Town likely to re­sist re­zon­ing


Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

TOWN of Vic­to­ria ap­pears likely to sup­port the com­mu­nity to keep green space on the bor­der of East Vic­to­ria Park and Carlisle.

The De­part­ment of Plan­ning, Lands and Her­itage could re­zone four parcels of land known as Millers Cross­ing from park­land to res­i­den­tial as part of Amend­ment 56.

The land owned by the de­part­ment and set aside to be used in the con­struc­tion of the bridge over the rail line was made into park­land.

Dur­ing a com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod in Au­gust and Septem­ber, 97 sub­mis­sions were re­ceived, with 96 of these ob­ject­ing to the amend­ment.

The of­fi­cer’s rec­om­men­da­tion for tonight’s coun­cil meet­ing is to not to sup­port the amend­ment.

Dur­ing last week’s elected mem­bers’ brief­ing ses­sion, chief ex­ec­u­tive An­thony Vuleta in­di­cated the Town had spo­ken to Vic­to­ria Park MLA Ben Wy­att and South Metro MLC Kate Doust.

A mem­ber of the pub­lic used pub­lic ques­tion time to ask if the Town sup­ported the de­part­ment’s re­quest and mayor Trevor Vaughan in­di­cated that they did not.

The coun­cil made a de­ci­sion in 2012 to re­solve Amend­ment 56, which would have classed the three parcels of land as parks and re­cre­ation.

The De­part­ment of Plan­ning, Lands and Her­itage asked for more jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for the amend­ment in 2013, which the Town pro­vided.

The WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion (WAPC) asked the coun­cil in May 2017 to mod­ify the amend­ment to clas­sify the land as res­i­den­tial.

WAPC will make a fi­nal de­ci­sion about the zon­ing of the land.

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