Cottes­loe spot re­zon­ing can­not be jus­ti­fied

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

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.

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