Designs on good outcome
DRAFT policies on design review and split coding in the City of Wanneroo are out for public comment until June 26.
The City has invited submissions on two local planning policies that relate to building design in infill development areas.
A recent report to the council said the City received 32 applications for multiple dwelling developments in the past two years, with nine in Wanneroo, Girrawheen and Koondoola’s split coded areas.
“There has been greater emphasis placed on design quality, particularly for apartment design,” the report said.
“Design quality is not limited to appearance and architecture; it also encompasses functionality, sustainability, response to context and results in a built form that performs well for its users.
“These desired outcomes will be facilitated through the establishment of a design review panel.”
The policy would guide which developments are referred to the panel. The City plans to allocate $100,000 in its 2018-19 budget to establish the panel.
Responding to questions at last month’s council meeting, planning and sustainability director Mark Dickson said after public consultation the City was likely to implement the design review policy before the end of this year.
Another report on the same agenda related to split coding in the Wanneroo and Girrawheen-Koondoola housing precincts.
That report said the policy did not adequately address some design considerations, such as landscaping, street facades, location of storerooms and bin stores and space to manoeuvre cars into and out of car spaces.