City of Joondalup seeking feedback on commercial plans for Iluka Plaza

Residents attended a meeting at the Iluka site.
Residents attended a meeting at the Iluka site.

ABOUT 50 residents attended a meeting on Saturday morning to express their concerns with a proposed commercial centre in Iluka.

The two-storey Iluka Plaza proposes an IGA supermarket and liquor store, a childcare centre, gym, and other uses including restaurant or café, consulting rooms and office on O’Mara Boulevard between Burns Beach Road and Calis Avenue.

The AGEM Property Group development also proposes 143 on-site car parking bays over two levels, with 75 bays accessed from Burns Beach Road and 68 bays accessed from Calis Avenue, and 11 on-street bays on O’Mara Boulevard and Calis Avenue.

The upper level carpark access from Calis Avenue has been cited as the biggest concern for many residents.

Roy and Pat Grimmer said the access ramp would be located across from their driveway on a “narrow suburban street catering for residential traffic”.

“This entry and exit point will be servicing the child care centre, which will cater for 90 children which could possibly equate to 200 cars, plus the gym and medical consulting rooms,” Mrs Grimmer said.

“The gym is also a 24 -hour gym so cars will be coming and going throughout the night.”

She urged Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard, who attended the meeting, to help the residents have this ramp relocated to Burns Beach Road where it would affect less residents.

An artist impression of the proposed Iluka Plaza.

Other concerns raised included increased crime and antisocial behaviour, the impact on the environment, a lack of consultation with affected residents, a liquor store being located near a childcare centre, the development not in keeping with the area that includes many cottage blocks, and other businesses and local shopping centres already not surviving in the area.

Residents also said when buying their land or properties, Satterley told them the land would be for residential housing, with a plan from 2012 showing a small portion on the corner of O’Mara Boulevard and Burns Beach Road reserved for a “future small shopping development” and the rest marked “future release”.

However, Satterley WA operations general manager Brendan Gorringe said development of the area had been underway since 1992.

“Over that period many options and concepts were presented for the site, however none were approved until the local structure plan was updated in 2018,” he said.

He said the plan was approved by the Joondalup council and the WA Planning Commission “after extensive public consultation and a public comment period”.

“Community consultation has shown there has been broad support for the plans for the site due to the additional amenity it will provide the Iluka community,” he said.

“AGEM Property is buying the land and is in control of the site and development application.”

The City of Joondalup is currently seeking feedback on the proposed Iluka Plaza, which seeks discretions in the areas of landscaping, including on Calis Avenue, and car and bicycle parking.

Submissions can be made at the City’s website, via info@joondalup.wa.gov.au or posted to PO Box 21, Joondalup WA 6919 before February 13.

The application will then be presented to the Metro North-West Joint Development Assessment Panel for consideration.

The City is also seeking feedback on a separate proposal for a three-storey apartment building next Iluka Plaza, on the corner of Burns Beach Road and Mykonos View.

The two applications follow the approval of the three-storey Odyssey Residences at Beaumaris Beach that will feature 58 apartments for residents aged over 55 on land bound by Santos Vista, Fernando Parkway and Burns Beach Road.