AN application for additional commercial development in Landsdale has been knocked back by Wanneroo councillors.
Rowe Group had proposed to amend the structure plan for lots at the north-west corner of Alexander Drive and Landsdale Road to remove the residential rezoning and have it entirely for commercial use.
This was rejected by councillors at the August meeting and a report by the City said the applicant justified the rezoning because a nearby lot had changed from commercial to residential use and a commercial centre was “required to meet the needs of the local community”.
Public consultation garnered 22 objections to the application from surrounding landowners, with the main issues relating to loss of amenity and increase in traffic, while nine supportive submissions came from government agencies and people outside the affected area.
The report agreed the amendment would result in a loss of amenity for homeowners at the end of Melanzana Chase, Ravanello Terrace, Mela Way and Sedano Glade as they would become corner lots abutting the commercial development.
“The residents of these lots have advised that they purchased their lots on the understanding that a row of residential lots along the western and northern boundaries of Lots 154 and 155 (the subject site) would act as a buffer between their lots and the commercial site,” it said.
Councillor Brett Treby objected to the proposal because of the homeowners’ expectation for the site to be residential.
“It’s difficult to feel anything other than sympathy for the residents,” he said.
Cr Frank Cvitan also agreed with the City’s recommendation to reject the proposal.
“When developers or applications push the boundaries they need to be put into line,” he said.
According to Cr Domenic Zappa, homeowners had done their research and did not anticipate commercial zoning “on their doorstep”.