VIDEO: Samantha Riley Drive highrise back on public exhibition

KELLYVILLE'S controversial 18-storey apartment building development was placed back on public exhibition last Tuesday.

Click here to read the revised concept.

This incarnation, to be built opposite the future Kellyville train station, consists of seven buildings and would yield 292 fewer jobs after office floor space was removed from the plan.

This concept will generate about 50 jobs on-site.

At a press conference last week, Michael Edgar, The Hills Council's group manager strategic planning, said the council wanted to ensure the community understood the buildings within the development at 301 Samantha Riley Drive, Kellyville, were not all 18 storeys.

Only one is. It fronts Samantha Riley Drive.

Click on the arrow, below, to view a 3D fly through model.

Mr Edgar said the development was necessary as the state required north-west councils to ensure at least 80 per cent of new dwellings were located within 30 minutes, by public transport, of a strategic centre.

"We are expecting 100,00 additional residents over the next 20 years," he said.

"The corridor next to the [future North West] rail line will soak up a lot of the growth, and that includes this site.

"Putting densities around town centres and transport nodes helps council’s vision of preserving the predominant single house on single lot character that The Hills is famous for.”

As with the previous concept, the retail floor space on the site is limited to 1900 square metres.

"The reduction in retail to this site was something the Department of Planning and council were suggesting the developer do as retail is better positioned at the actual station on the opposite site," Mr Edgar said.

Nine hundred notification letters have been sent to adjoining and nearby property owners advising them of the exhibition of the planning proposal.

"We have had 100 hits on the web so far," Mr Edgar said on Thursday.

The Samantha Riley Residents Action Group has not been in contact but comments have begun being posted on the "Stop the Kellyville Highrise" Facebook page.

Click here to visit their Facebook page.

"There's still a hellishly large tower block planned, which I wouldn't like to see, let alone the additional cars trying to get onto the already ugly traffic on Sam Riley Drive," Tracey McKenzie posted.

Mr Edgar said the revised concept would likely go before the council in March for consideration before proceeding to the Joint Regional Planning Panel, which decides on developments over $10 million.

■ The proposal seeks to rezone 301 Samantha Riley Drive, Kellyville, to enable a mixed-use residential apartment development.

■ The proposal, including flood plan, will be on exhibition until February 14, 2014, at the council's administration building, 3 Columbia Court, Baulkham Hills (along with a scaled electronic model); Vinegar Hill Memorial Library, 29 Main Street, Rouse Hill Town Centre and on the council's website — thehills.nsw.gov.au.

SUMMARY

■ 18-storey tower: fronts Samantha Riley Drive and consists of 17 residential levels, 162 units, a roof garden and 1000 square metres of retail;

■ 9-storey tower: 8 residential levels, 65 units, a roof garden, 400 sqm retail;

■ 13 storeys: 13 residential levels, 135 units;

■ 4 storeys: 4 residential levels, 38 units;

■ 6 storeys: 6 residential levels, 87 units;

■ 6 storeys: 6 residential levels, 78 units;

■ 8 storeys: 6 residential levels, 95 units, 500 sqm retail, and a 100-space rooftop childcare facility to satisfy the demand for an extra 28 childcare places and eight after-school care places generated by the development. The centre would be accessible to surrounding residents.

READ OUR PREVIOUS COVERAGE:

■ Kellyville high-rise plan raises concerns, June 4, 2013.

Hills Council approves 18-storey apartment block plan for Kellyville, May 31, 2013.

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