Coffs Harbour City Council

01 November 2017

 

Ordinary Council Meeting

 

The above meeting will be held in the Council Administration Building

Cnr Coff and Castle Streets, Coffs Harbour on:

 

Thursday, 9 November 2017

 

The meeting commences at 5.00pm and your attendance is requested.

 

 

AGENDA

 

1.         Opening of Ordinary Meeting

2.         Acknowledgment of Country

3.         Disclosure of Interest

4.         Apologies

5.         Public Addresses / Public Forum

6.         Mayoral Minute

7.         Mayoral Actions under Delegated Authority

8.         Confirmation of Minutes

9.         Rescission Motion

10.      Notices of Motion - General

11.      General Manager’s Reports

12.      Notices of Motion – Business Services

13.      Directorate Reports – Business Services

14.      Notices of Motion – Sustainable Communities

15.      Directorate Reports – Sustainable Communities

16.      Notices of Motion – Sustainable Infrastructure

17.      Directorate Reports – Sustainable Infrastructure

18.      Trust Reports

19.      Requests for Leave of Absence

20.      Questions On Notice

21.      Matters of an Urgent Nature

22.      Consideration of Confidential Items (if any)

23.      Close of Ordinary Meeting.

 

 

Steve  McGrath

General Manager

 

 


Order of Business

 

  

General Manager's Reports

GM17/29         Council Policies................................................................................................... 3

Notices of Motion Sustainable Communities

NOM17/17      Data Licence for Landscape Corridors.................................................. 4

NOM17/18      Intensive Plant Agriculture......................................................................... 4

Directorate Reports - Sustainable Communities

SC17/58          Planning Proposal PP_2014_COFFS_002_00 - MI Organics - Lot 1 DP 777555 Hamilton Drive, Boambee East - Post Exhibition................................... 4

SC17/59          Planning Proposal: Braford Drive and Irvines Road, Bonville: Pre-Gateway................................................................................................................... 4

SC17/60          Coffs Harbour Development Control Plan 2015 - Amendment No. 1 - Post Exhibition................................................................................................................. 4

SC17/61          Orara River Rehabilitation Project 1997 to 2017: 20 Years of River Rehabilitation....................................................................................................... 4

Notices of Motion Sustainable Infrastructure

NOM17/19      Flooding Risks in the Combine/Azalea Avenue precinct and the Middle/Chinamans Creek Area....................................................................... 4

Directorate Reports - Sustainable Infrastructure

SI17/26           Traffic Committee No. 5/2017........................................................................... 4

SI17/27           Recommended fee for new bulky clean up service.......................... 4

SI17/28           Coffs Coast Waste Services - Bulky Clean Up Service.................... 4   


GM17/29      Council Policies

Author:                        Governance Coordinator

Authoriser:                  Group Leader Governance

MyCoffs:                      D.1 Our leaders give us confidence in the future

Attachments:              ATT1  GM17/29  Inter-allotment Stormwater Drainage Networks on Private Property Policy

ATT2  GM17/29  Records Management Policy  

 

Executive Summary

The purpose of policy is to document Council’s intent, commitment and/or a position on a particular topic as well as ensure transparency and accountability in local government.  This report presents two policies for council adoption.

 

 

Recommendation:

That Council adopts the following policies:

1.       Inter-allotment Stormwater Drainage Networks on Private Property Policy

2.       Records Management Policy

 

Report

Description of Item:

The purpose of policy is to document Council’s intent, commitment and/or a position on a particular topic as well as ensure transparency and accountability in local government.  The following table provides detail of the policies that are ready for adoption.

 

Policy Name

Policy Detail

Inter-allotment Stormwater Drainage Networks on Private Property Policy

Inter-allotment stormwater drainage (ISD) networks are private drainage systems installed on private properties by developers during subdivision construction to enable stormwater drainage from lots that cannot drain to the street. As these systems are private, all control, management and maintenance (including liability arising from damage caused by lack of maintenance or upkeep) is the responsibility of the relevant beneficiaries of ISD networks.

Council is not responsible for the control, management and maintenance (including liability arising from damage caused by lack of maintenance or upkeep) of ISD networks, unless Council is listed as a beneficiaries on the relevant Section 88B Planning instrument. In this case, Council will have the same liability as any other beneficiary. Whilst council can assist in facilitating resolution of ISD network issues (e.g. obstruction or damage of ISD networks), council will cease involvement where disputes between neighbours arise.

This policy details the extent of Council’s assistance in ISD network complaints and issues.

Records Management Policy

The purpose of this policy is to provide a framework for the management of Council’s corporate records in accordance with relevant legislation, standards and codes approved by State Records.

State legislation requires that full and accurate records of all activities and decisions of Council are created, managed and retained or disposed of appropriately. This policy sets out the principles and responsibilities to promote information accessibility and accountability while ensuring the protection of the rights and interests of Council, council workers, customers and the community.

 

Issues:

There are no issues associated with this report.

Options:

It is considered that the following options are available to Council:

1.   Adopt the recommendation provided to Council.

2.   Amend the recommendation or policy provided to Council and then adopt, meeting any legislative requirements would need to be considered if Council chose this option.

3.   Reject the policy/policies provided to Council.

Sustainability Assessment:

•     Environment

There are no environmental issues associated with this report.

•     Social

Policies are an important communication tool used by Council for providing our community and general public detail on strategic aims, commitments and obligations.

•     Civic Leadership

The purpose of council policy is to ensure transparency and accountability in local government.  The implementation of policy enables Council to identify and respond to the community.  This is consistent with the Council’s MyCoffs Community Strategic Plan, D.1 Our leaders give us confidence in the future.

•     Economic – Broader Economic Implications

There are no broad economic impacts associated with the implementation of the recommendations.

•     Economic - Delivery Program/Operational Plan Implications

The ongoing development and review of Council policies and plans are accommodated within Council’s budget structure.  This expenditure is monitored through Council’s monthly and quarterly budget reviews.

Risk Analysis:

There is no perceived risk in the adoption of the policies listed in this report.

Consultation:

Internal stakeholders were consulted with the drafting of these policies.

Related Policy, Precedents and / or Statutory Requirements:

Detailed within each policy as required.

Implementation Date / Priority:

Immediate.

Conclusion:

That council adopt the attached policies.

 



 



 


 


 


 


 


 


 

 


NOM17/17   Data Licence for Landscape Corridors

Attachments:          Nil

 

Motion:

Councillor Townley has given notice of her intention to move the following:

"That Council make available under licence agreement the digital layers and underlying metadata relating to the Coffs Harbour Landscape Corridors digital map layer."

 

Rationale:

“In recent years, CHCC completed a large body of work describing both existing and aspirational corridor connections throughout the LGA. The work included a large body of scientific analysis and used information and algorithms to create a digital map layer.

The report was subsequently noted but not implemented for any planning purposes.

The NSW Government recently announced a budget of $260M for private land conservation. The value of landscape connections will likely be a feature of assessment of applications for the money.

To maximise private land conservation in Coffs Harbour LGA, the licence of the digital layer will allow ecological scientists to develop scientifically based applications.

Licence conditions could include restrictions on use, making of copies, distribution or any other conditions that council may see fit.”

Staff Comment:

At its Ordinary meeting of 28 May 2015, Council considered a final report on the Landscape Corridors of the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area.  At this meeting, Council resolved the following:

1.   That Council notes the Landscape Corridors of the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area Final Report (Attachment 1) and the Coffs Harbour Landscape Corridors Digital Layer (Attachment 2).

2.   That Landscape Corridors of the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area Final Report (Attachment 1) and the Coffs Harbour Landscape Corridors Digital Layer (Attachment 2) not be utilised for the purpose of development assessment under Part 4 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979 and makes no reference to the landscape corridors as a consideration.

3.   That Council proceed to preparing a composite Terrestrial Biodiversity Assets and Ecological Significance Layer as the next step in implementing Council's adopted Biodiversity Action Strategy 2012 - 2030, without the Landscape Corridors as a consideration.

Consequently, at its Ordinary meeting of 26 November 2015, Council considered a report on an updated Coffs Harbour Biodiversity Action Strategy 2012 – 2030 which removed references to landscape corridors.  At this meeting, Council resolved the following:

That Council adopts the amended Coffs Harbour Biodiversity Action Strategy 2012 – 2030 (Attachment 1), thereby removing references to Landscape Corridors and Priority Habitats and Corridors Strategy.

 


NOM17/18   Intensive Plant Agriculture

Attachments:          Nil

 

Motion:

Councillor Townley has given notice of her intention to move the following:

1.   "That Council staff prepare a Planning Proposal to support an amendment to the Coffs Harbour Local Environmental Plan 2013 which removes 'intensive plant agriculture’ from 'permitted without consent' in the land use table in the RU2 Rural Landscape zone and places this activity into the list 'permitted with consent'.

2.   That staff review the Coffs Harbour Development Control Plan and develop suitable amendments to reflect the intent of 1 above."

 

Rationale:

“In recent years, a rapid increase in intensive plant agriculture has seen a transformation to the rural landscape across Coffs Harbour LGA and surrounding areas. Preliminary findings of our draft Rural Land Strategy as well as feedback from MyCoffs and other engagement processes have identified that land use conflicts in this space are of increasing concern.  There is no legislative or statutory framework in place to ensure best practices are maintained.

A way forward is to require a Development Application process by which proposed intensive plant agriculture developments can be assessed against guidelines such as those developed by Department of Primary Industries and also against the goals as per Coffs Harbour's Strategic Plan.

The objective is to ensure thriving rural industries which minimise off-farm impacts and protect waterways and significant vegetation as well as minimising impacts on neighbouring properties.”

Staff Comment:

At the Ordinary meeting of 23 March 2017, a Notice of Motion (NOM 17/05) was brought regarding ‘intensive plant agriculture’ land use within the RU2 Rural Landscape zone. At that meeting, it was resolved:

1.   That Council await the completion of the Rural Lands Strategy component of the local growth management strategy review.

2.   That the motion of 24 November 2016 S355 Agricultural Advisory Committee be allowed to discuss matters established so that State government agencies, community members and stakeholders be allowed to have consultation and recommendations appropriately.

3.   That staff bring back a report reflecting the issues associated with intensive agriculture in the Coffs Harbour local government area.

At the Ordinary meeting of 27 April 2017, an update report was provided in relation to the Local Growth Management Stategy (LGMS) - Rural Lands Component. The issue of intensive agriculture was captured within the LGMS Rural Lands Issues and Options Paper 2017, which formed Attachment 1 of that report. At that meeting, it was resolved that Council:

1.   Appoint the following community representatives to the Section 355 Agricultural Advisory Committee and advise all applicants of Council’s resolution:

1.1. Scott Wolgamott

1.2. Gurmesh Singh; and

1.3. Leigh Priestley.

2.   Nominate two Councillors to the Section 355 Agricultural Advisory Committee.

3.   Note the contents of the Coffs Harbour City Council Local Growth Management Strategy Rural Lands Issues and Options Paper 2017 (Attachment 1).

4.   Allocate $35,000 in funding in the 2017/18 final budget and delivery program to allow the detached dual occupancies Planning Proposal to be undertaken by a consultant from 1 July 2017.

Further, a supplmentary motion was considered by Council at its meeting of 27 April 2017, where it was resolved:

That Councillors Strom and Swan be appointed to the Section 355 Agricultural Advisory Committee.

  


SC17/58       Planning Proposal PP_2014_COFFS_002_00 - MI Organics - Lot 1 DP 777555 Hamilton Drive, Boambee East - Post Exhibition

Author:                        Planner / Urban Designer

Authoriser:                  Director Sustainable Communities

MyCoffs:                      C.2 A natural environment sustained for the future

Attachments:              ATT1  SC17/58   Planning Proposal PP_2014_COFFS_002_00 - MI Organics - Lot 1, DP 777555, Hamilton Drive Boambee East - Version 3 Post Gateway

ATT2  SC17/58   Gateway Determination 6 July 2017

ATT3  SC17/58   Summary of Issues Raised in Submissions

ATT4  SC17/58   Government Agency Submissions

ATT5  SC17/58   CONFIDENTIAL          Community Submissions

Confidential in accordance with Section 10A(2)(e) of the Local Government Act as it contains information that would, if disclosed, prejudice the maintenance of law.  

 

Executive Summary

At its Ordinary Meeting of 28 August 2014, Council resolved to support a Planning Proposal (PP) to modify Coffs Harbour Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2013 consistent with operations being undertaken on Lot 1 DP 777555, Hamilton Drive, Boambee East. This report informs Council of the outcome of the exhibition of that PP (PP_2014_COFFS_002_00).  It provides Council with a post exhibition version of the PP which contains a Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) and Vegetation Management Plan (VMP) to accompany the LEP amendment process (Attachment 1).

The land is occupied by MI Organics Landscape Supplies and this is a proponent-led request for LEP amendment. The intent of the PP is to provide planning controls to better reflect the current use of the land, to address environmental constraints, and to recognise the extent of the existing operations of MI Organics, some of which have been operating without development consent from Council. The landowner is in agreement with the contents of the VPA and VMP.

 

Recommendation:

That Council:

1.       Endorse Planning Proposal PP_2014_COFFS_002_00 to permit (with Council consent) an ongoing ‘landscaping material supplies’ facility on Lot 1 DP 777555 Hamilton Drive, Boambee East (Attachment 1).

2.       Enter into the Voluntary Planning Agreement and Vegetation Management Plan contained within Planning Proposal PP_2014_COFFS_002_00, with the proponent.

3.       Place a notation on the title of Lot 1, DP 777555, Hamilton Drive, Boambee East identifying that the Voluntary Planning Agreement and Vegetation Management Plan apply to the subject site.

4.       Delegate to the General Manager the authority issued by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment to exercise the functions of the Minister under Section 59 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, for the purposes of finalising this Planning Proposal.

5.       Continue to consult with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment on the terms of the amendment to Coffs Harbour Local Environmental Plan 2013, to ensure consistency with the objectives, outcomes and provisions of the Planning Proposal.

6.       Inform all parties who made submissions to PP_2014_COFFS_002_00 of Council’s decision.

 

Report

Description of Item:

At its Ordinary Meeting of 28 August 2014, Council resolved:

1.   That Council endorse and forward the subject Planning Proposal to NSW Planning and Environment seeking a “Gateway Determination” for the rezoning of Lot 1, DP777555 Hamilton Drive, Boambee East as shown in Attachment 1 of this report.

2.   That Council agree to enter into a Voluntary Planning Agreement with the proponent in accordance with the draft planning agreement contained in the offer from John Robert William Tait as shown as an appendix in Attachment 1 of this report.

3.   That subject to the "Gateway Determination" from NSW Planning and Environment Council place the Planning Proposal and Voluntary Planning Agreement on public exhibition.

4.   That a further report be considered by Council following the outcome of the public exhibition.

5.   That the landowner be informed of Council’s decision.

This report relates to item 4 of that resolution. The PP involves the modification of Coffs Harbour Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2013 to provide planning controls which better reflect the current activities being undertaken on the land, while addressing any potential environmental impacts. It will change the planning controls to better reflect the current use of the land in a way that is sympathetic towards the environmental constraints and to recognise the extent of the existing operation at the site. 

The PP also includes a Voluntary Planning Agreement, which contains a Vegetation Management Plan. The VPA and VMP have been submitted by the landowner and detail the standard at which vegetation management will be undertaken on the environmentally sensitive part of the land.

The subject land is Lot 1 DP 777555, Hamilton Drive, Boambee East (Figure 1). It has an area of approximately 3.216 hectares. Hamilton Drive is accessed directly from Sawtell Road. Boambee Creek is the north western boundary of the land, which includes an environmental buffer to the creek. The site is utilised as a landscape supply business (MI Organics). The current zoning under Coffs Harbour LEP 2013 comprises R2 Low Density Residential, IN1 General Industrial and E2 Environmental Conservation as shown in Figure 2.

       

FIGURE 1 – Subject land                                                       FIGURE 2 – Existing zones under Coffs Harbour LEP 2013

 

A Gateway Determination from DPE was issued on 27 October 2014 and has been extended several times. The latest Gateway Determination (dated 6 July 2017) has nominated a finalisation date for this PP of 22 January 2018.

The PP was initially exhibited from 19 November 2014 to 17 December 2014. Following revision of the PP, a second public exhibition took place between 16 December 2015 and 3 February 2016. All matters raised by Government agencies in their submissions have been addressed and all agencies have given approval for the PP to proceed to finalisation.

The PP is consistent with the North Coast Regional Plan 2036; with all relevant SEPPs; and with applicable section 117 Directions. The DPE, in its Gateway Determination of 27 October 2014, agreed that any inconsistency with Direction 3.1 Residential Zones, Direction 3.4 Integrating Land Use and Transport, Direction 4.1 Acid Sulfate Soils and Direction 4.3 Flood Prone Lands is of minor significance. The PP is also consistent with Council’s MyCoffs Community Strategic Plan.

The intended outcome of the PP will be achieved by:

·    Amending Coffs Harbour LEP 2013 by revising the following LEP Maps in accordance with the PP:

Land Zoning map (Sheet LZN_006B);

Minimum Lot Size map (Sheet LSZ_006B); and

Height of Buildings map (Sheet HOB_006B).

·    Amending Coffs Harbour LEP 2013 by adding a new item to the Additional Permitted Uses map (Sheet APU_006B) that will identify Lot 1 DP 777555 as item “20” in Schedule 1 of the LEP (Part 7 of the PP).

“20 Use of certain land at Hamilton Drive, Boambee East

(1)  This clause applies to land at Lot 1 DP 777555, 1 Hamilton Drive, Boambee East, shown as “20” on the Additional Permitted Uses Map.

(2)  Development for the purpose of landscaping material supplies is permitted with development consent over the ‘additional use area’ as shown as “20” on the Additional Permitted Uses Map, for a maximum period of 30 years from the date of issue of the consent.

(3)  All infrastructure and materials associated with the landscaping material supplies facility be removed from that part of the E2 zone that lies outside of the proposed operational area and adjacent to Boambee Creek, in accordance with the Voluntary Planning Agreement and Vegetation Management Plan that applies to the subject site.”

Issues:

·      Submissions Received during Consultation Period

Fifteen submissions were received as part of the public exhibition process, including:

-      eight submissions from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage;

-      two neutral submission (no issues) from the NSW Rural Fire Service;

-      one neutral submission from NSW Department of Primary Industries (Water); and

-      four submissions from the community.

Issues raised in submissions are summarised in Attachment 3. Government agency submissions are included as Attachment 4, and community submissions are included as Attachment 5 (Confidential). Issues which were raised by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage concerning endorsement of the proposed zone boundaries and the contents of the VMP have been addressed, and are now resolved. All agencies have given approval for the PP to proceed to finalisation.

·      Conditions of the Gateway Determination: time constraints

A Gateway Determination from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) was issued on 27 October 2014 and has been extended several times. The latest Gateway Determination (dated 6 July 2017) has nominated a finalisation date for this PP of 22 January 2018. The DPE has indicated to Council that they are not likely to support any further extension to the finalisation date, which would mean that this PP would be discontinued.

If Council does not endorse this PP (as per Recommendation 1) and DPE determines that the PP is discontinued, Council will need to address the unauthorised activities on the site through compliance action. Endorsement of the PP is the preferred course of action, as the PP provides a more rigorous approach which addresses the nature and scale of the current land uses, as well as provides environmental safeguards by its inclusion in Schedule 1 of Coffs Harbour LEP 2013, and the associated VMP. The proponent will be required to comply with the amendment made to Coffs Harbour LEP 2013, both in terms of existing landuse and any future development applications.

·      Amendment to Schedule 1: Terminology

The draft amendment to Schedule 1 included the terminology ‘landscape supplies facility’ in the PP as exhibited. The correct wording of this landuse under the provisions of the Standard Instrument – Principal Local Environmental Plan template is ‘landscaping material supplies’, which means ‘a building or place used for the storage and sale of landscaping supplies such as soil, gravel, potting mix, mulch, sand, railway sleepers, screenings, rock and the like’. The final version of the PP (Attachment 1) has corrected this error, and the LEP amendment will be finalised under delegations using the correct terminology.

Options:

Council has a number of options in relation to this Planning Proposal, which include:

1.   Resolve to adopt the recommendation to support the Planning Proposal and finalise it using its delegation from the DPE.

Comment: This option will permit the current operations of MI Organics to continue, consistent with Coffs Harbour LEP 2013 and the associated VPA and VMP.

2.   Reject the recommendation, and resolve not to proceed with the PP. 

Comment: The unauthorised land use which initiated this PP will remain unresolved. Council would then need to pursue compliance action to address the unauthorised land use on the site. 

This report recommends that Council pursue Option 1 as outlined.

Sustainability Assessment:

•     Environment

Environmental sustainability issues have been considered and addressed in the PP (Attachment 1).

•     Social

Social sustainability issues have been considered and addressed in the PP (Attachment 1).

•     Civic Leadership

The following themes and indicators described in Council’s ‘My Coffs’ Community Strategic Plan are relevant to this report:

-     “We undertake development that is environmentally, socially and economically responsible;

-     “We protect the diversity of our natural environment”; and

-     “We undertake effective engagement and are informed.”

•     Economic – Broader Economic Implications

The Planning Proposal provides an opportunity to increase the industrial land stock in the Coffs Harbour LGA.  A shortfall of industrial zoned land in Coffs Harbour LGA has been identified in Council’s Local Growth Management Strategy (LGMS) - Industrial Lands component 2009. Council’s LGMS recommends an IN1 General Industrial zone for the majority of the subject land, however recognised a potential ecological constraint to that part of the site that adjoins Boambee Creek.  This PP is generally consistent with that strategic approach.

In addition, the ongoing operation of the MI Organics landscaping material supplies business will ensure the continued employment of up to 10 full-time employees. 

•     Economic - Delivery Program/Operational Plan Implications

There are no implications to Council’s current Operational Plan.  The Planning Proposal has been funded by the landowner.

Risk Analysis:

This PP was initiated and funded by the applicant. The applicant has agreed to signing the VPA (and associated VMP) that accompanies the LEP amendment. This PP is considered to be of low risk to Council and resolves an issue of non-compliant landuses at the site. Should Council not proceed with the finalisation of this PP, it will be necessary to instigate compliance actions against the landowner.

Consultation:

The PP was initially exhibited from 19 November 2014 to 17 December 2014. Following revision of the PP, a second public exhibition took place between 16 December 2015 and 3 February 2016. Council received a total of fifteen submissions to the PP in response to the exhibition, which consisted of eleven (11) from Government agencies and four (4) from the community. Issues raised in the submissions are summarised in Attachment 3. The Government agency submissions are included as Attachment 4, and the community submissions are included as Attachment 5 (Confidential).

Related Policy, Precedents and / or Statutory Requirements:

The following policies and statutory documents are relevant to this report, and have been addressed by the PP:

·      Coffs Harbour Local Environmental Plan 2013;

·      Coffs Harbour Development Control Plan 2015;

·      North Coast Regional Plan 2036 (adopted 2017);

·      Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2006;

·      State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs);

·      NSW P&E Section 117 Ministerial Directions;

·      Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and Regulations 2000;

·      ‘My Coffs’ Community Strategic Plan (2017); and

·      Coffs Harbour City Koala Plan of Management 1999.

Implementation Date / Priority:

The timeframe to complete a PP is established in the Gateway Determination from DPE. On 6 July 2017, DPE amended the finalisation date at Council’s request. The new finalisation date is 22 January 2018.  If Council adopts the PP, the projected timeline is as follows:

November 2017                               Submission of the PP to DPE, requesting a legal opinion for Council to make the LEP Amendment under delegation.

January 2018                                   Making of the LEP Amendment.

Conclusion:

Endorsement of this PP will change the planning controls to better reflect the current operations being undertaken on the land in a way that is sympathetic towards the prevalent environmental constraints, and will recognise the extent of the existing operations of MI Organics at the site. 

The PP (and associated VPA and VMP) describes the standard at which vegetation management will be undertaken at the site, and provides long term environmental safeguards for the environmentally sensitive parts of the land. There is sufficient information within this report to enable Council to support the PP and to finalise it under delegation, and to execute the associated VPA with the proponent.

 


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SC17/59       Planning Proposal: Braford Drive and Irvines Road, Bonville: Pre-Gateway

Author:                        Planner / Urban Designer

Authoriser:                  Director Sustainable Communities

MyCoffs:                      C.1 Liveable neighbourhoods with a defined identity

Attachments:              ATT1  SC17/59   Braford Drive and Irvines Road, Bonville Planning Proposal Version 1 Pre-Gateway - November 2017

ATT2  SC17/59   CONFIDENTIAL          Submissions to Bonville LEP Identifying Mapping Errors

Confidential in accordance with Section 10A(2)(e) of the Local Government Act as it contains information that would, if disclosed, prejudice the maintenance of law.

ATT3  SC17/59   Proposed Draft Amendments to Coffs Harbour Development Control Plan 2015  

 

Executive Summary

This report presents a Planning Proposal (PP) to Council (Attachment 1), which seeks to correct mapping errors on two properties following the recent zoning amendment of the Bonville Large Lot Residential Release Area. The landowners of the two properties have identified the anomalies to Council in their submissions (Attachment 2). This report recommends that Council endorse the PP (which allows for map amendments to Coffs Harbour Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2013 and seek a ‘Gateway Determination’ from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) to allow Council to place the PP on public exhibition.

In the event that a Gateway Determination is issued by DPE, amendments will also need to be made to Coffs Harbour Development Control Plan (DCP) 2015, in the form of minor mapping changes corresponding to the associated draft LEP map amendments. It is proposed that these changes be exhibited at the same time as the PP.

 

Recommendation:

That Council:

1.       Endorse and forward Braford Drive and Irvines Road, Bonville Planning Proposal - Version 1 Pre-Gateway – November 2017 (Attachment 1) to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment seeking a ‘Gateway Determination’, to address Coffs Harbour Local Environmental Plan 2013 mapping anomalies.

2.       Request that the Secretary of the NSW Department of Planning and Environment issue a written authorisation to Council to exercise delegation of the plan making functions under section 59 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 in respect of the Planning Proposal.

3.       Subject to the ‘Gateway Determination’ from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment, place the Planning Proposal on public exhibition.

4.       Subject to the ‘Gateway Determination’ from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment, place proposed map amendments to Coffs Harbour Development Control Plan 2015 on public exhibition (Attachment 3).

5.       Waive the current one-off Legal Drafting fee of $1,600 for Step 5 of a rezoning proposal as per Council’s 2017/18 Fees and Charges under Section 610E of the Local Government Act 1993.

6.       Consider a further report, outlining the outcomes of the public exhibition of the Braford Drive and Irvines Road, Bonville Planning Proposal and associated Development Control Plan.

7.       Inform the landowners of the subject lands of Council’s decision.

 

Report

Description of Item:

In 2014, Council prepared Environmental Studies and a PP (PP_2015_COFFS_005_00) for the wider Bonville Large Lot Residential Investigation Area. On 8 December 2016, Council resolved to:

1.   Adopt Planning Proposal PP_2015_COFFS_005_00 for the Bonville Large Lot Residential Investigation Area: Version 3 – Post Exhibition.

2.   Request that NSW Planning and Environment exercise the functions of the Minister under Section 59 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 for the purposes of finalising this Planning Proposal.

3.   Acknowledge that the final response of the Coffs Harbour Local Aboriginal Land Council (once received) will be forwarded to NSW Planning and Environment for inclusion in the finalisation of this Planning Proposal.

4.   Adopt Bonville Large Lot Residential Developer Contributions Plan, which will come into force upon the amendment of Coffs Harbour Local Environmental Plan 2013 consistent with Planning Proposal PP_2015_COFFS_005_00.

5.   Inform landowners in the Bonville Large Lot Residential Investigation Area who made submissions to PP_2015_COFFS_005_00 of Council’s resolutions.

On 19 May 2017, Coffs Harbour LEP 2013 (Amendment No.7) was ‘made’. This changed parts of the Bonville Large Lot Residential Investigation Area from RU2 Rural Landscape to R5 Large Lot Residential zone (and associated LEP maps), in accordance with PP_2015_COFFS_005_00.

The landowners of two parcels of land have notified Council of mapping errors in relation to the zoning of their properties following the making of the LEP amendment (that is, their lands were omitted from the final zoned area, even though they had been advised by Council their land would be included in the amendment zoned area). As such, each have requested that their lands be rectified (Attachment 2) at no cost to them. The subject lands are part of Lot 914, DP 870329 in Braford Drive (Site 1); and the northern portion of Lot 501, DP 858180 in Irvines Road (Site 2).

The landowners have been advised that a resolution of Council is required to proceed with a PP and for Council fees to be formally waived, as well as endorsement of the PP from DPE via a Gateway Determination. It is recognised that in both cases an error was made when finalising the LEP Maps which were adopted by Council. Should Council resolve to rectify these mapping errors, the work will be undertaken as a separate PP. It is anticipated that the Environmental Studies which accompanied the overall Bonville Large Lot Residential Investigation Area can be used as supporting documents to the PP. Council has consulted with DPE, who have confirmed that this approach is the correct and appropriate action in such circumstances.

The location and existing land use zonings under Coffs Harbour LEP 2013 of Sites 1 and 2 are shown in the following. The red hatched area constitutes the land on each site subject to the proposed PP.

    

Site 1: Subject lot (blue), land subject to     Site 2: Subject lot (blue), land subject

the PP (red), and current land use               to the PP (red), and current

1.      zone                                                            land use zone

Issues:

·    Candidate Area Maps in Coffs Harbour LGMS – Rural Residential Component 2009

The two sites are located immediately adjacent to endorsed Candidate Areas identified in Council’s Coffs Harbour Local Growth Management Strategy (LGMS) – Rural Residential Component 2009. It is considered that the PP is consistent with the overall objectives of the LGMS Rural Residential Component and are logical and viable additions to the Bonville Large Lot Residential locality.

The Gateway Determination for PP_2015_COFFS_005_00 which was endorsed by DPE on 11 October 2015 included these two sites. No issues were identified by DPE in regard to the inclusion of the subject lands in the PP at that time, despite being located outside of the endorsed Candidate Areas. Justification for this inconsistency is included in the PP (Attachment 1).

·    Site 1 - Lot 914, DP 870329 in Braford Drive

When PP_2015_COFFS_005_00 was exhibited in 2016, a submission was received from an environmental consultant on behalf of the landowner of Site 1. The submission included a site-specific vegetation study of the land which identified vegetation communities which were present. It requested that the land zone be amended to reflect the location of vegetation on the land.

The submission was assessed, and included in a report to Council on 8 December 2016. It was recommended that the submission be supported and the zone map amended to better reflect the vegetation communities which were present. Unfortunately the final maps presented to Council for endorsement at that meeting were not consistent with the submission. Consequently the subject site was not included in PP_2015_COFFS_005_00 when it was forwarded to DPE for the LEP Amendment to be made. Coffs Harbour LEP 2013 (Amendment No.7) was made by the Minister on 19 May 2017. On 8 August 2017, the landowner wrote to Council and formally requested that the mapping error be rectified (Attachment 2).

This part of the PP involves amendments to the Land Zoning (LZN), Minimum Lot Size (LSZ) and the Terrestrial Biodiversity (CL2) maps contained within Coffs Harbour LEP 2013. These maps will be exhibited concurrently pending endorsement by Council and DPE.

·    Site 2 - Lot 501, DP 858180 in Irvines Road

When PP_2015_COFFS_005_00 was exhibited in 2016, the accompanying Environmental Studies included Site 2 in the area to be amended to a R5 Large Lot Residential zone. No submission was received from the landowner of Site 2 during the exhibition period.

On 8 December 2016, Council adopted PP_2015_COFFS_005_00 for the Bonville Large Lot Residential Investigation Area. Site 2 was omitted from the final map (inconsistent with the exhibited map) and consequently was not included in the PP which was forwarded to DPE for the LEP Amendment to be made. Coffs Harbour LEP 2013 (Amendment No.7) was made by the Minister on 19 May 2017. On 13 July 2017, the landowner wrote to Council and formally requested that the mapping error be rectified (Attachment 2).         

This part of the PP involves amendments to the Land Zoning (LZN) and Minimum Lot Size (LSZ) maps contained within Coffs Harbour LEP 2013. These maps will be exhibited concurrently pending endorsement by Council and NSW P&E.  

·    Amendments to Coffs Harbour Development Control Plan (DCP) 2015

The DCP maps proposed to be amended if this PP is progressed are the front setback map, the side and rear setback map, and the Preservation of Vegetation map (corresponding to LEP amendments). It is intended that the draft DCP maps (Attachment 3) will be exhibited concurrently with this Planning Proposal.

On 14 September 2017, Council resolved to endorse the use of Council’s on-line mapping system for Coffs Harbour DCP 2015 maps. If Council adopts the PP following the public exhibition and finalises the LEP amendment, the DCP amendments will be updated as on-line maps and will become effective when the LEP amendment is ‘made’.

·    Additional Lot Yield

In the event that Council endorse the PP and that a Gateway Determination is issued by DPE, these proposed amendments could result in the development of approximately three additional new lots within the R5 Large Lot Residential Investigation Area. This is an insignificant increase to lot yields within the locality. Consequently it is not necessary to revise Bonville Large Lot Residential Release Area Developer Contributions Plan 2017.

Options:

Council has three options available relating to this PP:

1.   Adopt the recommendation of this report.

Comment: Option 1 will correct the mapping errors which have been identified.

2.   Reject the recommendation, and resolve to investigate amendments or alternatives to the PP (Attachment 1).

Comment: No alternative proposal and/or implications have been considered by this report.

3.   Reject the recommendation, and resolve not to proceed with the PP.

Comment: This option would mean that the subject lands will retain their current zones, and that the mapping errors which have been identified will not be corrected or otherwise resolved.

This report recommends that Council pursue Option 1.

Sustainability Assessment:

•     Environment

Environmental sustainability issues have been considered and are addressed in Part 3 of the PP (Attachment 1).

•     Social

Social sustainability issues have been considered and are addressed in Part 3 of the PP (Attachment 1).

•     Civic Leadership

The following themes and indicators described in Council’s ‘My Coffs’ Community Strategic Plan are relevant to this report:

-     “We undertake development that is environmentally, socially and economically responsible”;

-     “We protect the diversity of our natural environment”; and

-     “We undertake effective engagement and are informed.”

•     Economic – Broader Economic Implications

In the event that Council endorse the PP and that a Gateway Determination is issued by DPE, these proposed amendments will result in an insignificant increase to lot yields within the locality. Consequently there are no broader economic implications associated with this PP.

•     Economic - Delivery Program/Operational Plan Implications

Should Council proceed with this PP to rectify the two mapping errors, the work will be undertaken in-house as an addition to the 2017/18 Operational Plan.

Risk Analysis:

This PP is considered to be of low risk to Council and will correct identified errors.

Consultation:

Should Council resolve to progress this PP, and DPE endorses its exhibition, all documents will be exhibited in accordance with the Gateway Determination and relevant provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment (EP&A) Act 1979.

Related Policy, Precedents and / or Statutory Requirements:

This PP addresses all relevant statutory requirements and Council policies.

Implementation Date / Priority:

The timeframe to progress a PP is governed by the EP&A Act 1979 and commences on the date that the PP is forwarded to DPE.

 

The projected timeline is as follows:

November 2017:                              Forward the PP to DPE, requesting a Gateway Determination.

January - February 2018:                Public Exhibition / Consultation period.

April 2018:                                        Report to Council for determination of the PP.

April – May 2018:                            Submission to DPE, requesting the making of the LEP Amendment.

Conclusion:

Submission of a PP is the most appropriate means to correct the two errors which have been identified within the Bonville Large Lot Residential Investigation Area. The proposed amendments to Coffs Harbour LEP 2013 and Coffs Harbour DCP 2015, along with the fee waiver, are justified in the circumstances.

 


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SC17/60       Coffs Harbour Development Control Plan 2015 - Amendment No. 1 - Post Exhibition

Author:                        Senior Planner / Urban Designer

Authoriser:                  Director Sustainable Communities

MyCoffs:                      C.1 Liveable neighbourhoods with a defined identity

Attachments:              ATT1  SC17/60   Coffs Harbour Development Control Plan 2015 - Amendment No. 1  

 

Executive Summary

Coffs Harbour Development Control Plan 2015 (‘DCP 2015’) came into force on 21 October 2015 and gives effect to Coffs Harbour Local Environmental Plan 2013 (‘LEP 2013’). It has not been updated since its inception.

The purpose of this report is to provide Council with the results of the public exhibition of Council’s first “housekeeping” performance review of DCP 2015, which proposes some amendments to the DCP. The amendments will make the DCP clearer and easier to use, and will help Council in meeting its intended planning outcomes.

No submissions were received during the exhibition period (20 September to 20 October 2017). This report seeks Council’s adoption of the amendments to DCP 2015 (Attachment 1) following public exhibition.

 

Recommendation:

That Council:

1.       Adopt Coffs Harbour Development Control Plan 2015 – Amendment No. 1 (Attachment 1).

2.       Endorse the use of Council’s on-line mapping system for Coffs Harbour Development Control Plan 2015 maps and apply formal updates on an evolving basis in response to amendments to Coffs Harbour Local Environmental Plan 2013.

 

Report

Description of Item:

Coffs Harbour Development Control Plan 2015 (‘DCP 2015’) came into force on 21 October 2015 and gives effect to Coffs Harbour Local Environmental Plan 2013 (‘LEP 2013’). It has not been updated since its inception.

A first performance review of DCP 2015, to support the ongoing effective implementation of the DCP, was reported to Council on 14 September 2017. It recommended some draft amendments to the DCP, to make the DCP clearer and easier to use, and to help Council in meeting its intended planning outcomes, relating to the following three topics:

-    Biodiversity;

-    DCP Maps; and

-    Minor Housekeeping.

At that meeting, it was resolved that Council:

1.    Endorse and publicly exhibit the proposed draft amendments to Coffs Harbour Development Control Plan 2015 (Attachment 1) for a minimum period of 28 days.

2.    Endorse the use of Council’s on-line mapping system for Coffs Harbour Development Control Plan 2015 maps and apply formal updates on an evolving basis in response to amendments to Coffs Harbour Local Environmental Plan 2013.

3.    Note that a further report will be brought back to Council for consideration following the public exhibition of the draft amendments to Coffs Harbour Development Control Plan 2015.

This report brings the amendments to DCP 2015 back to Council following the public exhibition, from 20 September to 20 October 2017, in accordance with the resolution. No submissions were received during the exhibition period.

Issues:

The purpose of this report is to seek Council’s adoption of Coffs Harbour DCP 2015 – Amendment No. 1 (Attachment 1). No submissions were received during the exhibition period. Since the exhibition, several minor formatting, grammar and nomenclature changes have been made to the exhibited document however the intent and effect has not been altered. There are no issues to report to Council in relation to this matter.

Options:

1.   Support the recommendations in this report and adopt the amendments to DCP 2015.

Comment: This option will ensure that the planning controls for the Coffs Harbour LGA align with legislative requirements, recent legislative amendments and Council’s strategic documents; and will also ensure that a more user-friendly guideline and reliable on-line planning enquiry service is available for proponents of development within the LGA.

2.   Proceed with the DCP amendment process with further amendments or alternatives to the contents of Attachment 1.

Comment: This option, and its implications, has not been considered in this report.

3.   Not proceed with the DCP amendment process and reject the recommendation provided to Council.

Comment: This option will result in out-dated planning controls continuing to apply across the LGA and overly complex guidelines for development within the Coffs Harbour LGA

This report recommends that Council pursue Option 1 as outlined above.

Sustainability Assessment:

•     Environment

The amendments to the DCP controls support: related provisions within Coffs Harbour LEP 2013; evolving Council policy and environmental management strategies; the State Government Biodiversity Reforms; and generally assist in achieving positive environmental outcomes within the Coffs Harbour LGA. This DCP performance review aims to ensure the City’s development continues to be carried out in an environmentally sustainable manner.

•     Social

DCP 2015 has been designed to support Coffs Harbour LEP 2013 in its aim to provide a high level of social, physical and cultural amenity within the LGA. A regular review of the performance of the DCP allows for minor adjustments to keep the DCP up-do-date and accurate.

•     Civic Leadership

Coffs Harbour DCP 2015 is consistent with the themes of the MyCoffs Community Strategic Plan and will aid the plan in achieving the following objectives:

-    “We undertake development that is environmentally, socially and economically responsible;” and

-    We protect the diversity of our natural environment.”

Further, regular review of Council’s strategic documentation is also consistent with the following objectives:

-    We foster informed and inspired leadership in our community;” and

-    “We undertake effective engagement and inform the community.”

•     Economic – Broader Economic Implications

The amendments to DCP 2015 (Attachment 1) aim to ensure clarity of outcomes which assists the local economy. DCP controls have been refined within the Plan to provide an improved and more efficient use of future infrastructure resulting from new development and to minimise exposure of development to natural hazards and natural risks. The format of the DCP provides improved services to proponents of development via a more transparent and reliable online planning enquiry system.

•     Economic - Delivery Program/Operational Plan Implications

The review of DCP 2015 is being resourced as a business as usual matter by internal staff with no additional resources required.

Risk Analysis:

The performance review process outlined in this report supports a mechanism to reduce risk to Council and the community. By reviewing and amending DCP 2015 where necessary to address: minor anomalies; changes in Council policy and procedures; and to address legislative changes, Council lessens the likelihood of risk in planning related decision making. Failure to adopt the recommendations provided within this report will result in potential inconsistencies with statutory planning controls.

The DCP amendment process has been undertaken in accordance with the provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment (EP&A) Act 1979, as well as the EP&A Regulation 2000.

Consultation:

Internal consultation has been undertaken with various stakeholders across the organisation in relation to specific chapters and controls relating to subdivision, biodiversity and infrastructure provision.

In accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000, the proposed changes to Coffs Harbour DCP 2015 were publically exhibited for a minimum period of 28 days from 20 September to 20 October 2017. No submissions were received.

Related Policy, Precedents and / or Statutory Requirements:

The DCP performance review is consistent with the following statutory documents and requirements:

·      Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979;

·      Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000;

·      North Coast Regional Plan 2017;

·      State Environmental Planning Policies (various);

·      NSW State government Biodiversity reforms; and

·      Coffs Harbour LEP 2013.

Implementation Date / Priority:

If adopted by Council, the amendments to DCP 2015 will commence on the date that public notice of its approval is given in a local newspaper, or on a later date specified in the notice.

Conclusion:

This report provides Council with the results of the public exhibition of Council’s first “housekeeping” performance review of DCP 2015, which proposes some amendments to the DCP. The amendments to DCP 2015 provide for a more cohesive and user friendly guideline for carrying out development within the Coffs Harbour LGA. Importantly, the DCP addresses legislative requirements; policy changes; and integrates with Council’s online planning enquiry platform, thereby providing improved services to proponents of development via a more reliable online planning enquiry system.

No submissions were received during the exhibition period (20 September to 20 October 2017). This report seeks Council’s adoption of Coffs Harbour DCP 2015 – Amendment No. 1 following public exhibition.

 


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SC17/61       Orara River Rehabilitation Project 1997 to 2017: 20 Years of River Rehabilitation

Author:                        Orara River Rehabilitation Project Officer

Authoriser:                  Director Sustainable Communities

MyCoffs:                      C.2 A natural environment sustained for the future

Attachments:              ATT1  SC17/61   Orara River Rehabilitation Project - 20 Year Update  

 

Executive Summary

The objective of this report is to update Council on project works and achievements on the 20th anniversary of the Orara River Rehabilitation Project and the Orara Valley Rivercare Groups Management Committee Inc.

 

Recommendation:

That Council:

1.       Note this report and the achievements made by the Orara River Rehabilitation Project over 20 years.

2.       Note the Councillors are invited to view project sites at times convenient to them, which can be arranged through the Project Officer.

 

Report

Description of Item:

The Orara River Rehabilitation Project (ORRP) works include a variety of rehabilitation actions primarily on private property, with some Council and Crown land included. All project works aim to improve riparian vegetation condition through weed control and replanting where required, repair of erosion sites, and exclusion of livestock from the waterways. These actions all contribute to a healthy river and improved biodiversity.

The ORRP commenced in 1996 when three local Landcare groups collaborated to address concerns with the loss of riparian rainforest remnants (now an Endangered Ecological Community), riparian vegetation clearing, riverbank erosion, ongoing water quality decline, impacts of past gravel extraction, and the threatened Eastern Freshwater Cod within the Orara catchment. In 1997 they became an incorporated body – the Orara Valley Rivercare Groups Management Committee Inc – allowing them to seek grant funding to expand the project.

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of this unique Committee and its rehabilitation project. In 20 years, the greatest support for the project has come from Council with its ongoing Environmental Levy funds and the contribution from Coffs Harbour Water. Using these funds as leverage, the ORRP has been able to match-fund Council’s contribution with contributions from North Coast Local Land Services (NCLLS - formerly CMA) who has supported the project since 1997, the NSW Environmental Trust (5 grants provided to date), NSW Department of Primary Industry Habitat Action Grants (3 provided to date), Transgrid (2 grants), Qantas (3 grants), the Federal Government’s Caring for Country grants, and a variety of other state and Federal grants. The ORRP has also had the support of the project landholders who do a very large amount of work assisting with and maintaining the project works and their stock fences.

Funding has been used to conduct key riparian rehabilitation works focusing on weed control in the riparian zone, exclusion fencing for livestock and provision of water troughs for off-stream watering, repair of serious erosion sites and former gravel extraction sites, and planting in riparian areas where natural regeneration is insufficient or absent.

The result has been an improvement in water quality for town water supply, a reduction in sediment input and turbidity in the river, a net increase in the area of riparian zone vegetated, a reduction of the impacts of weeds of national significance on the riparian zone when compared with other LGAs, a major reduction in the number of livestock entering and accessing the waterways, and a return of platypus, Australian Bass, a variety of frog species, and rainforest birds as reported by landholders.

The project is guided by the Orara River Rehabilitation Project Strategy 2013-23 endorsed by Council in 2013 (available on Council’s website).

Attachment 1 provides Council with some key information regarding the project. Key ORRP project statistics include:

·    The area covered by the project represents 43% of the total area of the Coffs Harbour LGA, and 44% of the total waterway length.

·    The project area includes the drinking water catchment for Coffs Harbour, ensuring a clean supply for residents. The water quality for the upper Orara catchment as assessed by the Ecohealth river health monitoring program in 2014 was rated as B+, compared to an average of C- for Coffs coastal creeks and estuaries.

·    For 2017/18, the project has 135 properties actively involved, with 90 receiving regeneration works, and the remaining 45 on maintenance weed control.

·    All landholders on the ORRP are current Landcare members and are expected to conduct at least 8 hours a month maintenance work on their properties and assist with project works.

·    Activities for private benefit are not supported, such as road crossings, dam construction, general paddock fencing away from waterways, weed control beyond the riparian zone, and non-native species planting.

·    The majority of sites are zoned E2 – Environmental Protection under the provisions of Coffs Harbour Local Environmental Plan 2013, ensuring project works are preserved.

·    Approximately 500 hectares of riparian land is rehabilitated annually along 35km of waterways, although this figure is often higher depending on available funding.

·    The ORRP liaises closely with Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare, local Landcare groups, the Jaliigirr Project, and NCLLS to ensure consistency of service delivery, a targeted approach to eradication of weeds of national significance, a coordinated and varied education program, and prioritisation of properties requiring rehabilitation.

·    Many properties with works commencing in 1997 are approaching a camphor laurel-free state with a developing canopy and 75% native understorey.

·    For these properties, ongoing in-fill planting and basic weed control is needed to recreate a full canopy which will then provide natural weed suppression.

·    Approximately 10 to 15 new properties join the project each year, with 5 or 6 signing up to 5-year Small Property Landholder Works and Management Agreements through North Coast Local Land Services.

The ORRP complements Council’s existing weeds and bush regeneration programs by:

·    Conducting weed control along the riparian zone of the largest catchment in the LGA.

·    Focusing on private property rather than Council-owned or other public property.

·    Covering as much as 1,000 hectares in some years for weed control and approximately 500 hectares annually for regeneration works.

·    Educating landholders in riparian zone weed control and regeneration and as floods are the main vector for weed spread, this education of landholders is crucial for success in weed eradication.

·    Running workshops for landholders on weed identification, control, and rainforest tree identification and planting techniques among other topics.

·    Working closely with Council’s teams to prioritise species for weed control, areas covered, and to share information on strategies and progress.

The project effectiveness is monitored through 3-yearly assessments of riparian vegetation condition on project sites, water quality monitoring by Council staff, the Ecohealth River Health Monitoring Projects, and Fish Track data from NCLLS which has acoustic receivers in the Orara River tracking Eastern Freshwater Cod, Australian Bass and Freshwater Catfish. Macroinvertebrate surveys have also been conducted at set sites along the river since 2000.

The project is a rare example of a long-term rehabilitation project, with only one other Australian project known of with similar longevity. With the estimated time to rehabilitate rainforest being a minimum of 25 years, this project has a real chance of recreating the lowland subtropical rainforest on floodplain that used to exist along all the Orara Valley waterways.

Issues:

The key reasons for the establishment of the ORRP in 1997 was the declining water quality for town water supply, the large sediment loads from erosion sites due to past gravel extraction, the associated decline in riparian rainforest vegetation condition, and the increasing number of threatened species dependent on the river and its riparian vegetation.

Recent water quality sampling conducted along the Orara River shows it has the best water quality in the entire Coffs LGA, demonstrating the effectiveness of ongoing riparian rehabilitation.

Options:

This is an information-only report, however the Orara Valley Rivercare Groups Management Committee is offering an open invitation to Councillors to view some of the project sites at any time, or attend a committee meeting, by arrangement with the Project Officer.

Sustainability Assessment:

•     Environment

Good water quality is critical for town water supply and for biodiversity. Poor riparian vegetation and inadequate buffers between waterways and adjacent land-use are key contributors to poor water quality as reported in the Ecohealth monitoring reports for the Orara and Clarence catchments in 2014. The rehabilitation of riparian zones has resulted in measureable improvements in water quality for the Orara River, particularly at the intake points for town water supply. Monitoring of turbidity by Coffs Water has shown an ongoing improvement in this water quality parameter over the years of project works. Landholders have also reported an increase in biodiversity when weed control is completed – return of multiple frog species, Australian bass, platypus, and rainforest birds such as the endangered rose-crowned fruit dove.

•     Social

Residents living along the waterways of the Orara catchment have benefited from the project works through improved water quality for domestic use, as have all the residents of Coffs Harbour on town water supply. The rehabilitated public sites have also increased amenity for tourists and visitors to the iconic Orara Valley.

•     Civic Leadership

With the primary water supply for Coffs Harbour coming from the upper Orara catchment, maintaining water quality is essential. The ongoing support from Council for the ORRP has been instrumental in bringing Orara River water quality up to the high level it is at currently.

•     Economic – Broader Economic Implications

The healthier the Orara River is, the better the water quality is, and the less treatment the water requires for town supply. The high water quality of the Orara River may be contributing to lower water treatment costs. Clean water is also valuable for primary producers in the Orara Valley.

The scenic amenity of the river and its health are extremely important for tourism and recreational fishing. The Orara Valley is iconic and attracts many tourists annually, as well as locals who swim in the clear waterholes and fish their favourite location for Australian bass.

•     Economic - Delivery Program/Operational Plan Implications

The ORRP is partly funded through Council’s Environmental Levy program, with funding also provided by a number of State Government and private organisations. The project is guided by the “Orara River Rehabilitation Project Strategy 2013-23”.

Risk Analysis:

Inappropriate management of riparian areas has resulted in loss of riparian vegetation, associated river bank decline and erosion issues, a decline in water quality and loss of aquatic and riparian diversity as well as scenic and recreational amenity. This is the current situation in many of the LGA’s highly altered coastal waterways due to increasing urbanisation and intensifying landuse.

The improvement in water quality, riparian condition and biodiversity in the Orara catchment has been brought about through 20 years of on-ground works thanks to sustained funding from Council and other sources, and the diligence of landholders and the local Landcare groups. The project model has great potential to be used in other areas, with the Jaliigirr project and its similar implementation strategy showing what can be achieved in other areas.

With the western and coastal waterways highly valued for tourism and natural values, and many feeding into the Solitary Islands Marine Park, continuation of riparian rehabilitation projects is encouraged.

Consultation:

The Orara Valley Rivercare Groups Management Committee meets monthly to oversee project works, and consists of members of the three local Landcare groups as well as Council, North Coast Local Land Services (NCLLS), and Landcare representatives. The Landcare representatives communicate to their members regarding the project; Council has a dedicated section of its website for the Orara Project; there is project Facebook page; and the Committee attends three major community events annually (including the Orara Valley Fair) to educate the wider community about the project.

There are new interpretive signs being installed at four prominent public locations across the Valley, and there are two local community newsletters which include information on the project and how to be involved.

The project officer and key contractor meet quarterly with the Council weeds section and NCLLS to coordinate weed control and reporting, and determine priorities for control.

The ORRP has been audited twice this year by the Natural Resources Commission due to the receipt of multi-year grants from the NSW Environmental Trust and NCLLS, which provided opportunities to showcase project achievements.

Related Policy, Precedents and / or Statutory Requirements:

The ORRP is guided by Council’s “Orara River Rehabilitation Project Strategy 2013-23”. Any rehabilitation works conducted inside the waterway itself are subject to approvals under the Fisheries Management Act 1994.

Implementation Date / Priority:

This project is ongoing, however it is dependent on funding so the level of work conducted annually varies.

Conclusion:

This report and information contained within Attachment 1 has provided Council with an update of the Orara River Rehabilitation Project in its 20th year. The Committee would like to thank Council for the ongoing support of this project as it has only made the significant achievements due to long-term nature of the funding and the tenacity of the local Landcare groups. The Committee believe that the project benefits extend to anyone who drinks town water or enjoys the beautiful Orara catchment.

 

 


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NOM17/19   Flooding Risks in the Combine/Azalea Avenue precinct and the Middle/Chinamans Creek Area

Attachments:          Nil

 

Motion:

Councillor Rhoades has given notice of his intention to move the following:

"That Council prepare a report with projected costings to rectify the major flooding risks to residents in both the Combine/Azalea Ave precint in Coffs Harbour and the Middle/Chinaman’s Creek area of Sawtell"

 

 

Rationale:

“These two areas have had major ongoing flooding issues for many years. The Azalea Ave situation since around the year 2000 and the Middle/Chinaman's Creek area for a far greater timeframe. Council is aware of these issues and has a duty of care to rectify the associated issues. It is my intention to show a short presentation of the situation in Azalea Ave following the November 14th weather event.”

Staff Comment:

A report as called for can be prepared.

  


SI17/26         Traffic Committee No. 5/2017

Author:                        Senior Engineering Officer - Traffic

Authoriser:                  Director Sustainable Infrastructure

MyCoffs:                      D.2 We have effective use of public resources.

Attachments:              ATT1  SI17/26     Minutes Traffic Committee held on 24 October 2017

ATT2  SI17/26     Traffic Instruments Traffic Committee held 24 October 2017  

 

Executive Summary

The Local Traffic Committee (LTC) Meeting minutes are presented to Council for approval of two items. The remainder of the LTC recommendations were of a minor nature and were therefore approved under the delegated authority issued by Council to the Director of Sustainable Infrastructure. The report lists the minutes for Council to note.

 

Recommendation:

That Council:

1.    Approve the following LTC items:

 

T.64-  Fiddaman Road Emerald Beach – No Stopping & Bus Zones & 40km zone

 

That the signage and line marking be installed in Fiddaman Road, Emerald Beach as shown on Council’s design plan 2160313, pages 39-40 (attached). Not including the proposed 40km speed zone, which is currently under negotiation with Roads & Maritime Services as the speed zone authority for all NSW.

 

T.69 – Temporary Road Closure - Road Club Events Engineering Drive and  Industrial Drive (west of Engineering Drive) at Isles Industrial Estate Circuit for 2017 – 2019 -Sunday mornings between 6.00am and 12.00noon

 

Subject to the following conditions:

 

1.1    A Certificate of Currency for public liability insurance for a minimum insured amount of $20,000,000 and noting the Coffs Harbour City Council as an interested party for the event be submitted to Council.

1.2    NSW Police approval shall be obtained and then submitted to Council.

1.3    The following traffic control conditions shall also be observed;

a.    Traffic Control Plans shall include a map indicating any alternative routes required for traffic detours. 

b.    Traffic Control Plans shall be drawn to scale and indicate the provision of passageways and clearances for pedestrian and emergency access. Plans shall be prepared in accordance with Roads & Maritime Services Guide to Traffic Control at Worksites.

c.    All signage erected for the event shall not cause a hazard for motorists or pedestrians and shall be removed immediately following the completion of the event.

d.    Conformance with approved Traffic Management Plan and associated Traffic Control Plans which shall be implemented and controlled by Roads & Maritime Services accredited persons.

1.4    Consultation with emergency services (Fire & Ambulance) and any identified issues addressed in a timely manner.

1.5    Consultation with bus and taxi operators and arrangements made for provision of any services during conduct of the event.

1.6    Community and affected business consultation including adequate response/action to any raised concerns.

1.7    Arrangements made for private property access and egress affected by the event including adequate provision for legal parking.

1.8    Event to be halted while any vehicles require property access.

1.9    The local community is notified of the impact of the event by advertising in the Coffs Coast Advocate a minimum of one week prior to the operational impacts taking effect. The advertising must include the event name, specifics of any traffic impacts or road closures and times, alternative route arrangements, event organiser, a personal contact name and a telephone number for all event related enquiries or complaints.

1.10  That the applicant organise for the events to be listed on Coffs Harbour City

    Council website.

 

2.    Note the Minutes of the LTC Meeting of the 24 October 2017 which details those items which have been authorised by the Director of Sustainable Infrastructure in accordance with the Delegations issued by Council.

 

 

Report

Description of Item:

The Local Traffic Committee (LTC) Meeting minutes (attached) are presented to Council for approval of two items. The remainder of the recommendations were of a minor nature and were therefore approved under delegated authority by the Director of Sustainable Infrastructure. The report also lists these items for Council to note.

Issues:

Council should note carefully the recommendations of the LTC as they relate to the authorisation of traffic control facilities and prescribed traffic control devices with the aim to improve road safety and traffic management on local roads.

Options:

Council’s delegation under the Roads Act 1993 requires Council to seek the advice of the NSW Police and the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) before exercising their delegated functions. This is done via the Local Traffic Committee.

 

In cases where the Local Traffic Committee advice is unanimous, and Council intends to follow that advice, Council may authorise the implementation of the facility or device without further notifying the RMS or the NSW Police.

 

If the Council wishes to act contrary to unanimous LTC advice, then Council must notify in writing, both the NSW Police and the RMS representatives on the LTC.  Council must then refrain from taking any action for 14 days so that the NSW Police or the RMS is given an opportunity to appeal to the Chairperson, Regional Traffic Committee should they wish.

 

In the case of an appeal, the decision of the Chairperson, Regional Traffic Committee is binding and final for matters under the Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Act 1999.

 

Council does not need to notify the NSW Police or the RMS if they decide not to proceed with any proposal for any reason.

Sustainability Assessment:

•     Environment

Not applicable.

•     Social

The recommendations in the report serve to improve road safety and traffic flow in the Local Government Area.

•     Civic Leadership

Council is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the local traffic facilities, recommended by the LTC.

Safe and efficient traffic facilities are in line with several objectives of the MyCoffs Community Strategic Plan including:

 

-     A.2 An Active, Safe and Healthy Community

-     C.1 Liveable neighbourhoods with a defined identity

-     D.2 We have effective use of public resources

•     Economic – Broader Economic Implications

Not applicable.

•     Economic - Delivery Program/Operational Plan Implications

Council has an existing budget for minor works associated with traffic improvements.

Risk Analysis:

The risk assessment has identified the following risks associated with the Local Traffic Committee recommendations:

·     That Council fulfil its delegations as a road manager

·     That Council fail to implement risk mitigation measures identified in the Local Traffic Committee meeting

To mitigate these risks it is recommended that Council:

·     Consider carefully the recommendations from the Local Traffic Committee following investigation and approval of the Roads and Maritime Services and the Police

That Council implement the recommendations to mitigate the road safety risks.

Consultation:

The Local Traffic Committee members’ attendance is listed on the minutes.  Most of the matters raised were requests from the community.  Relevant stakeholders were consulted and a report was submitted to the Local Traffic Committee meeting.

Related Policy, Precedents and / or Statutory Requirements:

Traffic control facilities and prescribed traffic control devices may be authorised for use on a road or road related area, whether a public road or on private land, only by the RMS or Council.

 

Traffic may be regulated for various purposes by means of notices or barriers erected by a road authority.

 

Section 50 of the Transport Administration Act 1988 permits RMS to delegate its functions to other public agencies such as Councils.

 

Section 53A Part 6 permits RMS to give directions to Councils in relation to RMS functions.

 

The Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Act 1999, incorporating the Road Rules 2008 provides for a system of traffic laws relating to all vehicles and pedestrians.

Implementation Date / Priority:

Road related modifications will be listed in the works program for installation within two months of the Council meeting.

Conclusion:

Council to confirm Minutes of the formal Traffic Committee Meeting 5/2017 by resolving the actions noted in LTC T.64 and T.69: and Council to note that LTC Items T.58, T59, T.60, T61, T.62, T63, T.65, T.66, T.67 and T.68 have been approved under the delegated authority issued by Council by the Director of Sustainable Infrastructure.

 


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SI17/27         Recommended fee for new bulky clean up service

Author:                        Waste Contracts Manager

Authoriser:                  Group Leader Strategic Asset Management

MyCoffs:                      C.2 A natural environment sustained for the future

Attachments:              Nil

 

Executive Summary

Coffs Coast Waste Services (CCWS) is a partnership between Bellingen Shire, Coffs Harbour City and Nambucca Shire Councils for the purposes of providing waste collection and associated services to the communities of the three Councils.

CCWS has entered into a contract for the next waste collection and associated services with Handybin Waste Services (Coffs Harbour) Pty Ltd (Handybin) which are scheduled to begin in March 2018.

At its meeting on 30 March 2017 it was noted that a future report would be presented to Council recommending the most appropriate fee for users of the new bulky goods pick up service which is due to begin concurrent with the new service.

This report recommends the setting of an appropriate fee for users of the future bulky goods pick up service.

 

 

Recommendation:

That Council:

1.       Resolve, under Section 610 of the Local Government Act, 1993 (NSW) to place the Draft Fee for service of $44.00 for the Domestic Waste Service – Bulky Cleanup Service (Option 4 – PAYG Book-In Service) on public exhibition for a 28-day period from Monday, 13 November 2017 until close of business on Monday, 11 December 2017, and that the community will be encouraged to provide feedback on the documents during that time.

2.       Consider community submissions prior to reconsidering the adoption of the final Fee by 5 March 2018.

 

Report

Description of Item:

In March/April 2017, CCWS awarded contract RFT-658-TO, which is a nine year contract commencing on Monday 5 March 2018, to Handybin Waste Services (Coffs Harbour) Pty Ltd (Handybin). The contract covers the provision of a wide range of waste related services by Handybin to Coffs Harbour, Bellingen and Nambucca residents on behalf of the three CCWS councils.

A key service under that contract is the cleanup, recovery and disposal of household bulky goods. The tender called for Handybin to present six different options for the bulky goods service for Council’s consideration. At its meeting in March 2017 Council resolved to accept Bulky Good Service - Option 4.

For clarity, the Option 4 will supply residents with a maximum of two (2) collections at the premises by Handybin per annum (limited to residences which pay the Domestic Waste Charge – Occupied Land), on a fee for service basis which is payable by residents.

This report describes the underlying analysis and recommended quantum of the fee for Council’s consideration.

 

The Importance of the Fee

A key component of Council’s strategy for bulky goods is to put in place price signals and education which lead to community cultural change regarding the generation of bulky goods, and which also maximise the quantity of bulky goods which are recovered, recycled or reused. The single most critical element of that strategy is the setting of an appropriate user pays fee for the pickup service.

 

Analysis Conducted to Arrive at the Recommended Fee Level

In determining a recommendation for the most appropriate level of the future fee for the bulky goods pickup service Council staff have given consideration to a wide range of relevant issues such as the affordability of the service for residents that are unable to self-transport their bulky waste, the amenity of streets, the potential for the service to be too similar to the current, quite wasteful, system if the charge rate is too low, the issue of residents using the service to dispose of otherwise recyclable and reusable materials, and many other similar aspects.

Additionally Council staff considered a ‘key’ problem of the current bulky goods system – being that of oversized piles placed on the kerb. That single issue has historically generated a high level of complaint given Coffs Harbour’s otherwise visitor and tourism friendly amenity.

It is considered that the charge rate, along with the structured education component of the new service, will considerably influence the types of materials and the size of the loads being disposed of under ‘Option 4’ (remembering that ‘Option 4’ includes a ‘two-pass collection’ system whereby mattresses, whitegoods, e-waste and metals, are collected in a separate vehicle prior to the second vehicle collection of other non-recoverable bulky waste).

Council staff also conducted an assessment into what other NSW Councils charge residents with similar systems for bulky clean-up collection services. On average the costs range between $33 and $75 per service.  In order to ensure that the community have affordable access to the service, staff consider that a Council-subsidised charge rate is appropriate.

In reviewing the potential users of the service, some assumptions were made based on Australian Bureau of Statistics community profile data for the region. Council staff consider that it is important to provide an affordable service for those who are unable to transport their own materials whilst not making the service so inexpensive that costs to Council do not sky-rocket. It is important to remember the key goal of the ‘Option 4’ service is to seek to change user behaviour by making the service more ‘user pays’, and to protect ‘non-users’ from having to unfairly subsidise those who use the service.

 

Cost Drivers of the Service

Under Option 4 of the Contract, Council will pay Handybin a fee for each bulky goods load collected and transported from a domestic residence. Council will also pay, under the NSW Government Section 88 ‘Waste Levy’, a further $79.60 per tonne of bulky goods waste which cannot be effectively recovered, recycled or reused and is therefore landfilled. Additionally Council will pay the weighbridge costs related to the bulky goods service.

 

Recommended Level of the Fee to Residents for a Household Pickup of Bulky Goods

With these considerations in mind, it is recommended that the charge to residents for each ‘Option 4’ service be no less than $44. This price point would represent a subsidy to the residential user of approximately 50% of the actual cost incurred by Council in providing the service.

For clarity, the fee to residents would be GST free as it would be a Domestic Waste Management service included in the Fees and Charges (which are GST ‘exempt’).

 

Safety Net Recommendations:

In order to cater for infirmed residents (who are qualified as such via the existing Waste Services review process), it is recommended that Council provide a single annual zero fee ‘Option 4’ book-in bulky goods collection service.

This recommendation would see any resident who qualifies for the existing ‘Wheel-Out, Wheel-Back’ service for their wheeled bins (i.e. only at premises where the full ‘Domestic Waste Service – Occupied’ charge applies) also receive one free bulky goods residential pickup per annum at no charge.

It is recommended that no further subsidised ‘Option 4’ services be offered beyond this single exemption.

Issues:

The bulky goods clean up services will form part of the suite of services provided under the recently awarded waste collection contract (RFT-658-TO) which will be a nine year contract commencing on Monday 5 March 2018.

Options:

Options available to Council include:

a)      Adopt the recommended fee. This offers the least risk to Council and provides high quality waste services to the community.

b)      Amend the recommended fee and adopt a different fee. This could expose Council to significant risk of discontinuity of the proposed bulky clean up service and a detrimental impact on waste budgets.

c)      Reject the recommendations entirely and adopt an alternative/s model. An alternative, and currently uncontracted bulky goods model may expose Council to significant risk of service discontinuity and potentially adversely impact waste budgets.

Sustainability Assessment:

•     Environment

CCWS already provides some of the highest levels of waste services, recycling, reuse and processing in Australia. Contingent upon Council’s ultimate resolution in this matter, the new model for bulky clean up services (from 5 March 2018) will have a positive environmental impact. The new model is likely to see an improvement to the already high levels of resource recovery being achieved – for example: separately collected mattresses, e-waste, white goods and metal will be better sorted and recovered.

The provisions of the new regional waste management services contracts, including the collection and management of bulky clean up services, reflect and support the targets and key performance indicators of the councils adopted ‘Coffs Coast Region Resource Recovery and Waste Management Strategy: 2015-2027’, and those set out by the NSW Environment Protection Authority in the ‘NSW Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy 2014-2021’.

•     Social

With the recommended Safety Net provisions there is unlikely to be any significant adverse social impact by the new model for bulky clean up services (from 5 March 2018). Local employment and investment will continue, and the service will further enhance community wellbeing. The proposed charge for an ‘Option 4’ service is considered accessible and reasonable in all the circumstances.

•     Civic Leadership

Pursuant to the Local Government Act, Coffs Harbour City Council is responsible for waste removal, treatment and disposal services and facilities.

The outcomes of this report are consistent with the Coffs Harbour MyCoffs Community Strategic Plan. Coffs Harbour City Council will continue to provide civic leadership with best practice management.

•     Economic – Broader Economic Implications

The new model for bulky clean up services (from 5 March 2018) will continue to support local employment and cost effective services for the community.

•     Economic - Delivery Program/Operational Plan Implications

Expenditure for the new model for bulky clean up services (from 5 March 2018) is currently included in the Domestic Waste Services budget. The new model for bulky clean up services (from 5 March 2018), as recommended, will not adversely affect Council’s Operational Plan or Delivery Program.

Risk Analysis:

The major risks that have been identified and evaluated are:

1.       Compliance with Local Government Act regarding fees and charges, and

2.       Council significantly deviating from the recommended charge quantum.

These risks have been mitigated by compliance with the Act, and by seeking a reasonable, evidence based charge quantum.

Consultation:

Consultation with regard to bulky clean up services was undertaken with the all relevant internal groups, and all relevant stakeholders of Bellingen Shire and Nambucca Shire Councils.

Related Policy, Precedents and / or Statutory Requirements:

Under Local Government Act 1993 (NSW), Council is able to apply usage charges, including under Clauses 496, 501 and 502.

Implementation Date / Priority:

If Coffs Harbour City Council resolves to accept the recommendations as written, then the new charge payable by the domestic residential customers for the ‘Option 4’ bulky clean up service will commence when the new service commences from 5 March 2018.

Conclusion:

It is assessed that adopting the recommendations as written will ensure:

a)      that the new model for bulky clean up services (from 5 March 2018) aligns neatly with the Coffs Coast Region Resource Recovery and Waste Management Strategy 2015-2027 and NSW State and Regional Waste Strategy objectives; and

b)      that the cost of the new model for bulky clean up services (from 5 March 2018) is likely to provide best value for money and optimise the take-up rate for the community, and

c)      the continuity of a new bulky clean up service (from 5 March 2018) to a high standard.

These actions are within the requirements of the LG Act and Regulations and will reduce Coffs Harbour City Council's risks with regard to ensuring advantageous waste services.

 


SI17/28         Coffs Coast Waste Services - Bulky Clean Up Service

Author:                        Waste Contracts Manager

Authoriser:                  Director Sustainable Infrastructure

MyCoffs:                      C.2 A natural environment sustained for the future

Attachments:              ATT1  SI17/28     CONFIDENTIAL          Coffs Coast Waste Services Bulky Clean Up Service Report

Confidential in accordance with Section 10A(2)(d)(i),(d)(ii) of the Local Government Act as it contains commercial information of a confidential nature that would, if disclosed prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied it, and information that would, if disclosed, confer a commercial advantage on a competitor of the council.  

 

Executive Summary

Coffs Coast Waste Services (CCWS) is a partnership between Bellingen Shire, Coffs Harbour City and Nambucca Shire Councils for the purposes of providing waste collection and associated services to the communities of the three Councils. In their meetings of March and April 2017, the three Councils resolved to award the next waste collection and associated services contract to Handybin Waste Services (Coffs Harbour) Pty Ltd (Handybin).

In addition, but not included in the Contract, Council resolved at that time to develop and implement of a Council-administered voucher system for residents in order to facilitate the self-haul of Bulky Goods waste to the Englands Road waste facility.

In progressing to finalise Contract negotiations, Handybin has raised a contract dispute with Coffs Harbour City Council specifically with regard to the Council-administered voucher system which comprises an element of the future Bulky Goods service which is scheduled to begin in March 2018.

Council staff have concluded negotiations with Handybin in relation to that dispute. This report makes recommendations for the outcome of the contract dispute negotiations referred to above.

 

Recommendation:

That Council considers the content of the confidential attachment and adopts the recommendation contained in it.

 

Report

Description of Item:

Refer to the Confidential Attachment to this Report.

Issues:

Refer to the Confidential Attachment to this Report.

Options:

Refer to the Confidential Attachment to this Report.

Sustainability Assessment:

•     Environment

CCWS already provides some of the highest levels of waste services, recycling, reuse and processing in Australia. Contingent upon Council’s ultimate resolution in this matter, the new model for bulky clean up services (from 5 March 2018) will have a positive environmental impact. The new model is likely to see an improvement to the already high levels of resource recovery being achieved – for example: separately collected mattresses, e-waste, white goods and metal will be better sorted and recovered.

The provisions of the new regional waste management services contracts, including the collection and management of bulky clean up services, reflect and support the targets and key performance indicators of the councils adopted ‘Coffs Coast Region Resource Recovery and Waste Management Strategy: 2015-2027’, and those set out by the NSW Environment Protection Authority in the ‘NSW Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy 2014-2021’.

•     Social

There are no social implications which flow from the Recommendation contained in the Confidential Attachment.

•     Civic Leadership

The recommendation contained in the Confidential Attachment is arrived at in accordance the contractual processes which apply in this matter. Council has a legislative responsibility to provide waste management services for the City.

•     Economic – Broader Economic Implications

Refer to the Confidential Attachment to this Report.

•     Economic - Delivery Program/Operational Plan Implications

Refer to the Confidential Attachment to this Report.

Risk Analysis:

Refer to the Confidential Attachment to this Report.

Consultation:

All relevant internal stakeholders have been consulted.

Related Policy, Precedents and / or Statutory Requirements:

Local Government Act 1993

Regional Waste Management Services Contract – RFT-658-TO.

Implementation Date / Priority:

Immediate upon Council’s resolution.

Conclusion:

Refer to the Confidential Attachment to this Report.