Housing plan compromise


the Clarkson Avenue site
the Clarkson Avenue site

The petition was submitted by Cr Dianne Guise on behalf of the Carramar and Tapping Residents Association, regarding the residential recoding of land on Clarkson Avenue from R40 to R60 to allow for an extra 24 dwellings.

A City report suggested the council recommend the WA Planning Commission approve the proposed amendment with modifications to restrict the maximum building height to 12m to the portion of land at the corner of Clarkson Avenue and Corvus Road.

Cr Guise put forward an alternative motion also to approve but change the maximum height to 9m or three storeys.

She said it was a “compromise” to meet the community’s wants and Wanneroo’s local housing strategy.

“What we’re trying to achieve is a balance,” she said. “But for me the 12m was just a stretch too far.”

Cr Samantha Fenn said she disagreed with the density of the development.

“I don’t believe the Tapping area needs it,” she said.

Councillors voted unanimously in favour of the amended recommendation but the proposal for a change to the commercial development on the western portion of the site was more divisive.

Owner Freshlink Export applied to increase the maximum retail net leasable area from 1900sq m to 4300sq m, which was supported by a City report.

Rowe Group general manager George Hajigabriel made a deputation as developer for the project, clarifying it was not a significant increase in overall space but a change in its use.

“It does not mean there will be more development on the site, it will mean flexibility of the floor space,” he said.

He objected to the recommendation for the applicant to contribute to the design and construction costs of a four-way signal-controlled intersection at the junction of Clarkson Avenue and Wanneroo Road.

Mr Hajigabriel said costs should be attributed to the Drovers Place precinct.

“The traffic impact assessment showed it does not need signalisation,” he said.

“There would be no adverse impact on flow of traffic in the area.

“It’s the Drovers Place development that requires it to be four-way.”

Cr Guise said the change to the retail space would allow for a supermarket of “suitable size to accommodate the community”.

“It seems to fit the bill,” she said.