Strategy has focus on facades

As part of its new local housing strategy, local planning policies are being prepared to ensure high quality development occurs in residential areas.

Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said carports, garages and granny flats at some properties in the City were of substandard appearance and detracted from the amenity of the area, despite complying with planning laws.

This includes the design, colour and materials not matching or complementing the house and their size and form, particularly if used to house boats or trailers.

�I encourage land owners to undertake development that will match and improve the established standards of their street and suburb,� Mr Pickard said.

The policies will not be applied retrospectively to existing structures. Following the City�s March council meeting, a scheme amendment to implement the local housing strategy has been forwarded to the State Government for final approval.

The amendment will increase densities in key housing opportunity areas around the City�s train stations and major shopping centres. Planning and community development director Dale Page said at the meeting she hoped this would be finalised in 12 months.

The City advertised the first local housing strategy draft in 2010.

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