City of Joondalup to seek better control over impacts multiple dwellings can have in suburbs

Map of Housing Opportunity Area 1 in Duncraig.
Map of Housing Opportunity Area 1 in Duncraig.

CITY of Joondalup wants to better control the impacts multiple dwellings can have in suburbs.

Councillors will tomorrow night consider a report that provides more information on the Local Housing Strategy that was implemented in 2013 to increase residential density.

The strategy was developed to meet State Government infill targets, identifying 10 “housing opportunity areas” near train stations, high frequency bus routes and shopping and activity centres.

The report outlines the challenges residents in these housing opportunity areas are experiencing and proposes strategies to better manage the impacts of urban infill.

“The City always recognised the need to try and control, as best it could, the potential impact that increased density would have on existing residents and explored a number of strategies with the Department of Planning, during preparation of the Local Housing Strategy but was able to include only some of those strategies at that time,” a council document said.

“Engagement with the Department of Planning on appropriate policy provisions to better manage impacts of density has been ongoing over the past two years.

“It appears the issues and challenges with managing impacts of density are also being experienced in other local governments and the Department of Planning is now taking a more proactive approach to try and assist in resolving these.”

These strategies include revising and expanding consultation procedures, expanding the role of the Joondalup Design Reference Panel, preparing a design-led local planning policy for multiple dwellings in housing opportunity areas and introducing additional provisions in the City’s scheme such as minimum lot frontages and sizes, setbacks, building height, parking and plot ratio.

“The inclusion of such provisions in the City’s scheme will add greater weight to key development criteria that have the most potential to impact surrounding residents and streetscapes,” the document said.

The report also responds to two petitions.

A 236-signature petition was submitted in September to include the area west of Davallia Road into the City’s scheme amendment to reduce density of land bounded by Mitchell Freeway and Davallia, Beach and Warwick roads.

Duncraig resident Suzanne Thompson said at last week’s council briefing that including the rest of the housing opportunity area in the amendment would “protect and retain the residential amenity of our area of Duncraig”.

She said it was an oversight that the area west of Davallia Road had not been included in the amendment and leaving it out would have “serious and damaging repercussions” creating a “concentrated island of high density land”.

However, Joondalup planning and community development director Dale Page said including it would slow down progression of the current amendment.

It would first require the council to revoke its previous decision and initiate a new amendment.

Then it would need to be sent to the Environmental Protection Authority and the WA Planning Commission for permission to advertise.

The current amendment has already been through this process and is waiting to be advertised pending results of the petition.

City officers have recommended the area not be added to the amendment or that a separate amendment to reduce the density in that area be initiated.

The have also recommended councillors not support requests that the City consults with Edgewater residents for all development applications lodged and that all applications in Edgewater include traffic and environmental impact assessments and noise management plans.

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