South Perth asked to make changes to planning scheme affecting Station Precinct

Planning Minister Donna Faragher.
Planning Minister Donna Faragher.

THE City of South Perth is working through a number of changes requested by the State Government to a planning amendment that affects developments in the South Perth Station Precinct.

Planning Minister Donna Faragher has considered Amendment 46 to the City of South Perth’s Local Planning Scheme and requested the council make several modifications before approval is given.

Amendment 46 was intended to create absolute height limits for buildings and increase street setbacks in some streets, among other changes.

However, Mrs Faragher has accepted the recommendation of the WA Planning Commission to not prescribe a maximum height limit.

She said the modifications would ensure height, design quality, retention of street trees, amenity and traffic were key considerations when determining development applications for the South Perth peninsula.

“Rather than imposing a blanket restriction on height, I have accepted the recommendation of the Western Australian Planning Commission and have not prescribed a maximum height limit.

“However, for additional height to be considered a more stringent set of performance-based design principles must now be met.

“Performance criteria introduced for such consideration above basic limits include consideration of whether a proposal exhibits exemplary design quality and contributes to the quality of the inner-urban environment being promoted within the precinct.”

City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty said the council was working through the schedule of changes and would submit the modified amendment to the Western Australian Planning Commission before Ministerial approval was given.

The amendment will include the following provisions:

·       Maintaining the current extent of the Special Design Area on Mill Point Road north of Judd and Ferry streets, to the intersection with Scott Street and Frasers Lane

·       Proposals within the Special Design Area which seek additional height above the basic height limit are to be referred to a Council-nominated design review panel or any other suitably qualified consultants

·       The introduction of street setbacks (between two and four metres) to protect existing street trees and allow for new street trees to be planted

·       A requirement to undertake a traffic impact study which includes consideration of the cumulative traffic impact of concurrent development within the amendment area

·       A cap on residential car parking in developments seeking discretionary height to limit traffic generation.