Small response to demolition proposal
THE Town of Victoria Park is set to make a decision about an amendment that will affect about 5000 properties in the region.
Amendment 73 aims to create a special control area around large parts of Victoria Park, where residents will need development approvals to demolish ‘original dwellings’.
According to the Town, a “proportionately small number of submissions (69)” were received during the advertising period despite nearly 5000 letters being sent out.
Most submissions objected to the proposal, especially the issue of conservation notices, which would allow the Town to enter the ‘original dwelling’ and carry out repairs. The expenses incurred by the council would then be able to be recovered as a debt due.
A council report recommended that the proposal proceed in a modified form and that an “independent comprehensive community engagement project be undertaken to evaluate the community’s views on the retention of original dwellings”.
Questions were raised by the community about the efficiency of holding a two-year community consultation period during the council’s elected members briefing session last week.
The council will make a decision at tonight’s council meeting.
According to the report, the introduction of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 by the State Government in October 2015 had had an impact on the existing protections and dwelling retention measures under Council’s Town Planning Scheme No. 1 by doing away with the need for development approval for the demolition of a single house.
The amendment aims to reinstate the protections that previously existed for the Residential Character Study Area.