City of Vincent plans changes to building heights

Vincent Mayor John Carey will step down in January.
Vincent Mayor John Carey will step down in January.

THE City of Vincent is looking at a massive overhaul of its planning policy, which Mayor John Carey has described as a “significant milestone”.

Several proposals were passed by council at the last meeting on September 20 that will be advertised for public feedback.

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Included will be height restrictions on buildings that will see a maximum of six storeys in Leederville with an exception of five for Vincent Street and four on Carr Place.

North Perth would have no more than six storeys on Fitzgerald Street and four on Angove Street, while Perth, Mt Lawley and Highgate would be restricted to six storeys.

The most lenient would be Glendalough with a maximum of eight storeys. Areas dubbed activity and transit corridors would have their own height restrictions, as well as Mixed Use Areas.

Mr Carey said developers had “abused” the present height guidelines.

“Some, not all, developers went out of their way to exploit the guidelines as they are,” he said.

“(The new guidelines) will affect everything from single residential homes to high-rise apartment blocks.”

Mr Carey said changes to the green space policy were “bold”. “New properties would have to meet the canopy target, in which by their fifth year, 30 per cent of the site must have canopy coverage. It sets a new benchmark.

“It will be open for comment and we are prepared to listen,” he said.