PLANS to build a 24-hour McDonald’s next to a church in Mundaring were granted planning approval by the Metro East Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) at a public meeting on Tuesday.
The JDAP considered the application along with a brief history of the church, which was started by a fundraising group in 1912.
Officers recommended approval with conditions relating mainly to signage on the Great Eastern Highway.
Under the conditions approved by the JDAP McDonald’s must reduce the pylon sign on Great Eastern Highway from the original 9 metres to 6 metres. The monument sign is being reduced in overall area by 75 per cent.
Before applying for a building permit the applicant must provide engineering drawings and specifications detailing the conversion of the Great Eastern Highway/Mann Street intersection to a left in/left out and right in treatment only. They must also submit plans to relocate the bus stop on Mann Street.
Cr Stephen Fox voted in favour of the 24-hour McDonald’s while Cr Tony Cuccaro voted for a motion to put in a condition to restrict the operating hours from 5am-11pm that was defeated.
Cr Lynn Fisher said the Council’s view was that trading should be restricted from 6 am to 11 pm.
“This is the same as current fast food outlets in our Shire,” she said.
“Cr John Daw presented Council’s recommendations relating to a number of matters including operating hours, signage size, traffic, colour schemes and retaining trees and vegetation.”
Cr Fisher said under the planning approval the applicant must hand over a public art contribution of one per cent of the value of the development to the Shire to be held in a trust fund for the specific purpose of a future entry statement at the western end of the Mundaring town centre.
The estimated cost of the development is $2.5 million.
Meanwhile the JDAP will consider a proposal to build a McDonald’s next to the historic Guildford Hotel on August 7.