Hous­ing plan ap­proved


North Coast Times - - OPINION -

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.

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