Freo pushes ahead with height pol­icy

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

THE stalled City of Ri­versea com­pris­ing five western sub­urbs coun­cils could have nine­storey beach­side apart­ments if a City of Fre­man­tle pol­icy for its new Mos­man Park bor­der is adopted next week.

“One im­pact of that is that Mos­man Park will have an in­flux of traf­fic on McCabe Street, and that in or­der to fix that the fu­ture ratepay­ers of Ri­versea will pay for that,” Mos­man Park Cr Jenna Ledger­wood said.

Last Wed­nes­day, Fre­man­tle’s plan­ning com­mit­tee rec­om­mended a pol­icy giv­ing dis­cre- tionary power for up to nine storeys at the south­east cor­ner of the $220 mil­lion Taskers de­vel­op­ment on the street, about eight floors on the ad­ja­cent One Steel site and about 10 floors on part of the for­mer Matilda Bay Brew­ery about 150m south, all over­look­ing Leighton Beach.

But Fre­man­tle’s bor­der moves south from Buck­land Hill to McCabe Street’s me­dian in the July 1 merg­ers, which may not in­clude the State Gov­ern­ment-re­jected Ri­versea coun­cil, which is on hold while new City of Perth Act leg­is­la­tion and bound­aries are de­cided.

Crit­ics of Fre­man­tle’s pol­icy for the apart­ments’ sites say it by­passes western sub­urbs op­po­si­tion to high de­vel­op­ments.

North Fre­man­tle res­i­dents had been de­vel­op­ing apart­ment de­sign guide­lines for their coun­cil but North Fre­man­tle Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Ger­ard MacGill said it was now likely the pol­icy would be ap­proved with­out “se­ri­ous” work on the rules to re­duce the build­ings’ im­pacts.

Mr MacGill said an in­com­plete traf­fic study in­di­cated Mos­man Park fears that Fre­man­tle was pre­pared for another coun­cil, or other ratepay­ers, to deal with the apart­ments’ con­se­quences may be cor­rect.

Fre­man­tle Cr Rob Fit­tock said the pol­icy had to be con­sid­ered be­fore the guide­lines be­cause “we’re run­ning out of time at our end, with merg­ers hap­pen­ing and bor­der changes”.

Cr Fit­tock said the fair­ness of Fre­man­tle plan­ning for land that could be­come part of Ri­versea was a “real dilemma” dur­ing amal­ga­ma­tions but Fre­man­tle had to con­tinue with its plan­ning pro­cesses.

Some Fre­man­tle coun­cil­lors may an­a­lyse the pol­icy be­fore the end of this month to ac­com­mo­date de­sign guide­line and traf­fic con­cerns, and sev­eral were con­sid­er­ing vis­it­ing Buck­land Hill streets that could be over­looked by the in­creased heights.

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