Ad­vice sought on scheme changes

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Ju­lian Wright

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.”

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