Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

THE Town of Vic­to­ria Park’s con­sid­er­a­tion of an amend­ment to its town plan­ning scheme to al­low for a pro­posed five-storey build­ing on Bas­ing­hall Street, East Vic­to­ria Park is rem­i­nis­cent of the ugly days of ad hoc plan­ning around Burswood Road in the early to mid2000s.

If coun­cil wants to change its scheme or any plan­ning poli­cies then it needs to de­velop a com­pre­hen­sive area plan that de­liv­ers tan­gi­ble com­mu­nity benefits while en­sur­ing con­sis­tency in town plan­ning de­ci­sions.

The coun­cil in con­sul­ta­tion with the com­mu­nity and stake­hold­ers, not the landowner, should de­velop this.

The devel­op­ment and im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Cause­way Precinct Plan is a good ex­am­ple of how prop­erty in­ter­est-driven ad hoc plan­ning has been re­placed by a con­sid­ered ap­proach that com­bines devel­op­ment po­ten­tial with com­mu­nity as­pi­ra­tion; and has broad com­mu­nity and stake­holder ac­cep­tance.

It is sug­gested coun­cil­lors use this ap­proach as a model.

The coun­cil­lors need to take con­trol of this is­sue by, firstly, not pro­ceed­ing with the pro­posed amend­ment in its present form.

Se­condly, they need to de­velop

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