Shire of Mundaring Council last night voted unanimously to recommend refusal of the proposed North Stoneville Townsite Structure Plan 34 (SP34) at a Special Council Meeting.
The meeting, held at Mundaring Arena, was attended by more than 1000 community members.
Council was required to consider 957 public submissions, the Shire's planning assessment and to make a recommendation about the proposal to the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC).
The Shire's report to Council included a Traffic Impact Assessment. It identified that traffic generated by the proposed development would exacerbate road network capacity constraints and would therefore compromise public safety.
A motion to recommend refusal of SP34 included reasons such as traffic management, bushfire risks, environmental damage and a lack of public transport in the proposed area.
Shire President Cr John Daw said the proposal would now be considered by the WAPC, the authority responsible for determining the outcome of the development.
"Council trusts that the planning commission will seriously consider our recommendation and make a decision in the best interests of our community," he said.
"Of particular concern and a linchpin reason for refusal is the inability of the traffic network to cope with such a large volume increase in traffic which would compromise community and bushfire safety."
Cr Daw thanked everyone who participated in the Special Council meeting, especially the younger member of the community who contributed.
"I would also like to acknowledge the Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Throssell and the planning officers for their professional diligence in providing advice to Council, community members and the applicant."