Rezoning plan on agenda

A report on the February 2 council meeting agenda outlines a submission to the WA Planning Commission’s (WAPC) proposed amendment to the Metropolitan Region Scheme.

The report recommends that the council oppose the proposal to rezone four properties on Belgrade and Dundebar roads in Wanneroo from rural to urban deferred.

It says the amendment is not consistent with the east Wanneroo local planning policy and could set a precedent for “ad hoc, piecemeal” planning.

Landowners used question time at last week’s council briefing session to challenge the City’s stance.

Margaret Manners said she disagreed the report gave a fair and accountable view.

“Why not take statements from the WAPC and truthfully represent it in your report?” she said.

“The WAPC report clears concerns. Why include an objection – it doesn’t need one.”

Planning and sustainability director Philip St John defended the differing reports.

“The WAPC is of course entitled to present a view,” he said.

David Manners asked why it was necessary for all landowners to submit amendment applications at the same time.

“We want a rational and orderly approach,” Mr St John said.