Car bays de­bate

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch - By JON BAS­SETT

COTTES­LOE Coun­cil ap­proved the first ap­pli­ca­tion for re­de­vel­op­ment of the beach strip when it ap­proved a five-storey pro­posal at Frank Wil­son’s Blue Wa­ters Restau­rant and Cott’s Take­away, op­po­site the Cottes­loe Beach Ho­tel, last month.

But coun­cil­lors were con­cerned whether the devel­op­ment, and oth­ers that could bring up to 200 apart­ments to the strip, would be charged the cor­rect cash-in-lieu for miss­ing car bays on the con­gested strip.

“If we don’t get this right, we could be cre­at­ing a rod for our and fu­ture coun­cils’ backs,” Cr Jack Walsh said.

Blue Wa­ters Restau­rant and Cott’s Take­away, on the cor­ner of Marine Pa­rade and Warn­ham Road, will have a restau­rant or a shop and seven apart­ments on three storeys from street level, with the fourth and fifth storeys set back at least 4m.

For­mer coun­cil­lor Pa­tri­cia Carmichael said the Blue Wa­ters’ ap­pli­ca­tion high­lighted how cars would af­fect neigh­bour­ing streets and the coun­cil had to clar­ify its cash-in-lieu car bay pol­icy to man­age beach­front con­ges­tion.

The ap­pli­ca­tion in­cluded 10 base­ment car bays and in a let­ter to the coun­cil, Mr Wil­son sug­gested con­tin­u­ing the cur­rent ar­range­ment of no ex­tra car bays for busi­nesses on the site.

How­ever, Lo­cal Plan­ning Scheme No. 3 can re­quire up to 20 bays for the site, while giv­ing coun­cil­lors dis­cre­tion to re­duce the re­quire­ment up to 50 per cent to cal­cu­late cash-in-lieu, which could pay for new park­ing at other lo­ca­tions or a coun­cil- funded beach bus.

Staff sug­gested a 100 per cent con­ces­sion.

“To give a 100 per cent con­ces­sion when our pol­icy says 50 per cent makes a non­sense of our pol­icy,” Cr Walsh said

Cr Walsh cal­cu­lated that once park­ing for al­fresco din­ers was re­moved, Mr Wil­son could owe the coun­cil up to $720,000 for the equiv­a­lent of six cash-in-lieu bays.

In­stead, Cr Walsh got sup­port for a $120,000 pay­ment for a sin­gle bay.

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