Changes hit home

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Bryce Luff

THE Prop­erty Coun­cil of Aus­tralia says R-Codes will af­fect hous­ing af­ford­abil­ity and Perth's in­fra­struc­ture.

A MOVE by the State Gov­ern­ment to limit sub­ur­ban apart­ment de­vel­op­ments has been crit­i­cised by the Prop­erty Coun­cil of Aus­tralia which says hous­ing af­ford­abil­ity and Perth’s in­fra­struc­ture will be af­fected.

Un­der changes an­nounced by Plan­ning Min­is­ter John Day, re­stric­tions will be placed on the num­ber of apart­ments that can be built on blocks zoned R30 and R35.

The changes will also mean ev­ery apart­ment is al­lo­cated at least one park­ing bay.

Mr Day said the changes would con­trol apart­ment de­vel­op­ment in sub­ur­ban ar­eas and “en­sure the num­ber of dwellings on a block is ap­pro­pri­ate for the lo­ca­tion”.

While land coded R40 will re­main as is, the State Gov­ern­ment will en­cour­age lo­cal gov­ern­ments to limit apart­ment de­vel­op­ments to blocks near ac­tiv­ity cen­tres and train sta­tions.

“Fo­cus­ing den­sity to these ar­eas cre­ates vi­brant com­mu­ni­ties where peo­ple can live, work and play while re­duc­ing our de­pen­dency on cars,” Mr Day said.

But Prop­erty Coun­cil ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Joe Lenzo dis­agreed, say­ing the move would lead to ur­ban sprawl.

“This is a knee­jerk re­ac­tion to pres­sure from some lo­cal coun­cils who are op­posed to any form of in­fill,” he said.

“Noth­ing hap­pens in iso­la­tion and stymieing de­vel­op­ment in in­ner sub­urbs sim­ply forces the ex­pan­sion of Perth’s outer bound­aries.”

WA Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Lynne Craigie said the lo­cal gov­ern­ment sec­tor had sought change for sev­eral years.

Cock­burn’s act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Daniel Arndt said the changes could limit lo­cal hous­ing di­ver­sity, choice and af­ford­abil­ity.

He said the Cock­burn Cen­tral Town Cen­tre would not be af­fected be­cause it is gov­erned by its own de­tailed area plan and not the RCodes.

The changes come in on Oc­to­ber 23.

Changes are a move to limit sub­ur­ban apart­ment de­vel­op­ments.

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