Plan­ning re­view to stretch re­sources

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Times News - Karen Hunt

A RE­VIEW of Bridgetown’s town plan­ning schemes should be a pri­or­ity over the com­ing year, the shire chief ex­ec­u­tive has agreed, but may re­quire ex­tra re­sources.

Tim Clynch at coun­cil’s Septem­ber meet­ing re­sponded to a se­ries of ques­tions from Cr Pat Scallan, who raised con­cerns about de­lays.

Cr Scallan asked why a draft fifth scheme adopted in 2012 had not pro­gressed and whether progress to­wards a sixth scheme would be more timely.

“What has been put in place to en­sure TPS6 is pro­gressed in a timely man­ner?” he asked.

The coun­cil was told that TPS5 was aban­doned after the De­part­ment of Plan­ning, Lands and Her­itage raised queries and con­cerns re­lat­ing to pop­u­la­tion, em­ploy­ment, hous­ing de­mand and lot yields, in­fill de­vel­op­ment, tourist ac­com­mo­da­tion and other is­sues.

Mr Clynch said while the cur­rent TPS3 and 4 were gazetted in 1983 and 1987 re­spec­tively, each had been sub­stan­tially amended, and TPS6 would in­cor­po­rate much of the work for TPS5.

With new reg­u­la­tions re­quir­ing high build­ing stan­dards due to bush­fire risk, the coun­cil agreed to ap­point the Bush Fire and Plan­ning con­sul­tancy to ad­vise on the plan­ning re­view.

Mr Clynch said he hoped the re­view would be com­pleted next year, but said his plan­ning de­part­ment had lim­ited re­sources and a heavy work­load.

“It might well be we need to look at more re­sources there,” he said.

“Do we need to re­duce re­sources else­where?”

Speak­ing after the meet­ing, shire pres­i­dent John Ni­cholas said a lack of hous­ing for an age­ing pop­u­la­tion was an is­sue with the com­mer­cial zone oc­cu­py­ing prime flat land near town.

“The ar­eas that peo­ple are likely to chal­lenge are should we be look­ing to de­velop some­thing within the town plan­ning scheme within close prox­im­ity of the town cen­tre for things like high­den­sity hous­ing – and I’m talk­ing here about aged care and ac­com­mo­da­tion.”

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