Ashby sewer upgrades results in review of City of Wanneroo’s internal processes

Ashby Operations Centre. Picture: Martin Kennealey d474969
Ashby Operations Centre. Picture: Martin Kennealey d474969

AN application for sewer service upgrades in Ashby has resulted in a review of the City of Wanneroo’s internal processes.

In 2014, the council endorsed a Water Corporation proposal for construction and upgrade of sewer services through a portion of Scenic Drive, the Ashby Operations Centre on Wanneroo Road and adjacent Bush Forever site.

A City report presented at the September council meeting said last July the Water Corporation sought to change the previously agreed route through the operations centre.

While the alternative route was being investigated by the City, its approval services department forwarded a letter of support for the changed path to the WA Planning Commission (WAPC) in a development application made on behalf of Water Corporation.

“Council’s resolution on this matter was not recorded in the City’s systems as an alert for this property and was therefore not captured by the assessing officers,” the report said.

“However, since this occurrence administration is working to ensure all council decisions are recorded in our systems and a review of the internal planning consultation process for these types of proposals is being undertaken.”

The WAPC approved the development application in January 2017 but noted Water Corporation should liaise with the City before works start.

The report recommended a slightly different route to the current proposal to avoid clearing of established tree and areas that were expected to change in ground level over time, which Water Corporation provided in principle support for.

Councillors endorsed the amended application to be forwarded to the WAPC and noted the City was undertaking a review of its internal planning consultation process and recording of council decisions in its systems.

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