Bid to find right mix for taverns
CITY LOOKING FOR BALANCE
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.”
St Patrick's Community Support Centre client Patrick Ryder.