Raising bar on liquor sales in Wanneroo

COMPANIES applying for planning approval for liquor stores and taverns could face more restrictions in the City of Wanneroo.

The council will tonight consider a report recommending the land use permissibility in commercial zones change from ‘permitted’ to ‘discretionary’.

At last week’s council briefing session, city growth manager Mark Dickson said the scheme amendment would require public advertising of applications.

“This is a more restrictive approach,” he said.

“It’s something that was raised some time ago through a request through the annual meeting (of electors) with regard to the local planning policy.”

Quinns Rocks resident Natalie Sangalli, who has since been elected to the council, proposed the change at the annual general meeting of electors last December.

In her motion, she sought that the City investigate discretionary and permitted uses, and sought to change liquor outlets from permitted to discretionary.

The report on the November 10 agenda also included a draft policy for licensed premises, which has a table of what staff consider valid planning considerations.

Mr Dickson said the policy outlined how the City would deal with applications within 200m of educational establishments, childcare centres and places of worship.

He said it was not always practical to refer to the council for submissions to the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor on liquor licensing applications within the 28-day objection periods.

Instead, he said staff wanted to include provisions for administration to make a submission that could then be endorsed by the council, or withdrawn.

Asked about the density of liquor stores in an area, planning and sustainability director Philip St John said the City “can’t be seen to be limiting competition”.