Petition to rein in development
THE City of Joondalup drafted eight years ago a reasonable plan: higher density around our CBD, the train stations and our major shopping centres.
The State Government came back with with larger areas and higher R codes.
Now that we see the results, some are happy, many are not.
Many want a liveable community with gardens and trees. But the developers are not only using the maximums allowed; they request additional discretion, which is something the City can approve above the rules.
Of course, the State provides cheaper housing and jobs this way – an election promise – and the City increases its rate income:
10,000 new residences at
$1500 in rates per years equals an extra $15 million in extra rate income and
20,000 would be $30 million. What we, the many, need to do is answer the questionnaire,
go to the “listening posts”, attend the workshops, mail the local paper, mail the chief executive, the director of planning, the mayor, the councillors and the Minister of Planning, add the Premier and do not forget your local MP.
Collect signatures for petitions for each of the 10 housing opportunity areas and present them to the council via your local councillor.
If the many do not raise their voice, the many will lose our gardens, our trees, the lifestyle we chose when we moved to Joondalup.
Let us go back to the initial plan by our City. That plan was good.
The State’s plan that Perth will have 3.5 million residents was drafted during the commodity bubble. Who says we will have 3.5 million? Is our infrastructure prepared for that? Schools, police, fire brigade, SES etc? Do we want or need 3.5 million residents? Should the State not rethink that plan?