A LANDSDALE development unlike any other in the area gained planning approval this week.
The Metro North-West Development Assessment Panel (DAP) approved Urbis’s application for 28, two-storey townhouses overlooking Gnangara Road on November 1.
The $7.5 million development is on part of a 12.9ha lot on Pollino Gardens owned by VV Nominees.
At the DAP meeting, Urbis director Tim Dawkins said his client bought the “tricky” triangular site in 2014 and they had been working on plans in consultation with the City of Wanneroo.
“This development is completely different to anything we are getting out in Wanneroo,” he said.
“They are two storeys; it creates a more urban form which you just don’t see in Landsdale.”
Mr Dawkins said it would support diversity in housing types and give people more choice.
Moving the recommendation to approve the plans, Wanneroo councillor Frank Cvitan said it was “different”.
“I haven’t seen something like this before,” he said.
Mr Dawkins said part of the property would be public open space, but since the City had 14 other parks to develop at a rate of two a year, the owner would do initial landscaping.
“It could be 10 years before we see anything in this open space,” he said.
“We are providing the landscaping at our cost.
“There’s trees throughout the laneway.”
The town planner said they had also looked at ways to reduce the bushfire risk, including clearing the understorey of vegetation on the site.
Panel members raised concerns about waste management and were assured that rubbish and recycling collection trucks would be able to move through the laneway to empty bins from the bin pads at either end.
Mr Dawkins said they also planned to include rules for residents to return bins to their homes after collection in the strata law.
The panel of five unanimously agreed to approve the application with 13 conditions.
“We are thrilled to have received approval for the 28 townhouses,” Mr Dawkins told the Times.
“The overall philosophy is to provide a different type of home that is not currently available in the locality; to allow for an increased housing choice and provide for a range of households at various stages in their life.
“The houses are generously sized over two levels all with two car parking bays each and outdoor spaces that flow from the living areas.
“Residents will enjoy views over the adjoining park and surrounding bush area.”
Mr Dawkins said they had not yet confirmed the timing or development program, or decided what type of facility or business would be built on the eastern corner of the landholding.