Fremantle policy aims to make life easier

FREMANTLE City Council hopes to make developers’ lives a little easier with its Significant Development Applications Policy.

Under the proposed policy, developers planning a “significant development” will be required to enter into early consultation with the council and the community before lodging a formal development application.

A significant development is defined as any residential development of five units or more, worth more than $750,000, involving a WA Heritage Council-listed building or having a major impact on the streetscape and amenity of the area.

FCC director of urban management Geoff Broad said, if a development was thought to have a significant impact on the streetscape, he would forward the proposal to the Mayor and council’s development assessment committee for their decision.

Mr Broad said the policy was designed to give developers an early indication of community concerns.

“It helps their developments go through council more smoothly,” he said.

The policy has gone before the FCC’s development committee and is now open for public comment. It is likely to be adopted in two months.

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