Melville District Centre vision revealed by City


A map of the proposed height restrictions in the Melville District Centre.
A map of the proposed height restrictions in the Melville District Centre.

CITY of Melville has revealed its long-term vision for the Melville District Centre, which include developments up to seven storeys in height and creating a new “main street” environment along Waddell Road north of Canning Highway.

The Melville District Centre plan follows those already approved by council for similar population and development hubs at Canning Bridge, Murdoch and the Riseley Centre.

Centred on the existing Melville Plaza Shopping Centre in Bicton, the latest hub is expected to accommodate about 350 additional dwellings by 2031.

The plan proposes to amend existing zonings to accommodate developments of up to a five storeys in the middle of the centre, decreasing to three storeys on its outskirts.

However, the plan also makes provision for additional height of up to two storeys in the middle of the centre, if the applicant can provide “community benefit in proportion to the additional development being proposed”.

The maximum building height permitted will be seven storeys.

Feedback on a 2014 draft concept plan found that improving landscaping and pathways, an emphasis on attractive built form and creating a “main street” were all community priorities.

Waddell Road north of Canning Highway, which bisects the proposed Melville District Centre, has been identified as a possible site for the new main street.

Councillors will vote on whether to endorse and advertise the plan to the public at their council meeting later this month.

City of Melville said the plan was only a draft and the community needed to be consulted before any final decision was made.

It also stressed that the proposed building heights generally reflect current building heights in the recently approved Local Planning Scheme 6.