Subiaco’s modified LPS5 adopted and to be released for public comment

People waiting in line to enter the Subiaco council chambers on Thursday night. Photo: Victoria Rifici.
People waiting in line to enter the Subiaco council chambers on Thursday night. Photo: Victoria Rifici.

AT the stroke of midnight last night, the City of Subiaco decided to adopt a modified version of the Local Planning Scheme No. 5 (LPS5) and release it for public comment.

Councillors agreed at a special council meeting to adopt the strategy and modified LPS5, which will now be sent to the WA Planning Commission (WAPC), allowing the City to meet their looming February 15 deadline.

Councillors amended the scheme to include a 60-day second public consultation period on the modified areas of the scheme.

They also adopted amendment 28, which will identify the southern corner of Daglish, one of the few places with changed zoning in the modified LPS5, as an area for further investigation.

Residents pack Subiaco council chambers on Thursday night.

The City has rejected the proposed increase in blanket density to 9000 by 2050, imposed by the WAPC in 2018, and instead want 5600 dwellings added in Subiaco residential areas.

Neither the council or WAPC had originally planned additional density to Subi East but under the modified LPS5, the area has picked up an extra 2900 dwellings.

A total of 8500 additional dwellings will be planned for Subiaco, under the modified LPS5.

Save Subi campaigner Genevieve Binnie, who was among about 150 people who packed the public gallery and hallway, told the council of her “disappointment” with their responses during the LPS and LPS5 process.

“We would have thought it more than reasonable that the council be a stronger advocate for the community’s wishes because all we have asked that we and this City’s identity and history be respected – through a sustainable density plan,” she said.

“Doubling the population is not sustainable and is not what the City wants or deserves.”

Subiaco resident Tom Marshall told the council the modified LPS5 would more than double the number of dwellings in Subiaco.

“The move is almost entirely lacking community support,” he said.

However, Subiaco resident Federica Battaglia said council’s process, with the strategy and scheme, had been “fair” and “equitable”.

Ms Battaglia said she spoke to family, friends and Subiaco residents who held differing opinions from a lot of people who attended the meeting.

She said they were “scared” to make statements in fear of being “heckled”.

“Subiaco will grow – we should accept that we are going to have to accommodate this growth,” she said.

WA Apartment Advocacy director Samantha Reece said she “congratulated” the City for recognising the need for greater density in the City while also meeting the community’s needs through the consultation period.

“The City of Subiaco has taken responsible steps to ensure that they create a City that offers housing choice and vitality that is still sensitive to the needs of its resident,” she said.