PLANS to subdivide 28ha in Eglinton and create 460 residential lots are out for public comment.
City of Wanneroo has invited submissions until May 9 for a portion of land owned by Daws and Sons Pty Ltd at 6 Taronga Place.
According to documents prepared by CLE Town Planning, the vacant land is part of a 140ha landholding previously used for agriculture and is located immediately north of Bluewater Drive in Alkimos.
The western precinct local structure plan includes reports on biodiversity, bushfire management, culture heritage and noise that may result from the rail and freeway reserves, which run through the overall landholding.
The plan said surveys and site inspections found foraging habitat for Carnaby’s black cockatoos but no evidence of southern brown bandicoots within the site.
“An inspection was undertaken of the WPLSP area for black cockatoo habitat, including a vegetation assessment and significant tree assessment,” it said.
“The inspection found no potentially significant trees were recorded during the surveys and therefore no potential black cockatoo breeding or roosting habitat occurs within the WPLSP.
“The WPLSP area contains black cockatoo foraging habitat and the loss of this habitat is being addressed via a separate Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation referral process.”
A fauna study found the area contained 10.2ha of “excellent quality foraging habitat” for the threatened bird species, plus 9ha of “good quality foraging habitat”.
The plan said while the site was in a bushfire prone area, it would have a moderate or low bushfire hazard level following development.
It proposes to retain 2.8ha of the site for public open space, including a local park at the entry off Bluewater Drive and a neighbourhood park in the south-east corner with a playground for three to eight-year-olds.
There will be a larger neighbourhood park in the centre, with active and passive recreation plus play facilities, and mature trees may be retained.
A fourth park located in the north-west corner would allow for communal gatherings overlooking terraced garden beds and turf.
Proposed road connections would be with Chesstree and Maroon avenues along Bluewater Drive, plus a junction west of Bobstay Place.
More information at www.wanneroo.wa.gov.au.