On 19th July, George Davies attended and spoke to the SAT regarding the Georgiou development in Northwood Street, West Leederville. It borders residential zoning across a Residential Interface Node policy area.
Georgiou appealed for a second extension to the Joint Development Assessment Panel [JDAP] in May, this time for two years. Remarkably it was rejected. The Developer, as usual when failing at a JDAP, appealed to the State Administrative Tribunal [SAT].
Here is his report: 2017.07.19 SAT Presentation
I attended the SAT Directions Hearings re JDAP vs Georgiou on 9th and 30th June. Ben Secrett also attended on 9th June and reported to WLRA.
Both parties indicated they did not seek a Mediation.
Interestingly the SAT Member, Maurice Spillane, said he would schedule a Compulsory Conference nonetheless, to be held on 19th July, prior to any formal Hearing. Similar to a Mediation, not open to the public or third party.
He commented that he was aware of third party interest in the issue (meaning community), spotted my presence in the room on this second occasion and said that he would recommend I be given ten minutes at the beginning of the Compulsory Conference and then withdraw.
Ben Dickenson of the Post said the staff though this was worth featuring and arranged a photo for the 8 July edition.
I attended the Compulsory Conference on 19th July. The SAT Member presiding, Patrick De Villiers, was very welcoming and gave me a chat before the proceedings about the processes and indicated he would invite questions.
The presentation seemed to be well received. I have attached a copy for your information. Corinne MacRae offered help re the data and suggested the opening paragraph about the 26 home.
There were no questions so I then withdrew.
I attended the follow up Directions Hearings No.3 on Friday, 28th July. This took place before the original Member Maurice Spillane. The Georgiou lawyer said “the Compulsory Conference didn’t achieve the result the Applicant was seeking – we wish to go to a Hearing”. The JDAP lawyer said they would agree to a Hearing but did not intend to call a third party witness. Georgiou lawyer said that should the Hearing reject their application they would request a further two months window.
It was agreed that the Hearing be set for one day, viz. Wednesday 27th September. The hearing is open to the public.