Study guides future of old Quinns Rocks

An aerial view of old Quinns Rocks. Picture: EagleView
An aerial view of old Quinns Rocks. Picture: EagleView

THE City of Wanneroo will hold a community drop-in session on plans for infill development in Quinns Rocks next week.

The April 17 session is part of the community consultation on the old Quinns Rocks landform and recoding study, which will guide future planning for the area.

According to the City’s website, the old Quinns Rocks residential area originated as a small squatter shack settlement in the 1930s.

rban development is resulting in increasing residential density, so the City has appointed consultants Hames Sharley to manage a study of the landform and recoding challenges.

That study will include looking at ways to retain the character and heritage of the area, as well as the topography of the coastal suburb.

The City is also looking at risks of future coastal erosion and balancing that with community priorities.

Old Quinns Rocks landform and recoding study area.

The drop-in session will be at the Quinns Mindarie Community Centre from 5pm to 7pm next Wednesday, giving people an opportunity to meet the project team and get involved in the planning and design process.

There will also be a community design workshop on May 11 and the City is planning to set up a community reference group with 30 to 40 people.

The overall consultation period will run until June 28.

For more information or to register, visit www.wanneroo.wa.gov.au/oldquinnsrocks .

UPDATE, April 10: The City’s planning and sustainability director Mark Dickson said a 2008 amendment to residential density coding was not progressed at the time due to the lack of deep sewer in the area.

The proposed amendment covered various properties in old Quinns Rocks, including those in the vicinity of Ocean Drive and closest to the coast.

“Today the area is equipped with deep sewer infrastructure but many other factors must also be taken into consideration,” Mr Dickson said.

“For example, we need to examine how infill development may impact on the sense of place and special character in Quinns Rocks, its mature vegetation, streetscapes, topography and coastal erosion.”

A City statement said State Planning Policy 2 – Coastal Planning stipulated that local governments should take a precautionary approach when considering development and subdivision proposals for foreshore properties affected by coastal erosion.