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In Marrickville NSW on “Demolition of all existing...” at 182 Victoria Road Marrickville NSW 2204:

Petra Jones commented

As I understand the Victoria Road Precinct Development, this DA is just one of proposed 1100 Units. The roads are already struggling with the traffic and this will add further congestion. The 2011 and 2016 Census reports states that the average motor vehicle per household is 1.2 so it is clear the number of cars are not decreasing even though there are two train stations - Sydenham and Marrickville in the area.
The 2106 Census, states that apartments, flats and units made up 45.2% of dwellings in Marrickville,(by way of interest Dulwich Hill has 50%) however throughout NSW this figure is 19.9%. We need to take stock of what has been approved/built since this time and engage the town planners to ascertain what is required in respect of green spaces, schools, road upgrades, services (police, ambulance, SES etc). We need to stop approvals of significant projects in a vacuum and pretend they will have no impact.
Green buildings are on the rise throughout the world and we need the Council to develop and mandate green building standards and reject soulless concrete blocks that are being approved. Buildings need to be eco-friendly and energy efficient, and improve the quality of the surrounding environment. The DA process needs to take into consideration the materials buildings are made of and the radiant heat they emit; We need better design elements such as green walls and roofs and high rise developments need to provide green areas for residents (Wicks Park should not be considered in this context as additional green space needs to be provided)
In short, we need to drastically re-develop our planning laws to incorporate elements that beautify and cool our cities so that we can actually enjoy them. Each new DA should be assessed in terms of the impact they have on services and infrastructure(including roads) needed to be provided to the community. There needs to be ratios developed (people to green space, schools etc) and god forbid that the developers would actually have to give back something to the community. If they can't be provided the DA should be rejected. This DA provides no benefit to the local community - the gains will all be directed solely to the developers.
I agree with previous comments relating to the need to maintain our creative and light industrial spaces and that the approval of this DA will be the beginning of the end for them. I also note the plethora of vacant commercial/shop front premises in Marrickville that have been vacant for some time.
Please reject this DA application and support the wishes of the rate paying community. There needs to be a holistic approach to planning in the inner west and not the current piecemeal one.

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