BUREAUCRATIC delays are jeopardising a key planning amendment for zoning on Beaufort Street, says The Mount Lawley Society.
The amendment area, stretching between Salisbury Street and Walcott Street, will introduce new rules for subdivision, protect buildings built prior to 1960, and simplify zoning categories.
The amendment received unanimous support from Stirling council in May last year, but has been held up by the WA Planning Commission and now won’t be considered until after the state election—even though planning commissioner Donna Faragher promised the society it would be heard this month.
“There has been a slight delay as further advice has been sought from the office of the government architect and state heritage,” wrote Ms Faragher in a letter to the MLS.
Society president Paul Collins say the amendment balances high density development and heritage protection, and enjoys near-unanimous support from the community.
“For the first time all were united in its support. It was then sent to the ministry of planning and it’s been there since,” he says.
“The society really hoped this would be resolved before the election. We were given a commitment as little as three weeks ago, and now this commitment has been broken.
“The consequence of delaying this amendment is it creates greater uncertainty in development for the activity corridor on Beaufort street; heritage buildings are deteriorating because they don’t have the planning certainty for future restoration and redevelopment.”
by TRILOKESH CHANMUGAM