Final vote on Harris Farm 30th June 2020
What can you do
Urgently write an email to Wahroonga Ward Cr Donna Greenfield email@example.com
Council has recommended to proceed with the rezoning.
As many of you have seen, Councillors will have the final vote on the rezoning of the Harris Farm site on 30th June.
Due to COVID restrictions there is no opportunity for the public to attend the vote or the community consultation on the 23rd.
As expected, the Council has recommended for the rezoning to go ahead.
It is now up to the Councillors to vote - and we know how that has gone previously.
Even with the Harris Farm campaign, out of area advertising and submissions from people from other Harris Farm stores, there were still more submissions against the rezoning than for it.
Although the numbers on the surface are 56% against and 44% for, if you break out the numbers according to planning considerations, then the numbers are closer to 70% against / 30% for.
If it's broken down by area then it's closer to 80/20.
We have one last chance to have a say - this is it. It's all over after the vote on the 30th.
Timeline of events
June 2020 - Council staff recommend to proceed with the Harris Farm rezoning
March 2020 - Rezoning application on public exhibition
February 2020 - Council hold the only extraordinary meeting of this term to make sure the planning proposal can proceed at break neck speed. Wahroonga Councillor Donna Greenfield votes to proceed.
Tuesday 18th Feb 2020 - Councillors vote 5-5 to proceed with planning proposal but Wahroonga Councillor Cedric Spencer tries to stop it. Wahroonga Councillor Donna Greenfield votes to proceed and support the rezoning and Harris Farm.
Tuesday 12th Dec 2019 - 100+ people turn up to Council to present our case at the public forum.
Wednesday 13th Dec 2019 - After being with the Dept of Planning for approx 230 days with no action, a decision is made to allow the rezoning of the site the very next day after our forum, taking away the democratically elected councillors right to vote and represent the community.
Wednesday 13th Dec 2019 6:46pm - Council Director Andrew Watson notifies the Mayor and other Councillors of the decision
Wednesday 13th Dec 2019 7:19pm - Mayor Jennifer Anderson replies all to the email with one "word" LOL !!
Thursday 14th Dec 2019 - In emails back to the community, Mayor Anderson calls it a farce that the Planning Dept have approved the rezoning while a motion is pending. It was funny enough to write "LOL" on Wednesday night though.
Friday 15th Dec 2019 PM - Planning Minister Rob Stokes says his departments decision was inappropriate and that it is still for Council to decide whether the Harris planning proposal should proceed or not.
Tuesday 19th Dec 2019 - Councillors vote 5-5 to approve Harris Farm. 5 Councillors (Greenfield, Smith, Clarke, Szatow, Anderson) vote as a pre-agreed block with the Mayor Jennifer Anderson having the casting vote.
Wahroonga Ward Councillor Donna Greenfield voted against her ward, against the community and with Harris Farm.
She must be held accountable at the next election in September 2020