WANNEROO councillors have approved an amendment to rezone a portion of land in east Landsdale.
The amendment to the district planning scheme designates 215ha of land as a special control area, providing specific development provisions to protect the Perth International Telecommunications Centre (PITC) east of the site.
The area is bound by Gnangara Road, Alexander Drive, Hepburn Avenue and existing residential development to the west, generally following the alignment of Broadview Drive and Warradale Park.
A City report presented at the August 16 meeting said the Telstra-owned centre provided services of State and national significance.
“The PITC is susceptible to radio frequency interference, which is generated by urban development, and can adversely affect the provision of telecommunication services,” it said.
The agreed structure plan for the Landsdale area aims to allow it to be developed to co-exist with the centre and the amendment will safeguard these planning controls to avoid potential interference.
The report said being a special control area would allow for “the control of the permissibility of land uses and the allocation of residential densities, which may go over and above the requirements of the zone” under the district planning scheme and residential design codes.
Multiple dwellings will not be allowed within the area and a base residential coding of R20/30 applies, requiring a minimum average site area per dwelling of 500sq m.
It would also incorporate specific development requirements, including the orientation of lots and roads and design provisions for residential and commercial development.
Councillors endorsed the amendment at the August 16 meeting and subject to Environmental Protection Authority approval, the City will advertise it for public comment.