Re­zon­ing de­bate fi­nally at end

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JU­LIAN WRIGHT

A DE­BATE la­belled “Kafkaesque” and “lu­di­crous” over Scheme Amend­ment 33 has come to a close.

Af­ter again ex­ten­sively de­bat­ing whether to re­voke the de­ci­sion made by the Town of Cam­bridge in Au­gust last year to im­ple­ment the amend­ment, the mo­tion was lost.

Amend­ment 33, which would in­clude the re­zon­ing of por­tions of Lot 8 Cam­bridge Street, Wem­b­ley from Res­i­den­tial R20 and Pub­lic Pur­pose to Lo­cal Cen­tre to al­low for fu­ture de­vel­op­ment, re­mains in place.

Res­i­dents be­came con­cerned af­ter it was re­vealed a con­cept for a 17-storey de­vel­op­ment on the site had been put to the coun­cil.

A pe­ti­tion with 300 sig­na­tures was sub­mit­ted to the coun­cil, call­ing for the re­vo­ca­tion of the amend­ment.

Re­as­sur­ance was made by of­fi­cers sev­eral times dur­ing the meet­ing that the idea was im­me­di­ately re­jected by staff.

Mayor Keri Shan­non, who moved the mo­tion to re­scind the de­ci­sion, said it was flawed.

“The landowner did not orig­i­nally re­quest the scheme amend­ment, but a party that in­tended to own it,” she said.

Cr An­dres Tim­mer­ma­nis agreed with Ms Shan­non, call­ing the sit­u­a­tion “Kafkaesque” and “lu­di­crous”.

“Peo­ple are lit­er­ally dy­ing in a ditch to save some­thing that no­body wants,” he said.

“This one should be dead, the re­vo­ca­tion should prop­erly kill it,” he said.

Cr So­nia Grin­ceri, who voted for the amend­ment last year, re­it­er­ated that she had a change of heart.

“(Re­vok­ing the amend­ment) is the safest, more pru­dent road,” she said.

Cr Corinne MacRae, who was also on coun­cil last year, would not budge and said it could af­fect the coun­cil’s rep­u­ta­tion.

“I can­not make a de­ci­sion that is legally in­ef­fec­tive,” she said.

“(Re­vok­ing the de­ci­sion) could have se­ri­ous legal im­pli­ca­tions.”

Cr Louis Carr re­vealed an email in which Ms Shan­non said she would sup­port a new amend­ment.

Ms Shan­non said she al­ways had “deep con­cerns” and changed her mind.

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