City sup­ports site re­zon­ing

Wanneroo Times - - Opinion - Laura Pond

AN Ashby site has been rec­om­mended for re­zon­ing to al­low for a med­i­cal cen­tre, phar­macy and apart­ments.

Wan­neroo coun­cil­lors sup­ported En­deav­our Prop­er­ties’ pro­posed agreed struc­ture plan amend­ment at their Septem­ber meet­ing.

The amend­ment is to re­zone a 4116sq m site on Black­berry Drive, north of The Ashby Bar and Bistro, from res­i­den­tial to mixed use.

Plan­ning So­lu­tions se­nior plan­ner Laura Sab­itzer pre­sented a dep­u­ta­tion prior to the meet­ing on be­half of the ap­pli­cant and said the amend­ment would give “ap­pro­pri­ate tran­si­tion” be­tween the tav­ern and homes.

She said a med­i­cal cen­tre and phar­macy would pro­vide a “vi­tal lo­cal ser­vice” and a con­cept plan showed two-storey apart­ments at the cor­ner of Ro­cella Loop and Pin­jar Road.

Two res­i­dents ob­jected to the amend­ment dur­ing pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, rais­ing con­cerns about in­creased traf­fic and that there were al­ready suf­fi­cient med­i­cal cen­tres nearby, while the De­part­ment of Plan­ning said the con­cept was in­con­sis­tent with the mixed-use zone ob­jec­tives.

A re­port by the City said it was com­pat­i­ble with ob­jec­tives and a traf­fic im­pact state­ment pro­vided by the ap­pli­cant found the roads could ad­e­quately han­dle in­creased traf­fic, though a full assess­ment would be done fol­low­ing a de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion.

Cr Sa­man­tha Fenn said she hoped a qual­ity de­vel­op­ment would be cre­ated to cater to the grow­ing area.

“There’s a real op­por­tu­nity here for the ap­pli­cant to achieve some­thing im­pres­sive,” she said.

The pro­posed amend­ment will be sent to the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion for ap­proval.

An ae­rial map show­ing the site rec­om­mended for re­zon­ing.

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