Big new village prompts traffic fear
Regis Aged Care’s proposed 327-unit retirement village in Karella Street could cause traffic problems in Nedlands, mayor Max Hipkins says.
“Smyth Road … is already under severe pressure,” Mr Hipkins said this week.
“Traffic studies will be critical for the proposed development, which is sited between two major roads – Stirling Highway and Aberdare Road – which are near capacity.”
Regis’s long-awaited plans for the $250million retirement village show 327 apartments, 658 car bays and 65 scooter bays.
A six-storey clubhouse is the planned centrepiece of the sprawling village, which would run all the way from Smyth Road to Williams Road.
Three-storey buildings would line all three streets, according to the plans, which also show a bowling green, a pool, a gym and an outdoor amphitheatre.
“Together with our architects, we have undertaken an extensive study of the local area to design a development based on the character of the local neighbourhood,” a Regis spokesperson said.
“The proposed development is entirely in keeping with the council’s stated vision for the area and we understand that the local community is also supportive of the development.”
Nedlands council sought residents’ submissions on the plans, which will be judged by a development assessment panel (DAP).
Mayor Max Hipkins said he was concerned that Regis’s plans showed a total floor area equal to 114% of the massive site, instead of the 75% specified in the council’s town planning scheme.
“What they can actually do on the site is up in the air,” he said.
“In the past, the scheme has been the final word in what you can do on a piece of land.
“DAPs have notoriously exercised far more discretion than councils.
“In principle, I’m not objecting to a higher plot ratio … [but] all the open space is internal and the community doesn’t get any benefit.”
Regis’s spokesperson said the council’s incoming town planning scheme 3, which is being assessed by the WA Planning Commission, removed plot ratio restrictions.
Regis Aged Care has released plans for its 327-unit retirement village in Karella Street.
The proposed six-storey clubhouse.