Possible rezoning sets dangerous precedent
THANK you for your article this week by Jon Bassett on the controversial Baverstock development.
Councils spend valuable time and ratepayer money writing town planning schemes. This development goes outside the Town Planning Scheme – thus the controversy.
It is R20 land and the developer is trying to get it rezoned to R60.
Why does the developer not buy land that is already zoned properly according to the Town Planning Scheme and build the development there?
There is plenty of underdeveloped higher-zoned land around Swanbourne railway station – the council spent years finalising TPS 3 that includes designated areas for infill housing.
Surely, this land should be redeveloped to its capacity first before council looks to spot rezone outside the Town Planning Scheme.
At the end of the day, it comes down to economics. R20 land is inexpensive. If the land is rezoned, the developer will be laughing all the way to the bank. It sets a dangerous precedent for more R20 dwellings in the area to also be rezoned. Claremont Hill as we know it will be gone.
I am not a fan of McMansions. However, I would prefer the land to stay R20 and for three McMansions to be built on the site rather than 13 apartments and a huge underground carpark.
The three-storey apartments plus their roof terraces (on top of the three storeys) will become an imposing view for many neighbours on Claremont Hill.
McMansions might not be the best design; however, they would not be built boundary to boundary (zero setback), they would not have 23 plus cars entering and exiting one driveway on a dangerous corner and, as their height would be restricted to two storeys, they will not overshadow my neighbours on Congdon Street by more than 50 per cent.
Infill needs good planning. The Town Planning Scheme clearly has identified where infill needs to be.
Perhaps the developer and council should look at this more closely.
Residents are shocked and outraged – would you like this to happen next to you?
When you buy R20 land in an R20-zoned neighbourhood, you do not expect that one day your neighbour rezones to R60.
Plonking an R60 development within an R20 residential block with no transition zones simply does not make sense.