Plans for the Alkimos coastal node will allow for about 2000 dwellings

Alkimos Beach foreshore. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Alkimos Beach foreshore. Picture: Martin Kennealey

PLANS for the Alkimos coastal node will allow for about 2000 dwellings, a coastal village activity centre and 4.5ha of public open space.

The local structure plan for the almost 87ha site owned by Water Corporation and LandCorp gained support from the City of Wanneroo at last month’s council meeting.

The plan, lodged with the City in March 2016, identifies the Alkimos Wastewater Treatment Plant ocean outfall site that is reserved for public purpose, and regional beach.

It designates about 20ha for residential development and 6ha for a commercial and mixed use zone.

The council agreed to recommend approval to the WA Planning Commission, but not to make a recommendation on the coastal foreshore requirements amid concerns about whether the extent of foreshore met State guidelines.

At the July briefing session, planning and sustainability director Mark Dickson said the State planning policy required extra foreshore beyond the 100-year coastal processes line, but the plans proposed to end the reserve at that line.

Given the Department of Planning had requested a decision from the City, Mr Dickson recommended the WAPC and applicant, Creative Design and Planning on behalf of the owners, resolve the issue in line with the policy.

“We are advising that the council does not comment on the coastal processes line and lets State Government decide in consultation with the applicant and City,” he said.

Mr Dickson said he did not want the council to set a precedent, with the State policy currently being challenged through two State Administrative Tribunal appeals; one of those relates to the north Two Rocks structure plan.

According to the July report, permanent assets such as the surf lifesaving club, parking and dual use path could be located within the coastal processes area.

“The surf lifesaving club and associated facilities are indicatively proposed at the 42-year coastal process line,” it said.

“Administration is of the view that an estimate of the lifecycle of the surf lifesaving club building should be determined (e.g. 50 years) and that the building is located landward of the appropriate timeframe for coastal processes.”

Mr Dickson said the applicant should also identify “a suitable replacement site should the coastal erosion occur”.

The report said the City received 13 submissions during public consultation in mid-2016.

It said the main issues related to the compliance with policies for bushfire prone areas, economic and road network impacts on the neighbouring Shorehaven estate and environmental matters.

The plan proposed 12 parks – two nature spaces, one local park and nine pocket parks – but the City recommended the applicant review and reduce the number of parks by combining and relocating three to create a neighbourhood park.

The WAPC is anticipated to consider the local structure plan in October.

THE City of Wanneroo has invited public submissions on proposed changes to the central Alkimos structure plan until September 19.

The changes include combining and relocating portions of strategic open space and modifying the future road network east of Marmion Avenue.

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