Subiaco councillors agree on modified zoning plans

Subiaco Mayor Penny Taylor.
Subiaco Mayor Penny Taylor.

EMOTIONS ran high as Subiaco councillors and Mayor Penny Taylor last week agreed on modifications to zoning plans that are now in the hands of the State Government.

About 100 residents gathered at Subiaco Council to have their last say on the modified Local Planning Scheme No.5 (LPS5) before its fate was left in the hands of the WA Planning Commission and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti.

The public pleaded with the City to include a list of residential lots and streets in Shenton Park, Daglish and Railway Road that should be exempt from the current zoning changes.

Daglish resident Gavin Hogan said the modified scheme proposed density that could adversely impact the streetscape of Daglish and Shenton Park.

“A massive leap with no buffering, no transition or layering between zones,” he said.

“The WAPC and the City of Subiaco are obliged to manage this transition but there are no mechanisms in place to do this – how is this fair and reasonable for us to endorse LPS5 when this is the current reality.”

Cr Murray Rowe passed a motion which would request the WAPC to consider Mr Hogan’s issue to evenly transition high and low scale developments to preserve the streetscape of an existing area.

Councillors received a standing ovation after unanimously agreeing to listen to the public and sending a list of potential changes to the WAPC to now be considered for implementation.

Ms Taylor said she would like to see the end to conflict and division between council and residents.

“I would like to see us heal now that the LPS5 has been finalised,” she said.

A total of 8350 additional dwellings will be planned for Subiaco, under the modified LPS5.