Parking initiatives, scheme amendments and planning matters in the city attracted a full public gallery at Tuesday’s council meeting.
All-day parking fees cut in half
More long-term parking, reduced fees and $5 all-day parking were some of the exciting new parking initiatives endorsed by Council.
From 26 March, all-day parking at Forrest Square car station, Railway Road car station and the former Coles rooftop carpark will be reduced by half the price to $18 per day. Each carpark will also offer first-hour free parking. The new fee structure aims to keep town centre parking competitive and provide more affordable short and long term options.
In Shenton Park, further fee reductions will mean that all-day parking at the Onslow Road car station will be reduced to just $5 per day. These changes have been made following an analysis of the city’s carpark occupancy rates.
Another new initiative to be introduced will support local businesses by offering monthly permits for all-day staff parking at the Coles rooftop carpark. At $120 per month, the permits provide a new, convenient and affordable solution for local workers who need long-term parking during the week. Businesses will be able to apply for staff parking permits after 26 March by contacting the city.
Following residential consultation, parking schemes for Shenton Park residents on Hilda Street and Violet Grove have now been finalised and will come into effective on 1 March. The new scheme is a result of residential consultation and aims to provide the simplest and fairest solution.
Facelift for Lords change rooms and gymnasium
Members at Lords Recreation Centre will soon have access to improved facilities after Council awarded a tender for the refurbishment of the change rooms and gymnasium. Upgrades to the change rooms in the pool, gym, squash and café areas will provide accessible facilities with improved privacy and a fresh, clean and modern look.
Upgrades in the gymnasium area will include flooring replacement, additional shelving compartments, a new reception desk and cosmetic upgrades. The works are expected to begin in mid-March.
Scheme amendments explained
A town planning scheme is an important document that forms the basis for all land use planning decisions by setting out zoning, density and other development requirements. It is sometimes necessary, or requests are made, to amend a town planning scheme. If this occurs, scheme amendments are advertised for community consultation and considered by council. The council resolution, along with recommendations from the West Australian Planning Commission are then submitted to the Minister for Planning to make the final decision.
At the February Council Meeting, Scheme Amendment No 34, relating to the land use of a Thomas Street property was supported by Council and will now go to the minister for approval.
The city is currently seeking feedback on proposed Scheme Amendment No.35 which allows for increased plot ratio and additional height specifications on the western side of Rokeby Road between Hamersley and Nicholson roads. To make a formal submission on this amendment visit www.haveyoursay.subiaco.wa.gov.au
In April this year, the city will also be seeking feedback on the draft Local Planning Scheme 5 (to replace Town Planning Scheme 4), and Local Planning Strategy. Information about this consultation will be sent to all property owners and occupiers in the city, and the community is encouraged to provide their thoughts and feedback at this time.
For more information on scheme amendments, read the city’s Town Planning Scheme Amendment factsheet.
St Ives Centro development application
Council is considering a development application for a six-story addition to the St Ives Centro Retirement Village. Some residents of the village have raised concerns about traffic management, plot ratio and the safety of residents. The decision was deferred to the Executive Committee Meeting on 20 February to allow council time to seek clarification on the issues raised. The Executive Committee has been given Delegated Authority to determine the matter, which will then be referred to the Metro West JDAP for a final decision.
The minutes from the Ordinary Council Meeting of 13 February 2018 are available here.