Watsonia site faces rezoning

LAST week’s decision by smallgoods manufacturer Don KRC to close its Spearwood operations next year has paved the way for a redevelopment of the site and about 60 surrounding properties. The Hamilton Road site, which contains the group’s Watsonia factory, covers about 68.5 hectares and is surrounded by a number of other properties on land that is zoned rural, including 12 owned by Don KRC. In order for the area to be redeveloped, the Watsonia properties and 48 privately owned landholdings would have to be rezoned for urban land use, and a new structure plan created. City of Cockburn director planning and development Daniel Arndt said the city had not received formal notification from Don KRC regarding a closure date for the Spearwood operations. However, he said it was likely the land would be redeveloped once the manufacturer closed its doors. “Certainly, we’d be looking at some sort of residential zoning and more intensive residential subdivision if the plant is relocated,” Mr Arndt said. If developed, the Spearwood site would add to the 5,300 new dwellings to be built as part of the state government’s Cockburn coast plan. Released in June, the plans included a Fremantle-style cappuccino strip, new housing and landscaping around the old Robb jetty, redevelopment of the South Fremantle Power Station and several new housing precincts. Between 31 and 37 per cent of the residential component will be high-rise.

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