How will parking at the shopping centres be managed?
The City’s parking studies completed in 2019 show that there is more than enough parking at the shopping centres. The average car park use at Nollamara is 36%, at Mirrabooka is 46% and Balga Plaza is 33%. So while there may be pressure at some times, for most of the time more than half the carparks are empty.
If the owners of the shopping centres do go ahead with redevelopment work they will need to ensure that the parking provided complies with the relevant Local Development Plan. There will be parking along the streets around the centres and on new streets built within centres. Whilst some bays will be removed at Nollamara to make way for new buildings, new on-street bays will compensate for this loss.
How will tree cover be maintained and increased?
New development along the corridors and in centres will have to allow spaces at all front, rear and side boundaries to provide space for trees This is a new requirement. Consolidating of driveways for new development will also provide space in the verge for new street trees. These details are in the ‘Building Types’ sections of the Local Development Plan.
Why will some areas be able to keep big block sizes, but others not?
The City’s Local Planning Strategy, which aligns with the State Government’s Perth and Peel @ 3.5 Million plan, requires 75% of new dwellings to be in activity centres or along urban corridors as these are well served by public transport. This means that the existing areas of houses on larger blocks are being kept to provide housing for families.
What does R-AC0 mean and what is the development potential for my land?
Unlike R20 or R40 which is a standard density coding contained in the State Government’s Residential Design Codes, R-AC0 provides the mechanism for the City to set out specific rules for a particular area. These are in the Local Development Plan (LDP). The LDP and the Better Suburbs Strategy use building types such as D1 and A2 which provide a three-dimensional building envelope diagram to outline the maximum building form.Based on our extensive community consultation, we have developed a number of different building types to ensure that there is an appropriate building type for all centres and along all corridors to ensure there is enough room for planting trees and stepping down of building heights