A PROPOSAL for an $8 million supermarket and commercial centre in Iluka will be considered again in 10 weeks after a decision on the development application was deferred on Monday.
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 eight on-street bays on O’Mara Boulevard.
Last month, about 50 residents attended a meeting to express their concerns with the proposal.
These were again brought up at Monday’s Metro North-West Joint Development Assessment Panel meeting, particularly regarding the secondary car park entrance off Calis Avenue.
Patricia Grimmer, who lives directly opposite, said the local development plan had originally indicated the preference for a secondary access to be in front of Meco Lane but now it was in front of her home.
“My front windows will look at a concrete ramp and that will have a massive detrimental effect on my property,” she said.
She also said Calis Avenue was a “narrow access street” and so was not appropriate to service the childcare centre, which is considered a “high traffic generator”.
Joondalup planning services manager Chris Leigh agreed the secondary access had shifted “slightly north” because of the way the land had been subdivided.
He said the applicant would be required to include a panel on the access ramp to prevent car headlights shining into the homes opposite.
He also said the road was designed to accommodate up to 3000 vehicles per day.
Other concerns raised by residents included the design not in keeping with the local area, increased traffic, noise and pollution, the lack of setback and landscaping, the possibility of creating a “rat run” using Meco Lane, and the amount of traffic using the Calis Avenue access.
“Most of the visitors will be coming from the east so they won’t drive past the Calis Avenue access to access the centre via Burns Beach Road,” resident Neil Catterall said.
Dynamic Planning and Developments director Neil Teo said the Calis Avenue access would service the uses with more long-term parking or with peak times like the childcare centre and gym, with the Burns Beach Road access to service the busier supermarket and liquor store.
He said advice from their traffic consultant indicated 70 per cent of visitors would enter from Burns Beach Road and 30 per cent from Calis Avenue.
Service vehicles would also only access from Burns Beach Road.
DMG Architecture principal Lindsay Allen said the proposal had been designed to create a “vibrant and active street front”, with large windows and food and beverage tenants on Burns Beach Road.
He said there had been on-street parking bays proposed on Calis Avenue but these had been removed to increase the landscaping.
However, Joondalup Cr Philippa Taylor questioned why there was not an entrance to the supermarket on O’Mara Boulevard.
Mr Allen said it was a “challenging site” but the tenant’s preference was for windows rather than an entrance.
Mr Leigh added that IGA sat lower than O’Mara Boulevard so it would be difficult to create an entry, hence the significant use of windows “so there is still some interaction”.
“People won’t be stepping in from O’Mara Boulevard but they will still see some activity,” he said.
Cr Taylor also asked if the Calis Avenue access could be removed and Mr Leigh said he was unsure the Burns Beach Road access could “accept all vehicle movements”.
Panel specialist member Fred Zuideveld also raised concerns of pedestrians using the Calis Avenue access not being separated from vehicles.
Joondalup officers had recommended the proposal be conditionally approved, however Cr Taylor moved to defer the decision for 10 weeks to allow the applicant to revise its plans.
Issues to be addressed included considering an entrance to IGA from O’Mara Boulevard, the removal of the Calis Avenue vehicle entrance, pedestrian access from Calis Avenue separated from vehicles and increasing the setback on Calis Avenue.
Panel acting presiding member Sheryl Chaffer said overall the plans were “well thought through” but here were still some issues.
She said if eventually approved, the centre would provide facilities and services to benefit the community, in line with the commercial zoning of the land.