Bend­ing of rules re­quired

Yoga stu­dio needs cer­tainty

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - FRONT PAGE - Bronwyn Dono­van

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”.

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