Coun­cil against No­randa ‘di­vide’

Eastern Reporter - - News - Kristie Lim

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.”

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