CONSERVATION areas will cover almost 40 per cent of a 255ha development area in Alkimos that recently gained planning approval from local government.
City of Wanneroo council approved the central Alkimos local structure plan No. 95 at its May 24 meeting after considering submissions.
Roberts Day initially lodged the plan on behalf of LandCorp in August 2013, and it went out for public comment later that year.
After the City received a revised plan last November, the May 24 report said it was referred back to 11 stakeholders who made submissions “due to the time lapse since advertising and the extent of changes”.
“(Main Roads WA) raised issues with the location of the high school abutting Marmion Avenue as schools adjacent to regional roads are problematic due to access issues,” it said.
“This location creates concerns regarding pedestrian connectivity (and) access issues for parents dropping off and picking up students.”
The report said other roads would allow alternative access and there would be an access restriction off Marmion Avenue.
“Preliminary discussions with the Department of Education has identified that due to the topography of the site, buildings will be located to the west of the site which should alleviate any traffic concerns associated with Marmion Avenue,” it said.
“This would eliminate any need for Marmion Avenue to be reduced to a 40km/h zone.”
The site is bounded by the future freeway reserve to the east, ocean to the west, Alkimos Wastewater Treatment Plant to the south and Shorehaven development to the north.
The report said it would primarily be developed as residential land, with some space for a regional open space, education, mixed use and business.
It would have about 1600 lots and a population of about 4000 people, with 10.7ha for playing fields and another 100ha for conservation.
Major changes since 2013 include the reconfiguration of the district open space, inclusion of a commercial zone and a conservation public open space.
The report said the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) submission identified the need for environmental management plans for the regional open space, which will be a conservation area whereas the district open space will have playing fields.
The latter’s configuration was adjusted to allow the conservation areas to be grouped together based on DPaW’s submission that would be easier to manage.
The plan said staging of the development would depend on key steps, including construction of the Mitchell Freeway extension to the future Alkimos Drive interchange.
The council agreed to recommend and forward the plan, with the changes, to the WA Planning Commission for its approval.