WANNEROO Council has received two applications to rezone residential land for medical centres in Landsdale to meet a doctor shortage.
Two reports on the first council meeting agenda for 2019 relate to separate applications to change the east Wanneroo structure plan to allow medical centre developments at 390 Kingsway and 42 Pollino Gardens.
At Tuesday’s council briefing session, planning and sustainability director Mark Dickson said medical centres were a prohibited use in residential zones so administration had recommended neither be approved.
However, Mr Dickson said the Health Department had identified Landsdale as having a shortage of doctors.
“Administration does not question the need for a medical centre but does not think this is appropriate in a residential zone,” he said.
“There are existing vacant commercial sites in Landsdale.”
Mr Dickson said the Kingsway proposal, submitted by Dynamic Planning, attracted 158 submissions during public consultation, with most supporting it and 37 objecting.
Issues raised related to increased traffic, an excessive number of medical centres and potential impact on existing facilities at Landsdale Forum and future commercial developments.
The report said the proposed development would generate about 508 vehicles a day, mostly using Kingsway and Rangeview Road.
The report said the medical centre would be located on the north-western corner of the 2ha former strawberry farm, with a possible retirement village proposed for the remainder and the neighbouring block.
Mr Dickson said the City received four submissions during consultation on Urbis’s Pollino Gardens proposal, with two objecting.
Asked about when the other commercial sites would be developed and what they would include, Mr Dickson said it might be “some time off” and there were no guarantees developers would include medical facilities.
Councillor Brett Treby said it was an issue of community well-being and Cr Samantha Fenn said the Pollino Gardens site could also benefit the adjacent Wangara industrial area.
In response to councillors’ concerns, Mr Dickson said staff would speak to the developers of existing commercial lots in Landsdale to find out what their intentions were before the February 5 council meeting.