Subiaco Mayor wants feedback on draft Local Planning Scheme

Subiaco mayor Penny Taylor near Daglish Station, one of the areas with significant changes proposed by the draft Local Planning Scheme No. 5. Ms Taylor is urging all locals to have their say on the plans.
Subiaco mayor Penny Taylor near Daglish Station, one of the areas with significant changes proposed by the draft Local Planning Scheme No. 5. Ms Taylor is urging all locals to have their say on the plans.

SUBIACO’S draft Local Planning Scheme (LPS) was in the spotlight at Tuesday’s Council meeting, with Mayor Penny Taylor warning an outright refusal from Council would see the City lose its say.

Ms Taylor used her presiding member’s address to discuss the hot-button issue.

“Should the Council outright refuse the draft LPS, the City would still need to forward the current draft LPS to the WA Planning Commission (WAPC) and Minister for Planning who would then determine a final decision,” she said.

“The WAPC and Minister would then have full control and the City would have little influence and lose its say and ability to recommend modifications.”

She said alongside the statutory framework underway, she was also holding introductory meetings with stakeholders including WAPC chair David Caddy.

Ms Taylor said on Friday that councillors and City staff have consistently been available to help locals make a valid submission on the draft LPS.

“We want all voices in the debate to be heard,” she said.

“There’s no fight with residents. The only fight is to get the best outcome for Subiaco.”

In the council meeting, Ms Taylor said Subiaco had faced several changes over the years initiated by the State Government, including losing the AFL, South ward and Matilda Bay.

“Subi now faces City-wide changes to its LPS, some residents want us to stamp our feet and stay home,” she said.

“Just saying no doesn’t work.”

Ms Taylor said the City did not need ‘forced outrage’, but did need submissions on the draft LPS.

Submissions close for Subiaco’s draft LPS at 5pm on Friday, July 13.

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