Mindarie Marina apartments approved

Mindarie Marina apartments approved

PLANS for a 26-unit apartment block beside Mindarie Marina gained development approval last month.

Wanneroo council approved plans submitted by Doepel Marsh Architects for the three-storey building at 1 Tacoma Lane on July 19.

The approval included a condition that the 10 boardwalk-level apartments could be used for art galleries, consulting rooms or offices, while the rest of the units were restricted to residential uses.

One submission made during public consultation raised concerns about issues similar to those experienced during construction of the neighbouring 44-unit The Marina development.

One of the conditions approved by the council required a construction management plan to be submitted before building starts, outlining ways to minimise disruption to residents.

They include delivery of materials and equipment, storage of materials, rubbish and equipment, parking for contractors and road closures.

Other conditions included construction times, relocation of footpaths and the impacts of dust and noise.

Architect Kim Doepel gave a deputation before the meeting, saying he had discussed those issues with the City’s staff.

“We could stage the development so that the workforce could be parked on the site,” he said.

“While it’s the builder’s responsibility to manage the construction phase, as the architects we will be pointing out how the construction should be staged.”

The majority of councillors supported the recommendation, with councillors Samantha Fenn and Nat Sangalli voting against it.

Cr Fenn said while it was good to develop and activate the area, she was concerned that the plans had seen the number of units increase from 10 to 26 without the overall size of the building changing.