Bateman MLA calls on City of Melville to consider traffic in review of Canning Bridge Activity Centre Plan

The City of Melville has proposed changes to the Canning Bridge Activity Centre Plan.
The City of Melville has proposed changes to the Canning Bridge Activity Centre Plan.

BATEMAN MLA Dean Nalder has called on the City of Melville to consider making changes to parking and traffic flow as part of their review of the Canning Bridge Activity Centre Plan (CBACP).

The City has proposed changes, mainly to the H4 zone, which is an area that allows for four storey developments, with the community to be consulted during August.

Height caps in the 10 and 15-storey areas, in which developments can go higher if they show community benefits, have also been floated for the future.

Mr Nalder said he would encourage a much broader review of the CBACP that incorporated issues such as traffic flow and services such as water, power and sewerage, in addition to density, height and design.

Dean Nalder.

“I do not accept comments made to me by planning staff of Melville City that ‘there will not be cars in the future, so we do not need to consider parking issues and traffic flow impacts’,” he said.

City acting chief executive Steve Cope said neither the City nor the CBACP anticipated a future without cars.

“Both parking and traffic will continue to be considered as important ongoing issues now and into the future, with a clear requirement for development in the Canning Bridge precinct to respond to parking controls and assessment of traffic impacts,” he said.

“Furthermore, the City has also completed a significant review of its parking strategy and produced a detailed parking management plan for the Canning Bridge precinct which was developed in consultation with local businesses and the community.”

Mr Nalder said planning issues were the topics raised most often with him in the Bateman electorate, including the CBACP, Riseley Centre Structure Plan and the Wave Park.

“I welcome the City of Melville reviewing the Canning Bridge Activity Centre Plan, however I fear that the review will not go far enough and is primarily focussed on the H4 zone,” he said.

“Any assessment to consider increased density and height limits must have clear objective measures that are not apparent in development applications that have been approved to date.

“That said, exemplary design should already be a minimum standard for our community, not a measure to achieve a developer bonus.”

Mr Cope said the CBACP was delivering the long-term vision for the precinct as approved by the WA Planning Commission and developed in consultation with the community some years ago.

“The plan has importantly always included criteria for assessment of determination of community benefit,” he said.