East Victoria Park: planned rezoning of Berwick St site causing headache for residents

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TOWN of Victoria Park will make a decision about the rezoning of land on Berwick Street, East Victoria Park tomorrow following complaints from residents about traffic.

A proposal to rezone 384 Berwick Street for higher density was debated at the council’s briefing sessionand drew complaints from nearby residents about plans to allow access to the site from Baillie Avenue and Carson Street.

The site includes an existing two-storey building, which was built by the Federal Government to house the National Archives in 1974.

Several residents used public question time to voice concerns about the impact increased traffic would have on Baillie Avenue and Carson Street and there were calls to only allow access on Berwick Street.

Councillors Bronwyn Ife and Karen Vernon both asked if an entry to the property from Baillie Avenue and Carson Street could be just for emergency services, which has not been considered by the Town’s planning staff.

Planner Ian Birch spoke on behalf of the owners at the meeting and defended the increase in traffic and pointed to the traffic assessment modelling that showed any increase would be within the acceptable limits for the streets.

The modelling showed there would be an estimated daily traffic generation of 610 vehicles if the site was developed into residential apartments and 583 if the site was developed into independent living units for aged people.

The Town’s reporting officer has recommended a R40 or R60 coding, if the use of the land is for aged or dependent people’s dwellings.

Carson Street School, a primary school for students with disability and high needs, is located near the development.

A Department of Education spokeswoman said it was not opposed to the rezoning but raised some concerns about potential traffic management issues around Baillie Avenue and Carson Street.

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