City of Nedlands to hold off from signing Local Planning Scheme No. 3

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THE City of Nedlands will hold off on signing, sealing and delivering their new Local Planning Scheme No. 3 to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti.

Mayor Max Hipkins last night presented an alternative motion to return the documents, which included minor changes, to Ms Saffioti in a bid to clarify the changes made to the scheme, rather than immediately sign them off.

Chief executive Mark Goodlet said minor notation errors and conflicts between clauses in the modified scheme had been noted and included in the documents.

“Some minor notation errors and conflicts between clauses in the document have been corrected in discussion with the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage,” he said.

“These changes have been included in the copies sent to the minister and she will then decide if she accepts these items.”

Mr Hipkins told councillors he was not expecting the scheme to “change very much, or at all”.

“We will not sign these documents immediately, these documents are appropriate but subject to clarifying the status of the changes and we wish to know if the Minister deems the changes are acceptable,” he said.

Councillor Bill Hassell said he agreed with the amendments but did not endorse the modified scheme.

“We will send documents with amendments made but it doesn’t mean I endorse or like them – but anything I can do to undermine what the government has done,” he said.

Cr Kerry Smyth said if the City sent the modified scheme without signing it, the minister would have further opportunity to change the scheme.

“Consider if this is signed and sealed, we’re locking it down with a known quantity, but if we send it back, we are sending it back with further opportunities for more,” she said.

“It’s not going to change whether we instruct it being signed now or later but leaving it open, goodness knows what could come back, further density dare I say – lets get this done now and get certainty.”

Mr Goodlet said once Ms Saffioti received the documents, there would be no further steps for the City to take in the process.

“Only administrative follow-up remains and the City will await a decision from the Minister and ultimately gazettal in due course,” he said.