Man­ning PS dec­o­rates buddy bench

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - FRONT PAGE - Bron­wyn Dono­van

RES­I­DENTS, stake­hold­ers and coun­cil­lors will have un­til Oc­to­ber to an­a­lyse the City of South Perth’s draft lo­cal plan­ning strat­egy after coun­cil unan­i­mously voted to de­fer its de­ci­sion to for­ward the doc­u­ment to the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion for cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Coun­cil­lor Colin Cala pro­posed the al­ter­na­tive mo­tion to de­fer the coun­cil’s en­dorse­ment of the draft strat­egy to hold more pre­lim­i­nary com­mu­nity en­gage­ment, de­spite con­sul­ta­tion with 172 com­mu­nity mem­bers and 103 stake­hold­ers hav­ing oc­curred.

As the first step in a review of the City’s lo­cal plan­ning scheme, the draft strat­egy will guide and in­form plan­ning and devel­op­ment within the City over the next 10 to 15 years.

Cr Cala said given the num­ber of con­cerned and anx­ious res­i­dents who had ap­proached him since the item was listed on the Au­gust coun­cil agenda, he felt the two weeks given to read and digest the 116 page doc­u­ment too short.

“This doc­u­ment is ex­tremely im­por­tant so as a coun­cil we have to own the dis­cus­sion to en­dorse it 100 per cent,” he said.

“I don’t feel com­fort­able in mak­ing that stance right now and be­lieve de­fer­ring our de­ci­sion to en­dorse the draft strat­egy and al­low for greater scru­tiny now, be­fore it goes to the WAPC and is re­leased for for­mal pub­lic ad­ver­tis­ing, will re­sult in re­duced com­mu­nity anx­i­ety and a bet­ter over­all out­come.”

In sup­port­ing Cr Cala’s mo­tion, Cr Blake D’Souza said a lo­cal plan­ning strat­egy was good gov­er­nance and thus its con­sid­er­a­tion for en­dorse­ment needed to be given more time.

The City’s cur­rent lo­cal plan­ning scheme was gazetted in April 2003.

The scheme has since had about 40 amend­ments made to it, which sparked a coun­cil de­ci­sion in June 2017 to be­gin the scheme review.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d486056

Toby Shaw (left), Natasha David­son, Oliver New­man, So­phie Con­don, Quin­leigh Col­lard, Chloe Bayly, Tallinn Col­lard and Lily Spun­ner (cen­tre).

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