Plan­ning changes not for Best

FOR­MER City of South Perth mayor James Best has lashed out at the City's pro­posed town plannning scheme changes, la­belling Amend­ment 46 at the Mill Point Penin­sula as a ma­jor con­cern to all res­i­dents.

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Kaylee Martin

ONLY a mi­nor­ity of res­i­dents will ben­e­fit from the City of South Perth’s pro­posed amend­ments to the town plan­ning scheme while it creates a “host of prob­lems” for the City’s fu­ture, ac­cord­ing to a for­mer mayor.

For­mer City of South Perth mayor James Best slammed Amend­ment 46 to the Town Plan­ning Scheme, la­belling the changes un­nec­es­sary, ad hoc and ill-con­sid­ered.

“I am deeply trou­bled at the changes be­ing con­sid­ered by coun­cil to Town Plan­ning Scheme No.6 that seeks to wind back many of the pos­i­tive changes the com­mu­nity agreed to un­der the cur­rent scheme,” Mr Best said. “It’s ba­si­cally by a small group of peo­ple who have de­cided to in­flu­ence a large plan­ning pur­pose and sig­nif­i­cantly change it.”

Dur­ing his time as mayor, Mr Best over­saw the City’s Our Vi­sion Ahead pro­gram, which pro­posed new dwellings around rail sta­tions at Can­ning Bridge and Mill Point Penin­sula, and light rail to Curtin Univer­sity, which would not af­fect the sub­urbs of South Perth.

Amend­ment 25 to the town plan­ning scheme planned to im­ple­ment th­ese new dwellings, took away build­ing height re­stric­tions and sought to trans­form the area into a key in­nercity hub.

Mr Best said Amend­ment 25 in­cluded a twoyear com­mu­nity en­gage­ment pro­gram and in­volved more than 1400 res­i­dents in at­ten­dance at work­shops.

He said the City re­ceived 980 writ­ten sub­mis­sions in sup­port.

In late 2015, Amend­ment 46 chal­lenged Amend­ment 25. It pro­posed to re­duce land de­vel­op­ment by 16 per cent in the Mill Point Penin­sula and placed height re­stric­tions on the new de­vel­op­ments.

Mr Best said the de­vel­opable land would be re­duced by 6000sq m and a domino ef­fect would en­sue.

“Amend­ment 46 is the re­sult of a one-day in­ter­nal coun­cil work­shop based on changes that a small group of Mill Point Road apart­ment own­ers are push­ing that ap­pears to be aimed at pro­tect­ing their views of the Swan River,” Mr Best said.

“This amend­ment has the po­ten­tial to cre­ate prob­lems for South Perth, es­pe­cially as the City seeks to ac­com­mo­date fu­ture lo­cal pop­u­la­tion growth.”

The City of South Perth’s Strate­gic Plan 2013-2023 stated the City was pre­par­ing for sus­tained growth over the years, with a tar­get of 6000 ad­di­tional dwellings and a 30 per cent in­crease to ex­ist­ing dwellings.

City of South Perth chief ex­ec­u­tive Ge­off Glass said the City was work­ing on a num­ber of pro­pos­als to en­sure fu­ture de­vel­op­ment would meet ac­com­mo­da­tion tar­gets if Amend­ment 46 was adopted.

“Th­ese pro­pos­als will en­sure fu­ture de­vel­op­ment of ad­di­tional dwellings in ac­tiv­ity cen­tres in ar­eas in­clud­ing the Can­ning Bridge and Bent­ley Curtin precincts, along ac­tiv­ity cor­ri­dors such as Can­ning High­way and in ar­eas with re­de­vel­op­ment needs such as the Water­ford Tri­an­gle,” Mr Glass said.

“To­gether with the South Perth sta­tion precinct, th­ese ar­eas will meet the tar­gets.”

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Pic­ture: Kaylee Matin

City of South Perth chief ex­ec­u­tive Ge­off Glass.

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