Zone change alarm
The Karratha Health Campus has hit troubled waters again with the City of Karratha accusing the WA Planning Commission of “strong-arming” them over zoning of the precinct.
A recommendation from the City to zone the campus grounds as mixed use was overturned by the commission, which instead wants to see it earmarked for health purposes.
City Mayor Peter Long said a mixed use zoning would provide flexibility for future development opportunities and activities, rather than restricting the site to hospital and health related uses.
“This is yet another example of the State Government bypassing the City in planning for the design and development of the Karratha Health Campus,” he said.
“Rezoning this site for health purposes only will limit the ability to achieve any development on the site other than the new hospital which we feel is unnecessary and restrictive.
“While the City supports the location of the new hospital and understands the need for certainty of use, there needs to be sufficient flexibility for future development decisions.”
Department of Planning acting director Sue Burrows said the zoning would ensure the health care function of the site was prioritised and uncomplicated.
“The proposed ‘Public Purposes — Health’ reserve will provide for a site of sufficient size to accommodate a regional hospital in a health campus setting, and also encourages development that complements and supports the predominant health care function of the precinct,” she said.
Ms Burrows said the City would have the opportunity to prepare a scheme amendment to rezone surplus land after development of the campus.
The Karratha Health Campus site.