Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - Mon­tana Ardon

EX­CLU­SIVE ar­chi­tect and builder Giorgi is a step closer to open­ing a dis­play shop on Bay View Ter­race.

The ma­jor­ity of Clare­mont coun­cil­lors voted in favour of ap­prov­ing Lot 508 Bay View Ter­race be­ing fit­ted out and used by Giorgi as a high-end dis­play suite.

Coun­cil­lor Jill Goetze, who moved the mo­tion, said Giorgi’s plans to move into the shop had her full sup­port.

“There is a con­sis­tent re­volv­ing door of empty busi­nesses on Bay View Ter­race,” she said. “That shop has been empty for four years.

“It is a high-end store that would work well with the other stores in the area, and would bring more foot traf­fic to the south­ern end of Bay View Ter­race.”

But Cr Bruce Haynes ar­gued it did not fit with the Town Plan­ning Scheme.

“Is the ap­pli­cant ask­ing to use it as a shop?” he said. “If yes, ap­prove it, but if no, which means it is not go­ing to be used as a shop, then it does not fit the re­quire­ments.

“The way to change the Town Plan­ning Scheme is to ini­ti­ate an amend­ment.

“I think Cr Goetze’s com­ments are ir­rel­e­vant.”

Cr Peter Browne sup­ported Cr Goetze, la­belling Cr Haynes as “ei­ther bu­reau­cratic or pedan­tic”.

Cr Peter Edwards, who also voted against the mo­tion, said al­low­ing a dis­play suite would “change the face of Clare­mont” and “set a prece­dent”.

Cr Alas­tair Tul­loch ar­gued there was noth­ing more de­press­ing than a row of empty shops.

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