EDGEWATER residents have joined Duncraig residents in fighting increased density in their suburb.
More than 200 people attended an Edgewater Community Residents Association (ECRA) meeting this month to discuss the R20/R30 and R20/R40 zoning of part of the suburb (Housing Opportunity Area 8).
In November, Edgewater residents held a special meeting of electors to request the City of Joondalup reduce the density of Housing Opportunity Area 8 to no higher than R20/R30.
Residents at the ECRA meeting heard from Suzanne Thompson from the south of Duncraig, which is also fighting to reduce its housing density, and REIWA guest trainer Aaron Sice.
“Mr Sice spoke to the crowd about the proposal to reduce the density in Edgewater from R40 to R30 and noted there would be little change in the overall outcome, except that multi dwelling (flats, units) would not be built under R30,” secretary Beth Hewitt said.
“However R30 still brings with it the destruction of trees, the building up to the fence line and increases in cars, traffic and people.”
Mr Sice urged the City of Joondalup to bring into place policies that would “control the excesses of the developers” such as preventing the amalgamation of blocks, building within the current setback of properties, requiring “significant developer contribution” for extra infrastructure such as foot paths and street lighting and the preservation of significant trees.
Ms Hewitt said ECRA would be conducting a survey of all residents to “gain irrefutable evidence of the community’s wishes in regards to HOA8”.
“This survey will be presented to the mayor at a community forum on February 7 at 7pm at the Emerald Park Club Rooms,” she said.
“All interested parties are invited to attend.”