Possible re­zon­ing sets dan­ger­ous prece­dent

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - Ni­cole Os­borne, Cottes­loe.

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.

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