Council against Noranda ‘divide’
THE WA Planning Commission (WAPC) will make the final decision on a proposed shopping centre featuring an Aldi supermarket at the Noranda Hills Nursery site, despite Bayswater Council’s recommended refusal.
At the December 4 committee meeting, the council unanimously voted to advise the Commission that it was against rezoning Lot 2, 81 Camboon Road, Noranda from special purpose to business.
The reasons for refusal include the proposal not being urgent, changing the zoning with limited strategic planning justification representing ad hoc planning and the proposal encouraging commercial development outside the activity centre.
In November 2017, the council began amending the town planning scheme subject to applicant Harley Dykstra – Land and Property Development providing more information.
After a community meeting organised by North ward councillors in April, where hundreds of residents expressed their opposition to the proposed amendment, the applicant changed the proposal.
The applicant removed a proposed convenience store and petrol station and retail shops from the plans, which now included an Aldi, coffee shop, health studio, day care centre and seven residential units with a density residential code of R50.
Town planner and Noranda resident Gene Koltasz, who spoke on behalf of owner Bill Ntoumenopolous, said City officers’ refusal of the proposal was based on an “outdated policy” that protected existing shopping centres.
“The proposed Aldi store will introduce an element of competition in the area,” he said.
Cr Stephanie Gray said she would continue to oppose the application as it would divide the Noranda town centre into two precincts.
Deputy Mayor Chris Cornish said the council needed to consult the community before it allowed the decision to be taken away by the WAPC.
Morley MLA AmberJade Sanderson said she was disappointed with the council initiating the process last year but pleased it listened to the community to not support the amendment.
“Unfortunately it is now in the hands of the WA Planning Commission,” she said. “I will be doing everything in my power, working with the Noranda community, to ensure the WAPC does not approve this application.”