Amendment No. 46 re Property Council letter

Media Response 17 February 2016
South Perth Station Precinct
Journalist’s background: I've been sent the letter that the Property Council of Australia sent to the City of South Perth to reject Amendment 46. Can you please have the appropriate person (Geoff Glass?) answer my questions about it below?  

Please attribute the following comments to City of South Perth CEO Geoff Glass:

The letter says 'the amendment will jeopardise the future viability of a much needed train station for South Perth at Richardson St'. Has the City considered this to be a possibility if Amendment 46 is adopted?

Development in this precinct needs to continue into the future, as it is a precinct well serviced by public transport. The City recognizes that future development will assist in building the case for the train station and will consider this in it’s final adoption of amendment 46.

Does the City have plans set in place to ensure Amendment 46 will not affect a potential South Perth station? If yes, what plans?
The amendment has only just finished the public consultation period. The submissions are being analyzed and a report will be prepared for Council in due course. The final outcome of amendment 46 has not yet been determined. 

The letter says the City of South Perth potentially adopting Amendment 46 could set a poor example to other councils struggling to achieve infill housing targets. While Amendment 46 reduces developable area if adopted, how will the City achieve its targets?
The City is working on a number of strategic planning proposals which will ensure future development of additional dwellings in activity centres. These areas include the Canning Bridge and Bentley-Curtin Precincts, along activity corridors such as Canning Highway, and in areas of specific redevelopment need such as the Waterford Triangle. Cygnia Cove adjacent to Clontarf College is also being developed. Together with the South Perth Station Precinct, these areas will meet the targets mentioned.

Amendment 46 proposes a reduction in developable land and the the letter said it would threaten 8000 direct and indirect jobs and more than $240 million in direct construction investment. Is this a concern to the City?
The station precinct is planned to become as vibrant business location with a rich choice of employment.  Amendment 46 seeks to enhance this, regardless of the reduction in developable land. 

A public submission on the South Perth Peninsula Action Group suggested moving developments to the Royal Perth Golf Course and Richardson Park. Will the city be considering this?
This will not be considered as part of amendment 46 deliberations.

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