Because the proposed redevelopment of Gladesville Shopping Village requires a Capital Investment Value in excess of $20 million, the Relevant Planning Authority is the Joint Regional Planning Panel, formed by the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, part of the state government of NSW.
Links to the JRPP website are provided at Links and Sources.
The public could make submissions to Hunters Hill Council on this DA until the end of the notification period, which was 15 November 2013. Public submissions were forwarded to Architectus. Architectus is an independent town planning consultant which was engaged by Hunters Hill Council to assess and report on this DA because of Hunters Hill Council's conflict of interest (discussed below). Architectus will compile and report on the public submissions received in respect of this DA. The Council will receive Architectus' report and may make additional comments, in its formal submission to the JRPP.
Hunters Hill Council has an acknowledged conflict of interest in this development, arising from the future sale of land to the developer, pursuant to Option contracts exchanged with the developer. These are referred in minutes to Council Meetings, but details have not been made public due to the Council's classficiation of them as 'commercial in confidence'.
Hunters Hill Council may also be considered highly motivated to see the success of this development, as it makes a large contribution of 180 dwellings toward the target 500-600 imposed by the state government, previously.
As members of the community, we must consider Council's actions with regard to its various interests, and how they may conflict at times. More information is to be provided about Council's conflict of interest, as soon as possible.
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