City ve­toes blan­ket height re­stric­tions

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

THE City of South Perth is work­ing through a num­ber of changes re­quested by the State Gov­ern­ment to a plan­ning amend­ment that af­fects de­vel­op­ments in the South Perth Sta­tion Precinct.

Plan­ning Min­is­ter Donna Faragher has con­sid­ered Amend­ment 46 to the City of South Perth’s Lo­cal Plan­ning Scheme and re­quested the coun­cil make sev­eral mod­i­fi­ca­tions be­fore ap­proval is given.

Amend­ment 46 was in­tended to cre­ate ab­so­lute height lim­its for build­ings and in­crease street set­backs in some streets, among other changes.

But Mrs Faragher has ac­cepted the rec­om­men­da­tion of the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion to not pre­scribe a max­i­mum height limit.

She said the mod­i­fi­ca­tions would en­sure height, de­sign qual­ity, re­ten­tion of street trees, amenity and traf­fic were key con­sid­er­a­tions when de­ter­min­ing de­vel­op­ment ap­pli- cations for the South Perth penin­sula.

“Rather than im­pos­ing a blan­ket re­stric­tion on height, I have ac­cepted the rec­om­men­da­tion of the West­ern Aus­tralian Plan­ning Com­mis­sion and have not pre­scribed a max­i­mum height limit.

“How­ever, for ad­di­tional height to be con­sid­ered, a more strin­gent set of per­for­mance­based de­sign prin­ci­ples must now be met.

“Per­for­mance cri­te­ria in­tro­duced for such con­sid­er­a­tion above ba­sic lim­its in­clude con­sid­er­a­tion of whether a pro­posal ex­hibits ex­em­plary de­sign qual­ity and con­trib­utes to the qual­ity of the in­ner-ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment be­ing pro­moted within the precinct.”

City of South Perth Mayor Sue Do­herty said the coun­cil was work­ing through the sched­ule of changes and would sub­mit the mod­i­fied amend­ment to the WAPC be­fore ap­proval was given.

Donna Faragher.

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