Main Roads WA advice prompts City of South Perth to reconsider Farmer Jacks development

Main Roads WA advice prompts City of South Perth to reconsider Farmer Jacks development

ELEVENTH hour advice from Main Roads WA (MRWA) has prompted City of South Perth to reconsider its recommendation to approve an application for a Farmer Jacks Supermarket on Canning Highway.

Yesterday, Metropolitan Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) deferred the matter for three months following the new advice.

The City received the plans for the proposed $4.5 million commercial development, which includes the Farmer Jacks and two smaller retail tenancies in October 2017.

After final revisions had been submitted in May, City officers released a report recommending approval.

But following a letter received by Main Roads on June 6 officers changed their position recommending a deferral of the application.

“The letter from MRWA to the City of South Perth stated they had reconsidered their position for the approval of the application on basis that further analysis of swept paths and service lane assess to the site, which had been modelled on a 9m truck rather than Main Roads standard of 12m, was required,” JDAP presiding member Charles Johnson said.

“The letter also requested a condition be put on the application for a median strip to be built on Canning Highway to stop north bound traffic from making a right turn into the lot.

“In addition to allowing further discussions on those matters to occur with the deferment, the panel also felt more information was required regarding amenity impacts and the retail assessment.”

At a council meeting on May 29, which was prior to receiving the MRWA altered advice, councillors voted 7-1 to recommend the JDAP refuse the application.

In a deputation to JDAP, councillor Ken Manolas said the councils position was that the development was not consistent with State Town Planning Policy 4.2 or the City’s Local Commercial Strategy for the highway commercial zone.

“Parking and traffic management is flawed and at the core of why the proposal should be refused,” he said.

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