REQUESTS from three groups of homeowners to rezone their properties to allow higher density have been granted by Melville councillors.
Two small residential areas in Mt Pleasant and one in Melville will be upcoded, with the amendment predicted to yield up to 80 additional dwellings across the three zones.
The new homes would mostly result from the subdivision of existing blocks, with the slight zoning changes not enough to allow the construction of apartment blocks.
Affected homeowners banded together to request the rezonings during the original advertising period for Local Planning Scheme 6, which was officially gazetted in May last year.
At last week’s council meeting, Melville councillors voted 8-3 to adopt the requested |zoning changes as part of a new omnibus scheme amendment.
Cr Guy Wieland, a consistent campaigner against the proliferation of subdivision within the City of Melville, argued against the change, saying higher density should be contained within activity centres such as Canning Bridge and Murdoch.
“I believe we need to reserve these areas as places to aspire to and have a blending of development, not just battle axe and triplex,” Cr Wieland said.
Councillor Nicholas Pazolli also voted against the rezoning and said that “financial self interest” from the homeowners was the main reason for the request.
“I’m concerned that the message we’re sending in processing this upzoning is one of ask and you shall receive,” he said.
Cr Nicole Foxton spoke in favour of the amendment, saying the changes were small and would help the City reach its infill targets.
Melville: R20 to R25 for lots abutting the north side of Windfield Road.
Mt Pleasant North: R12.5 to R20 for lots within the area bordered by Hawkins Street, Ullapool Road, Coogee Road and The Esplanade.
Mt Pleasant South: R12.5 to R20 for a selection of lots directly east and west of Bateman Road south of Gunbower Road and north of Canning Avenue.