Planning say vital: mayor
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.