Rezoning debate rages on
circles they will see that it complies with the State’s transport-orientated development policies,” proponent and environmental architect Garry Baverstock said.
Councillors voted 5-3 to revoke an April decision to rezone a Congdon Street-Railway Road intersection block for 13 age and environmentallysensitive apartments that sparked solid opposition about spot-zoning from some residents of the nearby R20 Claremont Hill precinct.
“But spot zoning is allowed under any town planning scheme in this State, and it’s not illegal for someone to approach a council with a new idea,” Mr Baverstock said.
Residents representative Siobhan Beilin said while people were happy for development, it should not be “in this opportunistic manner”, and the council had left residents “confused” during late consultation that used technical planning language.
State Government planning dictates the council must find 1000 infill homes by 2030.
However, councillors were concerned the apartments ignored strategic and community plans that made Claremont Hill a low-density, single-home precinct.
Cr Sally Pyvis said the McCall Centre, Cottesloe Deaf School land and railway and town centre should be the sites of infill.
“We do need development in Cottesloe, and across Perth full-stop, but it should be planned and not adhoc,” proposal opponent Cr Katrina Downes said.
Cr Mark Rodda said infill needed to be found for all residents, and spot-zoning “must not be demonised” if it fitted with council and Government planning.
Mayor Jo Dawkins said Cottesloe had an ageing population and limited opportunities for them to move, before she, Cr Rodda and Cr Philip Angers voted against revoking the rezoning.
WA Apartment Advocacy managing director Samantha Reece said that five councillors being “swayed” by 55 submissions representing about 0.07 per cent of the Cottesloe population showed more discussion about infill was needed in the town.
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