Spectre of tribunal on council
SUBIACO councillors were warned that a controversial development proposal would “fly through” the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) if they rejected it this month.
Councillors first rejected the proposal for a three-storey, five-dwelling property at 67 Denis Street on July 28.
But after three hours of mediation with Doepel Marsh Architects, the SAT invited the council to review its previous decision.
At the committee meeting, Mayor Heather Henderson said that if the council did not approve the proposal with conditions (that were agreed on during mediation), then they ran the risk of architect Kim Doepel reverting to his original application.
“While we have it in our power to have conditions on it, we are in a far better position,” Mrs Henderson said.
“Otherwise, we let it go back to SAT and have Mr Doepel go back to his original application, as is his right to do so.”
The staff recommendation to conditionally approve the proposal was then lost on the deciding vote of presiding member Cr Julie Matheson.
Council instead approved Cr Matheson’s alternative to reject the application based on its 18 per cent excess of plot ratio and neighbouring residents’ concerns.
“There are a lot of things that fit with this building, except for the plot ratio,” Cr Paul Clements said.
In her public statement, Denis Street resident Tiana Sharp said the application was “an excessive overdevelopment of a tiny property”.
“Why should the current residents of Denis Street be compromised by this incredibly aggressive development?” resident Stephen Arnott said.
“R80 zoning is excessive and inappropriate.”
Mr Doepel said the amended plans were the result of three hours of dialogue with City staff, councillors and independent planners.