North Perth town centre plan deferred because of complexity

North Perth town centre plan deferred because of complexity

A DECISION on the City of Vincent North Perth Place Plan draft has been deferred, with one councillor deeming it “inaccessible” to residents.

The 74-page document will guide the direction of funding and resources for the town centre throughout the next four years.

The plan identified a number of actions that could be taken to enhance the area, including creating places for people, and supporting community events and after-hours activities.

There is a focus on increasing cycling and walking optionsas well as advocating for better public transport .

The plan will be the benchmark for other town centres within Vincent, but councillors raised concerns at the April 2 meeting about its length and structure ahead of putting it out for public comment.

Councillor Susan Gontaszewski said it was “inaccessible to the community”.

“If it was a more concise document, I think issues with the length and structure could be resolved,” she said.

“(The document) needs additional work and I think it should be done before it goes out of public consultation.”

Cr Matt Buckels said it was a “snazzy” document, but the graphics were “noisy”.

“It can’t start with a 17-page introduction,” he said.

Cr Jimmy Murphy said he was happy with it as it was.

“This is a rolling document that will be reviewed in four years, we will learn as we go,” he said.

“I think we should get on with it and get it started.”

Vincent chief executive Len Kosova making it more readable would attract a higher level of community engagement.

“It is important to get the structure, content and language right because this is a benchmark for Place Plans for four other towns centres,” he said.