City of Stirling to conduct independent review of planning processes

City of Stirling to conduct independent review of planning processes

CITY of Stirling will conduct an independent review of its planning processes after annoyed residents pointed out “systemic planning issues” last year.

Councillor Karen Caddy put forward a motion to engage an independent professional planner to carry out a comprehensive review of at least five of the City’s planning reports on controversial development approvals such as Ozone Parade Trigg, Silica Road Carine and Prisk Street Karrinyup.

“At the electors meeting last year a number of concerns were raised about the City’s planning and development processes,” Cr Caddy said.

“There is always opportunity to improve and look at the way we do things; I think it will be healthy to conduct this review.”

Cr David Boothman, a Joint Development Assessment Panels (JDAP) member, said he was well aware of issues causing public concern.

“The questions from the public show an apparent misunderstanding and confusion as to how processes work and the relationship between the JDAP, the WA Planning Commission and the City work,” he said.

The City will remove authority from the planning and approvals department and the chief executive Stuart Jardine, and put a freeze on all building permits until the review is complete.

Scarborough resident Simon Wheeler, who put forward the motion of no confidence , said he was happy to see the City had agreed to conduct a review.

“I will be truly happy when I know the true independence of those reviews and have some more information about it,” he said.

Residents annoyed questions not answered, Mayor calls recess due to “cheering and jeering” from public

Public frustrations hit boiling point at the City of Stirling council meeting last night , which prompted Mayor Giovanni Italiano to call a 10 minute recess because of booing, cheering and jeering from the crowd of about 100 residents.

“I will not tolerate cheering and jeering from the floor,” he said, before calling for a recess from the meeting.

Resident Simon Wheeler said the crowd was annoyed because the Mayor, directors and chief executive failed to answer questions and cut them off.

“I found the meeting last night lacked procedural fairness, people were asking genuine questions and the Mayor wouldn’t let them finish,” he said.

“They failed to answer the questions of the public under the guise that it was being discussed later in the agenda; the issues weren’t even debated.

“A lot of the community are angry that all the hard work that went into the special electors meeting was ignored.”

Karrinyup resident Leisha Jack said a public vote of no confidence in the chief executive was “ignored” by the council at last night’s meeting.

“The reason people go to council meetings is to raise questions about items on the agenda and the Mayor was literally shutting them down; he was way out of order on that,” she said.