A THREE-STOREY apartment and office building is set for construction in Karrinyup despite concern about removal of a “large landmark tree”.
The Metro North-West Development Assessment panel approved the application for the $3.5 million mixed use development opposite Karrinyup Shopping Centre at its February 22 meeting.
The building will comprise a ground floor commercial tenancy and nine apartments on the first and second floors at the corner of Francis Avenue and Smith Street.
Specialist member John Syme queried removal of a very large gum tree at the corner of the site and MJA studio architect Prudence Hancock said this was required as otherwise it would have pushed the development further back into the land.
She said another gum tree on Smith Street would be retained, as well as a smaller one on Francis Avenue, and other trees would be planted.
Planning Solutions planner Trent Will presented on behalf of the owner with Ms Hancock and noted the plan was created prior to the City of Stirling’s tree retention policy.
He said the application process had been “very smooth” as it followed the owner’s amendment to rezone the site from R30 to R60.
“Everyone knew what to expect,” he said.
“This development application is developing exactly what the scheme amendment intended.”
Two people objected to the development for reasons including increased traffic and building height but a report by the City said it met requirements, apart from a one-bay shortfall in residential visitor parking.
A condition imposed requires the applicant to provide details of a reciprocal parking arrangement to allow for commercial bays to be used by visitors outside business hours.