The Minister for Planning Donna Faragher has announced that she has considered and requested the city make several modifications Amendment No.1 to the City of Albany’s Local Planning Scheme before approving. To find out more about the modifications refer to the Minister's Media Statement.
What happens now?
The City of Albany now has 42 days to complete the modifications prior to re-submitting the amendment for Ministerial approval.
Once Ministerial approval is given, the Western Australian Planning Commission will request that the City of Albany modify the Middleton Beach Activity Centre Structure Plan in accordance with the scheme amendment before approval is given to the plan for a period of 10 years.
Completion of the amendment and structure plan processes will enable LandCorp to submit an application for subdivision to effect the relocation of Flinders Parade, progressively subdivide the land and commence site works and landscaping.
Middleton Beach is an iconic seaside location which has been a favourite destination in Albany since the 1890s. In November 2014 Premier Colin Barnett announced that the State Government had reached an agreement to purchase the former Esplanade Hotel site at Middleton Beach, which had sat vacant for years.
In February 2015 LandCorp and the City of Albany, together with other key stakeholders, started extensive community consultation to help shape future development of the site. Public feedback helped inform the City of Albany’s draft Middleton Beach Structure Plan and local planning scheme amendment, which went out for public comment in February 2016.
The City of Albany adopted the structure plan and scheme amendment and sent their recommendation to the Western Australian Planning Commission to consider the proposal. The WAPC made their recommendation to the Minister for Planning, who has now asked for the City of Albany to modify the scheme amendment before giving approval.
More information on Middleton Beach redevelopment plans is available via Landcorp’s website.