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SOUTH FREO PAVEMENT PLACEMAKING PARTY

Posted in city of fremantle, city planning, community, lifestyle, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on December 7, 2018

 

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The first South Fremantle Precinct placemaking pavement party on the corner of Little Lefroy Road and South Terrace was a big success during the late afternoon of Thursday.

Young and old and dogs turned up to connect with the local community and celebrate the new street furniture and traffic slowing project.

Many of the South Freo celebs turned up and so did Mayor Brad Pettitt and Councillor Jon Strachan.

Well done to all the volunteers who beautified the area and organised the event!

Roel Loopers

CALOGERO’S ALFRESCO DECISION DEFERRED

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, city planning, coffee, food, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on December 6, 2018

 

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The future of the alfresco area of  Calogero’s is still uncertain after Fremantle’s Planning Committee last night decided to defer it and give the owners the opportunity of sourcing for a location in the vicinity for two parking bays.

Personally I don’t see what the fuss is all about as that area from Little Lefroy Road to Jenkin Street along South Terrace has become a really lovely community hub, and even more so since the City of Fremantle improved the streetscape.

Parking in the area is always at a premium, but that applies to Pakenham Street in the inner city as well, and I doubt that Bread in Common and others there had to provide parking for their patrons.

Councillor Adin Lang was all for retrospective approval of the restaurant, while Councillor Dave Hume said that Council needed to become more flexible about parking if it wanted more activation and higher density in Fremantle.

This evening from 5.30-7.30pm there will be a community placemaking event with games, music, etc. at the little hub so come along and meet your fellow South Freo community members! See you there.

Roel Loopers

FUTURE FACADES OF FREMANTLE’S KINGS SQUARE

 

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The Newman Court facades of the Fremantle Kings Square Redevelopment Project late on Wednesday afternoon.

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NO HIGHER DENSITY FOR QUARRY STREET?

 

The potential scheme amendment and zoning to R100 density for the properties at 7 and 9-15 Quarry Street in Fremantle is unlikely to proceed because of strong community objections to the idea.

The properties are owned by the City of Fremantle, which wants to sell them, but the community consultation showed that local residents are in favour of zoning the street for low-density R25 instead of medium-density R100.

Main concerns were the impact on the residential amenity of the streetscape, so the officers’ recommendation for this Wednesday Planning Committee is:

The report concludes that whilst there is planning merit in establishing a consistent zoning and suitable transitional density in this location, the complexity of developing mechanisms sufficient to address concerns raised to the satisfaction of the community, and the relatively modest increase in centre catchment/development yield likely to be achieved, does not warrant progressing the matter through all the stages of a formal scheme amendment process.

Roel Loopers

SOUTH FREO CALOGERO’S FUTURE IN DOUBT

 

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The future of CALOGERO’S  as a restaurant is in doubt with the officers’ recommendation to the City of Fremantle Planning Committee to refuse the late approval sought for the unauthorised partial use to restaurant and additions to the existing building.

The South Fremantle groceries shop, which is next to the Port City Roasters, received an interior facelift some years ago, and they also added a small cafe, but have now converted the entire four-bay carpark into an alfresco restaurant without the necessary planning approval.

CoF officers argue that the removal of the parking bays affects parking in the area, which is at a premium most of the day because of all the cafes and restaurants between Leffroy Road and Jenkin Street.

The delayed seeking of approval is for a 30 seat outdoor and 16 seat indoor restaurant with the shop remaining the primary use of the two-storey premises.

The item is on Wednesday’s Planning Committee agenda, which starts at 6pm at the North Fremantle community hall.

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THE GLASS IS HALF FULL AT KINGS SQUARE

 

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There is a lot of glass put up at the new Fremantle Kings Square buildings, a development by Sirona Capital.

I must admit that I quite like the minimalism of the building,which replaces the former Queensgate one, with its high and slim widows. The vertical impression is good.

The mount where the Christmas Tree used to be was also flattened this morning to start preparing the soil for the replacement Moreton Bay fig tree.

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BUILD US HERITAGE OF THE FUTURE!

 

An opinion piece in the West Australian by Suzanne Hunt, the WA president of the Architects Institute of Australia, caught my eye because the headline claims that ‘Architects make great cities’ I don’t believe the architectural reality in Perth can sustain that claim.

Ms Hunt wants architects appointed to the Metronet Reference Group and Infrastructure WA, because in her words It would ensure that local planning incorporates the very best examples of good design. Really?!

Suzanne Hunt also writes that Architects advocate for small policy decisions, which create happier, healthier and more connected suburbs, but that is unfortunately not what most of her colleagues are doing.

Drive and walk through the Perth metro area and you’ll see mostly boring, mediocre and visually unattractive multi-storey buildings, which have little regard for the streetscape and public amenity and which do very little to add new public open spaces with trees.

What we have been getting instead are bland concrete boxes which are often too high and bulky. The ‘creativity’ of the architects is putting cladding or screening on facades to hide the boredom of the actual building. That is make-up only that is trying to hide the flaws.

I get it that architects need to make a living and that the developers they design projects for are mostly interested in getting as much profit-making floor space as possible, and that beauty, aesthetics and great design are not  priorities for them, hence many architects compromise and design average buildings, instead of enhancing our suburbs with creative and inspiring new buildings.

That is the reason why so many of us are against suburban infill, not necessarily because of the proposed hight and bulk, but because we want to retain the unique character of older places like Fremantle, and that means we want heritage of the future in outstanding and beautiful buildings, not mediocrity.

Roel Loopers

KNUTSFORD URBAN DESIGN STRATEGY ON AGENDA

 

The Knutsford Urban Design Strategy, which is on the agenda of the  Strategic Planning and Transport Committee of Fremantle Council on Wednesday, will no doubt attract a lot of input from the arts community in the semi industrial area that is earmarked for development.

The officers mention that walkability is an essential element of the plans, as well as respecting the original landscape, planting many more trees, flexibility when designing open spaces, disorganised parking on verges which affects cyclists and pedestrians, and connecting a path network in the precinct.

Community centres in the area, such as the Fibonacci Centre, are unique and need to have breathing space around them to be able to continue and that will be one of the many challenges for the development plans of the precinct.

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WE DEMAND OUR SAY IN CITY PLANNING!

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, city planning, development, Uncategorized by freoview on November 17, 2018

 

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This letter to the editors of the West Australian by Ian Kerr of Mt Lawley makes so many valid points about the failures of our planning process that it deserves to be spread around, so that more people can read it and comment on it.

The rights of local communities to have a proper say on city planning have been eroded over the years by giving more power to the Joint Development Assessment Panels(JDAP), SAT and the WA Planning Commission, which often overrule local council decisions and approve inappropriate high and bulky buildings in character suburbs.

Main Roads is all about moving vehicles, with often scant regard for pedestrians and other road users, and JDAP is all about building bigger buildings and higher density, and not about amenity and aesthetics. That needs to change.

Great letter, Ian Kerr! Keep up the good fight!

Roel Loopers

 

FROM THE FREMANTLE FPOL COMMITTEE

Posted in city of fremantle, city planning, community, local government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on November 15, 2018

 

The needed stabilisation of the North Bank foreshore in North Fremantle created the longest debate of the evening at the Fremantle Council FPOL Committee on Wednesday evening.

Questions were asked why the City of Fremantle should spend money on it when clearly the onus had been on the developers at the time, who went into receivership, to build a seawall to protect the residential properties.

Councillors also made it clear that the City would not be able to spend approximately $ 600,000 on this so it was a long way away from the issues being resolved.

Staff were asked why the elected members had not received more information, as they had requested some months ago when the item came before the committee, so the item was deferred and will come back to council in about three months.

Another long debate was about the implementation of a Sustainable Events Policy, which would demand that plastic water bottles, straws, balloons, styrofoam, polystyrene, etc. would no longer been used at Fremantle events.

The High Street/Stirling Highway project will need EPA approval so that will change things a little but the City is still required to remove FERN from Montreal Street and hand over the site to Main Road by the start of February next year.

The preferred builder for the Fremantle Park sports and community home was approved, as were the well overdue two zebra crossings on Marine Terrace, and the extension of the lease for the South Beach kiosk.

Also approved was that Cleanaway will be responsible for the collection of the new FOGO green organic waste collection.

An offer has been made for the sale of 12 Holdsworth Street, but that was a confidential item, so I had to leave the chambers. This is the building where the Fremantle Dental Clinic is in, which offers a great service to those on pension, concession and health cards, who can otherwise not afford to go to a dentist, so the city should lobby State Government that the dental clinic will remain in Fremantle as it is needed here!

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