Frequently Asked Questions
1. Has the developer consulted with the authorities or existing residents?
The developer has undertaken significant consultation with local, state and federal departments over the past two years and held a number of public consultation sessions, two of these community drop-in sessions held in May 2017. This has resulted in considerable design evolution and amendments to the original development plans which have shaped their current form.
2. What documents will be submitted for assessment soon?
Two strategic planning documents called a Local Structure Plan amendment and Local Development Plan were submitted to the City of Joondalup by the owner of the town centre site. The purpose of these documents is further explained below:
- Local Structure Plan Amendment (LSP) - The past and current development of the Beaumaris Beach land estate is primarily governed by a strategic planning document called the Iluka Structure Plan. This Structure Plan is approximately 20 years old and as such requires some amendments to cater for our intended village development.
- Local Development Plan (LDP) – A LDP is a planning document which more specifically relates to built form on one site. It provides for site-specific planning controls such as building heights, parking, vehicle access and active (retail) frontages. This plan operates within the land use guidance in the abovementioned LSP, and sets out the key criteria that a future Development Application is required to comply with.
The City of Joondalup advertised the proposed amendment to the LSP and LDP in October 2017. At the February Ordinary Council Meeting, the City of Joondalup Councillors supported the LSP and approved the LDP, both with modifications. Both the LSP and LDP will now be forwarded to the WA Planning Commission for consideration and final determination. This final process can take two-three months.
3. How many stories will the development be?
The LSP and LDPs specify a height of three storeys shall be permitted. Within the City's report to Council, the planning officer notes:
"this does not preclude the future lodgement or approval of a development application for a building with height greater than three storeys.
In accordance with the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 (the Regulations), structure plans are a ‘due regard’ document only and no longer have the same statutory status as a Local Planning Scheme. As such, the fact that the existing LSP and the proposed LSP amendment both contain a height limit of three storeys, does not automatically exclude greater height from being approved on the site if such a proposal has merit.
However, if any greater height is proposed through a development application in future, the application would be assessed against the three storey height limit and the onus would be on the applicant to demonstrate that any additional height meets the objectives of the LSP and would not have undue negative impact on the neighbours or surrounding area."
4. Will the Precinct have sufficient parking on site?
The number of parking bays contained in and around the precinct will be sufficient to cater for its building users and visitors. One of the design team's goals has been to design the basement and street parking in a way that allows the private (apartment) bays to all be contained in the basement and then have all the visitor bays easily accessible on street level.
The exact number of car bays and their location will be the subject of scrutiny by the design team and the authorities when the detailed design information is known and contained in the Development Application to be submitted in the future.
5. Will there be additional traffic through the surrounding residential streets?
With any new development, there will be additional vehicles coming and going. However, by locating the basement entry ramp off Burns Beach Road the majority of cars entering and exiting from the new development will not need to enter the residential streets.
6. How will deliveries and rubbish collection be managed?
It is proposed that all rubbish removal and commercial deliveries will occur off Burns Beach Road via a loading bay. This will be subject to approval from the City of Joondalup. The apartment rubbish will be collected in the basement and removed via a private contractor.
7.I live on Santos VistA. what will I be looking at?
Within the Gallery is an image showing the ‘Street View Along Santos Vista’. In addition, the ‘Consistent Relative Height’ section in the Gallery shows how the three-storey built form along Santos Vista sits in comparison to the existing single and double storey houses.
Significant design work has informed the current building façade articulation and textures, low profile, and positive and negative spaces to ensure that this three-storey interface with the existing residents is respectfully designed.
8. How many and what type of shops will there be along O’Mara Boulevard?
Given the passage of time and the significant growth in other retail centres such as Currambine, it is generally agreed between all stakeholders that the most appropriate retail outcome will be in the form of local shops, restaurants and cafes fronting both sides of O'Mara Boulevard.
To ensure this is delivered in the future, the LSP will mandate a minimum retail/commercial floor area on the south town centre site of 800m2, and slightly less on the north of 700m2.
9. When is construction expected to start?
The LSP and LDP is currently progressing through the normal assessment and determination process with the City of Joondalup, advertising the plans in October 2017. At the February Ordinary Council Meeting, the City of Joondalup Councillors supported the LSP and approved the LDP, both with modifications. Both the LSP and LDP will now be forwarded to the WA Planning Commission for consideration and final determination. This final process can take two-three months to progress through the system, however it is hoped that it won’t take this long.
Upon gaining WA Planning Commision approval to the LSP and LDP, more detailed and tailored Development Applications will be able to be lodged and assessed, well before any construction can commence.
10. When is construction expected to be complete?
Upon construction commencing, we estimate it will take approximately two years to complete.
11.Will I be able to review and comment on a detailed Development Application in the future?
Yes, the future Development Applications for this site will be advertised for comment as part of the normal assessment and determination process conducted by the authorities.