Ap­proval for church in But­ler

North Coast Times - - NEWS - Lucy Jarvis

KINGDOMCITY has re­ceived ap­proval to build a $5.5 mil­lion church in But­ler.

The Metro North-West De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel ap­proved plans by Sphere Ar­chi­tects for 68 Ames­bury Loop, with 21 con­di­tions.

One con­di­tion re­stricts the num­ber of peo­ple al­lowed in the church to 500 and an­other re­stricts op­er­at­ing hours to be­tween 9am and 9pm on week­days and Sun­days.

The panel orig­i­nally con­sid­ered the ap­pli­ca­tion in March but de­ferred mak­ing a de­ci­sion so the ap­pli­cant could ad­dress bush­fire risk on the ad­ja­cent site.

At the July 10 panel meet­ing, Sphere Ar­chi­tects direc­tor Jero Young said they had cre­ated a 30m-wide pro­tec­tion zone which the church would main­tain un­der an agree­ment with the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion.

“We be­lieve the bush­fire man­age­ment plan has been re­solved to DFES’ sat­is­fac­tion,” he said.

Panel mem­ber and Wan­neroo coun­cil­lor Frank Cvi­tan moved the rec­om­men­da­tion to ap­prove, say­ing he was com­fort­able is­sues had been ad­dressed.

The 6000sq m site is bounded by Land­beach Boule­vard and road re­serves for the fu­ture ex­ten­sion of But­ler Boule­vard and Mitchell Free­way.

The pro­posal in­cluded 125 car bays, an au­di­to­rium, chil­dren’s room, play area, kitchen and al­fresco area, as well as of­fices and toi­lets.

The City re­ceived 13 sub­mis­sions dur­ing pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, with four sup­port­ing the pro­posal and nine objecting.

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