department of Planning and Environment on 12 May 2017. Council is the Relevant Planning Authority i.e. the authority responsible for processing the application. However, the Minister for Planning has not delegated authority to Council for the making of a Local Environmental Plan related to the Planning Proposal.

    The intended outcome of the Planning Proposal is to amend Warringah Local Environmental Plan 2011 (WLEP 2011) to rezone 136.62 hectares of land at the western end of Ralston Avenue, Belrose (Lot 1, DP 1139826) to:

    • R2 Low Density Residential - 17.27 hectares (12.6% of the site) with a yield of 156 lots, based upon a minimum lot size of 600 square metres and a maximum building height of 8.5 metres
    • Zone RE1 Public Recreation - 0.3 hectares (0.2% of the site)
    • Zone E3 Environmental Management - 119.05 hectares (87.2% of the site)
    A draft Voluntary Planning Agreement (draft VPA) accompanies the Planning Proposal. The draft VPA includes the dedication of a new public park and other public benefits. The draft VPA can be viewed on the VPA project page.
  • Project Update

    almost 4 years ago

    On 23 July 2014, the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) considered the Pre-Gateway review request and recommended that the Planning Proposal proceeds. This recommendation will be considered by the Department of Planning and Environment in deciding whether to grant a Gateway Determination. If granted, the Determination allows the Planning Proposal to proceed in accordance with specified conditions and requirements.

    For more information regarding the Ralston Avenue Planning Proposal Review please see the Planning and Environment Pre-Gateway Review Page

    On 23 July 2014, the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) considered the Pre-Gateway review request and recommended that the Planning Proposal proceeds. This recommendation will be considered by the Department of Planning and Environment in deciding whether to grant a Gateway Determination. If granted, the Determination allows the Planning Proposal to proceed in accordance with specified conditions and requirements.

    For more information regarding the Ralston Avenue Planning Proposal Review please see the Planning and Environment Pre-Gateway Review Page

  • Pre-Gateway Review

    over 4 years ago

    At its meeting on 17 December 2013, Council elected not to forward the Ralston Avenue Planning Proposal to Planning and Infrastructure to seek a  Gateway Determination. Effectively, this meant that the Planning Proposal would no longer be considered by Council.

    On 28 January 2014, Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council lodged a request for a ‘Pre-Gateway review’ which requires Planning and Infrastructure to re-consider the proposal and Council's decision.  Council was informed of the review request on 26 February 2014. As per the process, Council is to lodge a submission which is to be considered by Planning and Infrastructure in response to the Pre-Gateway review request.

    At its meeting on 17 December 2013, Council elected not to forward the Ralston Avenue Planning Proposal to Planning and Infrastructure to seek a  Gateway Determination. Effectively, this meant that the Planning Proposal would no longer be considered by Council.

    On 28 January 2014, Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council lodged a request for a ‘Pre-Gateway review’ which requires Planning and Infrastructure to re-consider the proposal and Council's decision.  Council was informed of the review request on 26 February 2014. As per the process, Council is to lodge a submission which is to be considered by Planning and Infrastructure in response to the Pre-Gateway review request.

  • Information Display

    by site admin 1, about 5 years ago

    Council and applicant Urbis Pty Ltd are facilitating an information display at Belrose Library, Saturday 25 May, 10.30am-12.30pm. This is an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback on the proposal.

    Public comment is invited on the Planning Proposal, which will be on exhibition between Saturday 18 May 2013 and Monday 3 June 2013.

    Council and applicant Urbis Pty Ltd are facilitating an information display at Belrose Library, Saturday 25 May, 10.30am-12.30pm. This is an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback on the proposal.

    Public comment is invited on the Planning Proposal, which will be on exhibition between Saturday 18 May 2013 and Monday 3 June 2013.

  • Planning Proposal - Public Exhibition - closes 3 June 2013

    by site admin 1, about 5 years ago

    Submissions have now closed

    Council is seeking comments on the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council's (MLALC) Ralston Avenue Planning Proposal.

    View the proposal and documents

    They are also available at the Civic Centre, Pittwater Road, Dee Why.

    How to make a submission

    All submissions should be marked Planning Proposal (PEX2013/0003).

    Post: The General Manager Attention Strategic Planning

    Warringah Council, 725 Pittwater Road, DEEWHY NSW 2099.

    Email: council@warringah.nsw.gov.au

    Online: via ‘Applications’.

    Submissions close 5pm Monday 3rd June 2013.

    If the Planning Proposal is accepted by Council and then sucessfully proceeds through the Gateway Process at the NSW Department of Planning & Infrastructure, it will be re-exhibited for a period of 28 days for further public comment.

    Submissions have now closed

    Council is seeking comments on the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council's (MLALC) Ralston Avenue Planning Proposal.

    View the proposal and documents

    They are also available at the Civic Centre, Pittwater Road, Dee Why.

    How to make a submission

    All submissions should be marked Planning Proposal (PEX2013/0003).

    Post: The General Manager Attention Strategic Planning

    Warringah Council, 725 Pittwater Road, DEEWHY NSW 2099.

    Email: council@warringah.nsw.gov.au

    Online: via ‘Applications’.

    Submissions close 5pm Monday 3rd June 2013.

    If the Planning Proposal is accepted by Council and then sucessfully proceeds through the Gateway Process at the NSW Department of Planning & Infrastructure, it will be re-exhibited for a period of 28 days for further public comment.

  • Background

    by site admin 1, about 5 years ago

    The Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC) is proposing to separate their land, a total of 135.3 hectares, into two areas:

    A.   An area of 17.15 hectares (12.7% of the total area) is proposed to be rezoned to R2 Low Density Residential and RE1 Public Recreation. The Planning Proposal states that this land is to subdivided into 169 residential lots and allow for the development of a variety of housing types. A maximum building height of 8.5 metres is proposed to be applied to the residential area as per the nearby residential areas.

    B.   Up to 118.15 hectares (87.3% of the total area) is proposed to be rezoned E3 Environmental Management which will provide for a limited range of development in the interest of protecting the lands ecological and aesthetic values. However, a proportion of this vegetation may need to be managed to limit the risk to the new residential development from bushfire.

    All of the Planning Documents listed below can be found online. Look for the "documents" tab of the e-services web page.

    • Planning Proposal
    • Appendix A Concept Plan
    • Appendix B Ecological Constraints and Biodiversity Offsets Analysis
    • Appendix C Open Space and Recreation Study
    • Appendix D Infrastructure Services and Water Management Strategy
    • Appendix E Bushfire Protection Assessment
    • Appendix F Assessment of Traffic Implications
    • Appendix G Zoning and Building Height Maps
    • Appendix H Economic Impact Assessment
    • Appendix I Housing Needs Study
    • Appendix J Aboriginal Archaeological Assessment
    • Appendix K Contamination Assessment
    • Appendix L Geotechnical Assessment
    • Appendix M Social Impact Assessment
    • Appendix N Electrical Services Strategy
    • Appendix O Consultation Report
    • Appendix P Survey Plan
    • Appendix Q Pre Lodgement Letter and Response

    The Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC) is proposing to separate their land, a total of 135.3 hectares, into two areas:

    A.   An area of 17.15 hectares (12.7% of the total area) is proposed to be rezoned to R2 Low Density Residential and RE1 Public Recreation. The Planning Proposal states that this land is to subdivided into 169 residential lots and allow for the development of a variety of housing types. A maximum building height of 8.5 metres is proposed to be applied to the residential area as per the nearby residential areas.

    B.   Up to 118.15 hectares (87.3% of the total area) is proposed to be rezoned E3 Environmental Management which will provide for a limited range of development in the interest of protecting the lands ecological and aesthetic values. However, a proportion of this vegetation may need to be managed to limit the risk to the new residential development from bushfire.

    All of the Planning Documents listed below can be found online. Look for the "documents" tab of the e-services web page.

    • Planning Proposal
    • Appendix A Concept Plan
    • Appendix B Ecological Constraints and Biodiversity Offsets Analysis
    • Appendix C Open Space and Recreation Study
    • Appendix D Infrastructure Services and Water Management Strategy
    • Appendix E Bushfire Protection Assessment
    • Appendix F Assessment of Traffic Implications
    • Appendix G Zoning and Building Height Maps
    • Appendix H Economic Impact Assessment
    • Appendix I Housing Needs Study
    • Appendix J Aboriginal Archaeological Assessment
    • Appendix K Contamination Assessment
    • Appendix L Geotechnical Assessment
    • Appendix M Social Impact Assessment
    • Appendix N Electrical Services Strategy
    • Appendix O Consultation Report
    • Appendix P Survey Plan
    • Appendix Q Pre Lodgement Letter and Response