Housing plan approved
TARONGA PLACE PICKED AS SPOT FOR 460 HOUSES
PLANS for a 28ha subdivision that could allow for 460 houses in Eglinton received support from the City of Wanneroo council recently.
CLE Town Planning and Design had submitted a local structure plan application for 19 Taronga Place owner Daws and Son Pty Ltd in March to facilitate development of the area.
The plan, which includes 17.6ha of residential zoned land, 7.5ha of road reserve and 2.9ha of public open space, attracted 17 submissions during public consultation in April-May.
Submissions related to the effect vegetation clearing would have on flora and fauna, the bushfire management plan and the potential increase in traffic on surrounding roads.
An August council report said concerns related to the amount of vegetation to be retained on-site, as well as the quality and species of those plants.
Submitters wanted the developer to keep high quality banksia woodlands which were suitable foraging habitat for Carnaby’s black cockatoos.
The site is part of a larger lot that has 92.4ha of moderate and high value foraging habitat for the bird species, with 20.4ha located in the subject area.
“The applicant is proposing to retain a minimum of 8ha of banksia woodland threatened ecological community and foraging habitat fit the Carnaby’s black cockatoos,” the report said.
“This will ensure that the vegetation being retained has the greatest ability to provide habitat connectivity and reduce fragmentation.
“The applicant has indicated... a fauna relocation campaign will be undertaken by a qualified expert for any fauna which may be affected.”
Chesstree Avenue residents said Carnaby’s black cockatoos used the land covered by the plan, so the removal of vegetation would result in loss of wildlife that foraged there.
The council report said the Department
of Environment and Energy would assess the site to determine vegetation that needed to be retained and ensure protection of endangered species.
Benita McCabe from the Emerald Valley Residents Association also raised questions about the conservation area for the cockatoos and water licences.
The council agreed to recommend the plan to the WA Planning Commission with modifications to include the fauna management plan, an amended bushfire management plan and a requirement for
the developer to retain existing vegetation where possible.
The Department of Education’s submission on the Taronga Place structure plan said primary school children living within the estate could be accommodated at the proposed Eglinton Hill Primary School.
Adjacent landowner Eglinton Estates, via Woodsome Management, submitted that a third of the 4ha primary school site should be located within this plan. City officers said the developers of both areas could submit a structure plan amendment.
A plan by CLE Town Planning and Design to build houses in Taronga Place has been approved.