Special Council Meeting – Kings Square project
February 7, 2013 1 Comment
The Kings Square project will potentially cross another hurdle this Monday night (11.2 at 6pm) when the Fremantle Council will have a Special Council meeting to consider what has the potential to be the biggest urban renewal project Fremantle has ever undertaken.
We have worked very hard on getting this project right and I am increasingly of the view that this project is going to be key if we are to make revitalize the Fremantle CBD and get more diverse retail and good jobs back into Fremantle .
The report is on the web but here is the Executive Summary
Council adopted a draft business plan in November 2012 for the sale and redevelopment of a number of properties in the Kings Square precinct. In accordance with the Local Government Act requirements, the plan was advertised for public comment. A total of 27 submissions have been received and are required to be considered by council. Council may adopt the Business Plan with minor amendments without the need to readvertise. If major amendments are made the Plan is required to be readvertised for a further period of 6 weeks.
The majority of submissions made comment on 2 key matters:
1. Urban design issues relating to the opening of Newman court to vehicular traffic and the perceived loss of public and/or green space in Kings Square;
2. The building architecture as shown in the images in the Business Plan.
Whilst council has adopted Urban Design Guidelines for Kings Square, the issue of traffic in Newman court will need to be resolved separately to this process as the Guidelines provide flexibility on this matter. Detailed design of the public realm spaces will need to be undertaken once council decides to proceed with the redevelopment proposals.
To address the many concerns about the architecture, it is suggested by officers that council give consideration to conducting an architectural competition for its proposed new library, visitor centre, civic centre and administration building. Details of the conduct of such a competition will be the subject of separate report to council through the Planning Services Committee.
A summary of submissions is included in Attachment 1 together with a suggested brief response to each matter raised. A more detailed written response will be provided to each submitter following the council’s determination of submissions.
Council is now required to determine whether it will adopt the Business Plan with or without amendment, or not adopt the plan.