Dancing scheme

ALMOST. THERE.

Many years in the making, Vincent mayor Emma Cole said she had a real “happy dance moment” in signing and executing the council’s Local Planning Scheme 2.

The scheme will in part see an end to the two Claisebrook concrete batching plants that many locals feel have held back the area’s development.

Ms Cole says “we finally have a modern scheme for development in Vincent which strikes a very good balance between maintaining our character and residential neighbourhoods whilst meeting our density targets”.

• Vincent mayor Emma Cole with council development services director John Corbellini.

Among many updates the scheme will help preserve the few remaining old-timey “R20” zoned areas, formerly known as the Eaton Precinct, straddling North Perth and Mt Hawthorn.

For about a decade the council’s had to enact one sunset clause after another trying to keep the R20 zoning in place, in an effort to preserve the character homes, but under the new planning scheme they will be protected.

It’d been a nervous wait to see if acting WA planning minister Ben Wyatt would agree to sign off the city’s plans for Claisebrook, and Ms Cole says signing it “was a happy dance moment for me”.

There’s one tiny final technical step: Ms Cole having signed-off on the changes that were handed back from the state government, it now has to go back to Mr Wyatt for a final squiggle of approval.

by DAVID BELL

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