City of Wanneroo: May council meeting in brief

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MASSAGE businesses will be able to operate in service industrial areas following a Wanneroo Council decision to change regulations.

The council supported a change to District Planning Scheme 2 at its May meeting to introduce ‘massage premises’ as a use class.

“The definition will encompass activities such as remedial massage, traditional massage, sports massage, reflexology massage and other associated therapeutic or remedial services such as acupuncture and aromatherapy,” a council report said.

“The proposed massage premises use class will specifically exclude the provision of sexual services.”

The change will mean massage businesses can operate with discretionary approval in service industrial and mixed use areas, and will be a permitted use in business and commercial zones.

During public consultation, the City received two submissions and it revised the on-site parking standards to require five bays per practitioner or as per shopping centre requirements, whichever was lower.

The regulation change followed a Wangara massage premises owner’s successful appeal to the State Administrative Tribunal after the City refused planning approval for it to operate.

Rates reduction for rural residents

JANDABUP residents could get a $766 reduction in their council rates if their land is reclassified.

Wanneroo Council has recommended the Local Government Minister change the valuation method for 16 Rousset Road from unimproved value to gross rental value.

A council report said the property owners submitted a form asking for the change because they were not using the land for a rural use.

“The property is being used for residential purposes only and therefore should be rated on the gross rental value,” the report said.

It said the change would result in a $766.17 reduction of rates generated from the property.

Joondalup and Wanneroo seek feedback on rates

Petitions lodged for shop access, footpaths and against development

WANNEROO Council received four petitions at its May meeting, two of which related to improving access to shops.

A 198-signature petition asked for access to Connolly Drive from Butler IGA, which recently reopened as a 24/7 supermarket.

A nine-signature petition asked for a connection from Santotini Promenade to Hawksbill Drive in Alkimos to give safe access between education facilities and retail outlets in the Trinity and Alkimos Beach estates.

A 370-signature petition requested a footpath along Grayswood Court and Rockdale Pass with a crossing point on Warradale Terrace in Landsdale so residents could connect to public transport and a primary school.

The council also received a 36-signature petition objecting to the development of six dwellings at 41 Tendring Way, Girrawheen.

More council news:

Council endorses library design

Council rejects boat parking at marina

Skate park out for consultation

Temporary cycle track approved