The Yolk Development proposal, which will include two restaurants on the ground floor, was initially rejected by JDAP last October and an amended version was submitted following State Administrative Tribunal negotiations.
It is the first development approved under Special Control Area 12, which allows for buildings of five storeys and 20m in the Bayswater town centre.
The meeting attracted heated deputations from the community, business owners and developers, with three JDAP members ultimately granting approval, despite Bayswater City Councillor representatives Chris Cornish and Terry Kenyon rejecting it.
Member Charles Johnson said the proposal fitted in “very nicely” with SCA 12 objectives and was likely to be the first in a number of high-density developments in the town centre, while member Luigi D’Alessandro said the building was mainly compliant and seven storeys in 20m was industry norm.
“We’re in a city with two million people… I think this could transform the area,” member Ian Birch said.
But Councillor Chris Cornish said he was concerned about allowing more than five storeys in 20m and JDAP should not ignore the 600 people who signed a petition in opposition.
“I’m very surprised it is going to be approved,” Cr Cornish said.
Perth MHR Alannah MacTiernan said while the new plans were an improvement, the SCA 12 guidelines should be followed.
“I think the Town Planning Scheme must mean something… when it says five storeys, it should be taken for its word,” she said.
Resident Jack Vanderklau queried why City officers initially recommended council approve the decision and then reversed this recommendation.