The Town of Victoria Park received an application from Rimington Projects Pty Ltd in September and approved the proposal at its December 10 meeting.
Despite not complying with its Town Planning Scheme and residential design codes, the council believed it would increase the residential population and add variety and vitality to the area, in keeping with its intention for the Albany High Precinct.
Just two submissions – both objections – were received from the council’s public advertisement of the development, which must be substantially commenced within the 24-month approval period or face a new approvals process.
The development will include a large communal recreation space with pool and landscaped barbecue area, six one-bedroom and 10 two-bedroom units, commercial and residential parking.
Non-compliant features included:
– Plot ratio exceeding 10 per cent – The application proposed a 36 per cent variation and council routinely allows a 10 per cent variation. Council said the additional 26 per cent was due to the first floor car parking floor access via the right-of-way.
– Street set back less than 3m from Albany Hwy – The plans showed a nil setback to the commercial element and the first and second floor balconies. Council said it was acceptable and helped achieve an active commercial street frontage and reinforce the area’s urban character.
– Building height exceeding 3 storeys (11.5m) – Council allowed the four storey (12.5m) proposal as it was only a one metre difference as the four-storey component was set back 25m from the highway.