City of Wanneroo makes changes to liquor store and tavern policies

City of Wanneroo makes changes to liquor store and tavern policies

THE City of Wanneroo has adopted changes to its planning policy regarding liquor stores and taverns.

Councillors supported the recommendation to endorse the amended Local Planning Policy 2.8: Licensed Premises (LPP 2.8) at the October meeting.

A report by the City said the draft policy was prepared concurrently with Amendment 148 to the District Planning Scheme 2 (DPS 2), in response to a request from the community for council to determine all applications for liquor stores on merit.

“The purpose of draft LPP 2.8 is to guide discretionary planning decisions for liquor store and tavern applications and to outline the City’s role and responsibilities in the liquor licensing process under the Liquor Control Act 1988,” it said.

It listed the key matters addressed in the draft policy as the scope of planning assessments and basis for interventions or objections to applications for liquor licences, information requirements, advertising and assessment criteria for development applications and council’s involvement in liquor licensing.

The amendment proposed to modify the use classes ‘liquor store’ and ‘tavern’ to discretionary use and following advertising along with the policy earlier this year, was supported at the May 24 council meeting and forwarded to the WA Planning Commission for assessment.

However, four objections were made to the policy so the City undertook further consultation with submitters, including the Liquor Stores Association of WA, The Gastevski Group, Hospitality Total Services and Planning Solutions on behalf of Woolworths Limited.

Issues included the requirement to provide a public interest assessment because of the associated financial and time burden and after reconsideration, the City decided it would be more appropriate to attain information through a management plan to support applications, which would also be advertised as part of the planning approval process.

Another objection was to the clause restricting liquor stores and taverns from being within a 200m radius of childcare centres, educational establishments or public places of worship because it did not consider that intervening buildings may prevent view of the proposed building, roads may prohibit direct access and peak times usage was argued to be outside operating hours of the community places.

The City rejected this as the clause set criteria for proposals to comply with when located within 200m and took into account intervening buildings and roads.

“With respect to operating hours, regardless of peak times, the buildings and advertising materials are displayed 24 hours a day,” the report said.

It noted the policy would not apply to applications for liquor stores in a business zone until the amendment was approved by the Planning Minister, who was expected to make a determination in the next few months.

“Adoption of the draft LPP 2.8 will guide discretionary decisions made by the City for development applications for liquor stores and taverns and will be of significant use in educating the broader community on the differing role of council and the licensing authority.”