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Building Height in the Canning Bridge Activity Centre

Building Height in the Canning Bridge Activity Centre

Ongoing

We asked the community what they think about a limit of a maximum of 5 extra storeys in the Canning Bridge Activity Centre M10 and M15 zones.

Last Updated: 12 December 2019 Follow Engagement

Community Involvement

We asked the community what they thought about a maximum limit of 5 extra storeys on top of a M10 or M15 'base' height in the Canning Bridge Activity Centre.

Under the proposed amendment, the maximum building height where bonuses have been awarded would be:

  • M10: up to 15 storeys with bonus heights
  • M15: up to 20 storeys with bonus heights

Dependent what the community told us, your Council may decide to:

  • adopt an amendment to the Plan and refer it to the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) for a final decision;
  • modify the amendment to the Plan and refer it to the WAPC for a final decision;
  • Not proceed with the amendment.

Engagement Results

Online form

475 people responded to questions on limiting bonus heights to 5 additional storeys for the M10 and M15 zones respectively. The options they could select from and then comment upon were:

  • Too high
  • Appropriate
  • Too low

Quantitative feedback on the options showed that most people felt that the bonus heights in both the M10 and M15 Zones were too high.

M10 Zone

  • 81% (n=383) of responses felt the bonus heights in the M10 Zone were too high
  • 11% (n=50) of responses felt the bonus heights in the M10 Zone were appropriate
  • 9% (n=42) of responses felt the bonus heights in the M10 Zone were too low

M15 Zone

  • 79% (n=377) of responses felt the bonus heights in the M15 Zone were too high
  • 8% (n=36) of responses felt the bonus heights in the M15 Zone were appropriate
  • 13% (n=62) of responses felt the bonus heights in the M15 Zone were too low

Read the Data Analysis Report

About the Engagement

Background

Over ten years ago, a vision for the Canning Bridge area began to evolve the precinct to become a unique, vibrant and creative community centred around the integrated transport at Canning Bridge.

As developments have commenced within the Canning Bridge precinct some concerns have been raised in the community about the heights of buildings being approved. Balancing community concerns and State Government requirements for additional housing including preference to higher density.

To respond to our community's concerns a review of the development controls for building height and the process for approving additional height has now commenced.

The first step in the review program is a Council proposed amendment to the Canning Bridge Activity Centre Plan to limit the awarding of bonus height to a maximum of five storeys in the M10 and M15 zones.

Existing Limits

Currently in the M10 and M15 Zones buildings are limited to 10 storeys and 15 storeys, but additional storeys can be awarded where design criteria and community benefits are provided.

The amount of extra storeys possible in the M10 and M15 zones is currently not limited, but any additional height is required to meet other objectives of the Canning Bridge Activity Centre Plan and be proportionate to the amount of community benefit provided.

Proposed Limits

Under the proposed amendment, the maximum building height where bonuses have been awarded would be as follows:

  • M10 Zone: up to 15 storeys with bonus height
  • M15 Zone: up to 20 storeys with bonus height

Timeline

  • Thursday, 19 September 2019
  • Online form open for submissions
  • Wednesday, 16 October 2019
  • Online form closes
  • December 2019
  • Report submitted to Council and refer to WAPC
  • Depending on Council decision First half of 2020
  • Refer to Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC)
  • Decision expected April 2020
  • WAPC decision to approve, modify or refuse proposed amendment

How We Engaged with You

Who did we engage with?

We engaged with residents, ratepayers, business owners, workers, developers and visitors to the Applecross and Mount Pleasant area on their preferences with respect to an amendment to the Canning Bridge Activity Centre Structure Plan.

How could people get involved?

The community could make a submission on Melville Talks via an online form to share their feedback on the proposal by council to limit the development heights at Canning Bridge (M10 and M15) to 5 additional stories over based heights identified in the Canning Bridge Activity Centre Plan.

Letters were sent to residents and ratepayers in Applecross and Mount Pleasant inviting them to share their feedback via the online form. Direct emails will also be sent to a random sample of Applecross and Mount Pleasant residents and ratepayers inviting them to submit their feedback along with newspaper, social media and electronic newsletters.

What will happen with the information from the online form?

Dependent what the community tell us, your Council may decide to:

  • adopt an amendment to the Plan and refer it to the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) for a final decision;
  • modify the amendment to the Plan and refer it to the WAPC for a final decision;
  • Not proceed with the amendment.

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