2004 – 2005
Balmain Leagues Club (BLC) approaches Leichhardt Municipal Council to discuss rezoning their site to accommodate a mixed use development compromising retail, commercial, new club and residential development, with an increase in the floor to space ratio from 1.5:1 to 4.8:1.
Technically this is known as an amendment to the Local Environment Plan (LEP) or a spot rezoning.
BLC releases its photographs to the community.
Masterplan documents become available.
RRAG (Rozelle Residents Action Group) is formed to oppose the development on the grounds of bulk, scale, height and traffic congestion.
2006 – 2008
Rezoning of the site moves forward.
LEP amendment passed by council 6 to 5 (Labour majority and Independent for)(Greens and one Liberal oppose)
Site is now rezoned with a floor to space ratio of 3.9:1.
June – November 2008
North West metro announced and then changed to Rozelle only. Metro authority has plans to use BLC site for construction of station.
January - September 2009
BLC struggles to raise funds with debts mounting. Benny Elias, Ian Wright and Alex Yosamoto form Rozelle Village PLC and do a deal with BLC to take over their debt in return for ownership of the site.
Rozelle Village lodges DA with Leichhardt Municipal Council.
BLC vacates Rozelle site.
Joint Regional Planning Panel rejects the DA due to the size and the unacceptable impact on traffic to Victoria Road and Darling Street.
Rozelle Village takes full ownership of BLC land and discharges their mortgages.
Rozelle Village lodges a new DA with the Department of Planning Minister Tony Kelly. The application is accepted as a major project under the controversial Part 3A of the planning act.
March - April 2011
A change of Government and a new planning minister. New state premier Barry O'Farrell scraps Part 3A and is yet to announce interim arrangements for projects already with the department.
Department of Planning issues Director General Requirements (DRG) requirements. This is the basis for Rozelle Villages Enviromental assessment.
The new proposal is put on public exhibition and the opportunity for public submissions becomes available.
The Dept of Planning tell the developer that the "height of the proposal is inappropriate for the location" and identifies a range of issues with the application.
Rozelle Village submits a PPR (a Preferred Project Report) to address the issues raised. It is still 27 and 25 storeys.