Council explores bonus height changes in activity centre again

City of Melville administration building.
City of Melville administration building.

THE City of Melville will look at creating another local planning policy to do with the Canning Bridge Activity Centre Plan (CBACP).

The council voted on December 10 to engage a planning consultant to prepare a local planning policy in relation to bonus building heights in the CBACP area.

Among the issues the plan is intended to address is clarifying the information required to be submitted with development applications seeking bonus heights, defining the correlation between community benefits and bonus heights for new developments in the M10 and M15 zones and introducing provisions to guide how discretion over bonus heights should be exercised.

Cr Nicholas Pazolli moved the motion, saying there needed to be methodology in assessing allowable discretion.

His motion was only narrowly passed, 7-5.

The council has requested the policy be ready for consideration next April.

It is not the first time the council has looked at a local planning policy in the M10 and M15 zones.

A policy proposed to set more requirements for developments looking to go above 15 storeys in the M10 area and 25 storeys in the M15 area was voted down earlier this year, following negative reaction from |locals, developers and planning experts.

In November, the council voted to speed up a full review of the CBACP and potentially complete it within 12 months.