Pe­ti­tion to rein in de­vel­op­ment

Joondalup Times - - OPINION - RAINER REPKE Kal­la­roo

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?

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