Neg­a­tive re­ac­tion to re­zone plan

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

THERE is fear de­vel­op­ment could oc­cur on the Mos­man Park-Cottes­loe border, af­ter State Gov­ern­ment as­set sales prompted a re­zon­ing pro­posal.

De­part­ment of Lands has pro­posed re­zon­ing of his­toric McCall Cen­tre land on Curtin Av­enue for ur­ban use, spark­ing a neg­a­tive re­ac­tion from op­po­nents who do not want to see de­vel­op­ment on the land.

Re­zon­ing the land could po­ten­tially cre­ate prime beach­front prop­erty if Curtin Av­enue is ever re­aligned along the ad­ja­cent Fre­man­tle rail­way line. “That’s what con­cerns me, that they ini­ti­ate it as a de­vel­op­ment zone be­cause that’s what re­alises the most money,” Cottes­loe coun­cil­lor San­dra Boul­ter said.

Leighton Ac­tion Coali­tion spokes­woman Sue Har­ring­ton said re­zon­ing could be “ad-hoc plan­ning for a quick buck”. At Cottes­loe coun­cil last week, coun­cil­lors were asked to com­ment on the De­part­ment start­ing its process to change zon­ing for the cen­tre’s lot 346, and po­ten­tially lot 225 host­ing the Bee­hive Montes­sori School.

Prin­ci­pal Rhonda Shee­han said she was con­cerned a new prop­erty owner or com­mer­cial de­vel­oper could af­fect the school’s de­vel­op­ment plans.

She also ques­tioned why Cottes­loe coun­cil had in­cluded the site in po­ten­tial com­ment when the De­part­ment re­moved it fol­low­ing op­po­si­tion from Mos­man Park, which voted to sup­port the school in July.

Mos­man Park Mayor Ron Nor­ris said re­zon­ing meant the lots could be used for “any­thing”, but said noth­ing should be done un­til Curtin Av­enue’s re­align­ment was re­solved, af­ter the $40 mil­lion al­lot­ted for the pro­ject was with­drawn in the May State Bud­get.

A De­part­ment of Lands spokesman said the McCall Cen­tre was sur­plus in the Land As­set Sales Pro­gram from June 2015, while the school was pro­posed to re­main.

Fu­ture uses for the lots would be sub­ject to “nor­mal” land use plan­ning and re­zon­ing pro­cesses.

The spokesman said the re­zon­ing was not hap­pen­ing be­cause Curtin re­align­ment funds were with­drawn.

The De­part­ment was also not aware of any un­der­stand­ing ad­ja­cent land could be used for com­mu­nity pur­poses in­clud­ing an am­phithe­atre.

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