Town of Victoria Park moves ahead with planning law amendment

Town of Victoria Park moves ahead with planning law amendment

THE Town of Victoria Park is moving ahead with an amendment that will affect about 5000 properties, with some changes that take into account residents’ concerns.

Amendment 73 will be sent to the WA Planning Commission and is designed to create a special control area to help retain historic buildings.

The council has, however, removed some portions that caused disquiet in the community.

Among the changes was the removal of the need for a development approval for the demolition of an original dwelling.

Before the meeting, the idea of conservation notices was also removed after previously being floated earlier this year.

The conservation notices would have allowed the Town to enter the ‘original dwelling’ and carry out repairs, with the expenses incurred by the council recovered as a debt due.

The council will also seek expressions of interest from at least three independent consultants to hold a |comprehensive community engagement project and review of the Town’s statutory planning and policy framework.

The intention is to identify and measure the wishes of the community regarding the retention of original dwellings after 69 submissions were made about Amendment 73 following 5000 letters being sent to the public.

Among the most vocal opponents to the changes was East Victoria Park property owner Rick Snedden.

He said he was pleased with the Town’s decision and felt the councillors demonstrated they were capable of listening to the concerns of the community.

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