City of Stirling scraps streetscapes policy

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A CITY of Stirling streetscapes policy has been scrapped.

Councillor Bianca Sandri, who runs a town planning business, called for the local planning policy not to go ahead at a recent council meeting.

She said it relaxed the design requirements for R-codes, did not reflect the original intent of the policy and would create “lesser streetscapes for our community”.

The City’s previous streetscapes policy was revoked as it was it had been incorporated into another policy, which was also later rescinded.

In its absence the design of fences, carports and garages was assessed against the R-codes and a report by the City said the new streetscapes guidelines would provide greater “certainty, guidance and flexibility in residential design for developers and the community”.

Cr Karen Caddy said it was brought to council to enable better built form outcomes and she said it would result in more construction on limited sites, which was the opposite of what they were trying to achieve.

Councillors voted unanimously not to proceed with the policy.

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