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In Wahroonga NSW on “Section 4.55 (1A) for...” at 161 Fox Valley Road Wahroonga NSW 2076:

Ad van den Boogaard commented

Dear Mr.McInnes,

Thank you for the opportunity to review the application and to make a submission to KMC.

It was at the 17 Dec 2018 KLPP meeting where several speakers had an opportunity to have their 2 minutes to express their concerns about this DA0058/18. As usual, all concerns in regard to traffic, street parking, bushfire hazard etc. associated with the Wahroonga Estate overdevelopment were discarded as the Chair of the meeting reminded all present that they had nothing to do with the specific DA being discussed; the compounding effect of continuous development is not thus being addressed.
The last speaker was a representative of the developer/builder. In the 10 minutes time given to him, which was 5 times more than anyone else present, he was not able to answer even ONE question from the panel. Despite on-the-spot assistance provided by his accomplices with laptop and many papers, they were still unable to provide satisfactory answers to the questions.
After the meeting was closed, we noticed a get-together of developer/builder representatives with more laptops and more papers having a discussion with the chair and panel members. Not in front of the counter; no, the off the record meeting was behind the counter in full view of everyone present!
This shameless discard for the public and process was shocking. As such, it was no surprise when the DA was approved at the same same day.
Although we are not able to witness “behind the counter” meetings, we think this unethical and shady practice should not be supported by the KMC, that exists to represent the public that funds it, not a few greedy developers and landowners.
The MOD0040/19 Modification is just another call in favour of the developments going on in this already congested area. The concerns of the many members of the public who live in the area and who took leave from work and childcare to attend that day were apparently not as great as influential developers and their better connected representatives. Please KMC do not give this development any further favours!
Furthermore, I am not sure what point Pastor Terry Johnson is trying to make with his basketball courts. He tries to divert the real issues the community is facing, including the SDA school, Church and Hospital into basketball courts being ready in time.
I think Pastor Johnson should read a few chapters of his handbook:

Matthew 23:25 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.".

We note that Pastor Johnson is no longer responding to community concerns, hence my sidenote in this response.

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