Draw­ing the line


Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - FRONT PAGE - Aaron Cor­lett

THE City of Bel­mont will look to re­strict mul­ti­ple dwelling de­vel­op­ments to within a 400m ra­dius of the area’s town cen­tre.

A mo­tion from Coun­cil­lor Robert Rossi to re­move the pro­vi­sion of mul­ti­ple dwelling de­vel­op­ments from R20-40 zones and al­low them only in R60-100 zones close to the town cen­tre and in spe­cial zones will be con­sid­ered at tonight’s coun­cil meet­ing.

The town cen­tre com­prises the land bounded by Aber­nethy Road, Ful­ham Street, Knutsford Av­enue and Wright Street in Cloverdale.

In his rea­son­ing for the mo­tion, Cr Rossi said multi-units were en­croach­ing with ad­verse im­pacts into all parts of the City and the char­ac­ter of the area was be­ing eroded.

Bel­mont chief ex­ec­u­tive John Christie said gazettal of the coun­cil’s Lo­cal Plan­ning Scheme in late 2011 in­tro­duced the pro­vi­sion that al­lowed for mul­ti­ple dwelling de­vel­op­ments within the R20-40 coded ar­eas of the City.

“Since De­cem­ber 1, 2011, a to­tal of 189 plan­ning ap­provals were granted for mul­ti­ple dwelling de­vel­op­ments, which com­prises 1564 dwellings within the R20-40 coded ar­eas,” he said.

“It should be noted that ap­provals do not di­rectly trans­late into de­vel­op­ments as there can be a lag be­tween ap­proval and con­struc­tion.”

As part of the mo­tion, Cr Christie will re­quest sup­port from the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion and Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti.

The mo­tion would form part of the City’s re­view of the Lo­cal Plan­ning Scheme.

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