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SSD Modifications

Determination

MOD 1 - Open Water Surf Facility

City of Parramatta

Current Status: Determination

Interact with the stages for their names

  1. Prepare Mod Report
  2. Exhibition
  3. Collate Submissions
  4. Response to Submissions
  5. Assessment
  6. Recommendation
  7. Determination

Modification to the building layout, car parking layout, services areas layout, hours of operation, sustainability, landscaping, materiality and signage

Attachments & Resources

Notice of Exhibition (1)

Notice of Exhibition_13052021_081403

Response to Submissions (9)

Appendix G - Updated Landscape Plans
Appendix F - Update Architectural Plans
Appendix E_DA Appendix 1 _ Approved GFA Analysis
Appendix D_TTPP_Traffic & Parking Statement
Appendix C_SJB Planning Statement
Appendix B_Acoustic Statement
Appendix A_BIA_Light & Noise Impacts
Response to Submissions Part 2
Response to Submissions Part 1

Agency Advice (1)

EES response SSD-7942MOD 1

Additional Information (7)

Appendix R01 – URBNSURF Melbourne Noise
Appendix R02 – External Lighting Assessment
Appendix R02 – External Lighting Statement
Appendix R03 – Updated Biodiversity Assessment
Appendix R04 – Architectural Plans Final
Appendix R05 – Landscape Plans Final
Response to RFI

Determination (5)

Approved Landscape Plans
Approved Architectural Plans
SSD Modification Notice of Decision.
.SSD Instrument of Modification
SSD Modification Assessment Report.

Consolidated Consent (1)

Consolidated Consent.

Submissions

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Roewen Wishart
Object
NEWINGTON , New South Wales
Message
I don't object to wave pool itself - good to provide fun, exercise, jobs, tourism. But the extended hours are far too late.
5.00 a.m. to midnight !! Friday and Saturday.
5.00 a.m to 10.00 p.m. Sunday to Thursday
I object to the proposal to extend the operating hours (but nothing else).
while the SOP precinct has periodic nightime events, it is rare for them to be as late as midnight.
The developers say the facility will regularly have up to 500 users, and expanded parking for 193 cars.

Very early I guess the numbers using the wave pool itself would be small . Late at night maybe the wave pool itself is closed (I couldn't easily find that info)
The potential problem is the restaurant, bar and function centre which is part of the proposal, which can have up to 500 guests.
The acoustic report is too complicated and technical to understand in the time I have available, but to me the big issue is that is mainly assessing the noise problems against Australian Standards for average noise. So the report doesn't give enough weight to the problems of short bursts of noise late at night, especially weekends.
Also, the existing noise monitoring was done at ground level. Due to elevation of many of the apartments in Blaxland Ave, we experience quite a lot more noise.

(Note - the report looks like it's done by reputable engineering specialists, so I have no argument with its accuracy or methods).
I live in Blaxland Avenue on the northern corner, which is the closest residential street to the proposal.
Name Withheld
Object
NEWINGTON , New South Wales
Message
My principal objections to the Open Water Surf Facility (SSD-7942-Mod-1) are:

1. As a local resident immediately impacted by (living under 500m from the proposed development) I have not been contacted by, nor engaged by the developers of the proposed Open Water Surf facility, before this revised development application. Therefore, I do not believe adequate and responsible consultation has been afforded to residents potentially impacted by this proposal. In the applicant’s "Statement of Support" document they claim that their application "..will not have an adverse impact on the street scape or surrounding properties. (page 5)." Before this revised DA, no attempt has been made by the developers to consult with adjacent residents, thus this claim in their Statement of Support is untested by any independent authority and based solely on the applicant's opinion. As a resident in a building specifically identified in the development applicant's own noise assessment study, their lack of reasonable consultation is disappointing and doesn't imbue trust or confidence that they have gone about making their business case in an objective and reasonable manner that properly and fairly identifies all of the likely impacts on the community and environment.

2. The area immediately surrounding and adjacent the proposed development area for the Open Water Surf Facility (SSD-7942-Mod-1) is of significant natural conservation value and includes habitats for endangered and vulnerable species including Green and Golden Bell frogs and Latham's Snipe (as well as other migratory shore birds). In the applicants submission, I see no environmental impact study that specifically references the potential impact of this development on these habitats. This is in direct contradiction of the requirements for planning under the National Light Pollution Guidelines (2020). It is a significant concern that the important habitats of a variety of species within 20kms of this proposed development, have not adequately been identified and then considered by the applicant under the National Light Pollution Guidelines for Wildlife (2020). These guidelines specifically ask that consideration be given to the management of artificial light on wildlife - "any action or activity that includes externally visible artificial lighting, should consider the potential effects on wildlife..(page8)”. This concern is further exacerbated by the applicant’s stated desire to open the facility from 5.00 am to 12.00 pm - therefore the use, particularly in winter, of artificial light may well have an adverse and ongoing impact on species in habitats immediately adjacent to the proposed area of development.

3. Under the "Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (POEO) Act”, residents immediately adjacent the proposed development are afforded regulatory protection that ensures residents will not be adversely impacted by either new or existing noise-producing developments. Further, under the requirements of State and Planning Infrastructure SEPP, the consenting development authority must ensure that appropriate measures have been taken to ensure the following noise levels are not EXCEEDED: (a) in any bedroom in the building - Laeq 35 dB(A), at any time between 10.00 pm and 7.00 am and/or (b) anywhere else in the building (other than a garage, kitchen, bathroom or hallway) Laeq 40 dB(A) at any time. To the best of my knowledge, no independent work has been undertaken that provides this assurance for the control of noise pollution form this proposed development. The developer's own Noise Impact study not only fails to include specific measurements within adjacent residential buildings, but there is also no measurement of the noise impact of externally played music or external announcements arising from the proposed development. The applicant’s Noise Impact Study has been conceived under the presumption that all venue music noise will be ambient and will only emanate from inside a function center. This is not a comprehensive noise impact assessment study as it excludes (a) outdoor music and (b) outdoor public announcements. Also, the assessment of likely road noise increases, particularly during hot summer days, is not adequately accounted for in the developer's noise impact report. It is also of significant concern that the report prepared by Stantec Australia Pty LTd on behalf of the developer, conveniently models the impacted noise levels at less than 32 dB(A), just 10% below the regulatory maximum for residential dwellings. With such a small margin of error, and major exclusions in the preparation of the noise impact study, it is critical that this study of potential noise pollution undertaken on behalf of URBNSURF, is independently assessed, as the results do not seem to be based on ALL likely/reasonable noise associated with the "successful" operation of the proposed development.

4. The proposed operating hours for the Open Water Surf Facility (SSD-7942-Mod-1) are NOT reasonable and appropriate given the proximity of the proposed development to a major residential area and the concerns around ongoing noise. The proposed operating hours according to the developers acoustic report are: Sunday - Thursday 5am to 10 pm and Friday to Saturday 5am to 12 am. According to the Environmental Planning and assessment Act (1979), local residents are afforded protection from offensive noise that 'interferes unreasonably with (or is likely to interfere unreasonably with) the comfort or repose of a person who is outside the premises from which it is emitted.' This requirement has been tested time and again in NSW courts and court orders to stop offensive noise or prevent noise from occurring, are regularly sought and successfully enacted. I believe such operating hours should they be approved, would contradict both the intent and spirit of Environmental Planning and assessment Act (1979). I further believe it is a reasonable expectation that the operating hours of the proposed Open Water Surf Facility be bought in line with other attractions operating close to residential areas in Sydney. For instance in 2019 Luna Park operated between 11.00 and 16.00 on Mondays; Fridays and Saturdays between 11.00 and 22.00 and on Sundays between 10.00 and 18.00. Given these operating hours were agreed after many and protracted court actions by local residents, they seem a good guide as to what is reasonable, at least in the eyes of the courts. Furthermore, I know of no other venue in Australia that would be permitted to operate in such close proximity to a residential area, for up to 19 hours a day - this is neither reasonable nor fair.

5. There does not appear to have been any consideration given to the likely impacts of the proposed development on local traffic, or any plan to mitigate these. Given the proximity of the entrance to the proposed venue to one of two major entrances to Newington (Avenue of Oceania), there is likely to be significant traffic congestion arising at peak periods of use of the venue, interfering with local access for residents.

6. Finally - I see no indication in the developer's application for "Special Events" provisions in the proposed operation of the Open Surf
Water Facility. I am very much aware of the attractiveness and profitability of festivals, special music events, weddings etc. Thus it is essential that there is a fully transparent process that local residents can be confident in, that special dispensations for the operation of this proposed facility will NOT be granted, outside of the agreed development consent guidelines.
ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AUTHORITY
Comment
Sydney , New South Wales
Message
Please see attached
Attachments
Name Withheld
Comment
NEWINGTON , New South Wales
Message
I do not support the amended operation hours. I am an adjoining resident.
Noise monitoring is done at ground level, when trees and other vegetation create a barrier between the noise source and the monitoring equipment. We are on a top level apartment and find the noise impact from Sydney Olympic Park substantial during major events at times. I accept this as we live adjacent to a sporting and entertainment precinct, I don't accept however that this happens every single weekend and it doesn't also start early in the morning. We are fine with 10pm, but not midnight, the noise often carries more at night when the air is still. I am happy to send samples of audio recordings of events from SOP on request, suggest you do audio monitoring from the apartment level not ground.
Name Withheld
Object
NEWINGTON , New South Wales
Message
I am writing in regards to application SSD-7942-Mod-1 and I specifically object to the revised operating hours. I live in the residential area north-west of the site as mentioned in the acoustic report and therefore impacted by noise from both construction and operation of the business. The Noise Impact Assessment states up to 104 dB(A) of patron noise across the lagoon area, which is now possible from 5am every single day of the week and up to midnight on Friday and Saturday. This provides residents of the affected area with only 5 hours of "quiet time" when there is no noise. The acoustic report shows that the proposed noise levels are just under the limit by 1 dB(A) for night time hours. This is extremely close to the limit and acoustic simulations are not very reliable - rarely accurate to 1 dB.

As well as impacting on residents, this noise will also impact on the diverse range of wildlife living in the wetlands and conservation area directly across Hill Road from the site.

Operations before 6am and after 10pm is unacceptable.

If this proposal proceeds as planned without modification, the developer should ensure that noise levels are checked by an independent consultant once operating and modifications made or acoustic attenuation structures added to bring the noise down to legislated levels.
Vicki Johnston
Comment
NEWINGTON , New South Wales
Message
Hello I generally support the project however 1. I do not support the extended hours 2. It appears that public transport could be improved
Vicki Johnston
Comment
NEWINGTON , New South Wales
Message
I am concerned about parking in nearby Newington streets. Parking for the parks needs to be free. A parking ticket to get out free is issued with the entry ticket. People will park in nearby streets to avoid parking fees.
Alison Williams
Object
NEWINGTON , New South Wales
Message
I object specifically to the extension of operating hours for this project. I consider the extension of operating hours from 5am, 7 days a week, to be incompatible with my enjoyment of the amenity of my apartment. I disagree with the acoustic report that 'URBNSURF Sydney will not cause a significant impact on the surrounding community'. My apartment faces directly onto one of the ponds in the Millenium parkland and almost directly opposite the site of URBNSURF. The acoustic measurements did not take into account the impact of sound, including additional traffic and operation of the facility, travelling over water at such an early hour of the morning when there is little other sound in a park environment. I strongly object to the extension of hours and request that the originally approved hours of operation be retained.
Steven Broussos
Comment
GREENACRE , New South Wales
Message
I want to know where the water to feed this park will come from, especially in times of drought. Sydney's water supply is limited as it is. Further, if this building will have anything to do with Homebush, I would like to see an area of Homebush Bay which would be open for public use, to developed alongside this surf park
City of Parramatta Council
Comment
PARRAMATTA , New South Wales
Message
Please see Council Officer correspondence attached.
Attachments
Royal Agricultural Society of NSW
Support
SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK , New South Wales
Message
Please see our submission attached.
Attachments
ROADS AND MARITIME SERVICES DIVISION
Comment
PARRAMATTA , New South Wales
Message
Please see attached.
Attachments
TRANSPORT FOR NSW
Comment
Haymarket , New South Wales
Message
See attached.
Attachments
Biodiversity and Conservation Division
Comment
PARRAMATTA , New South Wales
Message
Please find attached EES comments
Attachments
NSW Health
Comment
Parramatta , New South Wales
Message
Attachments
Sydney Water
Comment
Parramatta , New South Wales
Message
Attachments
Sydney Olympic Park Authority
Comment
Sydney Olympic P , New South Wales
Message
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Project Details

Application Number
SSD-7942-Mod-1
Main Project
SSD-7942
Assessment Type
SSD Modifications
Development Type
Sports & Recreation Activities
Local Government Areas
City of Parramatta
Decision
Approved
Determination Date
Decider
Director

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Name
Rodger Roppolo