City of Joondalup policy to further control infill developments

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THE City of Joondalup will create a policy to give greater design controls when assessing proposed developments.

At the May council meeting, councillors were due to reconsider a report requesting permission to advertise a draft new planning framework on infill development, which they deferred last month.

The framework is comprised of the draft Place Neighbourhoods Local Planning Policy, with ‘housing opportunity areas’ now known as ‘Place Neighbourhoods’, and a draft amendment to the City’s Local Planning Scheme 3.

The report was presented back to the council to seek approval to advertise both documents for public consultation.

Again, some residents urged the council not to progress, which would initiate the scheme amendment.

“We need get it right now,” Tim Green said.

“Once the statutory process has commenced, it has to be seen to the end.”

Dr Green requested the City implement some of the design controls included in the draft Joondalup Place Neighbourhoods Local Planning Policy via a separate local planning policy.

“It may not be as effective but it will give tighter controls and something is better than nothing to protect our suburbs given the rate of development,” he said.

Planning and community development director Dale Page said while there could be some merit in “removing some provisions and advancing them separately,”, it would need to be tested to see if it would have “the outcomes the residents are hoping for” and be feasible and then be reported back to the council.

She said if the council voted to advertise the documents and the amendment was initiated, if significant changes were made, the council could readvertise the documents for consultation.

However, Mayor Albert Jacob moved to refer the item back to the chief executive to allow the “relevant provisions” of the draft Joondalup Place Neighbourhoods Local Planning Policy” to be extracted and compiled to form a separate local planning policy and scheme amendment for the council to consider at a future meeting.

It would also allow for the City to engage and consult with the community on the current draft policy and amendment ahead of any formal initiation.

Mr Jacob said the design controls were clear, simple, addressed many concerns and were the easiest to extract to create a separate local planning policy.

The motion was unanimously approved.

Cr Kerry Hollywood asked how much the City had spent on this issue to date and Ms Page estimated it would be about $491,000.

Establishment of Joondalup infill community reference group deferred