THERE could be up to 60 per cent more homes in Hilton if the City of Fremantle follows through with changes to development standards in the area.
Hot on the heels of South Fremantle redevelopment discussions, and with North Fremantle continuing to be a popular area for growth, the City is looking to add Hilton to the list of outer suburb rejuvenation projects.
Changes to density, building height and road access in the Hilton Local Centre approved at the City’s previous council meeting are intended to provide an opportunity for mixed-use redevelopment along South Street.
This amendment is the first of three intending to encourage higher density mixed use development, with strategic planning manager Paul Garbett saying the other two would focus on the Beaconsfield/White Gum Valley local centre and the smaller commercial precinct at the South Street and Hampton Road intersection.
“The council has already made a decision to commence the scheme amendment process for these other two locations and public consultation on these amendments has started,” he said.
“The overall vision is to encourage high quality new development to add vibrancy and activity to the area, improve its overall appearance and provide additional and varied housing options and ground level shops.
“The City estimates that up to 50 to 60 per cent more dwelling units could be provided in the area under the standards proposed in the scheme amendment than would be possible under the present planning controls.”
He said height was a significant issue in other Fremantle developments and the City was keen to get feedback from the community on their preferred building heights for this area.
The City said most local landowners who attended a meeting in May were supportive of improvement in the area and of heights up to 10 storeys.