Plan­ning row an elec­tion is­sue

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Quick Find - FIRST RE­PORTED AT

com­mu­nity and coun­cil­lor angst about un­wanted high-rise de­vel­op­ments, in­clud­ing a 29-storey pro­posal in South Perth, 18 storeys at the Su­bi­aco Mar­kets, apart­ments among sin­gle homes in At­tadale, seven-storeys in Bayswa­ter, a larger Mos­man Park shop­ping cen­tre and By­ford sub­di­vi­sions.

Ms Cragie said WALGA’s cam­paign for a re­view wanted an in­de­pen­dent cost-ben­e­fit anal­y­sis of DAPs, opt-ins abol­ished and in­tro­duc­tion of the eastern states’ op­tion of plan­ning min­is­ters de­cid­ing projects of state or re­gional sig­nif­i­cance val­ues at over $20 mil­lion.

She said the Gov­ern­ment must con­sult with coun­cils to en­sure the re­view and any change to DAPs could be achieved and worth­while.

The grow­ing split over in­fill to com­bat Perth’s 117km-long sprawl prompted the launch of the WA Apart­ment Ad­vo­cacy (WAAA), which claims to rep­re­sent apart­ment dwellers .

WAAA man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Sa­man­tha Reece, who has worked for the Prop­erty Coun­cil of WA, said de­vel­op­ers, ar­chi­tects and plan­ners’ views needed to be part of any DAP re­view, and the five­mem­ber panels in­clud­ing two res­i­dent-elected coun­cil­lors had al­lowed projects that pre­vi­ously had been “held up by coun­cils”.

Ms Reece said if DAPs were un­demo­cratic then there would be no elected mem­bers, and she agreed apart­ments should be near train sta­tions and al­ready par­tially re­de­vel­oped ar­eas, not sub­ur­ban streets.

“Peo­ple have got to stop say­ing ‘no’ to apart­ments, and have got to start say­ing what they want to do, what sort of fea­tures, in­no­va­tions and street fronts they want, and get be­yond the ‘no change’ pol­icy,” she said.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.