Revised Iluka Plaza plans out for consultation

An artist impression of the proposed Iluka Plaza.
An artist impression of the proposed Iluka Plaza.

REVISED plans for an $8 million supermarket and commercial centre in Iluka are out for public comment.

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 proposal was first presented to the Metro North-West Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) in March but it was deferred to address issues including 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.

According to the City of Joondalup’s website, after the meeting the applicant lodged an application at the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) because a decision on the proposal had not been made in the statutory timeframe.

SAT has since ordered the JDAP to determine the application by no later than May 14 and the City to provide its report by May 2, despite the City’s request for additional time.

The City is now assessing the revised development plans and justification to address the issues raised by the JDAP.

This includes reasons why vehicle access from Calis Avenue should remain and why there is no entrance to the supermarket from O’Mara Boulevard.

According to the applicant, it is IGA’s preference for the entrance to stay where initially proposed because it is closer to the carpark and having a second entrance increases the likelihood of theft.

The applicant also stated it had explored the possibility of removing the Calis Avenue access and directing all traffic to Burns Beach Road with a ramp within the internal parking area.

However, this would result in the loss of 10 car bays, creating a parking shortfall, and it believed the proposed access on Burns Beach Road would not have the ability to handle 100 per cent of the development’s traffic.

It also said this would increase safety concerns with pedestrians “forced to mix with large service vehicles”.

The revised plans also include relocating a shopfront to O’Mara Boulevard, adding a 1.6m pedestrian access connecting the upper carpark and Calis Avenue, and a landscaped green wall on Calis Avenue with justification for maintaining the proposed nil setback.

The applicant said if a 2m setback was created, the development would need to go to three storeys to negate the loss of floorspace, which would have more of a visual impact on nearby residents.
The City is seeking feedback on the revised proposal until April 29.

“The City recognises the public holidays within this period and would ideally prefer to consult for an extended time, however, this is not possible given the due dates for the City’s report imposed by SAT,” the City’s website said.

Submissions can be made via info@joondalup.wa.gov.au, at www.joondalup.wa.gov.au or posted to PO Box 21, Joondalup WA 6919.