Plan­ning for the fu­ture

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Front Page - Bron­wyn Dono­van

THE City of South Perth is set to en­dorse its Draft Lo­cal Plan­ning Strat­egy tonight as the first step in a re­view of its Lo­cal Plan­ning Scheme.

The scheme was first gazetted in April 2003 and will guide and in­form plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment within the City over the next 10 to 15 years.

Since being gazetted, about 40 amend­ments have been made to the cur­rent scheme, which sparked a council res­o­lu­tion in June 2017 to be­gin a re­view.

A re­port in the City’s August council agenda rec­om­mends council en­dorse the draft strat­egy, which will be for­warded to the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion be­fore go­ing out for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion.

In a dep­u­ta­tion at a brief­ing ses­sion last week, ratepayer Mark Paskos sug­gested that council de­fer its de­ci­sion to re­con­sider var­i­ous as­pects of the draft, such as align­ing the den­sity to the Perth and Peel @ 3.5mil­lion re­port.

But de­spite var­i­ous coun­cil­lors ques­tion­ing whether de­fer­ring the item for a few months due to its im­por­tance would be ap­pro­pri­ate, of­fi­cers main­tained that pro­gress­ing the draft was “best prac­tice”.

Be­fore pre­par­ing the draft, the City un­der­took pre­lim­i­nary com­mu­nity en­gage­ment with 172 com­mu­nity mem­bers and 103 stake­hold­ers to form key is­sues for the doc­u­ment, in­clud­ing in­creas­ing den­sity lev­els thought­fully.

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