THE City of Wanneroo is planning to change the definition of convenience stores to exclude fuel stations.

The proposed change to exclude premises selling petrol and vehicle accessories from the planning scheme’s definition for convenience stores resulted from motion on notice at Wanneroo Council’s February meeting.

The current definition, gazetted in 2001, refers to buildings used to sell anything commonly sold in supermarkets, delicatessens or newsagents, but including sale of petrol and vehicle accessories.

A report approved by the council in March said the change would mean proposed new developments that wished to include sale of petrol would need to be dealt with under the ‘service station’ use class.

“Will mean that new fuel filling stations will need to be dealt with as service stations rather than convenience stores,” the report said.

Councillor Russell Driver said development applications for convenience stores that were fuel stations had “caused angst in many communities in recent years”.

Cr Frank Cvitan, who is on the Metro North-West Development Assessment Panel with Cr Driver, said he wanted to see conditions tightened up.

The council report said it was deemed a basic amendment and therefore would not need to go out for public consultation.

In February, the City invited submissions until April 18 on proposed changes to make convenience stores selling petrol not permitted in mixed use zones.

It is also proposing to make amusement facilities, dry cleaning premises, laundromats, shops, showrooms, telecommunications infrastructure and takeaway food outlets discretionary in mixed use zones.

Extracted from Community News