Child health centre land earmarked for aged, dependent

Joondalup councillors at last month’s meeting adopted an amendment to the City’s district planning scheme to recode 14 Camberwarra Drive from R20 to R40 and restrict the land use for a 42-day advertising period.

The City-owned land is already earmarked to be coded R20/R40 under the City’s local housing strategy but the amendment to implement the increased density is not expected for another 12 to 18 months.

Councillors voted in October to initiate another amendment that would be finalised sooner.

It will ‘facilitate a different type of housing stock within an established area to meet the needs of the community’, according to a council document.

The land currently houses Craigie Child Health Centre, soon to be relocated to Padbury.

At the council briefing, Cr John Chester asked if public advertising was favourable, would the City’s intention be to sell the land to help the Joondalup performing arts centre fund.

Planning and community development director Dale Page said that was the reason behind the decision to rezone the land.

Ms Page said if an aged care facility was built there, it would more likely be independent living units than a multi-storey development.