Car bays debate
COTTESLOE Council approved the first application for redevelopment of the beach strip when it approved a five-storey proposal at Frank Wilson’s Blue Waters Restaurant and Cott’s Takeaway, opposite the Cottesloe Beach Hotel, last month.
But councillors were concerned whether the development, and others that could bring up to 200 apartments to the strip, would be charged the correct cash-in-lieu for missing car bays on the congested strip.
“If we don’t get this right, we could be creating a rod for our and future councils’ backs,” Cr Jack Walsh said.
Blue Waters Restaurant and Cott’s Takeaway, on the corner of Marine Parade and Warnham Road, will have a restaurant or a shop and seven apartments on three storeys from street level, with the fourth and fifth storeys set back at least 4m.
Former councillor Patricia Carmichael said the Blue Waters’ application highlighted how cars would affect neighbouring streets and the council had to clarify its cash-in-lieu car bay policy to manage beachfront congestion.
The application included 10 basement car bays and in a letter to the council, Mr Wilson suggested continuing the current arrangement of no extra car bays for businesses on the site.
However, Local Planning Scheme No. 3 can require up to 20 bays for the site, while giving councillors discretion to reduce the requirement up to 50 per cent to calculate cash-in-lieu, which could pay for new parking at other locations or a council- funded beach bus.
Staff suggested a 100 per cent concession.
“To give a 100 per cent concession when our policy says 50 per cent makes a nonsense of our policy,” Cr Walsh said
Cr Walsh calculated that once parking for alfresco diners was removed, Mr Wilson could owe the council up to $720,000 for the equivalent of six cash-in-lieu bays.
Instead, Cr Walsh got support for a $120,000 payment for a single bay.