Basin Village Green, Island Point Road, St Georges Basin.

Notice of Motion Development Committee Meeting September 2021
Submitted Clr White & Clr John Levett
Subject Village Green St. Georges Basin
The following Notice of Motion, of which due notice has been given, is submitted for Council’s consideration: -
Recommendation
That Council: -

1. Resolve to reclassify 132 Island Point Road, St Georges Basin (Lot 10 DP1143842) from operational to community land, following the registration of a sewer easement to Shoalhaven Water on the northern boundary.
2. Undertake house-keeping amendments to the DCP/LEP as required to remove the future proposed car-parking and other services and adjust the zoning if necessary, at an appropriate time determined by Council
3. Notify Basin Villages Forum of the changes.

Background
This matter has been reported to Council on two occasions over the last 10 months in relation to the classification and sewer easements being Development Committee 3 November 2020 and Ordinary Council Meeting 27th April 2021.
In November Council considered the reclassification and April considered the sewer issues. As the sewer reticulation line has now been determined, it is appropriate for Council to reconsider the reclassification due to the strong community representations. Council has previously changed the DCP to remove the service lanes and further developments should rely on providing carparking within their property boundaries.
Residents, community members and Basin Village Forum have continued requesting the change of classification from operational to community.
The Park is regularly used by locals and visitors alike due to its location adjacent to the IGA Supermarket immediately to the north. It comprises formal landscaping with pathways and gardens, a table with seating as well as a reserve of remnant bushland.
St Georges Basin is the focus of intense residential development, and several proposals in the proximity of the park are high density and multi-story. Recent inspections show that in a short period of time this community space will be the only area of trees within the village shopping precinct.
This is a valuable park to many as a quiet and beautiful community space, where local residents and employees of businesses can enjoy their lunch or quiet time during the day. The land needs to be given the appropriate classification so that it remains so into the future for passive daily recreation.

Basin Villages Forum has been communicating with Council in regard to "The Village Green" between the shops at St Georges Basin. This lovely area has been transformed from a wasteland to a lovely passive recreation area for the community since 2015.
• However Council's zoning of this location allows for
a future carpark.
The Forum wants this area protected from development and preserved for the community's use. Local residents (Basin Bushcare volunteers - now Parkcare) have put their own time and energy into creating and maintaining this area for the benefit of all.
We would like the community to support our plea to council to
change the Classification of the Basin Village Green reserve on Island Point Rd at St Georges Basin from Operational to Community. St Georges Basin is developing at an enormous rate and the bushland is disappearing, green spaces are sparse and vegetated reserves are losing connectivity so vital for biodiversity and support for birds and wildlife.
To lose this reserve to car parking would be a travesty.
Letters of support can be sent to Council. Reference Development Control Plan N23 (DCPN23) .
From this (2011)....village green 2011
To this (2021)....
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