A Quick Summary of the Freo council Meeting held 24 September 2014

Thanks to the City of Freo team for pulling ths summary together…

Housing diversity principles to be established

Council has agreed to a set of draft planning provisions to encourage development of diverse housing in Fremantle. The future aim is to draft a scheme amendment that will help combat Perth’s urban sprawl.

The new provisions will be targeted at low-density (R30 and below) zoned properties and would enable property owners in established suburbs to build smaller grouped dwellings that while retaining the streetscape and amenity of the area. This is not currently possible under the existing planning scheme.

The key principles for this would include:

  • Any new dwelling shall have a maximum floor area of 120sqm
  • A maximum of 1 car bay provided for each new dwelling
  • No visitor parking for developments of less than five dwellings
  • A minimum of 60% open space over the entire development site
  • A minimum of 15% of the development site area shall be provided for a deep planting zone (for large trees) with at least one tree, to council specifications, required to be retained or planted on the site.

Background

Australian houses, comparatively to other countries, are large with the average Australian house size (floor area) amongst the largest in the world. Conversely, the average household size in Australia is relatively low and predicted to decline from 2.6 persons per dwelling currently to approximately 2.3 persons per dwelling by 2021.

These factors coupled with population growth in Australia have resulted in high demand for new housing in and around Australian cities. In Perth this demand has predominantly been met on the metropolitan area’s fringe or what is more commonly referred to as ‘urban sprawl’. The housing offered in these areas is generally low density (<R30 density coding) and tends to comprise of large homogeneous homes (usually 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, theatre room and double garage) on modest sized lots.

Pushing new housing to the fringe presents a range of social, economic and environmental concerns and is not an equitable way to provide for Perth’s future population.

The Western Australian Planning Commission’s (WAPC) strategic document Directions 2031 and Beyond (2010) recognises these factors and sets a target of 47 per cent of new development to provide for Perth’s future population is to be provided from infill development (as opposed to Greenfield development).

The principles discussed at council developed from key findings of research undertaken by the Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC) to facilitate the development of moderately sized housing, irrespective of the residential density coding applicable to the land.  The City contracted AUDRC to model these principles based on potential scenarios to ensure that the Scheme amendment provisions could be feasible in practice and achieve the desired outcomes. AUDRC have confirmed in their report back to the City that with minor modification the principles can possibly provide for feasible development options.

Fringe World on its way to Freo

Background

Fringe World is an annual arts festival featuring artists and acts from a range of styles including circus, cabaret, comedy, music, dance, theatre, film and visual art. Fringe World Perth is produced by Artrage (Western Australia) and typically is held over a four week period. In its inaugural season in 2012, Fringe World presented over 150 shows running across 30 traditional and non-traditional venues in central Perth.

The 2014 Festival incorporated 450 free and ticketed shows, to be presented at more than 60 venues.  Fringe World Perth is part of the World Fringe Alliance, alongside eight key fringe Festivals: Adelaide Fringe; Amsterdam Fringe; Brighton Fringe; Edinburgh Festival Fringe; Fringe NYC; Hollywood Fringe; Prague Fringe; and The National Arts Festival Fringe of South Africa.

Event organiser ‘Vulture Culture’ approached the City with a sponsorship proposal to manage the Fremantle component of Fringe World Perth 2015. The proposed Fremantle performances will come under the umbrella of Fringe World 2015 and will be promoted as part of the whole Festival and included in the Fringe World Program. .

It is expected the Fringe in Freo program will include:

  • 50 – 100 individual acts/shows.
  • 85 – 170 performances
  • 3,000 tickets per week for four weeks.

fringe world

Business case for South Fremantle and East Fremantle Football Clubs to co-locate at Fremantle Oval

Council has approved to part-fund the production of a formal business case and concept plan for the co-location of South Fremantle and East Fremantle Football clubs at Fremantle Oval.

The joint initiative between the two WAFL clubs, WA Football Commission, Fremantle Football Club, Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR) and the City of Fremantle will ensure the long-term sustainability of Fremantle Oval as a sporting and community facility.

The business case will allow the City to properly assess the value, cost, risks and value of the proposal along with the stakeholder needs for the facility.

The City will now work with DSR to seek quotes from suitably qualified providers with a member of each of the above stakeholders to form part of the working group to oversee the process.

Expectations are that the process will take six to eight months once commenced.

Background

In June, 2014 the two local Fremantle WAFL football teams released an announcement that they would consider co-location at Fremantle Oval.

In July the City met individually with representatives of the clubs, the Department of Sport and Recreation and the WAFL. During these conversations co-location was discussed and it was agreed that DSR would organise a meeting between these stakeholders and the Fremantle Football Club to consider the merit.

A meeting was subsequently held in late July and at the conclusion of this meeting the stakeholders determined a values statement:

“Our opportunity is to create a sustainable WAFL centre of excellence where all tenants co-exist profitably and positively in a redeveloped modern facility which is acceptable and relevant to all stakeholders and embraced, as a year round all-purpose asset, by the local and broader community.”

Further meetings were held in early September with agreement by the above stakeholders to develop a business case for the proposal. The business case will consider the objectives, benefits, value for money, scope, risks, costs (including asset life costs) and options. It is expected that the business case will provide a recommendation with alternative options based on objective appraisal of their strength and weaknesses.

Green Plan working group established

Fremantle Councillors John Strachan, Rachel Pemberton and Andrew Sullivan have been appointed along with four expert community members to the City of Fremantle Green Plan Working Group.

The three councillors will join with expert community members Dr Martin Anda, Dr Paula Hooper, Mr Clinton Matthews, Mr Francis Burke and Mr Luke Priddle, to identify opportunities for new green spaces in Fremantle and to recommend options for upgrades to existing parks and linkages.

The working group will build on the principles of the City’s of Fremantle’s Green Plan (2001) to produce a revised plan to ‘green’ Fremantle and will be asked to look at enhancing green spaces in Fremantle using principles such as:

  • aiming for every  resident/worker  to be within walking distance (400m) of a public green space
  • the opportunity to apply Nature Play Principles to new and existing Fremantle parks and their upgrades
  • updated targets for tree planting and canopy cover (currently 1 000 trees per year)
  • develop strategy and policy to deliver a range of high quality landscaped environments capable of meeting the often competing needs placed on open spaces
  • improving habitat that supports biodiversity
  • ensuring water sensitive design
  • being responsive and adapting to climate change.

The result will be a Greening Fremantle Plan to empower the community to assist in the delivery of greening programs.

Background

In June 2014, council resolved to develop a new City of Fremantle Green Plan to replace the current 2001 Green Plan. Council also resolved that the membership of the group should comprise:

  • expert community members with demonstrated background in delivery of parks, green space, nature play and environmental/biodiversity management (CEO to have delegation to appoint).
  • two or three councillors
  • parks and gardens staff members
  • planning/sustainability/urban design staff member(s).

In response to community advertising, nine individuals nominated themselves to serve as expert members on the working group. While all nominees could offer significant experience and expertise, City officers shortlisted four nominees who between them offer a broad range and depth of expertise in the fields of parks and landscape design, nature play, urban design, sustainability (including urban greening and water efficiency) and academic/research knowledge relevant to green spaces.

The full agenda and minutes of this and previous meetings can be found in the agendas and minutes section of the City’s website.

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