Panel backs down on Bellevue proposal

THE Metro East Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) has approved an application for a residential development at Lot 2, Wangalla Road, Bellevue.

The application was supported by the City of Swan but was initially refused by the JDAP and referred to the State Administrative Tribunal.

Mayor Mick Wainwright said last week’s decision by the JDAP to approve the application had upheld the values outlined in the City’s Bellevue East Land Use Study (BELUS) and was a win for the Bellevue community.

“The City consulted with the Bellevue community to develop the BELUS and this plan has received strong support from the local community,” he said. “This study, which was initiated in 2012 and adopted by council in August 2013, addresses the concerns related to the fragmented nature of industrial and residential development in the eastern portion of Bellevue.”

The City’s report to the JDAP urged it to support the application for 121 grouped dwellings on the property.

Midland-Guildford ward Cr Daniel Parasiliti said the application was consistent with the intent of the BELUS and council’s plan for Bellevue.

“However, the JDAP originally refused the application,” he said.

“The City is happy that the final decision by the JDAP is consistent with the BELUS, which the City and community worked very hard to implement.

“We are very happy that, after SAT requested the JDAP reconsider the application, it has seen fit to approve it; this is a good outcome for the city and the community.

“The City continued to fight for this outcome because it aligns with the aspirations of the local community to limit the interface of residential and industrial land uses.”

Cr Wainwright said the decision was good news and consistent with the intent of the BELUS, which was to enhance the residential amenity of the area and prevent the encroachment of industrial or other commercial uses.

“The City, from the outset, has been supportive of the approval and the decision to approve the application is a positive outcome after two previous refusals from the JDAP,” he said.

“It provides a productive land use for the owner and protects the amenity of Bellevue.”