Bid to find right mix for tav­erns

CITY LOOK­ING FOR BAL­ANCE

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS - Leah Roberts

A DRAFT pol­icy for ho­tel and tav­ern ap­pli­ca­tions was passed by the City of Fremantle’s strate­gic plan­ning and trans­port com­mit­tee on Wed­nes­day in re­sponse to queries raised about the con­cen­tra­tion of new, large-scale al­co­hol-re­lated venues.

The pol­icy aims to en­sure there is a gen­uine mixed-use ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment near venues.

A coun­cil re­port said the pol­icy was needed be­cause “re­cent ap­pli­ca­tions have high­lighted the im­por­tance of con­sid­er­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate­ness of these land uses con­sis­tently and trans­par­ently”.

Ex­cep­tions are stated to be if a “pro­posal is lo­cated on a small site in­ca­pable of ac­com­mo­dat­ing sub­stan­tial ad­di­tional land uses and lo­cated within a her­itage­listed build­ing ei­ther tra­di­tion­ally used for that pur­pose or adapted for re­use for such pur­pose”.

The re­port did not recommned in­clud­ing a ra­tio of floor space re­quire­ment.

The pol­icy will go to the full coun­cil for a de­ci­sion on Wed­nes­day.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pet­titt said the City was not look­ing to place un­nec­es­sary re­stric­tions on pubs.

“The pol­icy was pro­posed in re­sponse to com­mu­nity con­cern about the pos­si­bil­ity of an over­con­cen­tra­tion of large pubs and bars in the city cen­tre,” he said.

“The pur­pose of the pol­icy is to en­sure that tav­erns and ho­tels form part of a bal­anced mix of land uses in the city cen­tre and I think that’s some­thing everyone in the com­mu­nity – in­clud­ing de­vel­op­ers and the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try – will sup­port.”

Picture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d484195

St Pa­trick's Com­mu­nity Sup­port Cen­tre client Pa­trick Ry­der.

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