THE Joondalup council has supported a plan to guide future development and retail expansion in the city centre.
Because Joondalup is identified as a strategic metropolitan centre, the City was required to develop an activity centre plan “to facilitate the continuing development and expansion of the city centre over the next 10 years”.
“These documents include development controls or provisions for all land in the activity centre, with supporting economic and transport analysis,” a council document said.
It proposes seven precincts: City Centre, Health and Wellness, Learning and Innovation, Joondalup West, Quarry Park, Joondalup Edge and Lakeside Residential.
The draft plan, by external consultants, was advertised from February 27 to March 27.
The City received 211 submissions, of which 161 were valid.
The June 27 council document said “a number of modifications” were proposed to the draft planning after responding to some of these submissions.
The Department of Planning had raised a concerns of a lack of subdivision controls for non-residential land and City officers have therefore recommended to clarify the requirements.
There were also submissions requesting building height requirements be modified to provide greater flexibility.
Officers suggested modifications including allowing variations if the development is considered to meet the plan’s objectives and not having minimum building heights in relation to Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City.
Lendlease also raised concerns that the land uses of garden centre, motor vehicle repairs and service station would not be permitted in the City Centre precinct, which includes Lakeside Joondalup.
Though the current businesses could continue to operate, they would not be able to relocate or redevelop elsewhere on the site.
Officers recommended these land uses be made discretionary but only for the shopping centre site.
There were also several submissions that believed a lack of permitted land uses in the City Centre could “create uncertainty for landowners and potential tenants and businesses” and could result in “slower redevelopment”.
Officers recommended to change betting agency, holiday accommodation, hotel, convenience store, exhibition centre and laundrette from discretionary to permitted uses.“These uses align with the objectives of the precinct and are of a nature that would not require public consultation prior to approval,” the document said.
Cr Tom McLean asked at the meeting about concerns raised regarding warehouse and storage, bulky goods showrooms and trade supplies land uses being prohibited in the City Centre, which includes part of Winton Road.
Planning and community development director Dale Page said it was only “a pocket of the Winton Road area around Elcar Park” where the uses would be prohibited but they would be permitted in the rest of the “service, industrial and showroom area”, which makes up the Joondalup West precinct.
“Current businesses will be allowed to stay and with approval, they can be altered, improved and even expanded and reconfigured on existing sites,” she said.
Other recommended land use changes include making shop, restaurant, convenience store, dry cleaning premises, fast food outlet, lunch bar and laundrette permitted uses in the Joondalup Edge precinct and modifying consulting rooms, convenience store, lunch bar and restaurant and café from discretionary to permitted uses and educational establishment from prohibited to discretionary in Quarry Park.
The report also said a “significant proportion of submissions” focused on the permissibility of places of worship in the Winton Road area.
“All submissions received on the issue supported the retention of ‘place of worship’ as a discretionary use within both the City Centre and Joondalup West precincts,” it said.
City officers recommended the council support the draft plan, subject to the recommended modifications.
The vote was unanimous and the plan has been forwarded to the WA Planning Commission.