Approval paves way for more diverse housing in City of Fremantle

  • Progressive plan to meet housing needs of changing population
  • Promotes housing choice, ageing in place and sensible infill in established suburbs
  • Small infill development to be allowed within six special control areas
  • Provisions for tree canopy and deep planting zones 
  • Changes to the City of Fremantle’s Local Planning Scheme to enable greater housing choice were gazetted today, following recent approval by Planning Minister Rita Saffioti.

    The approval of Amendment 63, subject to modifications, will allow for increased medium density housing within special control areas in Beaconsfield, Fremantle, Hilton North, O’Connor, and White Gum Valley.

    The amendment will enhance liveability and affordability while preserving the character of these suburban areas.

    Lots between 600 and 750 square metres will now be allowed a maximum of three dwellings, including existing dwellings, while lots over 750 square metres will be allowed an additional dwelling for every 150 square metres in excess of 750 square metres.

    Any proposed development must have a minimum of 70 per cent open space, 25 per cent of which must be deep planting zone to protect and enhance the City of Fremantle’s tree canopy. Car parking requirements will also apply.

    The amendment is consistent with the State Government’s objectives to promote housing diversity and innovative housing types to meet the needs of changing demographics.

    The City will monitor the effectiveness of the amendment with a five-year ‘sunset clause’ included in the Minister’s decision.

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    As stated by Planning Minister Rita Saffioti:

    “The State Government is committed to providing Western Australia’s growing population with a greater diversity of housing options to enhance affordability, liveability and downsizing options.

    “The City of Fremantle is a vibrant area home to people of all ages and backgrounds, and I am pleased that this amendment will help accommodate their different housing needs while ensuring the character of the area remains.

    “This scheme amendment strikes the right balance of retaining the character of established neighbourhoods while ensuring the City of Fremantle can accommodate a growing population.”

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