Joondalup chases village feel

THE idea of people living in houses on the same site as their business is taking off in Joondalup.

LandCorp has set up twenty-seven lots ranging from 400 square metres to 600sqm in an enclave around Regents Park Road in CityNorth, a residential adjunct to the Joondalup CBD.

The CityNorth project is a medium density housing development similar to the East Perth Redevelopment Authority area.

Ironically, current EPRA acting CEO Tony Morgan was LandCorp director urban operations for the Joondalup project.

LandCorp urban operations consultant Peter Brewer said the idea was to have the lots used as either residential or commercial premises.

However, if a lot was turned to a commercial use, it had to have a residential component attached.

The mixed-use approach is reminiscent of European villages and early Australian development where, for example, the baker lived in a house above his shop.

Mr Brewer said any commercial uses had to be “considerate of the fact there was residential development across the road”.

One problem people often faced when running a business from home was dealing with local government red tape.

Because the enclave was designated mixed-use, no such problems existed.

Businesses already established in the area include a landscape designer, florist, gourmet fish and chips restaurant and a health services concern.

A gourmet deli is presently under construction.

Mr Brewer said the deli was a business that should have been attracted to the enclave first.

He said businesses had to be of a type that would survive without passing traffic.

Mr Brewer said the mixed-use concept was market driven.

“It’s more a matter of getting activity into the area – creating the vibrancy which an inner city living area is all about,” he said.

Mr Brewer said the inner city living part of Joondalup had taken off with the creation of Plaistow Street, a demonstration street.

“It’s hard to explain what we mean by medium-density housing – to show what zero lot lines mean,” he said.

“Plaistow Street allowed us to demonstrate that and proved very successful.

“In hindsight, we should have done the same with the mixed use component.”

LandCorp director urban operations Mike Malone said he considered that Joondalup would develop along similar lines to West Perth.

“West Perth went from residential to commercial and now is going back to residential,” he said.

Health service business owner Paul Bruno was the first to enter the CityNorth mixed-use enclave.

Mr Bruno said the best thing about living and working in virtually the same place was the time saved.

“I’m at work in twenty seconds. I’m back home in twenty seconds. It gives me more time in the office and less time travelling.

“I find most people who live and work here love it.”

Mr Bruno said living on the premises made for flexible business hours.

“As a new business that was invaluable,” he said.

Mr Bruno said his biggest

concern was that the enclave was not fully commercial/residential.

“Some people here thought it would all be commercial/residential. Even so, those buildings that are being used fully for residential can be converted to mixed-use easily.”

Mr Bruno said the interactivity of the small CityNorth community was a bonus.

“It’s like a little village in a way, especially if the whole street becomes shops,” he said.

Mr Bruno is also president of resident association The Inner-City Residents of Joondalup Inc. His wife and business partner Pam is also on the committee.

He said the association was aimed at building community spirit in the fledgling city.

“The association put on a champagne breakfast for Australia Day and had a couple of barbecues,” Mr Bruno said.

“At the end of April we’ll be attending the Boy From Oz.

“Every time we have an event or a meeting about sixty-five or seventy people turn up. We even have a babysitting service,” he said.

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