How a rezoning windfall turns into disappointment

Richard Mezinec at the recently rezoned family property he is hoping to redevelop at Chester Hill.

Story appeared in: Torch | February 20th, 2018

A CHESTER Hill man has been forced to return to the drawing board after delving into the complexities of subdividing his Campbell Hill Road property.
Richard Mezinec said he hoped to develop three homes, one for each of his children, on his Chester Hill property, after it was rezoned by the council to allow for multiple dwellings.
After studying the council's development control plan (DCP), Mr Mezinec was under the impression he could build one dwelling per 175sqm, and if a property is greater than 525sqm, that would mean he could develop three dwellings. He believed his property fell into that category. There was just one hitch.
The council's Local Environment Plan (LEP) prohibits medium density development unless properties have a minimum area of 1,000sqm and a 20m frontage.
To place three homes on his land, he would need to consolidate two adjoining properties, that he doesn't own.
"I spent a lot of time, and money to get this far," he said.
"I feel the DCP contradicts the LEP."
A council spokesperson said its LEP sets the planning rules for development across the city. In turn, the LEP is supported by the DCP, which provides additional detail on building design control, such as landscaping and car parking. 
The spokesperson said a development was required to comply firstly with the LEP, and then the DCP, and that there was no conflict between the documents.
The spokesperson said Mr Mezinec had not lodged a DA, and that he had no plans when he approached the council, only a scaled model.
"The resident was informed the front of his property was not wide enough to accommodate his proposed development, but it may, if he acquired adjoining property," the spokesperson said. 

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