City reviews high-rise development plan

City of Melville administration building.
City of Melville administration building.

THE City of Melville will begin reviewing the Canning Bridge Activity Centre Plan (CBACP) six years ahead of schedule and with a special focus on building heights and bonus provisions.

The plan was due for review in 2025 but community concerns about some of the developments being approved sparked the council into action.

Concerns from residents about the CBACP have been raised at council meetings, electors’ meetings and Joint Development Assessment Panel meetings in recent years.

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At Tuesday’s council meeting, councillors voted for the review to focus on building height and bonus provisions.

They decided against a comprehensive review being immediately conducted, although that option remains on the table.

It is estimated the review will take about 18 months and will include engagement with stakeholders, consideration of alternative bonus height approaches and developer contributions.

The council also voted to advertise its intention to set a limit for a maximum bonus height of five storeys in the M10 and M15 quarters, although this change would require approval by the WA Planning Commission to come into effect.

An amendment attempt from councillor Nicholas Pazolli to limit bonus heights to just three storeys was defeated 5-6. The five-storey limit was thought to be acceptable because there is the same limit for bonus heights on the South Perth side of Canning Bridge.

Cr Nicole Robins said councillors understood that the plan needed to be amended, although she still believed it allowed for great developments.

Earlier this month councillors voted down a local planning policy meant to clarify building height provisions within the M10 and M15 areas.