39 Fenellia Crescent, Craigie – Grouped Dwelling (new dwelling and modifications to existing dwelling)

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The City has received and is currently assessing a planning application for the above.

A copy of the development plans can be viewed below.

As this proposal is considered to have a minimal impact on the broader area surrounding the subject property, notification letters relating to the proposal have only been sent to a selection of landowners and occupiers in the property’s immediate vicinity.

Higher density development in the City’s Housing Opportunity Areas is to meet the requirements of the City’s Local Planning Scheme No. 3, Development in Housing Opportunity Areas Local Planning Policy, and the State planning policy Residential Design Codes of Western Australia (R-Codes).  Both policies are divided up into different ‘design elements’ (for example; site area, street setbacks, street walls and fences, open space, building height, parking, landscaping).

For all ‘design elements’, there are objectives that need to be met. There are two different ways that can be used to assess if the objectives are being met – known as ‘deemed-to-comply standards’ and ‘design principles’.

If the proposal meets the deemed-to-comply standards, it is automatically considered to meet the objective and should be approved in accordance with the requirements of the R-Codes.

Where the deemed-to-comply standards are not met, this does not necessarily mean that the proposal does not meet the objective. Instead, the City needs to exercise some judgement (referred to as ‘discretion’) in considering whether the proposal meets the design principles, which may result in a better built form outcome than a proposal which has met the ‘deemed-to-comply’ requirements.

In this circumstance, the applicant is asking the City to exercise discretion with regards to the following design elements:

Unit One (retained unit)

  • Reduced building setback to the internal (east)
  • Boundary walls to two side boundaries
  • Reduced setback to hardstand

Unit Two (proposed rear unit)

  • Boundary walls to two side boundaries
  • Boundary wall length (internal boundary)
  • Boundary wall height (internal boundary)
  • No openable windows to laundry
  • Reduced ceiling heights
  • Provision of three small trees in lieu of one medium tree
  • No separate/designated pedestrian connection to rear unit
  • Crossover located in proximity to power pole
  • Reduced soft landscaping within the front setback area
  • Retaining wall over 0.5m (excavation) within 1m of the boundaries

You may wish to provide a submission on the proposal, as a written comment, by Thursday 11 November 2021.

Submissions can be made via the online Planning Consultation Submission Form below, via email or via post to PO Box 21, Joondalup WA 6919.

Submissions will be considered as part of the overall decision-making process.