Con­cerns raised over shop­ping cen­tre

De­fer­ral for key is­sues to be re­solved

North Coast Weekender - - News - Laura Pond

DE­VEL­OP­MENT of a pro­posed shop­ping cen­tre in Wan­neroo has been de­ferred to ad­dress con­cerns.

Ur­bis ap­plied to the Metro North-West De­vel­op­ment Assess­ment Panel to cre­ate a child­care cen­tre, con­ve­nience store, self-stor­age units, med­i­cal cen­tre, carpark and three show­rooms on a Wan­neroo Road site, next to the Drovers Place precinct.

The City of Wan­neroo rec­om­mended re­fusal be­cause self-stor­age units were not a per­mit­ted use, the built form was in­com­pat­i­ble with Yel­lagonga Re­gional Park and there was no ur­ban wa­ter or wet­lands man­age­ment plan. It also found ve­hi­cle ac­cess was in­ad­e­quate and the de­vel­op­ment in­con­sis­tent with the State Plan­ning Pol­icy.

Ur­bis ur­ban plan­ner Kris Nolan told the panel on July 18 they had spent a “con­sid­er­able amount of en­ergy” on cre­at­ing ac­cept­able ve­hi­cle ac­cess via an in­ter­sec­tion on the site.

“We spent six months with Main Roads work­ing on this in­ter­sec­tion,” he said.

Mr Nolan said they were “sur­prised” by the City’s re­fusal and sought a sixweek de­fer­ral to ad­dress its con­cerns but City plan­ning im­ple­men­ta­tion di­rec­tor Pas Bra­cone be­lieved the ap­pli­cant was aware of is­sues raised and the rec­om­men­da­tion should not have been a sur­prise.

The panel voted to de­fer the de­ci­sion for eight weeks to al­low the City and ap­pli­cant to re­solve is­sues re­lat­ing to wet­lands and wa­ter man­age­ment plans, al­ter­na­tive land uses for self stor­age units, ve­hi­cle ac­cess and re­la­tion­ship to Yel­lagonga re­serve.

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