CITY ZONING DISCRIMINATES
THE City of Joondalup has split the City into the worthy and the unworthy.
The unworthy will have their communities destroyed by over development and the worthy will be left untouched. It is discriminatory and it is unfair. The densification load should have been shared across the city by rezoning all R20 areas to R25 or R30.
Instead the City decided to zone selected areas to R20/R40 and that has the developers queuing up to make money.
It means brownfields redevelopment by stealth.
These are family suburbs and communities and they should not be having inner city-like zoning inflicted on them.
R40 means individual house lots can be as small as 180sq m.
All a developer has to do when he subdivides a larger lot is achieve an average lot size of 220sq m.
If the developer wants to build group housing all he has to do is achieve an average of 220sq m per dwelling, except if he builds them for over 55s he can actually bring that average down by one third. No one will ever check though that he sells or rents them to over 55s.
The real kicker though is the apartment provision where R40 means eight to nine apartments can be squeezed onto a 1000sq m lot so around 111sq m to 125sq m per dwelling.
Building lots of dog box apartments in an area doesn’t benefit the communities.
The only people who benefit from it are the developers and you can be sure that they won’t live in one of these.
The City of Stirling changed its planning scheme in 2015 to stop there being an excessive number of these dog box apartments being built.
By applying the R30 apartment provision to these areas the number of apartments that can be built on a 1000sq m lot is reduced to three to four.
That means better apartments and better community outcomes.
Planning that produces bad community outcomes is bad planning and you have to question why the City of Joondalup chose to proceed with discriminatory zoning that they know is going to produce a bad community outcome.
Why didn’t they follow Stirling’s lead and have the R30 apartment provisions apply so the incentive to developers to build miserable apartment buildings wasn’t there?
Why didn’t the City choose to share the densification effort across the whole city?
The simple answer is they chose to protect where they live and sacrifice us instead. MIKE MOORE, Architect, Edgwater
Architect Mike Moore says the City of Joondalup is being discriminatory and that building lots of dog box apartments doesn’t benefit communities.