DEVELOPERS have received planning approval to build a United fuel station, fast food outlet and showrooms on Wanneroo Road, near Drover’s Market Place and Lake Joondalup.
The Metro North-West Development Assessment Panel approved a $10.5 million application from Urbis and Saracen Properties for the eastern portion of lots 1 and 132, which are owned by Lakewide and Bowra and O’dea.
The panel had originally deferred making a decision in July so the applicant could consider a wetland management plan and the development’s relationship to Yellagonga Regional Park.
At the November 15 meeting, Kris Nolan from Urbis said the original proposal had been “significantly pared back”, excluding a child care centre, medical centre and self-storage units, and that was mostly driven by market conditions.
The proposal, which the five-member panel unanimously approved with conditions, includes creating a 7.9m wide access easement around the convenience store to connect to Drover’s Market Place.
The plans include 51 parking bays, and construction of a road west of Wanneroo Road to create a four-way intersection with Clarkson Avenue.
According to a report to the panel, the developer entered a legal agreement with Main Roads to contribute $600,000 towards building the intersection as a condition of subdivision.
Asked about the amount required in the contribution, Saracen Properties Joel Saraceni said they had negotiated with Main Roads for about 12 months and without the intersection commitment, the development would not happen.
“We saw there was an opportunity for them to do the works as part of the Joondalup Drive-Wanneroo Road interchange,” he said.
“It was a pragmatic consideration for us.”
Mr Saraceni said he understood the intersection would be operational by about March or April, allowing their development to proceed.
Asked about the water table, Mr Saraceni said a preliminary geo-technical study found it was about 1.5m below the lowest level of the sloping block so the development would not have an impact on it.
Presiding panel member Karen Hyde asked if the standard two-year approval was long enough, and amended that condition to three years after the developers said they would take extra time if offered it.
According to the City of Wanneroo’s report, the original proposal attracted 12 submissions during public consultation, with six objecting to it, one supporting it and the rest from government agencies.
The objections related to the appropriateness of the land uses particularly the fast food outlet, the access road and impact on Yellagonga Regional Park.
Development on the western and northern portions of the 6.6ha site will be subject to future applications, with a funeral parlour proposed on the northern section.