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Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

The Kar­ratha Health Cam­pus site.

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