Ar­bi­trary de­ci­sion taken with­out con­sul­ta­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

I READ the March 31-April 6 edi­tion re­port head­lined “Plans have no down­size op­tions” with in­ter­est mixed with a lit­tle frus­tra­tion.

Surely the Hollins fam­ily can­not love City Beach yet want it changed out of all recog­ni­tion.

I hope Keri Shan­non’s re­marks have en­light­ened them suf­fi­ciently to have sec­ond thoughts over the coun­cil’s pro­posed amend­ments to the plan­ning rules.

I would like to add that a cor­ner block could have three so-called manor houses (a eu­phemism for apart­ments) on the block, re­sult­ing in six res­i­dents living next door on a block that pre­vi­ously ac­com­mo­dat- ed only one fam­ily. Fur­ther­more, with a lit­tle imag­i­na­tive sale of land and sub­di­vi­sion you could achieve 900sq m on the ad­ja­cent two blocks.

This would al­low a de­vel­oper to build an ad­di­tional four houses. Hence, 10 res­i­dents when pre­vi­ously there were three.

How can Joe Lenzo sug­gest this is “gen­tle den­sity?” Some time ago, I at­tended a meet­ing or­gan­ised by the coun­cil to dis­cuss sub­urb den­sity and types of dwellings for the area.

Most peo­ple were not op­posed to higher den­sity achiev­able with smaller blocks but they were strongly op­posed to mul­ti­ple dwellings on one block.

When the coun­cil passed the pro­posal, it took an ar­bi­trary de­ci­sion with­out due con­sul­ta­tion. Af­ter the event, it has now cir­cu­lated a sur­vey of res­i­dents.

The mayor talks about ad­e­quate time to an­a­lyse the re­sults and the coun­cil mak­ing a rec­om­men­da­tion in June. He does not in­di­cate that the wishes of the res­i­dents will be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion.

The coun­cil should not have even con­sid­ered the Amend­ment 31 pro­posal with­out the re­sults of the sur­vey.

My ob­ser­va­tion, based on how coun­cil­lors voted be­fore, is that they have al­ready formed their opin­ion.

I hope the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion and the Min­is­ter for Plan­ning will be more sym­pa­thetic to the views of the ma­jor­ity of res­i­dents. FrankPitts, Ci­tyBeach.

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