Major given planning brief

Major Corporate managing director Gerald Major has been appointed industry representative to the Capital City Planning Committee.

Mr Major is a past president of the Property Council in WA and is a member of the Property Council’s Urban Affairs Committee.

Executive director of the Property Council in WA Mr Joe Lenzo said the formation of the CCPC and the appointment of Mr Major would assist in providing a coordinated approach to the planning and development in the capital city.

“Important stakeholders such as property owners now have a seat at the table for the first time,” Mr Lenzo said.

Mr Major said it was important to recognise that the CPPC was not a toothless tiger.

“It is a body within the WA Planning Commission and has all the powers of the Commission, which is the supreme planning body in WA. It takes a large part of its planning agenda from the Commission,” Mr Major said.

“The Minister for Planning is the ultimate authority on planning issues and the recommendations are effectively WA Planning Commission recommendations to the Minister.

“It is my role to bring to this group an industry expertise that would otherwise not readily be available to it.

“The CPPC is in its infancy and its role and influence is still being defined. The City of Perth naturally retains responsibility for building and development compliance issues and its own planning powers but the Lord Mayor is also a member of CPPC.

“He provides an important link as he can draw council issues into the spotlight. The WA Planning Commission cannot override any existing council powers.

The CPPC has responsibility for reviewing and making recommendations on subdivisions, strata titles and certain developments which would otherwise be dealt with by the Commission.

It will also develop strategies to support the Perth City Council to ensure that the CBD maintains and develops its role as the economic powerhouse of the State.

“Before the introduction of the CPPC, CBD planning needs queued up with all councils’ planning proposals, however small, at the WAPC,” Mr Major said.

“The Atlas of Change which is to be produced jointly by the City of Perth and the Ministry for Planning is our base document.

“Though it is in draft form it is an excellent document and contains the essential statistics for measuring changes within the city such as:

• Floorspace ratios, uses and allocations

• Usage by various economic sectors

• Full time and part time workers

• Spread of parking

• Number of residents – permanent and temporary.

“The CPPC review process will then be able to send a plan back,” he said.

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