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Taller buildings approved for Vic Park

11/03/2009 - 14:50

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A portion of development sites in Victoria Park will be allowed to be built up to 18 storeys high after the state government approved a lift in building height limits.

Taller buildings approved for Vic Park

A portion of development sites in Victoria Park will be allowed to be built up to 18 storeys high after the state government approved a lift in building height limits.

Planning Minister John Day approved the increase in a move which he says will deliver major social, economic and physical benefits to the south-east suburb.

"With so many amenities and facilities in Victoria Park, including major public transport routes, shopping strips and riverside amenities, the suburb has a great potential to provide many opportunities for people to live and work locally," Mr Day said.

"The proposal for mixed-use development in close proximity to so many amenities and facilities will enhance Victoria Park's potentials."

The Town of Victoria Park adopted the Causeway Precinct Review Draft Report in 2007. This document contained recommendations to allow six taller (maximum 18 storeys) residential buildings which were adjacent to parklands.

However, in February 2008 (following October 2007 local government elections) the council changed its views and opted to reduce the heights to a maximum of 12 storeys.

"I considered the decision to reduce height limits did not reflect the findings of the Causeway Precinct Review and the outcomes of the extensive community consultation undertaken in 2007," the Minister said.

"I have therefore asked the council to modify the amendment to allow for a maximum 18-storey height limit on six development sites.

"The Western Australian Planning Commission advised me that in supporting higher building height, this will encourage the construction of narrower towers which will provide better view corridors than those provided by lower wider towers.

"I can also see economic benefits for the 18-storey height limit by maximising residential dwelling numbers which will, in turn, stimulate development of rundown facilities, and an increase in employment opportunities. This outcome is particularly important in the current economic circumstances.

"The amendment will deliver major social, economic and physical benefits to the community and the Town of Victoria Park. Given the generous development potential now available on certain sites, I would expect to see redevelopment happening very soon."

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