City of Stirling rezones North Beach lots

City of Stirling's council office.
City of Stirling's council office.

A STIRLING councillor says rezoning of the North Beach Community Centre site allows for “future proofing”.

Council voted at last month’s meeting to adopt a planning scheme amendment to rezone lots on Castle Street and Flora Terrace to local centre, allowing for retail development.

Cr Karen Caddy successfully moved a motion to rezone the City of Stirling’s community centre site but retain community uses as part of any future redevelopment.

It also required community consultation if redevelopment was proposed particularly regarding building height, parking, the building envelope and access.

“This is all future proofing. There is no proposal on the table to do anything right now,” she said.

Cr Joe Ferrante said most of the public feedback was against the rezoning and believed council show follow residents’ wishes.

He said many respondents were long-term North Beach residents who had sought a “lifetime of tranquillity”.

But Cr Caddy believed there were many people in favour of the proposal and believed it was an innovative way to fund community development.

A site containing existing health services at 118 Flora Terrace is also being rezoned from business to local centre.