Un­rest de­vel­op­ing

DE­SPITE Plan­ning Min­is­ter John Day an­nounc­ing changes to residential de­sign codes, many com­mu­nity mem­bers are un­happy with De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Pan­els in WA.

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Su­sanne Reilly

DE­SPITE Plan­ning Min­is­ter John Day an­nounc­ing changes to residential de­sign codes, many com­mu­nity mem­bers are un­happy with De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Pan­els (DAP) in WA.

Mr Day said the changes were in re­sponse to com­mu­nity and lo­cal gov­ern­ment feed­back and would rein­tro­duce the site area per dwelling cal­cu­la­tion and re­duce the num­ber of apart­ments that could be built on blocks zoned R30 and R35.

He said residential den­sity would con­tinue to be a pri­or­ity in Perth’s metropoli­tan area to ac­com­mo­date the State’s grow­ing pop­u­la­tion.

“This change will pro­vide lo­cal gov­ern­ments with the con­fi­dence and in some cases di­rec­tion to de­liver den­sity in ar­eas around high-fre­quency public trans­port and ma­jor com­mer­cial and em­ploy­ment precincts,” he said.

But res­i­dent com­mit­tees in WA still think there are flaws in the sys­tem. More than 130 peo­ple at­tended a public meet­ing in South Perth on Wed­nes­day night dubbed ‘Scrap the DAP’.

Thir­teen res­i­dents spoke about what they thought were ma­jor is­sues with the DAP and the lack of third party ap­peal rights.

South Perth res­i­dent Vicki Red­den said in a re­cent de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion, a re­lax­ation clause in the lo­cal pol­icy in re­gard to the height of a new de­vel­op­ment was taken out of con­text.

“Re­lax­ation in this con­text meant one or two storeys above the norm but for the DAP to al­low a 400 per cent in­crease is a mock­ery,” she said.

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