Cottesloe spot rezoning cannot be justified
JAIME Atkinson’s letter in last week’s edition headlined “A challenger issue to Baverstock naysayers” is a perfect opportunity to provide complete information and appropriate balance to the issue of spot rezoning at 126-128 Railway Street.
It would appear Jaime has been either misled or is seriously misinformed on a number of matters.
Cottesloe’s Town Planning Scheme has been recently updated, approved by the Western Australian Planning Commission in 2014, and given a tick of approval by the Property Council.
In this context, spot rezoning in Cottesloe cannot be justified.
The present TPS3, a key strategic planning document, was the result of wide community consultation whereas spot rezoning reflects the wishes (usually financially driven) of only a very small proportion of our community.
All the associated costs, stress, time and angst for council officers, councillors, residents, ratepayers and potential developers could have been avoided if TPS3 guidelines were followed.
Setting a precedent outside these guidelines will only cause ongoing, additional and unnecessary stress for all concerned.
The association’s committee consists of 10 elected members. Like Cottesloe council, members are elected from across the four Cottesloe wards. They have a wide range of opinions with various backgrounds and interests. Most committee members have tertiary qualifications.
The committee includes one former mayor and five former councillors. Their combined experience and knowledge on the workings of council cannot be underestimated. The association will continue to maintain a balanced perspective and support the community on significant issues that may include planning, anti-social behaviour, policy development, crime prevention or community safety. Yvonne Hart, secretary, Cottesloe Residents & Ratepayers Association.