23 October 2018
City of South Perth Draft Activity Centre Plan and Proposed Town Planning Scheme Amendment No. 61
The City of South Perth Councillors will meet tonight to receive a briefing and consider a draft Activity Centre Plan (ACP) and Town Planning Scheme (TPS) Amendment No. 61 for approval and endorsement for public consultation.
In the past few weeks, I have:
- Received correspondence from a number of concerned residents in South Perth who are likely to be affected by the proposed ACP and TPS amendment.
- Sought and been provided with a briefing by the City of South Perth.
I appreciate that the City of South Perth has undertaken various elaborate and collaborative processes with relevant stakeholders in recent years in order to inform and drive the draft ACP and TPS amendment. I am also aware that the City of South Perth’s planning proposals and strategy are governed by the State Government’s urban and regional planning policies, tailored population/dwelling forecasts, demographic and economic trends.
Residents are aware that I welcome and have never dismissed any concerns that were directly raised with me regarding various proposed developments in the South Perth peninsula in recent years. I have always brought them to the attention of the City of South Perth Councillors and staff and indeed the Minister for Planning in the former Liberal-led Government when required and at the appropriate stage.
In response to the view provided by some residents who are opposed to the public advertising of the draft ACP and TPS amendment, I am of the view that the release and advertisement of the ACP and TPS amendment to the general public for wider consultation, should the Councillors decide to do so, is the opportunity to test their content, basis and assumptions.
Among other concerns, some residents have commonly expressed disagreement over the parameters and evidence used as a basis and direction of the current planning proposals. I am not in a position to dismiss this concern and I am willing to rely on the judgment and experience of residents who may be affected by future development. I call on the City of South Perth to sincerely address and provide a response to this (and other) concerns as it reviews and modifies the ACP and TPS following public advertising. Personally, I would also be open to and interested in other suggestions residents may provide for an alternative level of density and height deemed to be more suitable for future development in the South Perth peninsula.