South Perth council approved Activity Centre Plan for public advertising

The South Perth Peninsula.
The South Perth Peninsula.

CITY of South Perth Council has approved the draft South Perth Activity Centre Plan and scheme Amendment 61 for public advertising at the special council meeting on Wednesday.

South Perth Activity Centre Plan would guide developers on building heights and design requirements for the designated area to accommodate population growth.

The draft plan applies to the Mill Point Peninsula, including north of Richardson Park and around Perth Zoo.

South Perth Council voted to postpone the formal advertising of the draft Activity Centre Plan in October last year after community backlash.

Cr Colin Cala said he believed significant changes have been made since October.

His amended motion to replace the additional building height limit of 24.3m to 17.5m under the height type ‘Low’ in Amendment 61 was passed unanimously.

“It was considered that the Esplanade heights should be preserved with a low typology to provide a better interface to the foreshore and an appropriate transition to the higher buildings along Mill Point Rd that enjoyed existing views,” he said.

South Perth resident Vicki Redden said there should have been extensive community consultation while the plan was drafted.

“By sending the amendment out now, you are saying any community input is worthless and unnecessary,” she said.

Cr Glenn Cridland said community members who feel strongly should put in their comments during the public advertising period.

“We’ve seen what happened to other councils who has held off for perfect solutions for the community,” he said.

“It’s not perfect but let’s move forward because it is better than the alternative of not doing anything.”