REVISED plans for a $20 million shopping centre on Butler Boulevard were given conditional approval this month.
The North West Metropolitan Development Assessment Panel approved plans for the Woolworths shopping centre opposite Butler Station on May 23, having deferred a decision in April to allow planners to discuss the main street parking configuration.
While the applicant sought to have 90-degree parking bays, City of Wanneroo staff recommended parallel parking and the panel ultimately went with the City’s position.
The report included two recommendations from the City – one to refuse the plans and an alternative to approve it with 22 conditions.
Representing the 7.9ha site owner Fabcot Pty Ltd, Rowe Group senior planner Sean Fairfoul spoke before the panel made its decision.
“A recommendation for refusal would be a poor outcome for the community and the site, particularly given that we are only dealing with one issue,” he said.
“At the very least, the alternative recommendation should be supported – that should be supported with a couple of modifications.”
Traffic engineer Tony Shaw said the 90-degree parking was safe given the low speed environment of the road through the shopping centre, but they also looked at 45-degree parking layouts and found “no significant difference”.
Mr Fairfoul said the right-angled parking allowed for more bays than parallel parking would in front of the main street tenancies.
“We need to maximise the amount of parking that we can fit in front of those sites,” he said.
Panel member and Wanneroo councillor Frank Cvitan said pedestrians were important in the main street and he preferred parallel parking for their safety.
Cr Samantha Fenn said having more parking bays would mean more cars and increased risk to pedestrians.
The other modification they sought related to a condition on the number of signs on the Dan Murphy’s building.
Panel member Paul Drechsler said he supported the condition to have only two signs of up to 8sq m each on the tower of the liquor store.
“Mr Murphy is a brand to himself and I don’t think he has got multiple personalities that require signage,” he said.
The five-member panel unanimously agreed to approve the plans, which replace plans for a $40 million shopping centre approved in mid-2014.
Approved land uses on the site include bakery, bank, beauty parlour, consulting room and corner store.