A REZONING proposal to allow infill development in Quinns Rocks received approval at a lower density at a City of Wanneroo council meeting.
The proposal related to 11 Hickory Road, a hilltop lot that used to be home to a Water Corporation water tower before it was dismantled in 2012.
Representing the utility, Whelans Town Planning had applied to rezone the 2753sq m site beside Driftwood Park from public use to residential with an R40 coding.
Nine of the 13 councillors at the October meeting supported a staff recommendation to rezone it residential with an R20 code.
“As opposed to a R40 coding, which is likely to lead to a grouped dwelling or multiple dwelling development, a R20 coding is likely to result in a development that is consistent with the locality,” a council report said.
It said rezoning the site to R20 would not compromise the ability to recode it to R40 in the future when the City recoded the Quinns Rocks housing precinct.
In April, the council deferred increasing the density in Quinns Rocks until it could confirm the engineering design for coastal protection works.
Speaking against the recommendation, Cr Sabine Winton said she understood the administration’s position but felt there would be greater need for more public open space in future.
“I’m a little bit disappointed that we didn’t use the opportunity to try retain this for public use,” she said.
“There’s going to be more changes in coming years as people subdivide more and more.”
Crs Natalie Sangalli, Samantha Fenn, Dot Newton and Hugh Nguyen also opposed the recommendation.
However, it passed with a simple majority, with the council agreeing to adopt the R20 coding subject to the applicant submitting revised documentation.
It agreed to refer the amendment to the district planning scheme to the Environmental Protection Authority and, with its approval, advertise the proposal for public comment for 42 days.