City of Gosnells draft policy requiring developers to pay for public art installation

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LARGE-SCALE private developments could be forced to inject a splash of colour to their surroundings under a proposed plan to increase public art within the City of Gosnells.

The City has unveiled a draft planning policy requiring major developments to install public art projects in close proximity.

If approved, the policy would require residential, commercial and mixed use development proposals exceeding $2 million to make a public art contribution.

Developers would be expected to contribute one per cent of the estimated cost of the project, up to a maximum contribution of $250,000.

The council report recommended the one per cent contribution due to public art projects typically having a minimum cost of $20,000, which includes materials, design, construction, installation and engineering certification.

The public art pieces, which could include sculptures, murals and landscape enhancements, would likely be within close proximity to the development.

The policy has previously been adopted by a number of local governments, including the Cities of Belmont, Canning and Fremantle, the Town of East Fremantle and the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale.

Although the council report noted other local governments have a lower cost threshold, the $2 million threshold was deemed appropriate as it would generally exclude smaller grouped and multiple dwelling proposals.