Town of Cottesloe makes final bid to stop spot zoning

Town of Cottesloe makes final bid to stop spot zoning

COTTESLOE Council went behind closed doors before making its final bid to stop controversial spot zoning for proposed Swanbourne train station apartments.

The proposal is now likely to be considered by Planning Minister Donna Faragher.

At last month’s meeting, councillors decided to tell the WA Planning Commission why it should recognise a contested September 20 motion to revoke a process started in April to rezone the site for infill at the intersection of Congdon and Railway streets.

Architect Garry Baverstock proposes to rezone his trust’s site from R20 to R60 for 13 aged and environmentally-designed dwellings, but some nearby residents oppose the spot zoning, fearing its impact on their R20-listed Claremont Hill.

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Some councillors object to the rezoning potentially breaching plans for infill in other parts of the town, while Mr Baverstock’s supporters argue designer, low-rise apartments are needed near train stations for an ageing population in Cottesloe.

On September 20, councillors held a special meeting to tackle the controversy but their split 4-4 vote to revoke the April decision caused more doubt.

At the time, Mayor Jo Dawkins used her casting vote to support the revocation, but the council was later told it had not passed because there was no absolute majority.

At last week’s meeting, Cr Sandra Boulter successfully argued that should WAPC be unable to “effectively” recognise the revoking vote, it be told the Council does not support the rezoning.

The reasons Cr Boulter provided included the rezoning breaching the council’s Strategic Community Plan, community-requested R20 in Claremont Hill and planning for other infill in the town’s Local Planning Scheme.

The WAPC will now be sent all public submissions about Mr Baverstock’s proposal.