Before the land can be redeveloped for residential purposes it needs to be rezoned.
BAI has applied to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and Minister for the Environment, under Section 38 of the Environmental Protection Authority Act 1986 (EPA Act) to clear 12.39 hectares of native vegetation within the project area.
BAI has also lodged an application with the City of Stirling to amend Local Planning Scheme No. 3 to rezone the site ‘Development’ zone.
According to the proponent’s Environmental Report, the proponent is currently investigating offset opportunities, including:
protection of approximately 2.312ha of land within Lot 803 (neighbouring lot containing the transmission tower) and which includes 1.492ha of native vegetation.
acquiring Banksia woodland vegetation on the Swan Coastal Plain to add to the State’s conservation estate.
a contribution of funding towards the rehabilitation of conservation/ bushland areas within the City of Stirling. However, this has not been discussed with the City’s officers.
The EPA is currently awaiting further information from the applicant before it can progress its assessment. Because a Section 38 application has been submitted, the Minister for Planning cannot approve the scheme amendment until this process is complete.
Scheme Amendment Process
The City’s officers are currently assessing the proposed scheme amendment and a report will be presented to the Council recommending Council either:
proceed to advertise the amendment without modification; or
proceed to advertise the amendment with modifications;
or not proceed to advertise the amendment to the local planning scheme.
(information updated 5th August 2021)