Council does backflip on planning approval

The newly elected Bassendean Council reconsidered its previous decision on rezoning land close to Bindaring Park.  Council revoked its previous decision to approve a rezoning change and elected not to send a deputation to the WA Planning Commission.

An extract of the Council Minutes follows:

10.4 Proposed Amendment No. 4 to Local Planning Scheme No. 10 – Rezoning Proposals Associated with Bindaring Park, Applicant: Town of Bassendean (Ref: LUAP/PLANNG/13 – Brian Reed, Manager Development Services)

APPLICATION

The purpose of this report is for Council to nominate 3 Councillors to provide a deputation to the Statutory Planning Committee of the Western Australian when it considers Amendment No 4 to the Local Planning Scheme No. 10.

OFFICER RECOMMENDATION — ITEM 10.4

That Council nominates Crs _________, __________ and ____________ to make a deputation on behalf of the Town when the Statutory Planning Committee of the Western Australian Planning Commission considers Amendment No. 4 to the Local Planning Scheme No. 10.

The Mayor expressed the view that Council should not fight the community on this issue and Council should not proceed with a deputation to Statutory Planning Committee of the Western Australian Planning Commission.

COUNCIL RESOLUTION – ITEM 10.4

OCM2 – 8/10/11       MOVED Cr Gangell, Seconded Cr Carter that the following Council Resolution on this matter (see below) be revoked.

“OCM2 – 27/09/11 that:

  • The Town of Bassendean advises the WA Planning Committee that Council considers that the rezoning of Lots 113 Harcourt Street and 130 Anstey Road should proceed for the following reasons:
    • Despite the proximity of Lots 113 Harcourt Street and 130 Anstey Road to the nearby conservation category wetland the lots are capable of being developed for residential purposes;
    • If the amendment goes through, with the modifications suggested by Council, 1553m² will be transferred to the residential zone being those parts of lots Lot 113 Harcourt Street and Lot 130 Anstey Road reserved for recreation, and 726m² will be transferred to the recreation reserve being those portions of lots 202, and 203 Hyland Street, currently zoned for residential purposes. The net loss in open space will be 827m²;
    • The land currently reserved for recreation by the Scheme amounts to 102,480m². (Town’s GIS system). The overall loss of open space will be in the order 0.806% of the total area of Bindaring Park and the loss of open space is considered by Council to be of no great significance, in terms of the overall area of the Park;
    • The Council of the Town of Bassendean can not justify the costs of acquiring 1,553m² of open space at the edge of the park.
  • The Town of Bassendean requests to make a deputation to the Statutory Planning Committee of the WAPC when it considers the item;
  • If Council agrees with recommendation Point 2 above, the a further report be brought to Council following the October 2011 Council Elections nominating three Councillors to form Council’s deputation; and

4.     Hesta Property Services be invited to discuss the proposal with the Town.

CARRIED 6/1”

CARRIED BY AN ABSOLUTE MAJORITY 6/0

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