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and implementation of the Causeway Precinct Plan is a good example of how property interest-driven ad hoc planning has been replaced by a considered approach that combines development potential with community aspiration; and has broad community and stakeholder acceptance.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