Bending of rules required
Yoga studio needs certainty
JIM McIntosh’s dream of Yoga Tree remaining in Hubert Street could be dashed tonight if the Town of Victoria Park refuses to grant his studio a permanent lifeline.
The council will tonight consider a change to its planning scheme that will prohibit recreation private uses, such as yoga studios, from operating in residential areas.
At the same meeting, the council will vote on a recommendation to extend Yoga Tree’s trial in Hubert Street for two years.
Mr McIntosh appreciated the council considering the two-year extension but said that would also create an uncertain future for his business.
“If Scheme Amendment 80 is endorsed, a reapplication in two years will likely be rejected,” he said.
“This creates difficulties as our business model is based around creating a close, safe community environment and so moving our location when we will still be in our early stages could be detrimental.
“Our current location is perfect as we are on the outskirts of a residential area, which allows us to have a quiet and tranquil environment, which is necessary for the practice of yoga.”
Yoga Tree has operated in Hubert Street for the past year as part of a trial approved by the Town.
The purpose of Amendment 80 is to introduce and modify land use definitions in order to reduce the number of ‘unlisted use’ cases where discretion is required to determine if the Town’s objectives for a particular zone are being met.
An officer’s report said the changes “would provide greater certainty to the proponent”.