Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

a com­pre­hen­sive area plan, or re­view any ex­ist­ing plans, for Al­bany High­way and ad­join­ing streets be­fore any re­zon­ing or plan­ning scheme amend­ments of this na­ture are con­sid­ered.

A work­ing group of coun­cil­lors, res­i­dents and stake­hold­ers rep­re­sen­ta­tives to de­velop such a plan might be a good start­ing point.

Thirdly, they need to get broad res­i­dent and stake­holder ac­cep­tance of the plan, fol­low­ing which coun­cil’s role will be to en­sure any fu­ture ap­pli­ca­tions are con­sis­tent with the en­dorsed vi­sion.

Fourthly, they need ad­e­quately to fund and im­ple­ment the In­te­grated Move­ment Net­work Strate- gy to en­sure any in­crease in traf­fic and park­ing are man­aged.

If coun­cil were to agree to the pro­posed amend­ment then the Devel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel, not the coun­cil, would con­sider any fu­ture ap­pli­ca­tion thus re­mov­ing com­mu­nity con­trol over what devel­op­ment would likely oc­cur.

There­fore, it is crit­i­cally im­por­tant that coun­cil is clear as to its town plan­ning strat­egy and that broad com­mu­nity ac­cep­tance of that strat­egy is ap­par­ent.

Only through the devel­op­ment of a com­pre­hen­sive town plan­ning strat­egy – and not ad hoc town plan­ning scheme amend­ments – can the com­mu­nity’s in­ter­ests be

Pre­mier Colin Bar­nett toured Food­bank’s new ware­house at Perth Air­port re­cently. The newly named Cen­tre for Hunger Re­lief has be­gun to pro­vide food re­sources to wel­fare agen­cies across the State. Send your pic­tures to south­erngazette@com­mu­ni­

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