Apart­ment poli­cies to be amended

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

THE City of South Perth has amended poli­cies to try to stop ser­viced apart­ments be­ing sold as res­i­den­tial prop­erty in the fu­ture.

There was con­cern that de­vel­op­ers would add ser­viced apart­ments to their high rise ap­pli­ca­tions to meet the strict guide­lines of a 50 per cent ra­tio of com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial, then sell them as res­i­den­tial af­ter their com­mer­cial rat­ing ended.

The City of South Perth coun­cil last week unan­i­mously voted to amend poli­cies sur­round­ing ser­viced, short-term apart­ments.

Ac­cord­ing to the City, ser­viced apart­ments are deemed com­mer­cial be­cause peo­ple us­ing them had to pay for the ser­vice. DE­CI­SIONS on the fu­ture of amend­ment 46 to the town plan­ning scheme will be made next month.

Mayor Sue Do­herty an­nounced the time­line for the de­ci­sion at the coun­cil meet­ing last week.

She said the City would write to par­ties who sub­mit­ted com­ments about amend­ment 46 with an of­fer invit­ing in­ter­ested res­i­dents

Oc­cu­pants can­not stay longer than six months in a 12-month pe­riod and laun­dry and clean­ing ser­vices are pro­vided.

Mayor Sue Do­herty in­tro­duced the amend­ments to pol­icy P312 Ser­viced Apart­ments that stated to par­tic­i­pate in a dep­u­ta­tion.

Res­i­dents can sub­mit their com­ments by April 13.

“I want to give peo­ple plenty of no­tice,” Cr Do­herty said.

“The City en­cour­ages res­i­dents to sub­mit group sub­mis­sions where it’s ap­pro­pri­ate.”

De­ci­sions on the fu­ture of amend­ment 46 will be made at the coun­cil meet­ing on April 26. the space must al­ways re­main com­mer­cial if they had been sold to meet height and plot ra­tios.

The mo­tion fol­lows the Supreme Court rul­ing that halted a devel­op­ment at 74 Mill Point Road for hav­ing an in­cor­rect ra­tio in res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial prop­erty. “It would not be ac­cept­able if the ini­tial cre­ation of the ser­viced apart­ment was part of a com­pre­hen­sive new devel­op­ment that re­ceived the ben­e­fit of plot ra­tio and height dis­cre­tions be­cause it was part of a pre­dom­i­nantly non-res­i­den­tial devel­op­ment,” Ms Do­herty said.

“In such cir­cum­stances any change of use from a ser­viced apart­ment must be to an­other non-res­i­den­tial use.”

The mo­tion states that once a space was sold as a ser­viced apart­ment in the spe­cial de­sign area of spe­cial con­trol area 1 (SCA 1), the space could only be re­placed with non-res­i­den­tial use.

Ms Do­herty said the amend­ment to the pol­icy would pro­vide guid­ance for fu­ture pro­pos­als on chang­ing use of a space.

“There have been is­sues in re­la­tion to the ra­tio of res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial use from the out­come of the Supreme Court case,”Ms Do­herty said.

“It is nec­es­sary to make amend­ments to give guid­ance to as­sess­ing any pro­posed ap­pli­ca­tion for a new devel­op­ment and fu­ture ap­pli­ca­tions for use.”

But coun­cil­lor Ch­eryl Irons said she thought the coun­cil should look at re­duc­ing this max­i­mum time to three months. Ms Do­herty said coun­cil could dis­cuss Cr Irons’ idea in the fu­ture.

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