THE City of Joondalup has appointed external consultants to help with its work into the ongoing density and infill development issues.
At last night’s meeting, councillors went behind closed doors to consider tenders for project management services and prepare a planning framework to manage infill development in the City’s 10 housing opportunity areas.
Councillors unanimously accepted the tender from Taylor Burrell Barnett for about $500,000 (inclusive of GST) with a “schedule of rates for additional requirements”.
Joondalup chief executive Garry Hunt said the report was made confidential because it contained “pricing information that is considered commercially sensitive”.
He said the Local Government Act allowed local governments to consider matters confidentially “if it relates to a contract entered into by the City, or which may be entered into by the City”.
“While the City considers most of its tender reports in a public manner, it is not uncommon for matters of this nature to be considered behind closed doors,” he said.
“A recent example was the tender for domestic rubbish and recycling collection services at the City in February.”
At the meeting, acting planning and community development director Chris Leigh said once appointed, the City would meet with the consultants to “agree on the program and what their first steps will be”.
“Our expectation is one of the first steps will be the community engagement process,” he said.
Mr Hunt added there would be “wide engagement”, including residents outside the housing opportunity areas, and “a lot of publicity”.
Duncraig resident Suzanne Thompson asked if residents would be provided a timeline as to “when and how the consultants work would be rolled out and implemented” and Mayor Albert Jacob said yes.
Mr Jacob also reiterated any scheme amendment that might come from this consultation process would only be recommendations from the City to the WA Planning Commission.