Increase in density concerns residents
THE editorial in the Opinion page last week had the statement "... residents could have shot down potentially iconic infill...".
The majority of the opponents to the project that I have spoken to are not opposed to urban infill.
However, they are opposed to the developers ignoring existing town planning schemes and wishing to increase the R Code ratings from R20 to R60 to make their project commercially viable.
The 14 units proposed is more than four times of greater density than that designated by the recently adopted Town Planning Scheme.
It will increase the density rating of this residential site to a greater density than the Swanbourne Commercial Precinct across the road.
Residents are resentful that the developers have done this without a true consultation process with the affected residents and ratepayers.
Half of the units will go to the initial investors, the remaining half of the development will be offered for sale on the open market once the project has gained formal approval.
There is growing concern from both residents and some council members that this approach by developers for spot re-zoning will set a dangerous precedent. Any block could be rezoned to suit the density requirements of the developers.
There are many other concerns over this proposal but I thought these need immediate attention.