decision to change a development policy at Smiths Beach after a public
consultation period closed has angered opponents of a proposal at the
1997 draft of the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge Statement of Planning Policy
made provisions for a development to include a target short-stay population
of fewer than 500 people.
After getting nearly 1000 public submissions, including
one from development proponents, Canal Rocks, the WA Planning Commission
amended the figure to up to 500 permanent residents. The gazetted 1998
policy also allowed provisions for a further 460 tourist dwellings.
Yallingup resident Kevin Merifield said the commission
had not done enough to make the community aware of the changes.
Mr Merifield, who initially with Perth businessman
Kerry Stokes pioneered WA shopping centre development, said the community
was disappointed with the level of public consultation in regards to the
Shire chief executive Michael
Swift said the size of the proposed development had not changed radically.
The final plans would be released next week for a six-week public comment
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