Seniors height limit re­jected


Wanneroo Weekender - - News - Lucy Jarvis

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.

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