Mayor Max Hipkins said the motion was in response to German supermarket chain Aldi purchasing the Captain Stirling Shopping Centre last month.
Council rejected Woolworths� second application to rezone and redevelop the surrounding site in December 2014.
�(In considering development applications) the Development Assessment Panel is required to take consideration of the council�s planning framework,� Mr Hipkins said.
�We have a big part to play in informing the parameters of what can occur on this site.�
Councillor Ian Argyle said the City should save its money and defer the motion for three months.
�This property is all in private ownership, and they (Woolworths and Aldi) are very good at their jobs,� Cr Argyle said.
�Let�s wait until someone else makes the first move.
�We are here to defend the community. If we do this now, it will be a legal picnic.�
Cr Bill Hassell said that if Council did not approve the motion, it would be �rolled over� by the State Government.
�I would be prepared to bet money that Woolworths have already gone to the Planning Minister (for a scheme amendment),� Cr Hassell said.
�If we move on this item as fast as we can, we might just be ready in time.
�We need to take the risk that we might get punched in the chin, because that is our job: to lead the community.�