Coun­cil makes fi­nal bid to stop spot zon­ing

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

COTTES­LOE Coun­cil went be­hind closed doors be­fore mak­ing its fi­nal bid to stop con­tro­ver­sial spot zon­ing for pro­posed Swan­bourne train sta­tion apart­ments.

The pro­posal is now likely to be con­sid­ered by Plan­ning Min­is­ter Donna Faragher.

At last month’s meet­ing, coun­cil­lors de­cided to tell the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion why it should recog­nise a con­tested Septem­ber 20 mo­tion to re­voke a process started in April to re­zone the site for in­fill at the in­ter­sec­tion of Cong­don and Rail­way streets.

Ar­chi­tect Garry Baver­stock pro­poses to re­zone his trust’s site from R20 to R60 for 13 aged and en­vi­ron­men­tally-de­signed dwellings, but some nearby res­i­dents op­pose the spot zon­ing, fear­ing its im­pact on their R20-listed Clare­mont Hill.

Some coun­cil­lors ob­ject to the re­zon­ing po­ten­tially breach­ing plans for in­fill in other parts of the town, while Mr Baver­stock’s sup­port­ers ar­gue de­signer, low-rise apart­ments are needed near train sta­tions for an age­ing pop­u­la­tion in Cottes­loe.

On Septem­ber 20, coun­cil­lors held a spe­cial meet­ing to tackle the con­tro­versy but their split 4-4 vote to re­voke the April de­ci­sion caused more doubt.

At the time, Mayor Jo Dawkins used her cast­ing vote to sup­port the re­vo­ca­tion, but the coun­cil was later told it had not passed be­cause there was no ab­so­lute ma­jor­ity.

At last week’s meet­ing, Cr San­dra Boul­ter suc­cess­fully ar­gued that should WAPC be un­able to “ef­fec­tively” recog­nise the re­vok­ing vote, it be told the Coun­cil does not sup­port the re­zon­ing.

The rea­sons Cr Boul­ter pro­vided in­cluded the re­zon­ing breach­ing the coun­cil’s Strate­gic Com­mu­nity Plan, com­mu­nity-re­quested R20 in Clare­mont Hill and plan­ning for other in­fill in the town’s Lo­cal Plan­ning Scheme.

The WAPC will now be sent all pub­lic sub­mis­sions about Mr Baver­stock’s pro­posal.

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