Town of Cambridge ranks last in planning reforms, Mayor Keri Shannon calls it ‘disappointing’

Town of Cambridge ranks last in planning reforms, Mayor Keri Shannon calls it ‘disappointing’

RANKING last out of 29 councils for its planning reforms was “disappointing” for the Town of Cambridge, according to Mayor Keri Shannon.

The independent report, the first of its kind, released by the Property Council this month found many councils were behind on implementing planning reforms.

Only City of Melville and City of Belmont were up to scratch, with Cambridge at the other end of the scale with a score of 3.8 out of 20 because of a 28-year-old planning scheme.

Property Council WA executive director Lino Iacomella said the results were “worrying”.

Ms Shannon said she understood the information transferred was incorrect.

“The Town Planning Scheme is 18 years old, not 28 years old as stated in the report, which only brings us to third last,” she said.

“It is disappointing.”

She said the Town had in recent years been occupied with the now abandoned council amalgamations process.

“We are working on a strategy now to update the Scheme, a motion I initiated in relation to this was passed in February.

“There is a large void between where we are and where we need to be.”

City of Vincent mayor John Carey also said information in the report regarding Vincent was incorrect, calling the document “sloppy and simplistic.”

He said December would mark two years its new town planning scheme was waiting for approval.

A Property Council of WA spokeswoman said all the data featured in the report was provided by the local councils themselves.