Gree­nough lots ab­sorbed into City plan­ning scheme

Geraldton Guardian - - NEWS -

The old Shire of Gree­nough Town Plan­ning Scheme has been re­pealed by the City of Greater Ger­ald­ton coun­cil.

The 16 lots that were in­cluded in the 32-year-old scheme will now fall un­der the City’s Lo­cal Plan­ning Scheme.

Ac­cord­ing to brief­ing notes, when the Lo­cal Plan­ning Scheme was gazetted in 2015 it was sup­posed to cover the en­tire mu­nic­i­pal area, but an amend­ment to the Town Plan­ning Scheme to re­zone land for a po­ten­tial hous­ing sub­di­vi­sion was await­ing ap­proval and was ex­cluded from the City’s scheme area. Ear­lier this year, Plan­ning Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti re­fused the amend­ment.

Dur­ing the Oc­to­ber 23 coun­cil meet­ing, coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously agreed to re­peal the old scheme and trans­fer the land into the Lo­cal Plan­ning Scheme. Some of the zones re­ceived a slight name change, but brief­ing notes sug­gest the lots have not been re­zoned.

Cr Steve Dou­glas said the de­ci­sion would put an end to the City work­ing across two sep­a­rate schemes. “This pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to put ev­ery­thing back in the one scheme — it’s the same zon­ing, just a change of names to re­flect the cur­rent think­ing,” he said.

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