A quick summary of the changes we’ve made in response to public feedback on A49.

I thought that it would be useful for those of you not keen on wading through Fremantle Council agendas to provide a quick summary of the changes Council will be debating onScheme Amendment 49 this week and next.

In response to community and stakeholder feedback we have made quite a few changes:

1. The first is in response to the feedback that many were concerned about the bulk of bigger buildings as much as the height per se. As a result it now recommended that an additional requirement that limits the bulk of the buildings under discretionary additional building height controls to being no more than 40% of total development site area be included

2. There was also some confusion around the maximum floors on the Coles Woolstore and Westgate Mall suites allowed so an additional requirement that limits the maximum number of storeys from ground level within a development to nine storeys will be included. Some Councillors will also be arguing it be dropped to 8 storeys on these two sites at coming meetings.

3. Include a provision that specifically prohibits the approval of any development with discretionary additional building height until a local planning policy addressing the application of the criteria listed in clause 1.3.2 (f) of Amendment 49 is adopted by the Council and that should such a local planning policy not be adopted, development with discretionary additional building height will not be capable of approval.

3. We will also remove the discretionary additional building height from Area 11 ( the Town Hall and Library site) so it will stay as is under the scheme.

4. It is also recommended we modify and slightly reduce the building heights on the corner of Queen Street and Adelaide Street so they are the same as the rest of Queen St.

5. We got a lot of feedback on the potential impact of development on the Henderson Street Warders Cottages so there are reduced building heights for development with frontage to Henderson Street Mall:

6. We are also introducing some further safe guards to reduce heights for sites directly adjoins a heritage listed building.

This is not the complete list but it gives you a taste. If you want more the whole item is on the City of Fremantle website.

Of course I realise this won’t make everyone happy. It is the reality of these kinds of changes that some want heights to up, and some for it to come down etc etc but I think we are getting close to a good outcome.

This photo is from Portland’s Pearl District

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One Response to A quick summary of the changes we’ve made in response to public feedback on A49.

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