A new petition has been launched urging the Georges River Council to stop pushing through major redevelopment changes to Mortdale and Beverly Hills during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The petition is in response to the Georges River Council’s draft Beverly Hills Town Center Master Plan, which includes up to 10-story buildings in the commercial center and four-story units in the surrounding streets to create 1,500 new units and the draft Mortdale Town Center Master Plan, which will create 969 new units.
The public exhibition period for the draft Mortdale Master Plan closes on Friday, September 24, while the council postponed consideration of the draft Beverly Hills Master Plan to a councilor workshop at the council meeting in July.
Councilors were concerned about proposals in the plan for mandatory acquisition of a number of properties in Beverly Hills and also late changes to increase the heights from eight to ten storeys at locations along Kings George Road.
Bob Jones, who launched the petition, said the consultation for both of these draft master plans has taken place under the Covid-19 restrictions.
“This has prevented the community from meeting to discuss and spread awareness and to consult with council staff during the exhibition periods for both master plans,” said Jones, a former director of environmental services with the Kogarah Council and a candidate for the George River Residents and Ratepayers Party. .
“This interaction is extremely important as these plans will have long-term, drastic consequences for everyone living in Beverly Hills and Mortdale,” Jones said.
The Beverly Hills Plan also includes a comprehensive mandatory acquisition of people’s homes.
“Both master plans will generate more traffic congestion on our local roads, parking problems, overshadowing and loss of privacy.
“Schools and public transportation are already in capacity. The Georges River Council is meeting its housing goals, so there is no need for the council to accelerate these master plans during the current COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
The petition calls on the Georges River Council to halt the development of both the Beverly Hills and Mortdale Master Plans until the restrictions of COVID-19 are completely lifted to give residents full face-to-face consultation with each other and with councilors and also to attend public convened meetings. , so that the community can be fully informed.
Submissions on the draft Mortdale Master Plan close Friday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. 17.00.