DOWN TO EARTH
BUILDING mega towers along Mill Point Road north is not a good idea because the road system will suffer from traffic congestion unless car-parking bays are very limited in each development.
A train station nearby is at least 15 years away, admitted a developer to the Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (DAP) meeting on October 10.
Is that a good reason to come up with 409 parking bays when City requirements are 264?
In catering to the seriously rich in high-rise apartments, a parking bay per bedroom is what the market wants was the response.
The Government’s aim of highdensity infill near public transport is to reduce traffic congestion.
For mass transport over distance in a shorter time, train stations need to be some distance apart so that the train can pick up speed.
South Perth, being close to Elizabeth Quay train station, is meant to be a destination station rather than pick up workers to get to the CBD during peak hours.
Because some trains would be at crush capacity, they would probably not stop there.
Another problem is that third parties whose input is vital have not been given the time to do the necessary work.
The Water Corporation has not reviewed the upgrading needed to provide water and sewage to proposed and approved mega towers and the cost.
It seems that developers are required to pay for such work.
Developers have whinged that the goalposts (development rules) have been changed, but do not acknowledge that the goal posts were too loosely specified.
They’re gleeful that the sky’s the limit in terms of building height as it’s more profitable to market luxury apartments with river views.
It’s time they were bought down to earth. CAROL ROE, Manning.