Kellyville residents invited to protest against high-rise development on Samantha Riley Drive

A PROTEST meeting for residents against the proposed Samantha Riley Drive high-rise at Kellyville will go ahead this Saturday.

The Samantha Riley Residents Action Group has distributed a pamphlet to affected residents alerting them of the meeting.

It will be at Elizabeth McArthur Park, 20 Macquarie Avenue, Kellyville, from 2pm.

‘‘Please keep the conversation going,’’ the action group stated on its Facebook page, Stop the Kellyville Highrise.

‘‘The vote in [The Hills] Council is happening very soon and we need as much support as possible to make any building that goes on 301 Samantha Riley Drive as appropriate to our neighbourhood as possible.’’

The planning proposal was tentatively scheduled for consideration at council’s March 18 extraordinary meeting.

It has been postponed to a date yet to be determined, before proceeding to the Joint Regional Planning Panel, which decides on developments over $10 million.

The controversial 18-storey apartment building development was placed back on public exhibition in January.

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 earlier this year, Michael Edgar, the council’s group manager strategic planning, said it 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 and it fronts Samantha Riley Drive.

The action group still maintains the development is oversized for a suburban setting, an eyesore, will reduce privacy from overshadowing on existing homes, will potentially destroy the ‘‘community fabric’’, and cause major traffic congestion from development residents parking in local narrow streets.

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 centre 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.

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