Re­zon­ing ques­tioned

Hills Gazette - - NEWS - Lynn Gri­er­son

CITY of Swan coun­cil­lors have ap­proved a town plan­ning scheme amend­ment to pave the way for ur­ban de­vel­op­ment in the vil­lage of Gidgegannup.

The de­ci­sion to re­zone land sites from ru­ral, land­scape, re­cre­ation and com­mer­cial to ‘spe­cial use zone’ will af­fect ar­eas bounded by Toodyay Road and the pro­posed Perth to Ade­laide High­way (Orange Route), the Percy Cullen Oval, Lake Re­treat and ru­ral res­i­den­tial land­hold­ings.

The amend­ment was car­ried at a re­cent coun­cil meet­ing with four con­di­tions, in­clud­ing the prepa­ra­tion of a struc­ture plan to meet the re­quire­ments for waste­water dis­posal, drink­ing wa­ter sup­ply and the an­tic­i­pated traf­fic on Toodyay Road.

Gidgegannup Progress As­so­ci­a­tion chair­woman Sally Block said the City had pro­gressed the lo­cal plan­ning scheme amend­ment to align its scheme with the Metropoli­tan Re­gion Scheme (MRS).

“We do have some prob­lems with this as they have in­cluded all the land as it was shown in the MRS amend­ment, in­clud­ing the lo­cal re­cre­ation re­serve and Percy Cullen Oval. We would ques­tion the po­ten­tial im­pact this re­zon­ing could have on the con­tin­ued use of this land and have raised this query with the City,” she said.

Mrs Block said the City told the group the amend­ment did not al­ter cur­rent use of the re­serve and it would con­sider re­moval of this land from the amend­ment.

The group was con­cerned the re­serve could count as part of the pub­lic open space re­quired ‘to be set aside’ by a de­vel­oper.

Mrs Block said ac­cess to the re­serve and the oval for use by the com­mu­nity was para­mount and should not form part of a fu­ture de­vel­op­ment of the Gidgegannup town site.

The lo­cal plan­ning scheme ‘com­plex amend­ment’ is with the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion and the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity. It will be ad­ver­tised for pub­lic com­ment shortly.

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