PLANS for the $37.2 million Butler north secondary college are on the agenda for a Metro North West Joint Development Assessment Panel on Wednesday.
Taylor Robinson architects submitted the Education Department application in October for the first stage of the school, due to open with Year 7 classes in 2020.
A report prepared by the Planning, Lands and Heritage Department for the December 13 meeting recommends the panel approve the proposal for the 9ha site on the corner of Santorini Promenade and Hollington Boulevard.
It said the applicant had indicated the first stage would accommodate about 700 students in years 7 to 12, and stage 2 would be subject to a separate application.
The second stage is expected to open in 2023 and the school would ultimately accommodate about 1450 students. Current plans include six blocks for education and ancillary uses, 152 on-site parking bays and bicycle parking facilities.
According to the report, Eco Logical Australia did a flora and fauna survey earlier this year that found the condition of remnant bushland on site ranged from degraded to excellent.
“The vegetation proposed to be cleared is also likely to be a foraging habitat for Carnaby’s black cockatoo, listed as endangered under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act,” it said.
The report said the applicant would need to liaise with the Federal and State environment departments for clearing permits.
It said the site was also within a designated bushfire-prone area, and vegetation on a nearby block would continue to present a bushfire hazard to school buildings.