WHILE debate over Subiaco’s draft Local Planning Scheme (LPS) heats up, residents of neighbouring City of Nedlands can expect an update on their own draft LPS in the next month.
Mayor Max Hipkins said the City is summarising and collating its 1000 submissions, and hoped to have a draft final submission ready for the June round of meetings.
“This will give us a month to fine tune it until July,” he said.
“It’s vital that people do have a say in this document that will influence their lives for the foreseeable future.”
The council can accept, amend or refuse the LPS, and will refer it to the WA Planning Commission (WAPC) in July.
“I don’t think there’s much chance of accepting what the WAPC has instructed us to advertise,” Mr Hipkins said.
While areas surrounding train stations are the main targets for increased density in Subiaco, Stirling Highway is the key focus for Nedlands.
“It’s not going to be easy; it’s one of the state’s oldest roads,” Mr Hipkins said.
“We got a consultant to do a traffic study, and they said there would be difficulty with the highway coping. It’s a balancing act.”
Mr Hipkins previously raised concerns about the potential for high rise buildings next to single storey homes.
“There’s a major challenge as to how we handle that,” he said.