Estate Development Company project manager James Blitz said form-based planning was sympathetic to the local environment, embracing existing landforms and the natural setting.
‘This is especially important for a coastal development like Jindee, nestled in the sand hills, and seeking to ensure the eventual residents enjoy a natural linkage to the local environment and coastal features,’ he said.
‘The key characteristics of a form-based code are that they deliver a clear vision for what the development will eventually look like, providing clarity on building types and public streetscapes to encourage pedestrians and public transport.
‘The approach also fosters a mix of uses, recognising shared parking opportunities and ensuring that there are tangible public benefits from the eventual development.’
Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said Jindee would be a ‘vibrant and innovative’ addition to the City, which was experiencing rapid population growth.
Mr Blitz said the approval for Jindee local structure plan by Wanneroo City Council in September set a benchmark for new approaches to suburban development in WA.
‘The Jindee project will incorporate a unique village linked to the coast and regional open space, which will protect the local landform and vegetation as a result of the Jindee land rationalisation (metropolitan region scheme) amendment achieved in 2010,’ he said.
‘The project will eventually feature about 1000 residential lots and approximately 1300 dwellings.
‘Jindee’s master planning began more than a decade ago and is underpinned by an innovation agreement between the WA Planning Commission, City of Wanneroo and Westminster Estates Pty Ltd. (It) encapsulates a shared vision to create a coastal development using form-based urban development controls within the existing WA planning system.’
Mr Blitz said the Planning Minister had approved a town planning scheme amendment for the estate, and the final approval for the local structure plan rested with the WAPC.
Mr Blitz said that Westminster Estates had owned the Jindee land since 1978 and the area featured a combination of rocky outcrops, reefs and a system of dunes running perpendicular, rather than parallel, to the coast.
‘This creates a natural amphitheatre where almost all of the area looks to the coast and ocean,’ he said.
‘This was the starting point when the company embarked on creating Jindee as an alternative, innovative and progressive model for a very special coastal development.’