Carramar noise fears to be addressed by buffer

Carramar noise fears to be addressed by buffer

VEGETATION will be used to address a Carramar landowner’s concerns about the impact of the development of Neerabup industrial estate and Flynn Drive.

At the September 13 meeting, councillors endorsed a City of Wanneroo recommendation to install a “vegetated landscape buffer” along Flynn Drive following continued complaints from the owner of a property at the corner of Tranquil and Flynn drives.

A report by the City said the resident was worried about general background noise, light pollution from the estate and future construction of the Flynn Drive dual carriageway.

It said a structure plan showing a proposed 200ha industrial area north of Flynn Drive, with the western boundary opposite the lot, was in place when the owner purchased it in 1986.

Though subsequent planning had increased the estate size to 1000ha and the western boundary had been extended towards the property, “most of these planning initiatives have involved opportunities for public comment.”

The report said an updated noise survey by the City in February found the current and projected traffic volumes for 2026 exceeded recommended target levels outlined in a State planning policy but it did not apply to Flynn Drive as it was classified as an other regional road managed by the City.

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Though there was provision for council to exercise discretion, it said that could “set an undesirable precedent for similar requests to be applied retrospectively”. The City considered fencing, earth and solid wall options, as well as the scheduled landscaping that would typically follow the road upgrade, ranging in cost from $20,000 to $320,000 for the section of the resident’s lot along Flynn Drive.

It recommended re-planting of vegetation disturbed following construction to “improve the visual aspects for drivers” and “help to reinstate the amenity for adjacent residents as the vegetation becomes more established”.

The landscaping is estimated to cost $70,000 and will follow the Flynn Drive upgrade from Wanneroo Road to Mather Drive, contingent on Federal funding for the project.

Main Roads is currently working on a new section of Flynn Drive connecting to Wanneroo Road as part of the Mitchell Freeway extension project and this is due for completion by the end of the year.