City recommends rezoning approval

The plan for rezoning in Tapping.
The plan for rezoning in Tapping.

COUNCILLORS raised concerns about an amendment to the residential density recoding of a Tapping site at last week’s council briefing.

They will vote tonight on Freshlink Export Pty Ltd’s proposal to change the zoning of a lot on Clarkson Avenue near Wanneroo Road from R40 to R60, which would allow the potential number of dwellings on the 40,426sq m block to increase from 145 to 169.

Public submissions argued against the rezoning for reasons such as increased traffic, height of the proposed buildings and incompatibility with the area.

Councillor Samantha Fenn said there were three schools within walking distance of the site and traffic bank-ups already occurred on Wanneroo Road and Clarkson Avenue.

The City’s planning implementation manager Pas Bracone said he believed additional traffic lights on Clarkson Avenue were earmarked.

“When development occurs it will trigger the need for lights to be installed,” he said.

Cr Frank Cvitan asked whether the developer would be required to contribute to the lights but Mr Bracone said it had not been considered.

Mr Bracone said buildings nearest the residential area would be limited to one to two storeys and gradually increase (to a maximum of four storeys) to the northwest corner.

City staff recommended council approve the amendment, as it was consistent with City and State Government policies that promote higher residential densities in urban areas that are close to public transport, major roads, schools and community facilities.

The council report also stated that projected traffic increases and proposed building heights would not have a detrimental impact on the area.