Morgan, Murray and Forsyth Streets - Planning Amendments

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Consultation has concluded.
On Monday 10 August, Council resolved to adopt the site-specific development controls to be included in the Wagga Wagga Development Control Plan (DCP) and changes to the floor space ratio and height of building provision of the Wagga Wagga Local Environmental Plan (LEP).

Consultation has concluded.

On Monday 10 August, Council resolved to adopt the site-specific development controls to be included in the Wagga Wagga Development Control Plan (DCP) and changes to the floor space ratio and height of building provision of the Wagga Wagga Local Environmental Plan (LEP).


Council is in receipt of an application to amend land zoning, land classification, height of building and floor space ratio controls for land on Morgan, Murray and Forsyth Streets.

To address concerns raised in response to the proposed changes, Council has developed site-specific development controls to guide future development applications. These proposed controls are currently on exhibition for comment.


Consultation has concluded.

On Monday 10 August, Council resolved to adopt the site-specific development controls to be included in the Wagga Wagga Development Control Plan (DCP) and changes to the floor space ratio and height of building provision of the Wagga Wagga Local Environmental Plan (LEP).


Council is in receipt of an application to amend land zoning, land classification, height of building and floor space ratio controls for land on Morgan, Murray and Forsyth Streets.

To address concerns raised in response to the proposed changes, Council has developed site-specific development controls to guide future development applications. These proposed controls are currently on exhibition for comment.


CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.


The public exhibition period has now closed. 

If you have questions in relation to the public exhibition or proposal, please call Crystal Atkinson directly on 1300 292 442 or email council@wagga.nsw.gov.au

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    Car meters have been installed on each street from the round-a-bout on Forsyth & Murray Streets. Is council doing the suggested traffic report requested by the residents action group? Also, can you confirm that Council will be making its decision at the Councillors Meeting on 10th August?

    ChrisR asked 3 months ago

    Hello Chris,

    The traffic counters are not for a traffic report in relation to the proposal for Morgan, Murray and Forsyth streets.

    Council has a planned traffic count program that aligns with programmed rehabilitation works. The traffic counters currently installed in this location are being used to inform programmed rehabilitation works for the roundabout and to facilitate teh Active Travel Route works.

    I can confirm that we are progressing presentation of the planning amendments  to the 10 August 2020 ordinary meeting of Council. Notices confirming the Council meeting date will be emailed next week with full details on meeting date and time, speakers and process. 

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    Hi Crystal I've just watched the slide show regarding heights. I find the depiction very misleading as the building heights depicted are not in ratio to the actual building heights. For example the is the depiction of the 12m townhouses. Compare the way the 32m office building is shown to the townhouses. This office is shown at double the size of the townhouses which is only 24 metres not 32m which is more than 2.5 times the height of the townhouses. This is an inaccurate representation of the development and needs to be rectified. Marg Whalan

    Margaret Whalan asked 4 months ago

    Hello Marg,

    Thank you for the feedback. Are you referring to the building height video Council has provided on the website and facebook or the 3D video of the concept?

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    Crystal, currently Council releases their Council Report on the Thursday prior to the applicable Monday meeting - as this is such a hot issue, are we able to get the Council Report 14 days prior to the applicable Council Meeting. Could I also suggest Council hold a Councillors Meeting that is for this DCP only and allow more than 2 speakers for the affirmative and negative, and extend the time allowed to speak for each speaker. This needs to be done in a public forum that is much better that Zoom or FB, but in the Council chambers. There is a feeling that some people are using Covid19 as an excuse not to face opposition in person.

    ChrisR asked 4 months ago

    Hello Chris,

    The earliest time for a report to be available is the Thursday prior as reports require approval and to be included in the business paper prior to being released. They are unable to be released early. 

    The report will be tabled for an ordinary Council meeting as extraordinary meetings are only called as required.

    The Code of Meeting Practice outlines how additional public address requests can be granted, you can read the Code here: https://wagga.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/16892/Code-of-Meeting-Practice-Web.pdf 

    If you would like to meet to discuss your concerns, we can arrange a meeting time. We are not proposing open group meetings as the Council meeting rooms have limited capacity when adhering to distancing rules and we would be required to turn people away.

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    Hi Crystal We would like to be updated with regards to the auction of the community land on the corner of Morgan and Docker streets and also have a few questions. 1. When was it decided to sell this land? 2. When will the auction be advertised? 3. What media outlets will be used for advertising? 4. How will the residents be told the results of this auctions? 5. How will the auction be run? 6. How will the local residents benefit from the funds raised by the auction of our community land? 7. Where will the Car Club, University of the New Age, etc be relocated? Who will pay for this relocation? Also 1. On what date did Damasa's first submit a development application for the Morgan/Murray/Forsyth St block? 2. On what date did Damasa submit a DA for Enixus, Morgan Street? Thanks Crystal. We look forward to your answers. Marg for Central Wagga Residents' Group

    Margaret Whalan asked 4 months ago

    Hello Marg,

    At the 16 December 2019 Council meeting, Council resolved to sell 205 Morgan Street located on the corner of Morgan and Docker Street. The resolution also required a further report to consider and confirm sale arrangements. This report has not yet been presented to Council and will include details on the auction. The sale will be by public auction advertised through normal processes and will be open to the public for anyone to attend.

    The sale of this land is separate to this exhibition of the proposed site-specific DCP controls and I have referred your enquiry to Michael Keys, Director Regional Activation who will be able to provide a direct response to you via email. I welcome further questions on this to be directed to Council by emailing council@wagga.nsw.gov.au and your enquiry will be directed to the relevant officer.

    In response to when applications have been submitted, the Enixus Development Application was lodged in 2013. You can view all public information regarding this property by using Council’s online services. Here is a link to the Enixus property: Weblink 

    For other development information, you may also see this by using Council’s online services and searching for the relevant property. Any information requested that is not available on the online services is subject to the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 and an application is to be submitted to Council requesting this information. Information on Access to Council information through this Act and how to apply is available on Council’s website via this link: Weblink

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    Previously, Glanis suggested a 3D model be made of the development site – this is an excellent informative suggestion. It shouldn’t be difficult to do as architects and designers use 3D models now – so what are the hinderances in providing this 3D model. I would also suggest this 3D model be able to be made public and from the point of view of the surrounding residences. Minecraft is an online game that demonstrates how to set up the 3D model if you are concerned how to do it.

    ChrisR asked 5 months ago

    Hi Chris,

    We are currently looking into this and if this is possible, we will be in touch.

    UPDATE: Hello Chris, I have a 3D video and images that I will email you today with your email address that I have on file.

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    We strongly support a visual 3D presentation, is it maybe also worth serious consideration of a maximum of 5 storey graduation across the block? 10/12 is way beyond a consideration in residential areas, as you have stated that the new regulations will apply to any development on any land, seems that Council is setting itself up for many objections to future infill and urban spread as well.

    Annie asked 5 months ago

    Hello Annie,

    Thank you for suggesting the 3D presentation. This is something we are currently looking into. If this option is possible, we will be in touch with you.

    I welcome you to include the consideration points regarding  maximum storeys as part of a submission to this project. 

    The new regulations that are proposed will only apply to this land, it will not apply to any other land within the city. The draft controls currently on exhibition include a map identifying where the controls will apply.

    UPDATE: Hi again Annie, I have a 3D video and images available. Can you please email me at atkinson.crystal@wagga.nsw.gov.au so I have your email address to be able to send these to you? Thank you.

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    1. I am unclear as to where we are at with the development of the Forsyth/Morgan/Murray St (FMM) site : For instance, (a) Has the Vintage Car Club site been declared surplus land yet? (b) Will it be sold to the developer of the FMM site? 2. Who is in control of the upkeep of the large stormwater drain on the Vintage Car Club property? 3. If sold, who is in charge of the stormwater drain when there is flooding? 4. Since parking is a major issue now in the area, and with the promised 201 additional residential buildings and other buildings from the proposed development, what is the logic behind NOT telling the community how this development is going to accommodate parking? And only informing the community after the development has been approved. 5. I know, Crystal, that I mentioned this on the phone to you, but to me it is so important, I want to express it to the community in writing. As far as I understand, the public exhibition consists visually of a bird's eye view photo of the proposed development. What I need to visualise what the development will look like, is a 3D presentation of moving person at ground level walking around the buildings. The community will not be seeing the buildings from a bird's eye view, but from down low. This type of presentation is done in popular series like eg Minecraft etc. Can this be done to aid our understanding of the project?

    Glanis asked 6 months ago

    Hello Glanis,

    The change to the classification and zone of the site known to be used by the Vintage Car Club has been adopted and changed. This site was identified in Council's Recreation, Open Space and Community Strategy (available here: https://connect.wagga.nsw.gov.au/rosc ) as being under review to determine appropriate use for the site and the relocation of the Vintage Car Club. This site has not been sold and will only be sold via public auction when auctions are able to occur to ensure an open and transparent process.

    Stormwater assets on and around this precinct are owned and managed by Council and will continue to be.

    This process will not give anyone approval to build on the site, this process involves consideration to changes to controls that apply when someone applies to build on the site. What we have on exhibition now is a set of controls that we want to apply to anyone who applies to build on the site, this includes requirements to identify how parking and traffic will be managed so that it can be assessed in detail. The community will be further consulted at this stage.

     Thank you for your feedback on the need for a 3D presentation, I will be in touch if we are able to explore this.

    UPDATE: Hi Glanis, I have a 3D video and images available. Can you please email me at atkinson.crystal@wagga.nsw.gov.au so I have your email address to be able to provide you with a copy? Thank you.

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    Hi Crystal, it seems you are experiencing difficulties in supplying us with an active 3D visual imaging of the overall development via email. I have made enquiries and if you were to request the architect MDP using their programme to provide this, an active comparison of a human walking through the development and around each building. This way we will all understand the complexity of this development to include in our submission, time is running out for us.

    Annie asked 5 months ago

    Hello Annie,

    We are still working on this and will have a response for you soon.

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    In the Community Workshop (12th November 2019) Daniel Donebus, the developer, stated that this development is worth $200+Million. If so, and as the development has 9 new buildings, will each appropriate DA go to the Joint Regional Planning Panel, considering that DA’s with a Capital Investment Value over $30Million should go to the JRPP?

    ChrisR asked 5 months ago

    Hello Chris,

    Joint Regional Planning Panels were established on 1 July 2009 and were renamed as Regional Planning Panels (RPPs) as part of the updates to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 in 2018.

    RPPs assess development applications within the State that meet the following criteria:

    • Regional development, as outlined in Schedule 7 of the State Environmental Planning Policy (State and Regional Development) 2007, or
    • Development with a capital investment value over $30 million, or
    • Development with a capital investment value over %5 million which is:
      • council related
      • lodged by or on behalf of the Crown (State of NSW)
      • private infrastructure and community facilities
      • eco-tourist facilities
      • extractive industries, waste facilities and marinas that are designated development
      • certain coastal subdivisions
      • development with a capital investment value between $10 million and $30 million which is referred to the Planning Panel by the applicant after 120 days

    Any development applications that meet this criteria will be assessed by the relevant RPP. 

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    Crystal, has Council done any enquiry/survey into parking and traffic flow? Can we understand from your response to Marg that Council has OR has not done a study into potential parking or traffic flows as a result of an increase in residences and workplaces if the development goes ahead? If not, I would say it is prudent upon Council to consider such a study before amending the DCP that sets the rules for developers to follow.

    ChrisR asked 5 months ago

    Hello Chris,

    Council has not completed a study for parking or traffic.

    I appreciate your desire for a detailed assessment at this time, however, this level of detail is appropriately prepared and assessed against a formal development application rather than at this early stage of concept design. 

    The site-specific DCP controls are the first step in ensuring future developments provide appropriate studies to supplement development applications when submitted assessment.