Public consulation options – proposed Scheme Amendment 49

Society members and other interested citizens

My neighbours and I received letters at the w/e from the Mayor advising about the several Public consulation options for the proposed City Centre Scheme Amendment 49 which have been open for comment since 12 October.

Members of the Society Committee have been working on all available data to date in drafting a comprehensive Submission on behalf of the Fremantle Society to Council during this comment phase (Closes  7th December 2011)

Due to the importance the Society’s Planning committee places on this matter and despite being a special Public holiday they are convening a Special Full Committee Meeting Friday 28th October from 10am.  A tour of all 12 sites will be followed by a meeting at 11 Captains Lane. 

Matters r/t  Scheme Amendment 49 are the only items on that Agenda. Members are invited to join the committee at this meeting.

We do hope to see members at the first of the City’s Workshops;  6.30pm -8.45 pm Monday 31st October at Victoria Hall in High Street East End. (RSVP to the City essential, limited space)

Supporting documents at; City’s website under Fremantle City Central Urban Renewal . Follows a transcript from City’s website on the proposal and the consultation opportunities available for your urgent input. 

“Twelve key sites in the eastern area of the City Centre zone, focused around Queen Street between the Fremantle Railway Station and Kings Square, have been identified by the City as capable of supporting redevelopment of an intensity and scale that would make a significant contribution to achieving the strategic imperatives of the Fremantle Strategic Plan 2010–2015.

The purpose of amending the development standards of Local Planning Scheme No 4 relating to the 12 sites is to provide sufficient new floor space to accommodate increased numbers of workers and residents at a density to support a sustainable future for the City and in an urban environment of vibrant, comfortable and human scaled public spaces throughout the inner east end area.

Achievement of the above objectives would support Fremantle’s role as a Strategic Metropolitan Centre as identified in the state government’s spatial strategy ‘Directions 2031 and Beyond’.

For additional information, please find below a number of supporting documents, including an easy–to–read general information sheet and frequently asked questions.

The City will also be holding a number of public events to provide further information and the opportunity to discuss the proposed amendment. These are as follows:

Presentation and discussion evening

Monday 31 October at the Victoria Hall from 6.30 pm to 8.45 pm. Presentations will be provided by a range of speakers on the issues facing Fremantle and a discussion will be held on the potential for Scheme Amendment No 49 to address these issues. Please RSVP by Friday 28 October as places are limited.

Open days
Friday 4 November at Kings Square from 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm and Saturday 5 November at Kings Square from 11.00 am to 2.00 pm; this provides an opportunity to drop in at your leisure to view the plans and ask questions on a one to one basis.

Walking tours around the sites
A one hour guided walk around the subject sites will follow each of the open days on Friday 4 November (commencing at Kings Square at 7.00 pm) and Saturday 5 November (commencing at Kings Square at 2.00 pm).

Interactive community workshop
Monday 14 November from 6.00 pm to 8.15 pm; information will be provided about the amendment and feedback sought from participants.  RSVP’s are essential for the community workshop and should be received by Monday 7 November. You will be advised of the venue when RSVP is provided.

Please RSVP for the ‘presentation and discussion evening’ and ‘interactive community workshop’ via the contact details provided below.

Contact officer
Planning policy and projects team

T 08 9432 9805
E planning@fremantle.wa.gov.au

Closes 7 December 2011

Another Forum opportunity to discuss Amendment 49  proposal, (Sponsored by CUSP Institute, NDUA, Fremantle Community Bank, Chamber of Commerce and TFN) will be held at the CUSP Institute, Pakenham Street Fremantle, as follow;

“Prof Peter Newman, the staff and students of CUSP invite you to this unique evening of discussion about Freo’s future.

Density, Development and Revitalisation in Fremantle: More or Less Sustainable?

Enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments in the relaxed setting at CUSP,
while an expert panel offers their views and takes your questions

7pm – 9 pm, Thursday 3 November

Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP)

3 Pakenham St, Fremantle

Refreshments provided “Gold Coin Donation”

Sponsored by: Notre Dame University; Fremantle Community Bank; Fremantle Chamber of Commerce; The Fremantle Network.

 

DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR FREMANTLE

Fremantle’s Strategic Sites.

The Fremantle Society Committee is very concerned regarding the Strategic Sites Working Group (SSWG) report that was adopted at Council in July, with only Cr Dowson speaking and voting against it.

Chair of the Society’s Heritage & Planning Committee, Don Whittington represented the Society on the SSWG and then Society President Ian Alexander was a community rep. Both Don and Ian did not support the SSWG report, so along with Cr Dowson put in a dissenting Report that was tabled at a SSWG meeting. The Society Committee supports that dissenting report.

Of Particular concern to the Committee is the proposal to amend the Town Planning Scheme to remove any statutory height limits on the Woolstores shopping centre site on Cantonment Street, the Gas and Coke Site on Queen Street and Westgate Site on Adelaide Street. We know of no other Council in WA that has taken such a step to effectively remove control of building bulk, scale and height on specific sites. This has the potential to make the size of the proposed ING development seem small by comparison with what could end up on those sites. While Council may believe they can control bulk and scale through the Design Review Committee, we can not share that confidence. Mandating maximum heights in the Planning Scheme is the only way to ensure Bulk, Scale & Height are able to be controlled. This is especially relevant as Development Assessment Panels (DAP) are set to take planning decisions out of Council’s control for developments over $7 million. DAP will use the Council’s Planning Scheme to determine an application; if no height limit is nominated in the Scheme they are at liberty to approve any sized development they wish.

Full-page advertisements in the Western Australian, Fremantle Herald and Fremantle Gazette do not mention the lack of height controls, or the two extra storeys available to the other sites under consideration, if certain design guidelines are met. The map and text only refer to “As of Right” heights.

While there is a process to go through in adopting a Scheme Amendment which includes full Community Consultation, this first step was crucially important in setting the scope of the Scheme Amendment and bodes badly for the final outcome.

The Fremantle Society Committee is working to retain height limits the Fremantle Scheme and lobby for human scale development, but will need the support of members and the community in this.

Fremantle Society Election makes History

A few weeks ago, it seemed that no-one was going to put their name forward for election as President of the Fremantle Society for 2011 and beyond. Now, with nominations to close in a few days, two Society members have  indicated they are going to stand for the position. If this occurs, it will be the first time there has been an election for the post in the Society’s 40 year history.

I think that’s great, as it indicates there is a high and growing level of interest in the recently ‘re-badged’ Society.

Watch this space for an official announcement after nominations close on November 22nd!

Ian Alexander*

*Ian has been President of the Society since 2007, but is not standing for re-election

Fremantle Society AGM and Committee Elections coming up

The Fremantle Society will be holding its AGM in a few weeks, on Monday December 6th, 7 for 730pm at the University of Notre Dame Santa Maria Lecture Theatre, 19 Mouat Street Fremantle.

We hope as many Society members as possible will attend. Non-members are also encouraged to attend — you join up on the night for just $20 annual sub, $25 family and $10 concession — there is a proposal to increase the subs for 2011, but if you join before or at the AGM, $20 is all you need pay!

Our guest speaker is Dr Carmen Lawrence, well known for her past and dedicated political contributions to WA and especially to Fremantle. Recently, Carmen was appointed Chair of the Australian Heritage Council, the Federal body responsible for heritage. In this role, Carmen will be addressing the topic “Why List the West Kimberley?” Given recent public debate on the future of this area, it is a timely topic.

The Election of a new Committee will also take place at the AGM. Nominations close on November 22nd and nomination papers will be mailed out to members — you are encouraged to nominate, whether it be for Committee (9 members required), for President (Ian Alexander is stepping down after 4 years in the post) or Secretary (Ruth Belben is not re-nominating for that position).
If you are interested contact rbelben@iinet.net.au

Ian Alexander