JDAP puts brakes on Mindarie apartment complex development

The development assessment panel deferred making a decision on proposed changes to the M30 Apartments in Mindarie. d466150
The development assessment panel deferred making a decision on proposed changes to the M30 Apartments in Mindarie. d466150

A DEVELOPER’S bid to change approved plans for a Mindarie apartment complex hit stumbling blocks at a recent planning meeting.

The North West Metropolitan development assessment panel gave conditional approval for the $15 million, 50-unit development on Alexandria View last August.

TPG Town Planning has since submitted amended plans for the M30 Apartments on behalf of the owner Mindarie Management Pty Ltd, some of which comply with those conditions.

When the panel met on February 27, it deferred making a decision after lengthy debate about vehicle access in laneways and rubbish collection from the future apartments.

According to a report prepared by City of Wanneroo staff, the amendments were minor but several residents whose properties abut the development site raised concerns at the meeting.

Those primarily related to the distance between proposed gated carpark entries and existing residential garages in the laneways, and the potential for rubbish collection trucks or construction vehicles to block the laneways.

Panel members also raised concerns that the revised plans placed the rubbish bin store beside Medway Lane, where a caretaker would have to wheel the 660L bins across the driveway to a hardstand for rubbish collection.

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One of last year’s conditions required the management and collection of the then-proposed 100 240L bins to take place within the development.

The applicant had since approached Encycle Consultants, which recommended using 10 larger bins, three for recycling and three for general waste.

“We wanted to make sure that waste collection was within,” presiding member Karen Hyde said.

“We’ve now moved from a fully enclosed waste store to one that’s on the boundary of the nearby laneway.”

Architect Frank Iemma, of Oldfield Knott Architects, said it was “the best scenario we could come up with”, that they had consulted the City’s waste management officers and that the practice worked in other developments.

After the motion to approve the changes lapsed for want of a mover, specialist panel member Fred Zuideveld successfully moved to defer it for up to four weeks “to allow the applicant and the City to discuss an alternate design for waste management and collection”.

The procedural motion also called for them to discuss offsets between vehicle access points to the development and the existing properties.

Tower Issues
Scaffolders erected a viewing platform this month.

Concerns about the recent construction of a temporary sales office also arose during the meeting, and TPG associate Dan Lees said the developer would apply for retrospective planning approval for the structure.

Since the meeting, scaffolders have erected a viewing platform at the site and residents have lodged complaints with the City that it too did not have planning approval.

The five-storey development includes two carpark levels with separate access points – gates to the basement parking would be off Medway Lane, while the upper deck parking gates would be off Stockton Lane.

The development would be on a 3908sq m block overlooking Claytons Beach and would have 10 one-bedroom units, 20 two-bedroom units and 20 three-bedroom units.