Plan­ning say vi­tal: mayor

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JES­SICA WAR­RINER

SU­BI­ACO could lose hav­ing its say on its own plan­ning is­sues if it out­right re­fuses the draft lo­cal plan­ning scheme (LPS), ac­cord­ing to Mayor Penny Taylor, who is­sued the warn­ing at Tues­day’s coun­cil meet­ing.

Ms Taylor used her pre­sid­ing mem­ber’s ad­dress to dis­cuss the hot-but­ton is­sue.

“Should the coun­cil out­right refuse the draft LPS, the City would still need to for­ward the cur­rent draft LPS to the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion (WAPC) and Min­is­ter for Plan­ning, who would then de­ter­mine a fi­nal de­ci­sion,” she said.

“The WAPC and Min­is­ter would then have full con­trol and the City would have lit­tle in­flu­ence and lose its say and abil­ity to rec­om­mend mod­i­fi­ca­tions.”

She said along­side the statu­tory frame­work un­der­way, she was hold­ing in­tro­duc­tory meet­ings with stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing WAPC chair­man David Caddy.

Ms Taylor said on Fri­day that coun­cil- lors and City staff had con­sis­tently been avail­able to help lo­cals make a valid sub­mis­sion on the draft LPS.

“We want all voices in the de­bate to be heard. There’s no fight with res­i­dents. The only fight is to get the best out­come for Su­bi­aco,” she said.

In the coun­cil meet­ing, Ms Taylor said Su­bi­aco had faced sev­eral changes over the years ini­ti­ated by the State Gov­ern­ment, in­clud­ing los­ing the AFL, South ward and Matilda Bay.

“Subi now faces City-wide changes to its LPS; some res­i­dents want us to stamp our feet and stay home,” she said. “Just say­ing no doesn’t work.” Ms Taylor said the City did not need “forced out­rage” but did need sub­mis­sions on the draft LPS by July 13.

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