Plans for Alkimos city centre outline future amenities

Plans for Alkimos city centre outline future amenities

PLANS for the future Alkimos city centre depict a train station, 67,000sq m retail floor space, more than 3000 dwellings, playing fields, a private hospital, school and shopping centre with cinema.

City of Wanneroo councillors unanimously agreed to recommend the proposed Alkimos city centre structure plan to the WA Planning Commission at their March 7 council meeting.

The plan, submitted by Roberts Day on behalf of Landcorp, covers about 212ha east of Marmion Avenue and should yield about 3335 dwellings.

According to the council report, the development would create a distinctive centre in the northern growth corridor and contribute to creating 13,500 jobs needed in Alkimos and Eglinton to meet employment self-sufficiency targets.

“The centre will be focused around a town square at the entrance of the proposed rail and bus station,” the report said.

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“The town square should be designed to allow a variety of activities, including the potential for markets and events.

“The main street is envisaged to be a tree-lined boulevard which promotes pedestrian activity and interaction while reducing vehicle movements.

“The development will be heavily reliant on the construction of the Mitchell Freeway extension, Romeo Road, railway extension and Alkimos station.”

The City originally received the structure plan in 2013, but the volume of submissions received during consultation led to revision of the proposal, with the latest version submitted last September. Concerns outlined in the submissions, which mainly came from government agencies as well as adjoining developers, included insufficient parking, pedestrian connections and food or retail uses around the future train station.

The report said Main Roads WA also disagreed with traffic modelling, as its forecasts were lower.

It said some issues could be addressed at the detailed design stage and the City was reviewing a parking strategy for the centre that staff would present to the council later.

The development is expected to have a centrally located train and bus station, up to 67,000sq m retail floorspace, mixed density residential development, business and service industrial precincts, plus a civic and cultural zone.

Indicative plans suggest there could be a shopping centre between the station and Marmion Avenue, possibly with a cinema.

The district playing fields, indoor recreation centre and private school could sit farther east, along with a library, medical campus and Tafe facilities.