Subiaco leaders gagged over modified LPS5

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THE City of Subiaco’s mayor and CEO have been gagged from talking officially about the State Government’s recently approved modified Local Planning Scheme No.5 (LPS5).

Some councillors called a special council meeting to discuss the minister’s December announcement on Monday night, giving staff just eight hours to prepare, but Mayor Penny Taylor and councillors Jodi Mansfield, Matt Davis and Murray Rowe were unable to attend.

One aim of the meeting was to change the way information regarding the LPS5 was disseminated to the media and public.

Deputy Mayor Stephanie Stroud and crs Rosemary de Vries, Angela Hamersley, David McMullen, Blake Phelan, Lynette Jennings and Rick Powell agreed at the meeting that Ms Taylor and chief executive Rochelle Lavery were not allowed to make further public comments about the minister’s modified LPS5 and Local Planning Strategy without prior approval from council.

Those councillors also determined that the chief executive should send a letter to Ms Saffioti and the WA Planning Commission chairman, outlining the City’s disapproval of the 17 modifications made to zoning in the Daglish, Subiaco and Shenton Park areas.

Cr Derek Nash voted against the motions.

The City has until January 23 to respond to the minister’s approved modifications and plans to convene a council meeting before then.

Despite making several decisions at the special meeting, the council will ask Ms Lavery to seek urgent legal advice to check the “legal validity” of each decision.

“This is just intended as a comfort mechanism for councillors, not out of any concern on what were voting on this evening,” Cr McMullen said.

Minister’s planning changes crack the code

DAGLISH resident Steve Prager thinks it’s “fantastic” his home along Lonnie Street will be upcoded under Planning Minister Rita Saffioti’s modified Local Planning Scheme No.5.

“I support the minister’s decision in upgrading the zoning of the Lonnie Street Island to R80 as I believe it will create some harmony with the new Montario Quarter and could bring back some vibrancy to the area,” Mr Prager said.

Daglish residents and neighbours Peter Carter and Steve Prager outside their Lonnie street homes. Picture: Jackson Flindell.

Lonnie Street is located south west of Daglish, between Nash Street, The Shenton Western Power electrical sub-station, new Montario Quarter and the train line.

Under Ms Saffioti’s modified LPS5, Mr Prager’s home will be upcoded from R25 to R80.

Under the R80 zoning, Mr Prager can build up to four storeys on his property, so any future development would have the ability to align with Montario Quarter.

Mr Prager said houses in the area were mainly war-era cottages with no heritage value.

“I think it’s fantastic because the area where I live doesn’t have those character homes,” he said.

“I want some character in my area and the character we have at the moment is not appropriate for the area.”

Mr Prager said although some decisions made by the Minister were not to everyone’s liking, he wanted her modified scheme to be “accepted” and for everyone to “move forward”.

“Wouldn’t it be great if we could decide the R-codes on our own properties and neighbouring properties but we don’t have the luxury to do that,” he said.