Here we go again! Blenheim Park is once again under attack from High Rise Development !
ü The purpose of this email is to alert you to an issue that has come up.
ü Put Tuesday 28th June @ 7pm aside to attend the Council meeting to have your say about this very important issue.
ü Get ready to text, email and ring your Councillors – not yet, I will let you know when is the right time.
ü Be ready for a photo in the newspaper in 2 weeks time – I will coordinate it with you.
ü There is nothing more to do today. I will keep you informed.
As you know, Council on 26th April 2016 unanimously resolved to acquire the 3 houses adjacent to Blenheim Park and to incorporate that land into Blenheim Park. The resolution instructed the general manager to attempt, in the first instance, to acquire the land on commercial terms. That is, the developer would get a fair price for the land as it is currently zoned – low density residential (R2).
This resolution followed Councils 9-1 rejection of the developer proposing a 16 storey development with a floor space ratio (FSR) of 4.3:1.
A rescission motion has been put before Council and will be debated at the next Council meeting on Tuesday 28th June at 7pm. This rescission motion seeks to overturn the decision to acquire the land and return it to Blenheim Park. If the developer gets his way, he wants to try and convince Councillors that he is hard done by. He will tell Councillors that it isn’t fair that he can’t develop his land into 16 storeys. He will tell Councillors that they will suffer financial hardship if we don’t allow him to develop the site as he wants. He will tell Councillors that there is something underhanded about the proposal that the community, some Councillors and staff want to preserve the amenity of local residents.
Let’s remember, when a developer buys low density residential home sites (Zoned R2) on the hope that they can rezone the land to high density for home units – it is a purely speculative proposal. It is a risk. It is a commercial decision. There is nothing underhanded about the community saying “Thanks but no thanks”. I am always in favour of reasonable development and allowing a mix of housing in the appropriate locations, but North Ryde has done its bit with the development of Lachlans Line and the North Ryde Station precinct.
ü Please feel free to pass on this email to other members of the community who has an interest in the future of Blenheim Park
ü Get ready to ring, text and email your Councillors
ü Talk to your neighbours
Councillor Craig Chung