Councillors first rejected the proposal to amend the structure plan in November 2011, which would increase the density of R20 land (houses must be a minimum of 350sq m or an average of 450sq m) in the northern residential precinct to R25 (minimum of 300sq m or average of 350sq m), due to concerns of increased traffic and the effect on existing facilities.
But the WA Planning Commission did not support this decision and the amendment went back to the council.
Councillors again rejected the proposal so the applicant sought a review at the State Administrative Tribunal.
‘SAT mediation between the city and the applicant didn’t result in a satisfactory outcome and the matter was scheduled for a full hearing on January 29,’ planning and community development director Dale Page said at the council briefing.
At the start of the hearing, the applicant put forward a new proposal for the city’s consideration.
‘The proposal is to allow the upgrading of the R20 lots to R25, but to cap the number of dwellings to 305 ” the number that would have been permissible under the R20 coding,’ Ms Page said.
‘The applicant wants the flexibility of being able to develop some smaller lots in the northern residential precinct, which the market is currently demanding.’
This would mean the applicant would also have to include some larger lots in the precinct to use the area within the capped amount.
She said the new amendment would allow the applicant flexibility and address the city’s concerns.
Cr Kerry Hollywood said the change was a great outcome for the Burns Beach community.