City impatient for action
THE City of Nedlands has urged the WA Planning Commission (WAPC) to approve a new Local Planning Scheme (LPS) for advertising, saying a decision was three months overdue.
Mayor Max Hipkins said the City had met deadlines to ensure the draft LPS3 was submitted in December, but the WAPC had not shown the same courtesy with a timely response.
“Over the past two years, the City of Nedlands has worked hard to develop a new Local Planning Strategy and LPS3, following WAPC and ministerial instructions to the letter every step of the way,” he said.
“The draft LPS3 was submitted to the WAPC on December 21 last year and it was supposed to respond in 90 days.
“That deadline has well and truly passed.”
Local planning schemes set out how land can be used and developed.
WAPC chairman Eric Lumsden said a decision was close.
“It is anticipated the WAPC’S decision for advertising will be issued by the end of July,” he said.
Mr Lumsden said Nedlands’ submission followed more than two years of high-level discussions between the Department of Planning and City officers to prepare a framework consistent with contemporary planning requirements.
The City is currently working under a scheme approved in 1985.