A MIXED use development valued at close to $10 million has been approved for Mirrabooka.
The Metro North-West Development Assessment Panel supported MacCormac Architects’ proposal at the January 17 meeting for 42 units and nine shops on Sudbury Road, next to Mirrabooka Library.
MacCormac Architects director Kym MacCormac sought removal of a condition that required five on-site car parking bays be made available for use by occupants of the commercial tenancies at all times and a maximum of 32 bays dedicated for the units instead of 36.
He said providing commercial bays would encourage users to drive to and from work instead of using public transport and would leave one in four residents without a parking bay, which was “beyond ambitious”.
Mr MacCormac believed the reduction in residential parking bays would affect its affordability.
“It’s going to reduce the viability, the point is we’re trying to make an affordable product here,” he said.
A motion to remove the condition was passed, with specialist member John Syme reasoning the development was in a town centre with ample parking.
“This is one where we need to take into account the viability of the project,” he said.
“This is not an easy location to create a development like this.
“The consequences of keeping (the condition) in there are quite serious.”
Stirling councillor Giovanni Italiano believed it was needed in Mirrabooka and provided a way to bring more life to the area.