Rockingham council to vote on five-storey development in Secret Harbour

A MALIGNED five-storey development along Secret Harbour beach is a step closer to reality after a City of Rockingham committee meeting last night.

The City of Rockingham Planning and Engineering Services committee decided council will vote on an officer recommendation to approve the local development plan at next Tuesday evening’s council meeting, much to the ire of residents.

The vote passed with a four-to-one majority with councillor Katherine Summers going against Mayor Barry Sammels and Crs Matthew Whitfield, Leigh Liley and Justin Smith.

Several residents attended yesterday evening’s meeting voicing dissatisfaction with the proposed plan, many upset by council using its discretion to grant an extra story to the R80 zoned development.

R80 zoning gives the developer the right to build to a maximum height of 15m, with the ability to seek an increase of one storey from council.

Mayor Sammels said he felt allowing five storeys would be a fair compromise on the original seven storeys applied for by the developer.

Cr Whitfield said while he felt for residents who thought they would be negatively impacted by the development, committee had no choice but to allow the plan to go before council as they could vote only on what was in front of them.

The matter will go before council next Tuesday night from 6pm.