Wanneroo landowners seek inclusion of retirement village in District Planning Scheme 2

Landowners want to include retirement village among uses permitted on four blocks east of Steven Street in Wanneroo. d484151
Landowners want to include retirement village among uses permitted on four blocks east of Steven Street in Wanneroo. d484151

A GROUP of Wanneroo landowners hope to get Wanneroo councillors’ support to allow a retirement village development next week.

Burgess Design Group’s application on behalf of owners and developers to increase uses allowed on four adjoining properties on Dundebar Road and Belgrade Road through District Planning Scheme 2 is due to be considered by the council next Tuesday.

The City’s administration has recommended the council refuse the change, which would add uses of retirement village, nursing home, medical centre, pharmacy, restaurant, office and child care centre.

One of the owners, Kate Coughlan, said they started looking at rezoning the rural resource properties about three years ago.

A retirement village is proposed for four lots bounded by Dundebar Road, Steven Street and Belgrade Road.

“These four blocks are designated to become urban at some stage,” Mrs Coughlan said.

Under the Metropolitan Regional Scheme, the 8ha site is now zoned urban deferred and she said developers, Hall & Prior Health and Aged Care Group and Civcon Civil, had approached the owners to redevelop the land.

A concept plan included in the June council agenda proposed a retirement village with 148 units and a 120-bed nursing home.

The plans propose 148 units in the retirement village and a 120-bed nursing home.

Mrs Coughlan said the proposal could help address a shortage of aged care facilities within the City and was close to an established residential area on Steven Street.

At Tuesday’s council briefing session, planning and sustainability director Mark Dickson said staff recommended refusal because some information was outstanding, including a legal agreement for developer contributions.

During public question time, Mrs Coughlan said the developers were willing to enter the legal agreement, but had only received a preliminary figure of about $5 million for contributions required to fund infrastructure.

“The biggest sticking point seems to be about the developer contribution fees,” she told the Times.

The Wanneroo resident hoped they would be able to resolve outstanding issues before the June 26 council meeting, but said if the council refused the application, they would appeal the decision.

The council report included a letter from Hall & Prior indicating the project would cost $80 to $100 million, provide employment for up to 300 people and generate annual rates of $100,000 to $150,000.