Shopping around for feedback

A PLAN to guide the upgrade of Whitford City shopping centre and surrounding land will be advertised for public comment from June 11.

City of Joondalup councillors last Tuesday unanimously approved to advertise the plan for 28 days.

Councillor John Chester said it was a �courageous decision� for the council to reject a draft Whitford activity centre structure plan in November, 2013, and that the new plan � which was the result of 18 months of mediation between the City, Westfield and the Department of Planning � was a �very progressive document and illustrated the wisdom of the original decision�.

�It has a creative mix of retail, business offices, consulting rooms, educational institutions, various public facilities and a very good mix of accommodation styles,� he said.

Cr Brian Corr said he particularly supported the inclusion of residential dwellings in the development.

�We have in-fill targets to meet in our suburbs and the more dwellings we can get in to a development like this, the better, because it takes a lot of pressure off the suburbs to meet the targets,� he said.

The plan proposes a maximum retail floor space of 77,500sq m, road upgrades on Marmion Avenue at Whitfords and Banks avenues, development of Endeavour Road into a main street, redesign of the north of Banks Avenue, upgrade to the bus stop on Whitfords Avenue near Dampier Avenue and a minimum of 40 residential dwellings in the Endeavour district.

Mayor Troy Pickard said the redevelopment would be a positive for the City, providing living, employment and business opportunities for the community.

�All submissions received during the advertising period will be considered before the council decide whether to formally adopt the plan,� he said.