PLANS for a 28ha subdivision that could allow for 460 houses in Eglinton received support from the City of Wanneroo council recently.
CLE Town Planning and Design had submitted a local structure plan application for 19 Taronga Place owner Daws and Son Pty Ltd in March to facilitate development of the area.
The plan, which includes 17.6ha of residential zoned land, 7.5ha of road reserve and 2.9ha of public open space, attracted 17 submissions during public consultation in April-May.
Submissions related to the effect vegetation clearing would have on flora and fauna, the bushfire management plan and the potential increase in traffic on surrounding roads.
An August council report said concerns related to the amount of vegetation to be retained on-site as well as the quality and species of those plants.
Submitters wanted the developer to retain high quality banksia woodlands suitable foraging habitat for Carnaby’s black cockatoos.
The site is part of a larger lot that has 92.4ha of moderate and high value foraging habitat for the bird species, with 20.4ha located in the subject area.
“The applicant is proposing to retain a minimum of 8ha of banksia woodland threatened ecological community and foraging habitat fit the Carnaby’s black cockatoos,” the report said.
“This will ensure that the vegetation being retained has the greatest ability to provide habitat connectivity and reduce fragmentation.
“The applicant has indicated… a fauna relocation campaign will be undertaken by a qualified expert for any fauna which may be affected.
“Any affected fauna will then be relocated to a local conservation reserve based on advice from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.”
Chesstree Avenue residents said Carnaby’s black cockatoos used the land covered by the plan, so removal of vegetation would result in loss of wildlife that foraged there.
Administration’s response said the Department of Environment and Energy would assess the site to determine vegetation that needed to be retained and ensure protection of endangered species.
Benita McCabe from Emerald Valley Residents Association raised questions about conservation area for the cockatoos and water licences.
“Various subdivision areas have been cleared between Butler and Yanchep with numerous developments planned, however vast areas of this cleared land lies vacant,” she said.
“These existing cleared areas should be enveloped prior to allowing more land clearance for the proposed subdivision.”
Administration said the City could not prevent private landowners from developing their land in line with its zoning, and that the previous landowner’s water licence had transferred to the new developer.
According to the report, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services provided comment on the original bushfire management plan, raising issues that the applicant subsequently addressed.
Surrounding residents raised concerns about the potential impact the development would have on traffic in existing roads, with the access to the estate via Bluewater Drive in Alkimos.
The applicant submitted a traffic impact assessment that investigated expected traffic volumes for the site at full build out in 2031.
The report said because the Public Transport Authority no longer planned to build a park and ride train station in north Alkimos, ultimate traffic volumes would be lower than what the roads were originally designed for.
“The expected traffic generated by local structure plan 102 can be safely accommodated within the existing surrounding road network,” it said.
Department of Transport submitted that the location of the rail corridor could result in future noise and vibration issues for future residents, and raised concerns about the proposed level crossing.
Administration responded that an acoustics report indicated “any future noise and vibration from the rail corridor can be managed (with) noise walls and quiet house design measures”.
It said the level crossing location was indicative only, to be further investigated in consultation with PTA.
The council agreed to recommend the plan to the WA Planning Commission with the modifications to include the fauna management plan, amend the bushfire management plan and require the developer to retain existing vegetation where possible.
Future Eglinton school plan submitted
THE Department of Education’s submission on the Taronga Place structure plan said primary school children living within the estate could be accommodated at the proposed Eglinton Hill Primary School.
Adjacent landowner Eglinton Estates, via Woodsome Management, submitted that a third of the 4ha primary school site should be located within this plan, and administration said the developers of both areas could submit a structure plan amendment.
Responding to questions from the Times, a department spokeswoman said there were no short-term plans to establish a new school in Alkimos or Eglinton.
“As part of long-term planning, the department is constantly monitoring the student growth in Alkimos, Eglinton and Yanchep,” she said.
“(It) has set aside two possible primary school sites in Alkimos and six possible primary school sites in Eglinton for the future.
“The suburb of Eglinton is currently served by Alkimos Beach Primary School and Yanchep District High School.”
The spokeswoman said Alkimos Beach Primary, which opened this year, had 270 students in kindergarten to Year 6 this semester and a permanent classroom capacity for about 535 students.
“Yanchep District High School will become Yanchep primary school (planning name) from 2018 as the secondary students are relocated to the Yanchep secondary school (planning name) which opens in Semester 1, 2018,” she said.
“In Semester 2, 2017 Yanchep District High School had 327 students enrolled from Kindergarten to Year 6 and will have a permanent classroom capacity for approximately 500 primary school students after the rebuild.”