Rockingham Montessori School Development

A PROPOSAL to build a Montessori school on land on Mandurah Road in Karnup has been given development approval by the Metro South-West Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP), despite the City of Rockingham recommending it be refused.

As reported previously in the Courier, the proposal by Rockingham Montessori School to build a new school on Lots 11, 700 and 701 Mandurah Road was rejected early last year, but was returned to the City of Rockingham for another decision after the applicant appealed over the March 10 JDAP rejection to the State Administrative Tribunal.

At the December 18 JDAP meeting, the City’s recommendation that the proposal again be rejected failed to gain any support from the four-member panel after Rockingham councillor Joy Stewart moved the motion.

Instead, an alternate motion with an amendment was forwarded by presiding member Ian Birch and seconded by deputy presiding member Paul Dreschler, and approved with support from specialist panel member Robert Nicholson.

The amendment requires a satisfactory bus management plan as a condition of the approval.

“The bus management plan shall describe in detail the planned bus routes for the purpose of moving students to and from the proposed development,” the JDAP ruling said.

The panel then voted three to one in favour of approving planning of the proposal for a period of two years, subject to seven additional conditions, including lots 11 and 700 being amalgamated on one lot, Certificate of Title prior to the completion and occupation of the development, and all upgrades to Mandurah Road constructed and completed before the school opens.

The City of Rockingham’s recommendation to the JDAP said an educational establishment was not permitted on Lots 700 and 701 Mandurah Road as it did not meet the prerequisites of the Town Panning Scheme and was inconsistent with the scheme’s clauses and planning policy.