November 6 - 12, 2016: Issue 288
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Mona Vale Place Plan Meeting Discloses Salient Points And Communitys' Objections
The first 50 minutes were taken up by presentations from the Council Administrator Dick Persson, General Manager Mark Ferguson, with further presentations from Council staff. An interesting admission made by the Council was during all community consultations there was not any discussion about 6 storey buildings for Mona Vale and this was added entirely by Council Staff later on.
Statements were made by Simon Dunn, Mona Vale Chamber of Commerce, followed by Marcia Rackman, Mona Vale Residents Association.
Almost an hour and a half into the two hour meeting people were allowed to ask questions or speak about their concerns.
One resident made the point that the current 13 metre height limit in Mona Vale Commercial Core allowed 4 storey buildings and the proposed increase via the MVPP Draft to 23 metres would actually permit 7 storeys. A second point made by the same gentleman was that the administrator should not be making any decisions on the Mona Vale Place Plan and this should be left to the local representation of newly Elected Councillors in September 2017. This announcement received overwhelming applause of support from the public gallery.
NB: The administrator Dick Persson acknowledged the high level of concern from the community regarding the Mona Vale Place Plan. The public exhibition period has been extended for another month as a result. This means the previous closing date for comments of 13 November 2016 is now 13 December 2016 to give people more time for submissions.