PLANS for a child care centre described as a “prison”, pizza take away and showrooms in Yanchep are on the agenda for tomorrow’s Wanneroo Council meeting.
The report recommends the council approve Off2Site Project’s plans for 5 Ikara Lane, located south of Yanchep Beach Road and between a fuel station, vacant commercial lot, medical centre and storage units.
During discussion about the plans at last week’s council briefing session, Councillor Paul Miles asked whether the City took the design into consideration, but was told the planning policy only looked at the land use.
“It’s a little bit more like a prison than a child care centre,” Cr Miles said.
“The bins being so close to the play area – I find it alarming that we are allowing the bin area to be next to the play area.”
Cr Nat Sangalli raised concerns about a suggestion in the report that the peak operating periods for the child care centre and pizza store would not coincide, with the latter predicted to be between 6pm and 7pm.
Cr Sangalli asked if, as the child care centre would be open to 7pm, it would be reasonable to assume most pick-ups would take place between 5pm and 7pm.
The City’s approval services manager Pas Bracone said the centre was expected to have three peak periods – the morning drop-off, a drop-off or collection in the middle of the day, and the evening collection.
Cr Sonet Coetzee asked whether there were health risks of smoke from the pizza store and fumes from the fuel station for children playing in the child care centre’s outdoor area.
“A child care centre needs to be licensed – if there are any concerns regarding environment or air pollution, it would not get approval,” Mr Bracone said.
Mr Bracone said the lots south of Ikara Lane were zoned mixed use but most had been developed as residential houses.
He said the applicant had agreed to install safety barriers along the private lane after residents raised concerns during public consultation that vehicles could potentially crash through their fences into their backyards.
They had also reconfigured the parking so only five bays rather than 19 would have direct access to the lane.
Staff took on notice Cr Sangalli’s question about whether a similar barrier would be built around the child care centre “to stop a vehicle going through the fence”.
A traffic impact statement said the development was expected to generate 694 vehicles a day, with up to 78 trips during the peak period, with similar laneways generally accommodating more than 1000 vehicles per day.
The council report said overall all the Ikara Lane developments would generate about 2335 vehicles a day, but most would use Booderee and Kakadu roads and only 645 were likely to pass the subject site.
Asked about access from Yanchep Beach Road, Mr Bracone said it was a regional road that would become a dual carriageway in the future so that access was restricted when the area was subdivided.