Residents vent their frustration

Residents expressed frustration at the time the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) had spent reviewing Amendment 32, submitted by the City of Stirling last year in a bid to prevent high-density development on land coded below R60.

Ms Harvey addressed questions concerning several developments in the local area, including a seven-unit development on Westview Street.

Ms Harvey said she continued to question Planning Minister John Day on an outcome for the review of the planning amendment.

�I have had ongoing consultation with my constituents, including a recent forum, over current planning laws and their concerns about related traffic congestion,� she said.

�I have raised these concerns with my colleague Mr Day and I know he has initiated a broader review into the R-Codes. Some of these concerns will be considered as part of this.�

Westview Street resident Rod Mathers said he understood there were procedures in place to ensure the amendment was adequately assessed but developers were taking advantage of the delays.

�Developers are cashing in on the delays caused by these procedures, leaving the residents with little say in what is happening,� he said.

�The crux of the matter lies in this delay and the wide gap between developers rushing to make short-term cash gains and the owner or residents who are wanting a long-term lifestyle.

�The answer lies in planning and it is obvious that what we have now is a compromise, not a well constructed long term plan.�

Mr Day said the delay was caused by a separate review of the R-Codes as a whole.

�This is a unique situation as the assessment of Amendment 32 is being undertaken concurrently with a review of the R-Codes, which considers a number of issues relevant to Amendment 32,� he said. �I have had a discussion with Ms Harvey and am aware of residents� concerns.

�I can assure residents that the review of the R-Codes is expected to be completed soon.�

WAPC recommendations to Mr Day are expected in coming months.