Hope is that sense of reason will prevail
THERE are issues of great concern reflected in the article in the January 20 edition headlined “Freo pushes ahead with height policy".
In particular, the comments attributed to Cr Rob Fittock (who seems at least interested) concerned that "we're running out of time ...with mergers happening and border changes".
Regardless of that, residents of the area will suffer the effects of a poorly considered outcome, if made in haste, for many decades to come, so what is the rush?
Input of residents was sought some eight months ago about proposed height increases for develop- ment of the land adjoining the Matilda Bay Brewery.
A significant majority of local residents expressed concern that consideration must be given to undertaking a community impact study before deciding.
Notwithstanding the quality of the submissions from many wellqualified residents, the City planners appear not to give credence to the views of those people who every day will be affected by such planning decisions.
The reality seems that once elected, councillors are putty in the hands of planners primarily because they are out of their depth and too inclined to go with the flow rather than take a stand on behalf of those who elected them.
Developers determine the price they pay for real estate on the planning legislation in place at the time of purchase.
Any additional advantages that can be secured thereafter are aimed at increasing return on investment.
If subsequent council decisions favour the purchaser, such outcomes can also be considered a slight on the vendor of the property if not able to achieve the same advantage prior.
Let us hope that some sense of reason will prevail to produce an outcome that reflects a long-term vision.
Life will go on - merger or no merger, boundary changes or not. GeoffTotterdell, NorthFremantle.