Designs on good out­come

Wanneroo Times - - Street Watch -

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.

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