Hope is that sense of rea­son will pre­vail

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Opinion -

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.

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