63 Fortescue Loop, Heathridge – Two Grouped Dwellings

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The City has received and is currently assessing a planning application for two grouped dwellings at the above address.

A copy of the development plans can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

All residential development in the City of Joondalup is required to meet the requirements of the Residential Design Codes of Western Australia (R-Codes) and the City’s Residential Development Local Planning Policy.  Both 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:

  • Minor incursion within the front setback area exceeding 50% of the frontage (Unit 1)
  • Reduced lot boundary setback to the south west boundary (Unit 2 laundry).
  • Reduced lot boundary setback to the south west (internal) boundary (Unit 1 laundry).
  • Less than 45% open space (Unit 1)
  • Garage reduced setback (Unit 2)
  • Solid front fencing to a height above 1.2m (Unit 1)
  • Structure higher than 0.75m within 1.5m of a driveway (both units)
  • Outdoor living area within front setback area (Unit 1 Alfresco)
  • Retaining and fill greater than 1m between the street and the dwelling (both units).
  • Visitor parking provided informally within driveways in lieu of on street verge bays.
  • Crossover widths greater than 3m (both units)

You may wish to provide a submission on the proposal, as a written comment, by 21 October 2019. A copy of the development plans will be available during this time on the City’s website and at the City’s Administration Centre.

Submissions will be considered as part of the overall decision-making process and if you choose to make a submission, you will be notified of the outcome of the proposal.

Submissions can be sent to the City via email or posted to P.O. Box 21, Joondalup WA 6919.

For assistance in reviewing the plans or for further information on this proposal please contact the City on 9400 4100 or visit the City’s Administration Centre.