Following the public meeting below (on site) arranged by Council, the WRA committee brought to Council’s attention that the tape marking out the park at the meeting had over estimated the true size of the park by between 5 and 14 metres in width (measured at the side boundary of 9 Fern Creek Road – the land Council have already purchased for the park). The reason the variance is between 5 and 14m, is because of a strange discontinuity between the Deposited Plan for Australand’s land and the adjacent Deposited Plan for 9 Fern Creek Road. The park was 5m over estimated if you measure it off Australand’s DP, and about 14m if you measure it off the DP for Council’s land.
The boundary is supposed to be the centre line of the creek, and obviously the creek doesn’t suddenly move 9 – 10m as you cross this boundary, so we are still trying to understand why these DPs are so different, and what this means in relation to the proposed park.
In the meantime however, we have had further discussions with adjacent land owners and WRA members, and have proposed an alternative proposal to Council. This alternative can be viewed here, and we would welcome your views on this alternative. We believe that any land swap needs to represent an opportunity for all stakeholders to get a better outcome. The population now projected for the Warriewood Valley is 58% greater than originally projected when the 2Ha park was originally proposed. Projected dwellings have increased from approximately 1528 (ref Section 94 Plan 2001) to 2510 (in the latest draft Section 94 plan), so the bottom line is we need more useable park for our kids to play. While many see benefits in a linear park, others argue it is not as useable. We have therefore simply proposed a wider linear park that is more useable and that is proportionally larger to reflect the increase in population now projected for the Warriewood Valley.
Residents in Warriewood have recently received notification from Pittwater Council that it is proposed to significantly change the shape of the second half of our large District Park. The first half of the Park in Sea green on the Park off Callistemon Way has been completed and the new playground is much loved and much used. The instant success of the new playground highlights the current unmet needs of the young families in the valley, but the wider community too. The second (south) half of the park, across the creek (off Fern Creek Road) was always intended to mirror the current Park — rocket playground and its surrounds.
This new proposal from Council is to trade about half (the really useful part) of the 1Ha that was purchased in 2008 from our section 94 contributions, for adjacent creek line corridor land. The Warriewood Residents Association is concerned that the proposal to change the shape of the park from that originally proposed, will seriously compromise the usefulness of the park as a place to play informal games such a cricket, footy and to fly a kite etc. By it’s very shape (if it is linear) it will have to be a series of small play and picnic areas.
We are not suggesting the shape of the park must remain as the specific rectangle purchased, but we do believe the land we paid $4 million for should be retained, and not swapped for far less valuable and less usable land.
You will have the opportunity to hear why Council are proposing to change the park, and have the opportunity to ask questions. Council staff and your elected Councillors will be there to explain and listen.
Some of the questions the WRA pose are below. Please leave your own and give us any other comments at the bottom of the page, as we can only succeed with your support.
There are light dashed white lines on the latest concept plan which show the 25m and 50m setback lines from creek centerline, (we have gone over them in red as they are hard to see otherwise). We can see from both diagrams that the 25m creek line corridor is not included in the half of the park in sector 8, and where is the “bulge” in sector 9 to mirror the bulge in sector 8, and why is the 25m creek line corridor included in the area marked out in sector 9?