Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

IT is nec­es­sary to cor­rect a glar­ing er­ror in Mr Steven Ger­hardy's let­ter (South­ern Gazette, Novem­ber 22).

He in­cor­rectly as­serts that the Lu­miere de­vel­op­ment meets the City's plan­ning re­quire­ments. On the con­trary, the City rec­om­mended that this ap­pli­ca­tion be re­fused, as did the Coun­cil.

It was only ap­proved be­cause the in­dus­try-bi­ased De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel (DAP) de­cided to ig­nore the plan­ning re­quire­ments. Most no­table of these was the im­pact that the de­vel­op­ment will have on traf­fic.

I sug­gest that Mr Ger­hardy take a look at the com­pre­hen­sive mod­el­ling data that has been pro­duced by the City of South Perth in re­la­tion to traf­fic im­pacts on this most crit­i­cal in­ter­sec­tion at the en­trance to the free­way.

The model only takes into ac­count the de­vel­op­ments that have been ap­proved to date... it doesn't con­sider fu­ture ap­provals. De­spite this, the re­sults are ex­tremely con­cern­ing – some­thing the City made clear to the DAP.

The City of South Perth have an obli­ga­tion to en­sure that de­vel­op­ment in this crit­i­cal area meets the needs of all par­ties.

That is why they are quite rea­son­ably look­ing at chal­leng­ing the de­ci­sion made by the DAP.

If they don't, peo­ple like Mr Ger­hardy will be com­plain­ing in fu­ture years, ask­ing why the City al­lowed de­vel­op­ments that caused mas­sive traf­fic jams at the in­ter­sec­tion of Mill Point and Labouchere roads. PAUL RUTHVEN, South Perth.

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