Drawing the line
BID TO RESTRICT MULTIPLE DWELLING DEVELOPMENTS
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.