The Bridgetown Shire council has passed a proposal to provide discretion to allow higher density residential development in the town’s commercial zone. Council voted to adopt Amendment No. 73 to the planning scheme, which would allow proposals and facilitation of greater housing density and choice within areas in and close to the town centre. The move was in response to the need for diverse housing and development projects in the Bridgetown area as well as more housing choices within the Bridgetown town centre. Some dwellings suggested within the motion included compact grouped dwellings and townhouses that would still be at a relatively modest scale and density and were still compatible with the local context of (the) Bridgetown town centre. The motion also noted the commercial zone’s considerable number of heritage significant properties and how it was considered prudent to safeguard the heritage values of the properties. Consequently there are provisions in the scheme to ensure that the Shire council is required to be satisfied for the places and buildings are conserved and preserved in application of the revised planning scheme. The changes are expected to impact a limited number of lots in the Bridgetown town centre, excluding places of identified heritage significance, and where the proposed sewer connection and amenity conditions can be satisfied.