Stirling council wrap: rezoning and parking changes

City of Stirling's council office.
City of Stirling's council office.

PUBLIC open space has increased in changes to a planned Glendalough development.

Last August, Stirling Council supported rezoning the Rawlins Street site, near Powis Street and south of the Little Sisters of the Poor aged care facility, for Stockland’s residential development.

The development offers a mix of two and three-storey townhouses.

Following advertising, the plan was modified to increase the number of dwellings from 97 to 99, including two “grouped housing lots” each comprising three units, and will provide an additional 277sq m of public open space.

The average lot size is 90sq m and minimum of 70sq m, which the City’s report said was “a way to meet different housing needs” and supported because of its proximity to Glendalough station.

The developer has introduced maisonettes, individual dwellings within a multi-storey building, and expects to retain at least 60 of the 176 existing trees on the site.

Council approved the modified plan at its February 12 meeting and forwarded it to the WA Planning Commission for determination.

 

Other decisions from February council meetings:

SEVEN businesses will share in a $11.2 million contract for tree services in the City of Stirling.

Council voted at the February 12 meeting to accept tenders from Arbor West, Premier Tree Services, Trees Need Tree Surgeons, Beaver Tree Services and Sunspell Nominees for tree maintenance services.

A City report said five businesses were recommended because of the volume of work, with the City responsible for about 103,000 street trees and 500,000 park and reserve trees.

The two-year contract, with one-year optional extension, was also awarded to Arbor West, Paperbark Technologies and Bowden Tree consultancy for arboricultural advisor and audit services.

 

STIRLING chief executive Stuart Jardine will attend the “premier” local government conference next month.

Council endorsed his attendance at the Alliance for Innovation – Transforming Local Government annual conference in the US from April 9 to 12 at a cost of $4377 for airfares, attendance and accommodation.

The conference is being held in Reno, Nevada and will include workshops, presentations and tours “demonstrating real world examples of civic innovations that can be translated into other communities”.

A report by the City said it attracted local government professionals from around the world and recognised for its “dynamic content”.

 

THREE Stirling councillors have been nominated to be part of the Scarborough Land Redevelopment Committee.

Councillors voted for Crs Bianca Sandri, Karen Caddy and Stephanie Proud to act as local government members at the committee, which is run by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and considers development applications including previously the 3 Oceans towers proposal.

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti will appoint one member for a two-year term.

 

HOUSES built on a Gwelup subdivided lot will need to meet noise mitigation requirements.

Council approved a local development plan for the Gribble Road land, which requires a 1.8m high acoustic barrier be built between homes at the eastern side of the lot next to the Mitchell Freeway.

Potential owners will be notified the homes may be affected by traffic noise and two-storey properties will need to follow Quiet House Design guidelines.

 

THE City of Stirling is changing its parking policy in an effort to match parking requirements to demand and encourage development in poorly trading shopping centres.

Changes include allowing on-street parking to be included in parking assessments, excluding alfresco areas up to 29sq m, increasing parking ratios for schools, including staff parking for hospitals and making church requirements reflect capacity rather than floor area.

The number of bays required at shopping centres in Coolbinia/Menora, Balga, Gwelup, Westminster, Balcatta, Osborne Park, Yokine and Inglewood has been reduced.

 

IT is now easier for developers seeking increased building heights in the City of Stirling.

Council voted at the February 26 meeting to remove two requirements for bonus heights on landmark site developments in the City’s northern precinct, bounded by the Mitchell Freeway, Karrinyup Road, Cedric Street and Civic Place.

A City report said the precinct had the lowest bonus height available in the City at two storeys above the base limit.

The southern and station precinct limits range from eight to 14 storeys above base height for developments that achieve a five-star building rating and provide community facilities.

The report said it was unfair for landowners in the northern area to also have to amalgamate lots so instead made this the only requirement.