Decisions on whether a proposed 129-home estate in Collina will get the green light and if the city's councillors will give themselves a pay cut headline the July 14 meeting of Griffith City Council.
The meeting will be council's first meeting in person since March, with restrictions lifting enough to allow councillors, staff and up to 10 members of the public to be seated in the city's council chambers.
Social media site Facebook will also host a live stream of the meeting, after funding was set aside in the council's budget to allow for the continued streaming of meetings once in-person meetings resumed.
Among the big ticket items on the docket is a decision for a proposed 129-dwelling estate along Calabria Road in Collina.
Council received 90 submissions during the notification period - including two petitions with 100 signatures and two letters of support for the development - with main objections focusing on the quality of the development, the devaluation of the surrounding properties, traffic issues, management, an age restriction on prospective tenants and that the development is 'out of character' with the area.
The recommendation before council is to approve consent for the development application subject to conditions.
The second item on the agenda is for council to determine whether to maintain their current level of remuneration for the 2020-21 financial year or change their current pay rate.
The Local Government Remuneration Tribunal in their 2020 annual report has indicated there should be no increase past the current recommended maximum of $20,280 per councillor and $44,250 for the mayor - claiming effects stemming from the coronavirus pandemic and bushfires means councils should not look to increase their councillor pay.
Griffith City Council currently sits at the maximum recommended rate of remuneration for both councillors and the mayor, but could vote to reduce their pay as low as the recommended minimum of $9190 per councillor and $19,580 for the mayor.
When asked by The Area News whether councillors would support a pay cut, responses were mixed, with some councillors backing cuts and others suggesting the current rate should remain as is.
Council will also decide on the reassignment of a lease at the Griffith Aerodrome and whether to endorse a loan application of $3 million from the NSW Treasury Corporation to allow for a proposed affordable housing development in South Griffith.
A report on council's investment performance and one regarding the Hanwood rest area along Kidman Way will also be considered, as will a notice of motion from Councillor Glen Andreazza to appeal to the state and federal governments to put forward Barber Road and Bringagee Road for upgrading and sealing under the 'Fixing Local Roads' grant program.