City vetoes blanket height restrictions
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.