CITY ZON­ING DIS­CRIM­I­NATES

Wanneroo Weekender - - News -

THE City of Joon­dalup has split the City into the wor­thy and the un­wor­thy.

The un­wor­thy will have their com­mu­ni­ties de­stroyed by over de­vel­op­ment and the wor­thy will be left un­touched. It is dis­crim­i­na­tory and it is un­fair. The den­si­fi­ca­tion load should have been shared across the city by re­zon­ing all R20 ar­eas to R25 or R30.

In­stead the City de­cided to zone se­lected ar­eas to R20/R40 and that has the devel­op­ers queu­ing up to make money.

It means brown­fields re­de­vel­op­ment by stealth.

These are fam­ily sub­urbs and com­mu­ni­ties and they should not be hav­ing inner city-like zon­ing in­flicted on them.

R40 means in­di­vid­ual house lots can be as small as 180sq m.

All a de­vel­oper has to do when he sub­di­vides a larger lot is achieve an av­er­age lot size of 220sq m.

If the de­vel­oper wants to build group hous­ing all he has to do is achieve an av­er­age of 220sq m per dwelling, ex­cept if he builds them for over 55s he can ac­tu­ally bring that av­er­age down by one third. No one will ever check though that he sells or rents them to over 55s.

The real kicker though is the apart­ment pro­vi­sion where R40 means eight to nine apart­ments

beau­ties that are male white-winged fairy wrens in their mat­ing plumage.

Var­ie­gated Fairy Wrens with their blue, brown, black and white plumage are also in­hab­it­ing the coastal shrub­bery. GARY TATE, Green­wood can be squeezed onto a 1000sq m lot so around 111sq m to 125sq m per dwelling.

Build­ing lots of dog box apart­ments in an area doesn’t ben­e­fit the com­mu­ni­ties.

The only peo­ple who ben­e­fit from it are the devel­op­ers and you can be sure that they won’t live in one of these.

The City of Stir­ling changed its plan­ning scheme in 2015 to stop there be­ing an ex­ces­sive num­ber of these dog box apart­ments be­ing built.

By ap­ply­ing the R30 apart­ment pro­vi­sion to these ar­eas the num­ber of apart­ments that can be built on a 1000sq m lot is re­duced to three to four.

That means bet­ter apart­ments and bet­ter com­mu­nity out­comes.

Plan­ning that pro­duces bad com­mu­nity out­comes is bad plan­ning and you have to ques­tion why the City of Joon­dalup chose to pro­ceed with dis­crim­i­na­tory zon­ing that they know is go­ing to pro­duce a bad com­mu­nity out­come.

Why didn’t they fol­low Stir­ling’s lead and have the R30 apart­ment pro­vi­sions ap­ply so the in­cen­tive to devel­op­ers to build mis­er­able apart­ment build­ings wasn’t there?

Why didn’t the City choose to share the den­si­fi­ca­tion ef­fort across the whole city?

The sim­ple an­swer is they chose to pro­tect where they live and sac­ri­fice us in­stead. MIKE MOORE, Ar­chi­tect, Edg­wa­ter

Ar­chi­tect Mike Moore says the City of Joon­dalup is be­ing dis­crim­i­na­tory and that build­ing lots of dog box apart­ments doesn’t ben­e­fit com­mu­ni­ties.

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