MOSMAN Park Council has given in-principle support to plans to rezone coastal land around Beehive Montessori School and neighbouring McCall Centre for its sale to help pay off ballooning State Government debt.
“There are long-term plans to extend Wellington Street into that area, and there needs to be something next to the Cable Station at the McCall Centre,” Councillor Andrew Maurice said at last week’s council meeting.
Cr Brett Pollock failed in his push to get the lots, which are both currently zoned public use-special purpose, reclassified as recreation, because, he said, “to build on that piece of land right next to the coast would be a tragedy”.
It was agreed to tell the WA Planning Commission (WAPC) the council gives its in-principle support to the sites being zoned urban.
The nod does not approve development of the lots, which exclude the school, but it is one of the firsts step in a WAPC process to change the lots from the current recreational use, and making them more attractive for any buyer or new user.
The lot north of the McCall Centre is under the control of Cottesloe council, which has indicated it would like the sites to be zoned development.
This type of zoning would allow a structure plan to be created, allowing control of new building types or use.
Cottesloe chief executive Mat Humfry said the council would be presented with a report to discuss its response to the proposed rezoning at the December 12 meeting.