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Date set for crucial North Stoneville decision

By Claire Ottaviano

JUDGEMENT day for North Stoneville has arrived.

On July 14 the Western Australian Planning Commission’s Statutory Planning Committee (SPC) will consider North Stoneville structure plan 34 (SP34) – 20 months after the structure plan’s August 2018 release rocked the hills.

Campaign group against SP34 Save Perth Hills, along with the proponent Satterley and the Shire of Mundaring have been invited to present a deputation to the committee.

The meeting, which is not open to the public, will start at 9.30am and it is expected a decision will be made by the end of the day.

In a separate but related matter, the Shire of Mundaring will hold a special council meeting the night before, on July 13, to consider a Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS) amendment report to rezone the urban development site back to rural.

In May, Mundaring Council supported a motion to ask the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) to revert the urban zoning back to rural.

The motion also approved $20,000 for the preparation of an MRS amendment report based on Council’s reasons for refusal of the site’s 1410-lot structure plan proposal.

The reasons for refusal were increased traffic, road network pressure, lack of public transport, bushfire risk concerns and the absence of environmental approvals.

If Council support the MRS amendment it will be sent to the WAPC who have the final say.

A decision by the SPC to approve SP34 on July 14 would complicate any subsequent motion to the WAPC to rezone the area rural.

Attendance at the Shire’s July 13 meeting will be restricted due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Although the Council’s June meeting was viewable by livestream, as the special meeting will be held in chambers and not via video-link, the public will not be able to watch online.

Audio of the meeting will available on the website the following day.

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