City seeks ra­dio si­lence

Wanneroo Times - - Front Page - Lucy Jarvis

COM­MER­CIAL build­ings in Lands­dale will have height re­stric­tions and no win­dows fac­ing Alexan­der Drive to avoid in­ter­fer­ence with satel­lites.

Wan­neroo Coun­cil has sup­ported plan­ning scheme and struc­ture plan changes for East Wan­neroo Cell 9, which is op­po­site the Perth In­ter­na­tional Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Cen­tre in Cul­la­cabardee.

A coun­cil re­port said the cen­tre pro­vided sig­nif­i­cant state and na­tional telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions ser­vices that were sus­cep­ti­ble to ra­dio fre­quency in­ter­fer­ence from ur­ban de­vel­op­ment.

The re­port said the City re­ceived an ap­pli­ca­tion to re­zone the Lands­dale lots as com­mer­cial in 2014 and the coun­cil re­solved not to sup­port the change in 2017.

How­ever, it said the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion de­cided to adopt it in July.

“The WAPC re­zoned lots 154 and 155 pre­dom­i­nantly as com­mer­cial with a por­tion zoned as civic and cul­tural,” the re­port said.

“The WAPC also pro­posed de­vel­op­ment con­trol pro­vi­sions ap­pli­ca­ble to the com­mer­cial zones in con­sul­ta­tion with the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Tel­stra.”

Th­ese in­cluded build­ing height re­stric­tions of 7.5m in the south­ern com­mer­cial zone and 6m in the north­ern zone.

Park­ing was also to be on the western side of the de­vel­op­ment so build­ings would pro­vide ex­tra screen­ing. The re­port said walls fac­ing Alexan­der Drive also had to be solid be­cause ra­dio in­ter­fer­ence might af­fect telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion ser­vices.

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