Infill target questioned
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.peppermintgrove.wa.gov.au until October 14.