Policy gives council powers

Elected members tonight will consider a recommendation to endorse the amendment to a district planning scheme, which would allow the City to collect contributions from developers in Alkimos and Eglinton, and in Yanchep and Two Rocks.

At last week’s briefing session, planning and sustainability director Len Kosova said the report was the result of two years of work and once endorsed, would give the City the statutory power to collect contributions from developers.

Mr Kosova said it was a testament to the co-operation and partnerships between the City and developers in the area, ‘without whom none of this would actually have been possible’.

According to the report, other landowners expressed strong opposition during consultation last year for the scheme to cover the cost of acquiring land for Yanchep’s playing fields from Yanchep Beach Joint Venture, but most had since expressed support.

The report also said no other landowner had come forward to voluntarily cede land for the playing fields for free and earlier than they were obliged to.

Based on submissions made by developers, administration tonight will recommend the plan be adjusted from 20 to 25 years for Alkimos and Eglinton, resulting in the provision of 12 district level community facilities worth $87 million.

Those include a surf lifesaving club, two libraries, skate park, two community centres, public open spaces, multipurpose hard courts and two indoor recreation centres.