Re­zon­ing de­bate rages on

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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.

Dirt­wa­ter Bloom band mem­bers Rhys Wat­son and Dave Benck.

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