Mayor set­tling into new role

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By SO­PHIE GABRIELLE

CAM­BRIDGE Mayor Keri Shan­non is adapt­ing to the chal­lenges of her new role.

At the Town’s Novem­ber 24 coun­cil meet­ing, Ms Shan­non said she was look­ing for­ward to in­creas­ing ratepayer par­tic­i­pa­tion through a blog on the Cam­bridge web­site.

“My first weeks as mayor have been chal­leng­ing,” Ms Shan­non said.

“I’ve been pleased with the progress.”

Ms Shan­non pre­sented a hand­ful of mo­tions to her first or­di­nary coun­cil meet­ing as mayor, most of which were not ap­proved.

Coun­cil­lors did ap­prove Ms Shan­non’s mo­tion to ob­tain a re­port on the re­sources re­quired to re­view the draft Lo­cal Hous­ing Strat­egy and Lo­cal Plan­ning Strat­egy to con­strain the height level and build­ing bulk of devel­op­ments.

The orig­i­nal mo­tion was amended from re­quir­ing the re­port from the chief ex­ec­u­tive by De­cem­ber to Fe­bru­ary to give staff more time to work on the re­port.

In her coun­cil re­port, Ms Shan­non said De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Pan­els (DAPs) had pre­vi­ously used their dis­cre­tion to give plan­ning out­comes con­trary to the in­ten­tion of the Town’s plan­ning precinct plans.

Since the in­tro­duc­tion of the DAP, the Town has not un­der­taken a com­pre­hen­sive re­view of its pol­icy guide­lines, the re­port said.

“Cur­rently, there is no Lo­cal Hous­ing Strat­egy in place to limit the height of devel­op­ments within the Town and which the DAP will have re­gard to,” Ms Shan­non said.

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