City of Wanneroo aims to create more attractive neighbourhoods with new policy


Photo: File image.
Photo: File image.

THE City of Wanneroo has adopted a policy aimed at making attractive neighbourhoods in suburbs with a split density code.

The document sets guidelines regarding garage design, street surveillance, landscaping and crossover design, and comes after the recoding of the Wanneroo and Girrawheen-Koondoola housing precincts last May.

It aims to ensure multiple dwelling developments have a positive impact by minimising the number of additional vehicle crossovers in the areas, reducing the amount of paving in verges, ensuring safe vehicle access, retaining trees where possible and maximising street parking.

The policy limits the material on front setback areas to no more than 50 per cent “impermeable hardstand” such as synthetic turf, loose stone, compacted limestone and paving, with the remaining space to comprise turf, planting and trees.

There are also restrictions regarding new crossovers, including having minimum distances from the lot boundary and the base of any existing street tree.

For developments abutting Wanneroo Road or Mirrabooka Avenue, a noise management plan is required to be submitted by the applicant.

Five submissions were received during public advertising of the draft document, three from government agencies and one each from ATCO Gas and developer Dale Alcock.

The City’s report said it made minor changes in response to feedback, which aimed to “provide more clarity to applicants and guide development in split coded areas to deliver better streetscape amenity, functionality and adaptability”.

Changes included placing gas meters and meter boxes with consideration to gas suppliers’ need to access them and following Main Roads’ advice to add a clause not allowing multiple vehicle access points to a primary regional road for lots adjoining it.