Planning Scheme Amendment 49 approved by Minister

While I know it has been a controversial change I am very pleased Planning Scheme Amendment 49 was approved by Planning Minister John Day last Friday. As it happened I had lunch at a Property Council sponsored Directions 2031 update that day and sat with Minister Day and he signalled out Fremantle for high praise on a number of issues for its leadership in planning to the whole audience.

For those of you living in a hole the past year or two the planning scheme amendments cover twelve key sites in the less attractive parts of city central area of the CBD, focused around Queen Street between the Fremantle Railway Station and Kings Square. These sites were identified by the City of Fremantle as capable of supporting redevelopment that would make a significant contribution to revitalising Fremantle.

I think this could herald a new era for the Fremantle CBD that will see many thousands more people living, working and shopping in the heart of our city.

I am also confident that these amendments will allow the type of sustainable development with more affordable housing that under the current planning scheme were simply not possible,”

It is one of the most significant, if not the most significant, planning decision this council has ever made, and one which will have far reaching consequences for the future of Fremantle’s city centre

In his media statement, Minister Day said the amendment would accommodate a higher residential and business population in Fremantle and enable greater use of local services and higher frequency public transport facilities. He added that the amendment took into consideration issues such as building heights and heritage protection in the centre of Fremantle.

Now we can all focus on getting the best developments possible within these areas. This pic is from one of the big ships in last week.

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2 Responses to Planning Scheme Amendment 49 approved by Minister

  1. Emma Anda says:

    Well done, you must be feeling happy to know the outcome from the Planning Minister at last, I am so pleased. Very exciting! Thank you for all the hard work that you have done on this, lots of long hours I am sure.

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