Belmont: multiple dwelling restrictions won’t impact infill targets says council

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CITY of Belmont’s investigation into restricting multiple dwelling developments to within a 400m radius of the area’s town centre is not expected to impact its infill targets.

Councillors unanimously approved Councillor Robert Rossi’s motion at Tuesday’s meeting, which looked to remove the provision of multiple dwelling developments from R20-40 zones and allow them only in R60-100 zones close to the town centre and in special zones.

The motion forms part of the City’s review of its Local Planning Scheme, which is expected to take three to five years.

Belmont chief executive John Christie will request support from the WA Planning Commission (WAPC) and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti.

Mr Christie said the WAPC had set a target of 6100 dwellings by 2031 as part of its Perth and Peel @ 3.5 million planning framework.

“It also provides a post-2031 infill target of 4310 additional dwellings for 2050,” he said.

“Regardless of the Western Australian Planning Commission’s response to council’s motion, work is currently underway to review the City’s Local Housing Strategy which will examine changes in demographics and identify key strategies for suitably accommodating additional dwellings in line with the State Government’s Perth and Peel @ 3.5 million planning framework.”

Mr Christie said multiple dwellings would still be considered in the R20-50-100 residential zones around the town centre.

“In addition, it is envisaged that in Special Development zoned precincts such as Development Area 6, around the future Redcliffe Train Station, there will be allowance for multiple dwelling developments,” he said.

Several councillors spoke in favour of the motion, citing the impact multiple dwelling developments were having on the character of residential areas.

The town centre comprises the land bounded by Abernethy Road, Fulham Street, Knutsford Avenue and Wright Street in Cloverdale.

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