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FREE ALFRESCO MIGHT JUST HELP

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, hospitality, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 23, 2018

 

I do realise that money is tight at the City of Fremantle because of a small ratepayers base and a big new civic centre project, but it would be good if Fremantle took the example of the Town of Vincent and introduced a free online applications for alfresco areas.

Vincent will introduce a free instant approval of alfresco, based on self-assessment and self approval by the applicants.

There will be some traders who will find it very hard to survive in Fremantle during the Kings Square Project construction, so anything that will support them will be a good thing.

The free alfresco could be limited to traders directly affected by the Kings Square Project and encourage them to put a few tables outside without adding cost to their business.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE TAKES BROADER VIEWS ON DEVELOPMENT

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 22, 2018

 

The new City of Fremantle Strategic Planning and Transport Committee met for the first time last evening at the Townhall with only two items on the agenda; the Kings Square public realm concept plan and Local Planning Policy 2.21-R60.

I reported on the Kings Square plans earlier this week so just some details of the new development plans draft that was considered and adopted last night. The entire draft can be viewed on-line on the CoF website. Click on agendas and minutes and view the agenda there.

Here some considerations that stood out for me:

Under clause 4.2.5 of the City’s Local Planning Scheme No. 4 (LPS4), the residential density of sites in the Local Centre, Neighbourhood Centre and Mixed Use zones may be increased up to R60 where the development application:

  1. Proposes ‘mixed use development’ as defined in the City’s Scheme.
  2. Would not be detrimental to the amenity of an area.

A policy has been prepared to provide guidance on the criteria against which impact on amenity will be assessed under Clause 4.2.5 of LPS4 in order to provide greater certainty and consistency of decision-making, and promote better built form and community outcomes. The draft policy has the following key elements:

Recognise that mixed use zones and local/neighbourhood centres have potential to accommodate higher density and intensity, but within which new development should acknowledge and be respectful of existing / traditional development as part of a responsible evolution.

Stipulate that the deemed-to-comply standards (excluding site area) of the base density are acceptable as a starting point for R60 development.

Where the base code deemed-to-comply standards are not met, consider variations up to the R60 coding only where assessed to not be detrimental to the surrounding area based on a series of considerations as set out in the policy relating to the impact on amenity; including impact on streetscape, heritage character, neighbour amenity, traffic and safety, impact on trees and quality of the built environment.

Stipulate some specific requirements / expectations in regards to commonly contested aspects including that plot ratio in excess of the deemed-to-comply standard for R60 will not be supported.

Require a site context assessment to accompany any proposal seeking an increase in density beyond the base coding.

It should be noted that the clause seeks to avoid detrimental amenity to the area rather than to specific individual lots, which requires Council to take a broader view of impact than solely that of the neighbour/s. Similarly, the definition of amenity in the Planning Regulations defines this in relation to the character of an area. This does not, of course, preclude neighbour impacts from forming a key consideration in assessing amenity impacts. The reference to ‘future amenity’ allows for application of the definition in new development areas or areas subject to revitalisation schemes and the like.

Site analysis and design response: requiring the preparation of these to inform any proposal

Orientation: requiring proposals to “respond to the streetscape and site while optimising solar access within the development” and building form and orientation which “minimises overshadowing on neighbouring properties”

Existing tree retention: requiring mature trees on site (or are clearly identifiable on site through aerial images from the last 5 years) for retention or replacement or offset Deep soil areas (12% of site where no trees retained): to support healthy plant and tree growth, and provision of trees proportionate to the size of the site

Communal and public open space: where more than 10 dwellings are proposed

Visual privacy: including a ‘cone of vision’ similar to that specified under the R-Codes (albeit lesser) and a minimum of 25% of the perimeter of balconies unscreened, and a requirement to site and design development to “increase privacy without compromising access to light and air and balance outlook and views from habitable rooms and private open space”

Public domain interface: considering CEPTED principles and promoting a functional and pleasing interface with the street which makes provision for services, landscaping of terraces and excludes parking

Pedestrian access and entries: which requires safe and ‘legible’ entries to buildings

Vehicle access points: requiring these to be designed and located to minimise streetscape impacts whilst avoiding conflicts between pedestrians and vehicles

Car and bicycle parking: to be provided at specified rates and designed to be functional but minimise visual impact

 

Roel Loopers

 

 

FREMANTLE ELECTORS MEETING TONIGHT!

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 21, 2018

 

A reminder that the annual City of Fremantle Electors Meeting will be held at 6pm this evening at the Fremantle Townhall.

Ask questions, put in motions, grill our elected members and staff. This is your evening.

Roel Loopers

SOLAR FARM PLANS FOR SOUTH FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, energy, environment, local government, solar, Uncategorized by freoview on February 20, 2018

 

A development application has been submitted to the City of Fremantle by Australian energy renewal company EPURON to build a solar farm on the former South Fremantle landfill site.

The proposed solar farm will cover approximately 8 hectares of the 19.4 hectare landfill site on Cockburn Road and produce up to 4.9 megawatts of power.

The CoF has been looking at what to do with the site since 1985 but because it is a contaminated site it is very limited what can be done there.

Previous interest to build a solar farm on the site were abandoned after the companies did their financial due diligence. If Fremantle Council approves the application it will be the first urban solar farm of this scale in Australia.

The former landfill site is owned by the City of Fremantle and will be leased to Epuron to develop the project.

Epuron has been developing large scale wind energy projects since 2003 and solar photovoltaic facilities since 2010, including a 3.1 MW project in Alice Springs and a 2 MW project at Yulara in the Northern Territory.

The development application is open for public comment until 30 March 2018 and a community information session will be held at the Fremantle Town Hall on 1 March 2018, starting at 6pm.

Roel Loopers

PUBLIC REALM DESIGN FOR KINGS SQUARE

Posted in city of fremantle, development, kings square, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 19, 2018

 

An officers’ Public Realm Concept Design Plan for Kings Square will be presented to the Strategic Planning and Transport Committee of Fremantle Council this Wednesday at the Townhall at 7pm.

The next stage will then be to produce a sequencing plan for budgeting, phasing, delivery of the project and the start of design development.

It is deemed important to manage and curate activation of the future Kings Square public spaces to ensure they are vibrant, activated and often changing.

The Windows of the Past concept would created windows in the pavement to look down into the recent archeological findings and limestone foundations of the former St John’s church.

The overall budget for improvements to the Kings Square public realm are estimated to be $ 8 million, which has already been captured in the ten year financial plan.

Below some highlights from the agenda:

  •   Re-energise Kings Square and create a destination for people.
  •   Respect the history and cultural significance of the place.
  •   Integrate the various projects that are currently underway.
  •   Create a place that is welcoming, safe and attractive to all.
  •   Deliver a high quality urban space that is civic, resilient and sustainable.
  •   Ensure the project remains strategically aligned with other plans and strategies for the  city.

    In response to feedback on the draft plan, the following changes/proposals have been made to the Kings Square Public Realm Concept Plan:

    1. URBAN FOREST: Addition of one extra shade tree in the main Civic Space to provide improved amenity and further reinforce the mini ‘urban forest’ concept. This will be achieved through the relocation of an additional mature tree from within Kings Square.
    2. NEWMAN COURT: Set-down/pick-up bays in Newman Court have been removed from draft concept to enable full pedestrianisation to occur in Newman Court for specific times of day/week (yet to be determined). A loading zone remains in the concept – this may be time restricted to occur ‘out of hours’ to minimise impact on the future pedestrianised character of the street.
    3. KERBSIDE USES: Minor adjustments have been made to the draft plan to improve the overall functionality and balance between competing needs in the square:
      • –  new coach/tourist set-down/pick-up bays in William and Queen Streets;
      • –  CAT bus stop introduced to Queen Street;
      • –  a loading zone in Queen Street moved around the corner into Adelaide Street;
      • –  3 ACROD bays (instead of 5 general bays for people with mobility needs);
      • –  4 general parking bays in Queen Street converted to set-down/pick-up bays;
      • –  Minor adjustments to locations for motorcycle parking.
    4. STREET TREES: Two additional street trees have been included in Queen Street, near the proposed CAT bus stop. The preferred tree species for planting around the perimeter of the square is the Jacaranda, subject to availability of suitable stock.
    1. ROUNDABOUTS:Replacementofthetwomini-roundaboutsinQueenStreetwith pedestrian-friendly raised road platforms – extending the urban design detailing of Kings Square. (These elements are still subject to further traffic modelling and confirmation that bicycle route integration will be legible, convenient and safe.)
    2. CHILDRENS PLAY SPACE:Development and integration of the schematic playspace design into the overall concept for the square, noting that further refinement will be guided by safety audits (especially with regard to the close proximity of Queen Street).

 

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE ANNUAL ELECTORS MEETING

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 17, 2018

 

An advanced notice that the Fremantle Annual General Meeting of Electors will be held this coming Wednesday, February 21, at the Fremantle Townhall at 6pm.

It will be followed at 7pm by the Strategy and Project Development Committee.

Have your say!

 

Roel Loopers

KINGS SQUARE ART PROJECT TENDER

Posted in art, city of fremantle, kings square, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 15, 2018

 

This is the last call for talented artists or artist teams to put in a submission for our Percent for Art project.

The project forms part of the Kings Square Renewal project and is a rare opportunity for artists to help shape the future of Fremantle’s city centre for the enjoyment of future generations. Submissions close 2.00 pm, Friday 16 February!!!!! 2018. Visit www.tenderlink.com/fremantle

City of Fremantle : Welcome to City of Fremantle electronic procurement and tendering web pages, which has been designed to improve the speed and efficiency for both City of Fremantle and our suppliers.
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COUNCIL BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE

Posted in children, city of fremantle, community, dogs, local government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on February 15, 2018

 

The FPOL-Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation Committee of the City of Fremantle met in North Fremantle last evening.

The Dog Exercise and Prohibited Area Policy item on the agenda attracted many speakers who walk their dog in Frederick Samson Park and who were not at all happy with the proposed restrictions, with one of them saying that council was barking up the wrong tree.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton, who has a very cute little dog herself, said that maybe the policy was heavy handed. There are Bush Forever sites that allow dogs on a leash and we need more clarity on how we handle the bush and how we handle the walkers, with or without a dog, she said.

It was decided that a site visit by some Councilors and workshopping was needed before the Elected Members could make a proper decision, and the item was deferred.

The lease of the Evan Davies building upper level above the Dome cafe for bar and restaurant will have to be confirmed by full council. Mayor Brad Pettitt said he had expected a more cultural kind of outcome, but was assured by Director Tom Griffiths that live music events were planned.

The request for special parking permits for residents of the Warders Cottages is also still unresolved with Councillors being worried about setting a precedent for future residential development which does not supply parking, so officers will need to consider all the implications first.

The idea is that residents could be offered a yearly parking permit for CoF carparks at 50% discount.

It is probably prudent to check how much commercial carparks like Queensgate are charging annually for long-term parking, and also to consider if small business owners in Fremantle should also be offered the same courtesy, because quite a few of them park their car all day while they are attending their shop.

It is disturbing to hear from one Warders Cottage resident, who contacted me, that the State Heritage Office in a letter to prospective buyers of the cottages had suggested that the City of Fremantle might supply them with parking permits,

Just before the FPOL meeting was the Library Committee meeting, so interesting to hear that the Toy Library has now been made available to Cockburn and Melville residents as well.

Roel Loopers

SULLIVAN FOR SOUTH WARD

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 13, 2018

 

 

Ballot papers will be arriving in Fremantle South Ward homes early next week for the local government by-election.

The October 2017 election was declared invalid in South Ward because of a blunder by the Electoral Commission, so we need to vote again.

Andrew Sullivan, who is my preferred candidate, posted his flyer on line, so here it is.

Roel Loopers

WHAT IS THE LEASE SECRECY ABOUT?

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, real estate, Uncategorized by freoview on February 12, 2018

 

I wonder what rules apply to making agenda items of the City of Fremantle ‘confidential’.

On Wednesday at the FPOL Committee there are two agenda items that deal with the lease of CoF properties. The one about the lease of the Evan Davies buildings is all out in the open and for the public to read, but the one about the lease of Victoria Hall is considered confidential and not open to the public.

We know the Fly by Night club has been struggling in Victoria Hall, so if this is about yet another bail-out Fremantle residents and ratepayers should know about it.

Commercial confidentially can’t be a reason as the lease of the former KULCHA space would also come under that consideration.

It appears that different rules apply at Fremantle Council and that is not good.

Roel Loopers

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