Thank you for your email and I have received quite a lot of similar emails and letters which is a good thing. As you may, or may not, be aware, I attended the Community Consultation information session by the Proponents on Saturday morning 17TH April.
Just to clarify, the proposed development is classified as a State Significant Development in accord with State Government planning policy. Accordingly, the NSW Government is the assessing and determining authority.
The proposed development is clearly in stark conflict with Council’s adopted Local Environment Plan E2 (Environmental Conservation) Zone Objectives and permissibility. I have certainly noted your views re vehicles, condition of roads, noise and dust and the likely impacts on the rural-residential (E4 -Environmental Living Zone) areas should the project be approved by the State Government and proceed.
We understand the proponent proposes access via a new connection across railway line to Monaro Hwy which would be subject to approval from Railway & Highway Authorities/ACT Government.
Council will certainly be giving consideration to all community views, concerns and objections when it gives consideration to the Environmental Impact Statement and attached reports. Once released by the State Government as part of the formal consultation process, Council will likely hold a workshop involving councillors and staff which will be followed by a formal report to a Meeting of Council whereupon Council will adopt a position and make a formal submission accordingly. Council’s submission will likely recommend certain conditions of consent to be included, in the event the State Govt Independent Planning Commission determines to approve/recommend approval.
At this time the proposed project is at a very early stage in the planning process- the SEARS stage (The Secretary of the Department of Planning’s Environmental Assess Requirements. The Secretary determines what studies are required as part of the EIS and documentation). As part of this process the Council is invited to provide comment and likely recommendations will include the following:
traffic and road impacts,
impacts on waterways,
pollution control measures.
As mentioned, I have received many representation emails/letters and expect to receive many more. I will be retaining copies and forwarding all to our Planning team for their and Councillors awareness and consideration.
I will be further discussing the matter with the Member for Monaro and Deputy Premier in the near future and also formally advising him of Council’s position once adopted at a future Meeting of Council.
Kind regards and thank you again for alerting me of your concerns.
Tim Overall Mayor Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Tel: (02) 6285 6299 Mob: 0410 530 681 Web: www.qprc.nsw.gov.au Mail: PO Box Queanbeyan NSW 2620