Seniors height limit rejected
ATTEMPT AT SINGLE-STOREY ONLY
A BID to restrict redevelopment near central Wanneroo to singlestorey seniors housing has been knocked back.
The Wanneroo Council recently supported a staff recommendation to refuse the request, which had been put forward at this year’s electors’ AGM.
That motion asked the City to set aside 46 privately owned properties in a 4.2ha block for a singlestorey complex suitable for an ageing population.
Lindsay Van Aken, who moved the original motion, said there was a “large number of elderly folk” living there and they wanted to protect their lifestyle as the area was redeveloped.
The subject area, bounded by Leach Road, Crisafulli Road, Frederick Street and Hastings Street, currently has 38 single dwellings and 21 grouped dwellings with a split density code of R20/R60.
According to the May council report, it was located within the Wanneroo local housing precinct, where an increase in residential density and housing choice was encouraged.
It said the local housing strategy envisaged a mix of single, grouped and multiple dwellings for the precinct to achieve the R60 density and the standard doublestorey building height limits applied in the subject area.
“The subject site is very well suited for the development of aged and dependent persons’ dwelling given its location, topography and zoning,” it said.
“The request to restrict doublestorey construction may reduce the number of aged housing units that could be provided.”
The report said double-storey buildings suitable for older people were common across Australia.
Asked whether multi-storey developments could be allowed beside existing single-storey homes, planning and sustainability director Mark Dickson said they could if the plans met R-code and planning policy requirements.
The council resolved that there was sufficient scope within the existing residential zone for development of housing that suited older and dependent people.