Cookie Cutter Killing Suburban Treescapes
Sydney's tree-lined suburbs are already being replaced by cookie cutter streetscapes - the removal of a cluster of casurinas in Avalon for a bed of small plants offering no shade for humans or birdlife is just one example.
Sutherland Shire Council warns the planning amendments would result in a "cookie cutter" approach to development and design, undermining "a neighbourhood's sense of place".
The council is particularly concerned the types of developments will leave little space for canopy trees.
The Inner West Council said there was merit in increased use of complying development, but was sceptical about the measures proposed. The proposed controls would "result in significant changes to the residential character of areas in which they are carried out," the council said. "Based on past experience this will lead to considerable community dissatisfaction."