Wanneroo Council supports zone change for State Government housing site in Alexander Heights

During public consultation, the City of Wanneroo received 17 submissions objecting to the proposal for 30 Crabtree Street.
During public consultation, the City of Wanneroo received 17 submissions objecting to the proposal for 30 Crabtree Street.

WANNEROO Council has agreed to a ‘residential’ zone for an Alexander Heights property that would allow a mix of private, shared ownership and public housing.

At its December meeting, the council supported planning scheme changes for the site owned by the Department of Communities, including giving it an R40 housing density code.

The then-Department of Housing originally submitted the proposal for 30 Crabtree Stree in mid-2013 as the 4019sq m site was unzoned and uncoded.

A location map for 30 Crabtree Street.

During public consultation at the time, the City received four submissions and three objected to the proposal, citing traffic concerns.

According to a December council report, the City asked the department to address issues raised and submit a traffic report, which the renamed-department provided in August 2017.

“Due to the lapse of time in submitting the traffic report and as per the advice from the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, the amendment was required to be readvertised,” the report said.

During the second round of consultation in early 2018, the City received 17 submissions, all objecting to the proposal.

They raised concerns about an increase in traffic, social housing and loss of vegetation, however the report said the proposal would not have significant impacts.

“The amendment proposal is likely to create 18 dwellings,” it said.

“The estimated volume of traffic generated by the proposal is not likely to impact on the normal flow of traffic in the locality.

“The land will be developed by the Department of Communities to provide mixed housing programs, including full market sales, shared equity sales (Keystart) and social housing.

“The number of social houses to be provided is not to exceed one for every nine dwellings.”