There is another structure plan coming to the Planning and Engineering Meeting next week prior to coming to the Full Council Meeting on the 23rd August and I wanted to share the details with you and also to go through the process as an example of how these things go through the whole system.
The purpose of this report next week is to consider a proposed Structure Plan prepared over Lot 295 Baldivis Road and Lots 55, 56, 294 and 772 Kerosene Lane which would see approximately 684 dwellings, five 5 parks and a road connection into the Estate with a new roundabout onto Baldivis Road, and additional connection points onto Kerosene Lane and the future Nairn Drive.
The background to this was that in 1998, a Comprehensive Development Plan was adopted for the land generally bounded by Fifty Road, Baldivis Road, Kerosene Lane and the future Nairn Drive, which included a conceptual layout over the subject site (above). In 2000, the Council adopted the Baldivis North District Structure Plan in order to guide detailed planning in the urban corridor north of the Safety Bay Road and south of Kerosene Lane which gives guidance to the landowners in that area. Always remember that the State Government has dictated that Rockingham City is a centre of growth and as such legal applications that come through us must be approved or we would be over ruled at State Level. Our Role as Councillors is to liaise with the City Planning Team to make sure that all local considerations are factored in.
2 signs were erected advertising the proposal, 280 letters were sent out (see the image below and every property within the red line was sent a letter plus the Baldivis Community Association) and an advert was placed in one of the local papers and the information was placed on the city website seeking planning related comments and ten were received. Also the government agencies are also invited to comment and these always include (as standard) the dept of health, water corp, parks and wildlife and fire and emergency services.
The application goes to the City for the expert planning officers to carefully go through and there seems to be the myth that cities want development at any cost and this is really not the case at all.
Due to the submissions received from residents recommendations have been made in this report that then goes off to the West Australian planning commission who have the final word on this and if the City is able to back up it’s recommendations in an orderly manner that is consistent with our planning policies then there should be no worry.
Concerns have been raised in regards to the existing trees, the bushfire management plan, concerns over the buffer zone from the quarry and these are all then assessed and put in as recommendations. Whilst the city would probably have picked up on these issues it was vital that residents were involved and it was great to see 10 different submissions come in that add a local feel and perspective and the recommendations were altered due to that.
The City has put forward the recommendation to approve this application which the Council will get to vote on and that recommendation is –
1. The proposed Structure Plan should not be approved until such time as the following matters have been satisfactorily addressed:
(i) The proposed Structure Plan being amended to protect and enhance the environmental attributes of the site, including the ridgeline running south of Kerosene Lane forming the high point of the site. – basically keep more of the mature trees that are already on the site!!
(ii) The distribution of Public Open Space on the proposed Structure Plan being amended to provide greater emphasis on the retention of remnant vegetation, the delivery of a landmark Public Open Space reserve at the high point of the site consistent with the intent of the District Structure Plan and spaces for informal active recreation – again basically keep the existing trees and use the positive current aspects rather just levelling the whole site!
(iii) The Western Australian Planning Commission to consider and determine the desired road profile and widening requirements for Kerosene Lane and Baldivis Road, in light of the recommended designation as regional roads in the draft South Metropolitan and Peel Sub-Regional Planning Framework.- We need the roads to be future proofed with roundabouts, proper lay outs for the demand.
(iv) The Bushfire Management Plan being amended to address the issues raised by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and the City. – The bush fire regulations are in place for a reason and everyone must comply with them.
(v) The Local Water Management Strategy being amended to address the issues raised by the Department of Water and the City.
(vi) The Structure Plan Report (Part One) being amended to require that notifications be placed on titles for new residential lots created within 300 metres of the active quarry operations and that the 300m buffer is required to be shown on the Structure Plan Map.
(vii) The Structure Plan interface to the adjoining ‘The Chase’ estate being reviewed to ensure the impact of level differences to existing dwellings is minimised.
(viii) The proposed Structure Plan being amended to provide for a more direct east-west neighbourhood road connection between Nairn Drive and Baldivis Road.
What Happens Next?
Councillors such as myself put questions to the City Planning team behind the scenes to answer some of the more technical details to give advance warning so the city can research properly.
Planning and Engineering Meeting on Monday 15th August where half the councillors are on that committee and get to ask technical questions and , if necessary, debate the issue and then that committee puts forward a recommendation of it’s own that is either the same or different to the officers recommendation.
Then at the full council meeting on the 23rd August the full council meets and will either vote for the committee recommendation, or not, or an amendment to the recommendation.
Then that report goes of the to Western Australian Planning Commission who make the decision.
This is just for the actual structure plan which does not yet cover the actual buildings etc, just the general use of the land (if approved)
That is the process for a planning application in simple terms.
The full report is freely available on the city website (page 6 onwards) at the following link – http://www.rockingham.wa.gov.au/getmedia/01f28237-73ff-43e5-927a-833212ffdb9a/2016-08-(Aug)-Agenda-for-Website-PES.PDF.aspx and this post is for information purposes only and is to provide a live example of a planning application.