COTTESLOE BACKS MCCALL REZONING

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JON BAS­SETT

SOME Town of Cottesloe coun­cil­lors were con­cerned about the lack of coun­cil-re­quested pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion when de­ter­min­ing their ini­tial com­ment on the pro­posed WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion (WAPC) rezoning of the McCall Cen­tre.

The site is ex­pected to sell for $20 mil­lion and help pay State Gov­ern­ment debt.

“It seems to me to be an­other ex­am­ple of the coun­cil start­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions with a pro­po­nent months be­fore it comes to coun­cil­lors,” Cr Sally Pyvis said at the De­cem­ber meet­ing.

The Gov­ern­ment pro­poses to change the zon­ing of 1.2ha at the cen­tre, the former Em­pire Tele­graph Sta­tion on the Cottesloe-Mos­man Park bor­der, to ur­ban but the ad­ja­cent Bee­hive Montes­sori School would be un­af­fected.

In Novem­ber, Mos­man Park coun­cil­lors agreed to the change but they are also ma­noeu­vring their coun­cil to lobby for what­ever is built at the cen­tre to link their planned im­prove­ments to Buck­land Hill with the coast.

In Cottesloe, there are con­cerns any de­vel­op­ment could be out of scale with the land­mark site on Curtin Av­enue into Cottesloe.

“To have some­thing put up that we did not want would be an ab­so­lute trav­esty,” Cr Ka­t­rina Downes said.

Cr San­dra Boul­ter said she was “shocked” to get the staff re­port sup­port­ing a rezoning and wanted to know what had hap­pened to the ini­tial pub­lic com­ment she had made the coun­cil agree to in Au­gust and what spe­cific type of uses ur­ban zon­ing would al­low.

“I think there has been a com­plete break­down in com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the coun­cil­lors and the staff,” Cr Boul­ter said.

She said in­for­ma­tion in a let­ter that was not sent from Mos­man Park bush car­ers about the cen­tre’s site be­ing im­por­tant to his­tory be­cause of its link to the 17th cen­tury land­ing of Dutch ex­plorer Willem de Vlam­ingh was lo­cal knowl­edge that should go to the WAPC.

In sup­port­ing the rezoning, Mayor Jo Dawkins said she was not con­cerned about “ma­jor de­vel­op­ment” at the site im­plied by Cr Boul­ter be­cause the coun­cil and the pub­lic could com­ment to the WAPC be­fore any Metropoli­tan Re­gional Scheme change.

De­vel­op­ment ser­vices man­ager An­drew Jack­son said ur­ban al­lowed recre­ational, civic, in­sti­tu­tional and com­mer­cial uses, and the rezoning was just a pro­posal the pub­lic could com­ment on.

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