Changes hit home

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

HOUS­ING af­ford­abil­ity and Perth’s in­fra­struc­ture will be af­fected if zon­ing changes an­nounced by the State Gov­ern­ment are not halted, the Prop­erty Coun­cil of Aus­tralia says.

A MOVE by the State Gov­ern­ment to limit sub­ur­ban apart­ment de­vel­op­ments has been crit­i­cised by the Prop­erty Coun­cil of Aus­tralia, which says hous­ing af­ford­abil­ity and Perth’s in­fra­struc­ture will be af­fected.

Un­der changes an­nounced by Plan­ning Min­is­ter John Day, re­stric­tions will be placed on the num­ber of apart­ments that can be built on blocks zoned R30 and R35.

The changes will also mean ev­ery apart­ment has at least one park­ing bay.

Mr Day said the changes would con­trol de­vel­op­ment in sub­ur­ban ar­eas and “en­sure the num­ber of dwellings on a block is ap­pro­pri­ate for the lo­ca­tion.”

“Fo­cus­ing den­sity to these ar­eas cre­ates vi­brant com­mu­ni­ties where peo­ple can live, work and play while re­duc­ing our de­pen­dency on cars,” Mr Day said.

While land coded R40 will re­main as is, the State Gov­ern­ment will en­cour­age lo­cal gov­ern­ments to limit apart- ment de­vel­op­ments to blocks near ac­tiv­ity cen­tres and train sta­tions.

But Prop­erty Coun­cil ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Joe Lenzo dis­agreed, say­ing the move would lead to ur­ban sprawl.

“This is a knee-jerk re­ac­tion to pres­sure from some lo­cal coun­cils who are op­posed to any form of in­fill,” he said.

“Stymieing de­vel­op­ment in in­ner sub­urbs sim­ply forces the ex­pan­sion of Perth’s outer bound­aries.”

Mr Lenzo said ev­ery ad­di­tional car bay could end up cost­ing con­sumers an ex­tra $30,000 to $80,000.

“If park­ing is the prob­lem, the an­swer is park­ing per­mits or bet­ter in­fra­struc­ture – so­lu­tions that will not im­pact on hous­ing af­ford­abil­ity,” he said.

WA Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Lynne Craigie said the lo­cal gov­ern­ment sec­tor had sought change for sev­eral years. “While the ini­tial aim of the R30-35 pro­vi­sions was to de­liver greater di­ver­sity of hous­ing stock, which lo­cal gov­ern­ment sup­ports, the de­vel­op­ment of some multi-unit dwellings has not been well lo­cated,” she said.

The City of South Perth said while it sup­ported the changes, the coun­cil would re­main largely un­af­fected.

“The cur­rent plan­ning re­quire­ments for the South Perth sta­tion precinct (plan), where apart­ment de­vel­op­ments have re­cently been ap­proved, are sep­a­rate to the R Codes, there­fore not im­pacted,” Mayor Sue Do­herty said.

The City of South Perth is presently work­ing on a long-term plan to im­prove park­ing in the city.

The changes to the R-codes come in on Oc­to­ber 23.

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