Height limits still rankle

The changes to the local planning policy affecting McCabe Street were deferred in January to give members of the North Fremantle Community Association the chance to attend workshops and have their say on height and the creation of structure plan guidelines.

NFCA convenor Gerard MacGill said the meetings had been constructive and that the NFCA, the City and the developers agreed about the structure plan guidelines, but the residents� group was still unhappy with the heights.

�We remain opposed to discretionary heights; the criteria are not very demanding and how well they are addressed will need to be carefully monitored,� he said.

�We have to live with the heights, but our aim is the best outcome for the community and at this stage our vision is shared by all parties and we are promised ongoing consultations.�

A traffic study around the area was done since January, with the results finding McCabe Street had an average of 9841 vehicles a day, while Stirling Highway had 40,000 a day.

The study found that with a medium to high density of 733 homes, a high-turnover restaurant and 100sq m of commercial space, there could be an extra 5125 trips generated a day along both routes because of the development.

Mr MacGill said the traffic issues were the �most immediate and daily felt impact�.

�The current road infrastructure would have difficulty with even a small increase (in traffic numbers) so reduced levels of service will have to be lived with,� he said.

Fremantle strategic planning manager Paul Garbett said the changes to the planning policy aimed to refine the planning controls that currently applied to development in the area.

�(The changes) are unlikely to have a major impact on how landowners consider developing their land,� he said.