Ongoing APA concerns and submissions

Previous APA concerns and submissions

Update November 19, 2021 – Artarmon Village streetscape concept plans – With input from the community and local businesses the APA has provided feedback to the council on the concept plan. (see photo below as an example of the proposed concept) See HERE and HERE to view submissions to Council from the APA. Artarmon Progress Association strongly support greater utilisation and activation of the Artarmon Village Green that runs along the eastern side of the Artarmon train station.

September 20, 2021 – Introduction of new 40km/h High Pedestrian Activity Area restrictions. Council is working with the local community to improve local amenity and return a real ‘sense of place’ to the Artarmon local centre. Council, in partnership with Transport for NSW, will introduce a 40km/h High Pedestrian Activity Area (HPAA) restriction in the Artarmon Local Centre from Monday 20 September 2021. The maximum speed limit is 40km/h at all times within the HPAA. Changes to the local road environment were implemented to support the new lower speed limit and improve safety for pedestrians.

For more information please visit: https://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/Council/News-and-media/Artarmon-local-centre-40kmh-speed-limit . If you have any further questions regarding the works, please contact Daniel Sui, WCC Senior Transport Engineer on 9777 1000 during business hours.

The 40km/h limit applies to the areas in pink.

August 13, 2021 – The proposed 40km/h High Pedestrian Activity Area (40 HPAA) signage/markings plan is currently being reviewed by TfNSW. Once approved by TfNSW, Council will install the signs and pavement markings.  As these signs/markings are speed regulatory changes to the area speed zone, only TfNSW have the authority to approve/change the area speed zone.  A series of community communication campaigns will be rolled out as part of the introduction for new speed zone for Artarmon Local Centre.

May 24, 2021. – APA Public Information Meeting on WCC Current and Planned Works for Artarmon Public Domain was held on Wed. 16 June.

April 24, 2021. – Construction of traffic calming devices along Hampden Road, commencing 26 April – For more information go to: https://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/Council/News-and-media/Artarmon-Local-Centre-Traffic-Calming-Project

March 12, 2021. 40kph High Pedestrian Activity Area 

The works planned to follow are: Elizabeth Street (north of Bridge St, i.e. Cameron Ave car park entry) – installation of new raised pedestrian crossing facilities (wombat crossing) and “No Stopping” zones resulting in the loss of 3 parking spaces on the eastern side and 1 space on the western side. Elizabeth Street (south of Bridge St) – installation of raised road threshold. Elizabeth Street (near numbers 25 and 38) – installation of raised road threshold. Hampden Road (between Brand & Francis) – installation of raised road threshold. Hampden Road (near number 35 and 36) – installation of raised road threshold. Jersey Road (near Hampden Lane) – installation of kerb blisters, resulting in the loss of 1 parking space on the southern side, to meet the current 10m No-Stopping zone at an intersection. Francis  Road  (near Hampden Lane) – installation of kerb blisters, resulting in the loss of 1 parking space on the southern side and 1 space on the northern side, to meet the current 10m No-Stopping zone at an intersection. Broughton Road (near Hampden Lane- installation of kerb blisters

January 23, 2021 – Stage One of the Artarmon Local Centres Public Domain Master Plan is scheduled to commence in March 2021. Traffic calming measures will be installed on Elizabeth Street, Hampden Road (near the Brand Street roundabout and McMillan Road) as well as minor works on Francis, Broughton and Jersey Roads.

November 15, 2020 – Council has adopted the Master Plan as the primary design guide for all future public domain projects in the Artarmon Local Centre and endorsed the commencement of detailed design and documentation for Stages 1 and 2.  Stage 1 covers traffic calming in Elizabeth St as well as around the village and is planned to commence early next year. Council has released designs for a new “wombat” crossing outside 26 Hampden Rd.  When this crossing is installed, Council plans to remove the pedestrian refuge on the crest of the hill near Cleland Rd.  APA is concerned that all residents in the area east of Hampden Rd, including those in Cleland and Parkes have not been notified of the proposed changes.

The Artarmon Local Centre Masterplan can be seen HERE

September 2, 2020 -The APA submission to Willoughby City Council can be found HERE

August 28, 2020 – A copy of the Willoughby City Council’s Webinar on their plans for the Artarmon Local centre can be viewed HERE

Update May 24, 2021 – The APA is concerned that the existing walkway from the Artarmon train station to Wilkes plaza is not Disability Discrimination Act compliant. If you have experienced any issues or avoid the walkway due to safety concerns, please let us know via the APA secretary. (see the About Us page)

The Artarmon Progress Association has had a long involvement with Artarmon Station accessibility and continues to advocate for improvements.

October 26, 2020 – The latest APA response to the NSW State Governments reply regarding improved station access from Wilkes Ave can be seen HERE

October 19, 2020 – See the most recent submission from the Artarmon Progress Association to the NSW State Government HERE. Previous submissions can be found HERE and HERE and HERE. The history of Artarmon Station and be found HERE and HERE.

Update September 10, 2021 – Review of the DA determination is on the agenda for the Council meeting on 13th September.

August 13, 2021 – At the 2 August 2021 WCC meeting, a motion was passed calling for the WLPP to review DA 2021/5. The APA is waiting for clarification by Council on next steps and a timeline.

July 26, 2021 – Scaffolding has been erected for removal of hazardous materials, but work is paused during the construction lockdown. WCC has advised the APA that architects are working on the construction set of drawings as well as sketches/images of the changes required to comply with the DA conditions. Once available, APA & WSPA will meet with WCC to discuss.

July 8, 2021 – Work has commenced on the site of the former Artarmon Bowling Club.

June 24, 2021 – The Willoughby City Council has added new concept drawings of the last minute changes to the DA. They can be viewed HERE.

May 25, 2021 – The Willoughby Local Planning Panel has passed the (DA) 2021/5 for the former Artarmon Bowling Club without any of the key changes requested by the community through the APA submission- The APA has lodged a complaint with the Willoughby City Council CEO. The letter can be seen HERE.

May 18, 2021 – The Willoughby Local Planning Panel is considering the DA for the former Artarmon Bowling Club on 25th May from 2pm. The meeting will be held by teleconference (Zoom). For more information see HERE. The link to register for the meeting can be found HERE.

April 24, 2021 – Community consultation on Artarmon Parklands Pavilion DA-2021/5 closed on 16 March 2021. WCC has advised Willoughby Local Planning Panel will consider the Development Application on 25 May 2021.

March 16, 2021 – The APA submission to the Willoughby City Council in response to DA-2021/5 1A Burra Road, Artarmon (Artarmon Parklands Pavilion) can be seen HERE. Submission Attachment 1 can be seen HERE. Submission attachment 2 can be seen HERE. The APA would like to thank the community for its active engagement in this process.

March 11, 2021 – Please have a look at the APA draft submission HERE. Submissions close on the 16th March so please provide your feedback the APA secretary before this date.

January 23, 2021 – DA-2021/5  The council submitted the Development Application late December and community consultation is now open until 16 March 2021. You can view the plans and make a submission at Council’s ePlanning Portal https://eplanning.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/Pages/XC.Track/SearchApplication.aspx?id=506860 If you would like to contribute to the APA’s submission please send feedback to the APA secretary (see our “About Us” page for contact details)

December 14, 2020 – Council has advised the lodgement of the Development Application and associated community consultation on the Artarmon Parklands Pavilion concept design (former Artarmon Bowling Club) will occur in December 2020.

November 10, 2020 – The latest submission to the Willoughby City Council from the Artarmon Progress Association (APA) and the Willoughby South Progress Association (WSPA) can be seen HERE. The council has new information regarding the proposal that can be seen HERE. The preferred design option is the “Artarmon Pavilion – Concept Design 2”. It can be viewed HERE.

October 19, 2020 – The APA recently met with Council to discuss Council’s changed community consultation schedule and ways to work more collaboratively in future. Key outcomes included:

Consultation: APA (and WSPA) have been invited to provide feedback to Council on the concept design by 9 November. Please send your feedback to the APA secretary (see HERE for contact details) by Monday 2 November 2020 The next community-wide consultation on the concept design will occur in November 2020 as part of the Development Application public exhibition (supporting documentation and the Environmental Impact Statement will be provided). Council has confirmed it will then seek further feedback from the community on the detailed design which will incorporate proposed building materials, heritage and sustainability considerations.

Communication between the APA & Council: Council will brief the APA on the top 10 projects relevant to Artarmon at the start of each financial year to increase community knowledge of upcoming projects and permit community input in the early stages of concept and design. Council advised of a proposed Interactive Project Page to facilitate community access to updates on major projects (implementation likely in 2021/22).

October 9, 2020 – The August community consultation appears to have been bypassed. The council has new information regarding the proposal that can be seen HERE. The preferred design option is the “Artarmon Pavilion – Concept Design 2”. It can be viewed HERE. Information on the Willoughby City Council Website can be found HERE and HERE. The Artarmon Progress Associations submission to WCC can be found HERE

July 25, 2020 – Concept designs were received from the Architect in June and presented to Councillors. The concept designs are currently under review . The next community consultation phase will commence in August followed by a briefing to Councillors. Following consultation, Council will commission detailed designs of the building. The DA is anticipated to be lodged in November 2020 and statutory consultation with the public will occur in accord with the Willoughby Community Participation Plan. This will include a mail out to neighbouring residents, the APA and Ward Councillors and will also include individuals who have previously made representation on this matter. An on-site notification sign, as well as advice on Council’s website, will also be provided.

Update August 13 2021. – Local Environmental Plan (LEP) The new LEP will be released for community consultation soon (awaiting approval from the NSW Government). LEPs are the main planning tool to shape the future of communities and ensure local development is done appropriately. APA is keen to engage the community on this important topic.

Council resolved to support the Local Centres Strategy on 9 Dec 2019 with a reduction in height on the Hampden Rd section between Jersey and Francis Roads from the recommended 8-10 storeys to 4-5 storeys.  A further briefing was provided to Councillors to fully inform them of the implications of the resolution passed at the meeting. Staff are enacting the Council resolution. The final Local Centres Strategy is HERE

Update September 20, 2021 – Stage 2 DA – Mirvac has just lodged an application to modify the basement design of the approved Stage 2 DA for the site to allow for the required 21 visitor parking spaces. Mirvac has advised the proposed design changes relate to works below ground level only and will not alter the approved design of the ground plane or above-ground built form of the project.

September 10, 2021 – Communication from Mirvac regarding out-of-hours work required to install and connect a new Sydney Water Watermain along Artarmon Road (between Willoughby Road and Scott Street). The installation of the watermain is to connect the new development to the Sydney Water network and also improve reliability and supply to the neighboring area. The works are scheduled to commence from early September. Any disruption to water supply is expected to occur overnight in February and affected residents will be notified.

Due to the location of the approved works and their proximity to a major arterial road and critical intersection, these works need to be performed out-of-hours to ensure RMS compliance. At times there will be changed traffic conditions while works are being undertaken, including two-way contra-flow with localised traffic controllers while works take place along Artarmon Road. While works take place at the Artarmon Road/Willoughby Road intersection, there will be one lane flow of traffic with traffic controllers on Willoughby Road with a detour/resident-access-only to Artarmon Road between Willoughby Road and Edward Street.

In recognition of the anticipated impact to adjacent residents Mirvac will be communicating with residents through two letterbox drops about the works and an online Information Session on Tuesday 31st August.

August 13 2021. – Removal of the Channel 9 TV Tower is progressing. For the first stages of removal see this YouTube footage.

May 12, 2021. – All site trucks are required to enter and exit via Willoughby Road however many are using Artarmon Road. WCC has advised that: Ranger Team Leaders have identified this location as a priority and will monitor the site more frequently. Multiple infringements have been handed out. The APA has contacted Mirvac about the regular disruption on Artarmon Road for road users, including one lane only road passage, and has asked that disruption be contained as far as practicable, and work scheduled for quieter times.

April 24, 2021.– See the Sydney Morning Herald article by Megan Gorrey HERE for more information. It contains an interesting video of how the TV tower will be removed.

January 23, 2021 – Work has commenced on this site with current land clearing and demolition taking place

More information can be seen HERE and HERE

The Artarmon Progress Association (APA) is concerned over traffic management and congestion during the construction phase and implications for traffic flow on Artarmon Road once the project is complete.

Update September 10, 2021 – Council is hoping to have the new lighting installed in Wilkes Ave in October.

April 24, 2021 – Construction of one side of the raised wombat crossing has been delayed due to unexpected sewerage & telecommunication services located underground and weather. Once complete, hopefully in the next 1-2 weeks, work will commence on the other half of the road (to complete the wombat crossing).

January 23rd, 2021 – starting with the construction of a raised pedestrian crossing on Elizabeth Street (approx. 3 months of work) followed by streetscape improvements to Wilkes Avenue plaza including installation of new street furniture and decorative lighting (approx. 2 months of work). The Artarmon Progress Association (APA) submission can be found HERE

Update September 10, 2021 – WCC Traffic Committee has approved the plans for the two bike paths between Chatswood and St Leonards. 

  1. runs alongside the Pacific Highway from Chatswood to St Leonards

2. runs alongside Hampden Rd, through the Artarmon local centre and then runs along Herbert St to St Leonards.

APA still has concerns about the route through the Village along Hampden Rd:  Impact of proposed new traffic lights at Brand St on traffic flows, No detail of the bike path through Artarmon Village and how the interaction with parked cars, pedestrians would be managed. Removal of pedestrian refuge near Cleland Park, Loss of the turns into Cleg St westbound from Herbert St. We encourage members to make their views known to Council.

June 24, 2021 – The Chatswood to St Leonards Bicycle Route via the Pacific Highway Share path draft plans are available HERE. After feedback from the community the Artarmon Progress Association has submitted a response generally supporting the plans. The submission can be seen HERE.

The Chatswood to St Leonards Bicycle Route via Artarmon Local Centre plans can be seen HERE. The section of the bicycle route through the Artarmon business centre is now part of the Artarmon Local Centre Public Domain Master Plan. The APA submission can be seen HERE.

May 24, 2021 – Chatswood to St Leonards via Pacific Highway Share Path Draft Detailed Design Plans – Webinar Tuesday 25th May 2021. Chatswood to St Leonards Bicycle Route Improvement Draft Detailed Design Plans – Webinar Thursday 27th May 2021.

July 25, 2020 – Community consultation on the bicycle route from Chatswood to St Leonards via the Artarmon Local Centre recently closed. The concept design for bike facilities through the Artarmon Local Centre on Hampden Road between Brand Street and Jersey Road was excised from the Plan and will be consulted on separately as part of the public domain improvements in the Artarmon Local Centre. Other bike routes via the rail corridor and adjoining the Pacific Highway will be consulted on separately. More information can be found HERE. The Artarmon Progress Association (APA) submission can be viewed in the June 24 post.

May 26, 2020 – The APA submission regarding the design and location of the electrical power substation for the Sydney Metro can be found HERE. The Artarmon Progress Association submission can be found HERE. The submission regarding the location of underground cabling for this project can be found HERE.

March 21,2020. The Artarmon Progress Association has expressed its strong objection to the Willoughby City Council on the Development Application proposed for 84 Hampton Road Artarmon. In the submission the APA expresses it strong objection to further saturation of Artarmon with such facilities and requests that this application be refused. The full submission can be seen HERE.

May 17, 2021. Update – The Willoughby City Council response to submissions on draft Willoughby Integrated Transport Strategy (ITS) 2036 can be found HERE.

April 13, 2020. The Artarmon Progress Association (APA) has provided comments on the Willoughby City Council Draft Integrated Transport Strategy 2036. The APA has sought and incorporated input in this submission from its members and also encouraged members to make their own submissions. The APA agrees with the strategies that have been identified and this submission focuses on the measures and initiatives associated with each Strategic Direction. More information can be found HERE The full submission is HERE