THE City of South Perth endorsed its submission to the State Government’s green paper for planning reform at last week’s council meeting.
The submission supported grouping local planning policies into a comprehensive scheme, standardising land uses and zoning, and requiring mandatory reporting by local governments.
Mayor Sue Doherty’s motion, carried unanimously, provided further comment to recommendations in favour of allowing third party appeals to the Government’s planning bodies, as well as a requirement to allow more time for local government and community members to consider larger applications and provide deputations.
Aspects not supported include the recommendation that new specialist members consider matters where a proposal is reviewed with the State Administrative Tribunal.
STUDIO 64 childcare centre in South Perth will now open 30 minutes earlier to accommodate growing community needs.
In line with the officer’s recommendation, the City granted approval for the extended opening hours from 6.30am to 7pm.
Stroke of a pen
THE Curtin University Boat Club is seeking longterm tenure at its site in Salter Point but asked the City of South Perth to consider allowing a rates exemption as a term of the agreement.
The club, built in 1974, is proposing to construct a new facility comprising a rowing boat launching site, rowing boat storage, club meeting rooms and club function room.
Councillors voted unanimously to support the officer’s recommendation that the boat club be required to pay full council rates and other prescribed fees and charges for the length of the newly proposed 21-year lease.
But a caveat does state that if the multimillion-dollar redevelopment project provides significant benefits to the local community following construction, a 50 per cent concession may be considered as part of the City’s annual budget process.