LVH Reference Committee and Coles Development (July 2018)
The first meeting of the Lindfield Village Hub (LVH) Reference Committee met last Monday 16 July for its inaugural meeting. The Terms of Reference of the Committee is to provide advice to Council on;
Communication and engagement
Planning and design outcomes
Committee members include Sarah Davis and Linda McDonald representing Support Lindfield plus another five community members; the Mayor who is the Chair plus three Councillors; project staff; and a representative from Transport for NSW and Roads & Maritime Services.
The first meeting was constructive and positive and focussed a lot on the community engagement activities that Council will start to undertake in August. These include online engagement; workshops; on site events; telephone surveys; stakeholder workshops; competitions; specialist talks. The community engagement phase will continue through to the end of the year. Feedback will be sought from the community around the activities they wish to have included in the Hub. Project staff confirmed that the size of the community facilities and park land will remain the same as in the masterplan that was approved in 2015.
The project staff confirmed that Expression of Interest (EOI) documents will be prepared in August and September in time for the EOI to be released to the market in October. There is no published date for the evaluation of the EOI submissions. The next Reference Committee meeting is planned for October.
You may have seen the DA listing for the Coles Development in the North Shore Times a couple of weeks ago. While this development is outside of Support Lindfield's remit, we are, of course, interested in it as it impacts construction of the Hub. And over the past six years we have maintained a relationship with Coles development people as they had earlier on indicated an interest in the Hub. We have had a look at the height and other measures. It is 6 storeys at it's maximum (3/4 storeys fronting the Pacific Highway), parking on two floors for 250 cars, 70 units with 71 residential parking spaces. They will relocate Balfour Lane to the west end of the site in order to maintain a thoroughfare for the Holy Family School. Coles development people have worked closely with the School for the past few years. They anticipate starting construction in 12 months and the build is planned for two years. Support Lindfield Committee gives the design its tick of approval.