Smiths Beach history
13 December 2006
A push for development at Smiths Beach extends as far back as 1986, when the first tourist and residential concept plan was submitted to council.
The plan was withdrawn due to the impending Leeuwin-Naturaliste Region Plan – Stage One, which, when released in mid 1988 opposed residential development as part of any tourist development.
In 1995 work started on what was to become the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge Statement of Planning Policy - however the draft policy made no mention of an expansion of the Smiths Beach node or residential development.
When eventually published in 1998, it stated that up to one-third of the accommodation developed on Sussex Location 413 may be for permanent residential use (230 dwellings).
In September 2000, a draft development guide plan was submitted by the proponent but it was not considered consistent with the policies and provisions of District Town Planning Scheme No. 20 or the LNRSPP.
More than 3000 public submissions opposed the planned development.
In April 2003, council resolved to adopt Amendment No. 56 to the town planning scheme which would effectively bring the scheme into line with the LNRSPP in relation to the zoning of Smiths Beach.
More than two years later, in August 2005, council resolved to adopt Amendment No. 92 in place of the stalled Amendment No. 56.
The amendment would guide the preparation of a DGP for Sussex Location 413. It was formally adopted in December 2005.
In September this year a revised draft DGP was submitted by Canal Rocks Pty Ltd to allow for reporting to council for consideration to advertise .
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