Stirling Council rejects rezoning of Hamersley lots

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

HAMERSLEY residents who are against rezoning lots on Beach Road have had a win over the State Government.

Seven people spoke at the September 18 Stirling Council meeting against a proposal to allow three and four-storey residential and commercial buildings opposite Warwick Shopping Centre.

Council twice rejected applications to rezone lots between Glendale Avenue and Erindale Road but last December, the Planning Minister ordered the City proceed with the scheme amendment because it was consistent with State Government plans to increase residential densities next to activity centres.

Residents raised concerns about increased traffic and safety impacts, with Rosemary Grigg worried about the safety of children at the nearby primary school, kindergarten and scout hall.

Planning and development director Ross Povey said a detailed assessment had not been done and would occur at the development application stage if the amendment passed.

According to a City report, 24 of the 44 submissions received during public consultation came from people who objected and lived within 200m of the subject sites but outside the rezoning area.

Four objections and seven supportive submissions came from the 26 subject lots.

The City also received a 68-signature petition against the proposal and 73-signature petition in support.

Council voted unanimously not to proceed with the amendment and instead wait for the City’s local planning strategy, which would allow for community consultation on rezoning.