Peninsula plan put on hold
A GROUP of South Perth residents have scored a timely win in delaying the next step for the contentious draft South Perth Activity Centre Plan.
South Perth Council last week voted to postpone formal advertising of the plan, potentially until April next year, so the council has more time to further consider the content of the draft and an associated town planning scheme amendment, known as Amendment 61.
Cr Colin Cala’s motion and the councillors’ unanimous support drew applause from nearly everyone inside the packed chamber to hear the decision, particular as the initial recommendation from City of South Perth planners had been to proceed.
“I can’t put my hand on my heart at the moment and say that options that are presented are the best,” Cr Cala said.
The activity centre plan aims to govern planning of the Mill Point Peninsula district for the next quarter of a century.
Amendment 61 would provide the technical development guidelines for the area.
Mayor Sue Doherty acknowledged the delay would frustrate residents who were in favour of pushing ahead with advertising the activity centre plan and scheme amendment, but she said the peninsula area was an especially challenging town planning zone.
Earlier in the meeting the council had considered an option to advertise only the activity centre plan now, but voted against the idea.
As part of that option Cr Glenn Cridland had suggested holding off advertising the town planning scheme amendment until consultation for the activity centre plan had finished – but even he believed that was just the “less worse” of all the council’s choices.
“We are in a position where there is no good way out,” he said.
“We already have a town planning framework that is causing us issues.”
Cr Cala said separating the advertising periods would confuse residents and be a strain on council resources.
“This experience is a serious undertaking by the City,” he said.
“(To do it twice) will fully tax the resources of the City and the residents.”
The area’s population is expected to triple by 2041, creating planning challenges for the City.
A post on the Save the South Perth Peninsula Facebook page after Tuesday’s meeting thanked the council for postponing the next step.