The Cobalt Dee Why, 697 - 701 Pittwater Road - 15 level development in beachside suburb, Dee Why.
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THE 1,907 SUBMISSIONS FROM THE COMMUNITY WERE HEARD - THIS APPLICATION WAS REJECTED!!
THE SYDNEY EAST JOINT REGIONAL PLANNING PANEL MET ON WEDNESDAY, 21 MAY 2014 TO DISCUSS THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION FOR THIS 15 LEVEL BUILDING AND THE DECISION WAS MADE TO REJECT THE APPLICATION.
Dee Why Town Centre - http://cbre.realcommercial.com.au/property-land+development-nsw-dee+why-500912267
Aranda Development (adjacant to Dee Why Grand & Repco) - http://www.arandadevelopments.com.au/Project-Details.php?p=28
Aranda Development (605 Pittwater Road, opposite Stony Range & Repco) - http://www.arandadevelopments.com.au/Project-Details.php?p=31
Developers swarm Dee Why: The Cobalt (Development Application No# 2013/1168) is located 697 - 701 Pittwater Road, Dee Why in the heart of the suburb. Originally approved as a 9 level mixed-use building, now under assessment to increase the height to 15 levels. This will be the tallest building throughout the Warringah Council area, even taller than the 13 level 'Shipmate' apartments along Collaroy Beach.
The original 9 level development was approved under a Voluntary Planning Agreement between the developer (Jubilee Properties) and Warringah Council, despite the 6 level height restriction to the area.
Council are in the final stages of approving the amended plans, allowing it to increase further to the 15 levels, again under a Voluntary Planning Agreement.
As a result of Warringah Council allowing such a controversial building, other Developers have an interest in Dee Why, sadly their interest is not to retain the beauty of the beachside suburb but instead have big plans for high-rise apartments up to 18 levels.
The Cobalt is only the first of many developments to come, with Meriton already purchasing the Dee Why Town Center from Multiplex/Brooksfield developers in December 2013. Meriton have plans to build 450+ apartments at heights of up to 18 levels, set across four towers.
Dee Why can expect to see a minimum of 1,000+ new apartments which so far all proposals are a minimum of 8 levels high and increasing up to 18 levels.
The Cobalt specifically affects Dee Why:
1) A public overpass (bridge) from Warringah Councils community center, through The Cobalt, over Pittwater Road and into the new Town Square (Meriton) which includes four high-rise towers from 15, 16, 17 and 18 levels.
2) Significant traffic congestion, noise and overshadowing.
3) Insufficient bicycle parking, leaving more bicycles on the clogged streets.
4) The garbage loading dock is 9.5metres in length which a council garbage truck is unable to fit into being 11metres long, causing the driveway to be blocked and forcing vehicles entering or exiting to have to block the small street which is required by Police and Fire emergency services at any given time.
5) St Davids Park (Dee Why Main bus stop heading North) will be overshadowed by the 15 level development appearing more like a cliff or a blade. This will invade on the small community park.
The impact on Dee Why and neighbouring suburbs include:
1) A significant increase to commuter waiting times for the Northern Beaches only form of transport, buses.
2) The lack of infrastructure to support a mass population means traffic congestion will be enhanced beyond the day-to-day battle in which the Community already endure. With the NSW State Government having no plans to build any infrastructure within the Warringah Council Government area over the next 25 years.
3) Overshadowing of neighbouring properties, the loss of privacy and views.
4) The 'skyline' of Dee Why, including the beautiful beach will now resemble that of a mini-city, or Chatswood only without the infrastructure or transport in place to handle the increased population.
If you agree that this building is too high for the area, then sign this petition or write an objection to council referring to the Assessment Officer.
If The Cobalt is approved at 15 levels high then the domino effect will begin immediately leaving Dee Why to become the sister suburb of Chatswood CBD, minus the infrastructure. With a minimum of 4 more towers built directly across the road, in conjunction with others in the area. Once the precedent is set, developers will continue to swarm Dee Why and its surrounding beachside suburbs more-so then they have done since the 60's.
Dee Why is set to be inundated with high-rise apartments, starting at 8 levels high and increasing to 18 levels high. With 1000+ units set to be constructed.
Traffic congestion, loss of already scarce parking, overshadowing and many more negatives will outweigh the positives.
There have been many eyesore buildings constructed in recent years and there is no doubt that Dee Why is in dire need of a rejuvenation, but our Council, Warringah Council need to respect the Community and ensure that any developments are tasteful to the area and its surroundings.
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