A LOCAL development plan that will allow for a retirement complex in Two Rocks received City of Wanneroo council approval this week.
At its May 30 meeting, the council approved the plan that proposes a multiple dwelling development ranging from one to five storeys on the corner of Lisford Avenue and Sovereign Drive, plus more than 1ha of public open space.
Mover councillor Linda Aitken said she “wholeheartedly” supported the development, particularly the “consolidation of public open space” around the King Neptune statue.
“This is a step further to increase the activation of the Two Rocks community,” she said.
Seconder Cr Samantha Fenn acknowledged objections that felt a retirement village was premature ahead of other services, such as cafes.
“Retirement villages bring a density of population, a calm responsible population to the area,” she said.
“Many retirees contribute to the community in a voluntary capacity.
“This will only encourage more investment to Two Rocks.
“I would much rather see a high density retirement village than cheap apartments.”
Cr Dianne Guise said she reluctantly supported the motion, and said “we can do better” and encouraging “future thinking”.
“There is an ageing community up there; from that perspective it fits,’ she said.
“We are also going to need a decent medical facility.”
Cr Nat Sangalli said she originally had reservations about the maximum permitted height of five storeys and whether vegetation would be retained.
However, Cr Sangalli said she attended the Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association meeting when a Fini Group representative spoke about the proposed development and she was “happy to see that the developers are taking community views on board”.
Elected members unanimously supported the motion to approve the local development plan for the northeast section of Fini Group’s landholding.