Advice sought on scheme changes
THE Town of Cambridge will advertise a modified Amendment 31 in light of changes made by former Planning Minister John Day.
The Town was notified on April 7 that Mr Day intended to ask the council to modify and readvertise Town Planning Scheme Amendment 31.
The original proposal was adopted by councillors in July last year.
Key modifications of the new proposal include split coding to enable multi-dwellings up to R30 coding within 400m of local centres, allowance of two dwellings on corner blocks 900sq m or above in City Beach and Floreat, and Cambridge Street lots to be split-coded R40/R60 to allow for multiple dwellings.
A traffic impact assessment will also be held to assess the traffic implications and another report will be presented at the May council meeting with details of community consultation ahead of public advertising.
The Town has sought legal advice about Mr Day’s modifications. Councillor Sonia Grinceri declared an interest in the item at the meeting but the other councillors voted to allow her to participate in the discussion, but not to vote on the item.
The latest the Town can submit its recommendation to the Minister is December.
Planning Minister Donna Faragher said Mr Day directed the variations and there was no scope for change.
“The purpose of the modifications was to better reflect the original intent of the amendment – to achieve housing diversity in appropriate locations while minimising the impact on existing streetscapes and character,” Ms Faragher said.
“The former Minister’s decision is final and there is no scope for change. After the amendment is readvertised, I will consider the original proposal together with the advertised modifications and all submissions received before making a final decision.”