Tick of ap­proval


North Coast Times - - FRONT PAGE - Laura Pond

A $14.5 MIL­LION five-storey apart­ment de­vel­op­ment in But­ler aimed at over 55s has been ap­proved.

The North West Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel de­ferred owner But­ler Land Com­pany’s pro­posal in July to al­low for more in­for­ma­tion on land­scap­ing and ex­ter­nal fea­tures, but gave it the go-ahead at the Septem­ber 27 meet­ing.

A City of Wan­neroo re­port said it was sat­is­fied with the changes made, in­clud­ing mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the build­ing fa­cade and land­scap­ing plans, adding ex­ter­nal ac­cess to store­rooms and more pri­vacy for unit bed­rooms.

The But­ler Boule­vard mixed-use de­vel­op­ment will com­prise 67 units and eight ground floor com­mer­cial ten­an­cies, of which per­mit­ted uses in­clude an art gallery, bank, of­fice, med­i­cal cen­tre and show­room.

Fea­tures in­clude first floor com­mu­nal spa­ces, such as a theatre and med­i­ta­tion rooms, swim­ming pool, gym, din­ing room and gar­den, an en­closed roof gar­den and 109 park­ing bays.

CLE Town Plan­ning se­nior plan­ner Si­mon Bur­nell spoke on be­half of the ap­pli­cant, whom he said in­tended to mar­ket the apart­ments to peo­ple aged over 55.

Mr Bur­nell said the site was in an “emerg­ing district area” and be­lieved is­sues pre­vi­ously raised by the panel had been ad­dressed, which City plan­ning im­ple­men­ta­tion man­ager Pas Bra­cone agreed.

Pre­sid­ing mem­ber Karen Hyde ques­tioned the rea­son for pro­vid­ing bike bays on the rooftop and Mr Bur­nell said ground-floor space was un­avail­able, so their choice was be­tween the base­ment and roof, both of which re­quired lift ac­cess.

“Whether it was on the roof or another area, they still have to use the lift,” he said.

The panel unan­i­mously en­dorsed the ap­pli­ca­tion, sub­ject to con­di­tions in­clud­ing that land­scap­ing oc­curs as shown on plans sub­mit­ted prior to oc­cu­pa­tion, sub­mis­sion of a con­struc­tion man­age­ment plan, and ded­i­cated res­i­dent, vis­i­tor and com­mer­cial park­ing bays to be marked as such.

Cr Rus­sell Driver said he liked the de­vel­op­ment and Cr Frank Cvi­tan agreed.

He be­lieved the pre­vi­ous is­sues were well ad­dressed.

At the same meet­ing, the panel ap­proved an amend­ment to a $20 mil­lion But­ler shop­ping cen­tre de­vel­op­ment for ad­di­tional shade sails over park­ing bays.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the But­ler Boule­vard apart­ment block.

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