In­fill tar­get ques­tioned

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - By JON BAS­SETT

PEP­PER­MINT Grove Coun­cil wants to know how the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion (WAPC) cal­cu­lated its in­fill tar­get that is dou­ble that of neigh­bour­ing coun­cils in a draft plan for Perth to house 3.5 mil­lion in 2050.

“The in­crease in in­fill hous­ing tar­gets from 280 dwellings in 2013 to 500 dwellings rep­re­sents an ex­ces­sive change in hous­ing type and num­bers in a con­strained ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment,” the coun­cil’s sub­mis­sion to the WAPC’s draft Perth and Peel@3.5 mil­lion plan says.

At last month’s meet­ing, coun­cil­lors ques­tioned how the WAPC had con­cluded the 1.1sq km of mostly R12.5 zon­ing should have an 80 per cent in­crease from 649 cur­rent dwellings to 1149 in 2050, when neigh­bour­ing 4.3sq km Mos­man Park was asked for a 40 per cent rise from about 4000 to about 5600 homes in the same 35 years.

“It seems strange to me how they can come up with those an­swers, and not say how they came up with them,” Coun­cil­lor Charles Hohnen said.

More than a third of Pep­per­mint Grove’s homes are her­itage listed and Shire pres­i­dent Rachel Thomas said the in­fill needed for an 80 per cent rise could “squeeze” her­itage homes to­gether be­cause Perth and Peel@3.5 mil­lion also said coun­cils must keep their ex­ist­ing ur­ban fab­ric.

The sub­mis­sion crit­i­cised the WAPC for not recog­nis­ing the pro­por­tion­ally large ar­eas of land in the Shire used by Pres­by­te­rian Ladies Col­lege and Cottes­loe Pri­mary School, the po­ten­tial loss of land for me­dian den­sity apart­ments if road re­serves were widened by the Stir­ling High­way Ac­cess Cor­ri­dor Study, and the WAPC al­legedly show­ing no method­ol­ogy when set­ting in­fill tar­gets.

The sub­mis­sion sug­gested the WAPC look at re­gional in­fill sites that crossed coun­cil bound­aries, in­clud­ing Fre­man­tle rail­way line land where level cross­ings also should be fixed to im­prove com­muter traf­fic, and that residential in­fill be at min­i­mum den­si­ties for each site’s R-Code.

A WAPC spokes­woman said the tar­gets were dis­trib­uted across all coun­cils as a guide, based on de­vel­op­ment po­ten­tial and den­sity suit­abil­ity.

Pep­per­mint Grove’s draft Lo­cal Plan­ning Scheme No.4 is avail­able for com­ment at www.pep­per­mint­ un­til Oc­to­ber 14.

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