14 August 2012









Dear Councillor/Sir/Madam


You are invited to attend an WORKS AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE of Ashfield Council, to be held on Level 6, Civic Centre, 260 Liverpool Road, Ashfield on TUESDAY† 21 AUGUST 2012 at 7:00 PM or at the conclusion of the Budget & Operations Review Committee.


















Works and Infrastructure Committee - 21 August 2012




1.               Opening


2.               Acknowledgement of Local Indigenous Community


3.               Apologies/Request for Leave of Absence


4.               Disclosures Of Interest


Disclosures to be made by any Councillors who have a pecuniary / non-pecuniary interest in respect of matters that are before Council at this meeting.



5.               Confirmation of Minutes of Council/Committees


Works and Infrastructure Committee - 19/06/2012


6.               Presentation by Lyle Marshall & Associates


Parking & Traffic Study Scope


7.               Staff Reports





8.               General Business







Ashfield Council Ė Report to Works and Infrastructure Committee held on Tuesday 21 August 2012†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† WIC7.1



File Ref††††††††††††††††††††††††††† STORMWATER>CODE FOR DEVELOPMENT


Prepared by†††††††††††††††††† Peter O'Sullivan - Design & Development Engineer†††††††



Reasons††††††††††††††††††††††††† Request by Council to report on Councilís Stormwater Management Code regarding any proposed amendments


Objective†††††††††††††††††††††††† To clarify if any amendments to Councilís Stormwater Management Code are required




Overview of Report


In September 2011, a report to Council regarding the determination of a development at 9 Northcote Street Haberfield, also proposed that various amendments should be made to Councilís current Stormwater Management Code (SMC). These proposed amendments to the SMC were not approved and it was resolved that a further report on the SMC regarding any proposed amendments be prepared for council.


This report identifies that any amendments to the SMC should not be permitted without sound technical backing which would be able to stand up to the rigors of any possible legal challenge.






The aim of Councilís SMC is to provide a clear statement of policy, requirements and methods relating to stormwater drainage for residential, commercial, industrial and all other types of development.† The Code assists in the submission of the necessary information required to expedite Council approvals and has served this Council in its present form well since its adoption in 1995.


It is recommended that no new amendments to the SMC are necessary at the present time as it is currently consistent in its requirements and outcomes with surrounding Councils, which only adds its accountability to both residents and developers. Ad hock changes to the SMC as suggested in the DA report for 9 Northcote St Haberfield, which are not based on any technical input, could only lead to possible legal challenges at a future date.


The current SMC does require having certain terminology updated (which are not of a technical nature) in regards to certain Government Acts and procedures which in itself have become outdated since 1995 and therefore at some stage should be updated to reflect these changes.


Council is currently undertaking a flood study within its LGA. Once the results of this flood study have been completed and approved by Council there will be the need to amend Councilís SMC, at which time the document can also be reviewed for terminology updates.


Financial Implications



Other Staff Comments



Public Consultation




The conditions in the SMC should be complied with for all Development Applications and any suggested amendments should not be approved unless sound technical backing is provided to support any deviations from the SMC. It has been identified that the SMC does require a review to reflect terminology updates and some outdated procedures.


Also the results of Councilís Flood Study for the LGA, currently being undertaken, may also require additional amendments to the SMC to incorporate the results of this flood study.


Considering the above a review of Councilís SMC should be undertaken on completion of the flood study.





There are no supporting documents for this report.




1/2††† That Council note the content of this report.


2/2††† That once the results of the flood study are completed Councilís Stormwater Management Code is to be reviewed and amended for Councilís endorsement.







Tony Giunta

Acting Director Works & Infrastructure Services