Spec­tre of tri­bunal on coun­cil

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By ROSANNA CAN­DLER

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.

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