Wanneroo councillors query changes to Woodvale density plan

Wanneroo councillors query changes to Woodvale density plan

WANNEROO councillors have flagged concerns about a proposed high density development in Woodvale.

Dynamic Planning and Developments, on behalf of Watson Property Group, is seeking an amendment to the City of Wanneroo’s Woodvale Agreed Structure Plan to increase the residential coding of the Wanneroo Road site.

The lots immediately south of Prindiville Drive would be |rezoned from R25, R30 and R40 to R60 and R80 under the amendment, allowing for 98 instead of 50 dwellings.

A report by the City recommended the site be recoded to R60 as it met the local planning policy housing implementation strategy criteria of being within 250m of a high frequency bus route.

At the council briefing session on June 14, Cr Dot Newton questioned the rationale to support the rezoning given it did not meet the other conditions of having easy access or close proximity to activity centres.

Planning implementation manager Pas Bracone said it complied with the City’s policy by being close to a bus route.

“It doesn’t have to also satisfy compliance by being close to an activity centre,” he said.

Cr Domenic Zappa asked whether soundproofing would be required on lots facing Wanneroo Road.

Mr Bracone said any development adjacent to a major road was subject to conditions.

“Even if the density remained |unchanged it would apply and the applicant would have to comply,” he said. “One of the standard conditions applied relates to noise.”

Cr Brett Treby suggested the City’s recommendation be amended to include reference to a physical barrier to reduce noise, which Mr Bracone agreed could be added.

Councillors will vote whether to approve the modified amendment at the June 28 meeting.