Mr Carey said it was difficult to balance the need to cater for growth in inner-city areas while maintaining heritage and streetscape amenity.
‘I accept and the community accepts that we need to cater for a great population and for more housing affordability,’ he said.
‘Apartments and units provide that housing affordability and it makes sense to put these developments around transport corridors.
‘But it is difficult to integrate that activity and density with lower density and residential character streetscapes,’ Mr Carey said.
The mayor made the comments in response to a Committee for Perth report, which found it costs people living five kilometres from the CBD using a car to commute about $9100 a year, while people living 25km from town spent about $22,000 on transport costs each year.
Committee for Perth chief executive Marion Fulker said this highlighted the need to increase housing options in areas where there is good public transport, particularly the inner city.
Mr Carey said the City was working towards achieving this and expected to pass the State Government’s target of 6730 new dwellings in Vincent by 2031, with current projections estimating the City to have 10,000 extra dwellings in the same time.
But he said making appropriate zonings to cater for this growth was difficult, with applicants and residents often conflicted about the need for development choice and the importance of maintaining heritage and character.
Mr Carey said one of the main areas of concern was how to manage the implications of residents living behind multistorey developments.