Freo pushes ahead with height policy
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.