City of Swan council preview: councillors to reconsider Shalom House

The City of Swan administration building.
The City of Swan administration building.

COUNCIL PREVIEW

Shalom House

Swan Council will vote tonight on a retrospective planning application for the operation of Shalom House.

The application, which was previously refused on planning grounds, will now be reconsidered after a decision through the State Administrative Tribunal and Court of Appeal (Supreme Court).

The tribunal has ordered that the City consider the application on its merits on or before July 27 after finding Shalom House is not a residential building but a community purpose and therefore capable of approval. City staff recommended the council grant conditional approval to the proposed change of use.

Road upgrades

City of Swan staff have recommended a major road in Ellenbrook be duplicated.

The council will consider tonight a plan to duplicate The Broadway between The Promenade and Arbor Drive.

The City has planned for a staged upgrade to The Broadway to a four-lane dual carriageway over several financial years.

The first stage of the project is included in the 2018-19 capital works program.

Consultation with local residents was undertaken in May, with a number objections received.

Fire escape road needed

Swan Council will consider a second access road to Shady Hills Estate in Bullsbrook because of bushfire safety concerns.

The City received a petition in December last year from residents in the estate calling for an alternative fire escape route as the Shady Hills subdivision was allowed to be built without the legislated second emergency exit route.

According to City staff when the subdivision was approved there was no specific guidelines for a secondary access.

A structure plan on the adjoining property is currently being assessed which could provide access for a road to the Great Northern Highway.

Councillors to vote on rate rises

The City of Swan will consider adopting the 2018-19 Annual Budget at tonight’s ordinary meeting.

Councillors will also decide on the residential rate rise after advertising a 1.8 per cent rise and no rate rise.

The 2018-19 to 2027-28 long term financial plan will also be endorsed.