NEDLANDS Council has rejected draft Local Planning Scheme (LPS) 3, with Mayor Max Hipkins blasting the proposed document as unable to protect the City’s amenity and containing legal uncertainties.
It was a full house at Adam Armstrong Pavilion in Dalkeith on Tuesday night, with locals spilling out the door and sitting on the floor to hear the council’s decision on the draft document set to affect density in the City.
Cr Nigel Shaw moved the officer recommendation to approve the draft LPS with modifications, which was seconded by Cr Kerry Smyth.
“There is no doubt that the LPS 3 draft has been a long time coming – we have had several attempts over the last number of years to make significant modifications to outmoded LPS 2,” Cr Shaw said.
“The old scheme has remained for far too long.”
Mayor Hipkins said by his analysis, 90 per cent of the more than 1000 submissions received objected to some aspect of the proposed scheme.
The mayor also said the scheme contained “legal uncertainties” and the adopted format was “likely to be overtaken by changes to the planning system already on the horizon”.
“For example, there was an attempt to control conditions of subdivision, which is the responsibility of the WAPC (WA Planning Commission) – the new scheme needs to be legally vetted before council adoption,” he said.
“I don’t believe what is presented to us tonight will achieve the government’s objective of an increased inner-city Perth population nor will it protect the quality of residential environment that we enjoy today in the City of Nedlands.”
Mayor Hipkins addressed the possible consequences from not supporting the draft LPS.
“It is possible the State Government would take over and finalise the scheme, but this is most unlikely,” he said.
He said it was more likely the council would be able to build on the scheme and negotiate with the WAPC.
The staff recommendation to support the draft LPS was lost 2-10.
Mayor Hipkins’ motion to not support the draft LPS was seconded by Cr Andrew Mangano.
Cr Shaw raised concerns it would seem the council did not know what it was doing.
“I’m concerned we say okay, we haven’t agreed with anything you say WAPC, we can’t agree with how our administration has responded, and we can’t necessarily understand all the community’s aspirations, so we’re going to put it to one side,” he said.
An amendment from Cr Bill Hassell was added to request the Mayor and a councillor attend negotiations with the WAPC and Department of Planning.
“We have to do our best by talking to the people who have the ultimate power to determine our fate,” he said.
Cr Nikola Horley agreed the council needed to work closely with the WAPC but asked for guidelines.
“The current motion has nothing about the process and content of the negotiations,” she said.
The motion to not support the draft LPS was carried 8-4.