STIRLING council will hire an independent planner to look into how its planning department dealt with applications going to the local JDAP.
A group of Trigg, Karrinyup and Carine residents were incensed about a smattering of developments, particularly a four-storey building in Trigg which blocked neighbours’ ocean views, and say Stirling’s planning department is too developer friendly.
Around 140 attended a special electors meeting in December, and successfully passed a vote of no confidence in the CEO along with some other motions.
Those motions were simply “noted” this week, but Cr Karen Caddy put forward an alternative, which passed 11/1, for an independent planner to be hired to look into officers’ reports to JDAP and see if there were any hasty recommendations.
“I know there is a concern that the city is not listening to ratepayers. It is our job to … check to see whether there’s anything we can be doing better, and if there is, we should be acting on those,” Cr Caddy said.
The meeting was among Stirling’s most lively, and many residents left in a huff when it became clear Mr Jardine wasn’t going to be fired on the spot.
Public question time had to be extended twice as dozens approached the mic to air grievances.
Mayor Giovanni Italiano cut the microphone mid-question during several sermons from angry residents.
“This is question time not statement time,” he warned more than once.
During debate on the controversial item, Cr Italiano had to adjourn the meeting when the heckling got out of hand, and the manager of governance used the break to berate the crowd.
by TRILOKESH CHANMUGAM