More time to scrutinise strategy
RESIDENTS, stakeholders and councillors will have until October to analyse the City of South Perth’s draft local planning strategy after council unanimously voted to defer its decision to forward the document to the WA Planning Commission for certification.
Councillor Colin Cala proposed the alternative motion to defer the council’s endorsement of the draft strategy to hold more preliminary community engagement, despite consultation with 172 community members and 103 stakeholders having occurred.
As the first step in a review of the City’s local planning scheme, the draft strategy will guide and inform planning and development within the City over the next 10 to 15 years.
Cr Cala said given the number of concerned and anxious residents who had approached him since the item was listed on the August council agenda, he felt the two weeks given to read and digest the 116 page document too short.
“This document is extremely important so as a council we have to own the discussion to endorse it 100 per cent,” he said.
“I don’t feel comfortable in making that stance right now and believe deferring our decision to endorse the draft strategy and allow for greater scrutiny now, before it goes to the WAPC and is released for formal public advertising, will result in reduced community anxiety and a better overall outcome.”
In supporting Cr Cala’s motion, Cr Blake D’Souza said a local planning strategy was good governance and thus its consideration for endorsement needed to be given more time.
The City’s current local planning scheme was gazetted in April 2003.
The scheme has since had about 40 amendments made to it, which sparked a council decision in June 2017 to begin the scheme review.