So What's the Issue?
Well, it's two-fold...
Scheme Amendment 35
Firstly, the Subiaco Council is currently considering a development application by Greg Pearce of Windsor Knight developments to increase the height of development along the western side of Rokeby Road (Hamersley to Nicholson Road) from 12m to 18.5m and a doubling of the area’s plot ratio. The application is called Scheme Amendment 35, to the City's current town planning scheme (TPS4).
Let's be clear. The Scheme Amendment proposal has come about due to one developer’s greed, with the assistance of the Council and its staff.
Find out more here.
Local Planning Scheme No.5 (LPS5)
Secondly, it just so happens that the Council is also attempting its own rezoning of BOTH sides of this section of Rokeby Road to a similar height (17m) in its search for areas to increase density as part of the new Local Planning Scheme No.5 (LPS5).
The Council's LPS5 plan (let along the WAPC's version) for the area has come about essentially due to what many experienced planners view as lazy planning, a lack of vision, not only for the Rokeby South area, but for the City as a whole, and an unwillingness to ask the hard questions of the State Government.
If either of these two scenarios happen, the Rokeby South's streetscape and the appealing lifestyle it provides will be gone forever. Adjacent heritage streets lined with single story homes will suffer enormously. Major parking and traffic issues will ensue and Council have carried out no Traffic Impact Assessment for either proposal!
But we're not going to let this prevail. We are making Council stand up for residents' rights and for all fairly, not just those of the developers or with commercial interests.
Scroll down to see how we are achieving that...
It's the Height of Greed.
Here's what the Developer of Scheme Amendment 35 wants!
What the?!?! Take a look at some more pics showing you what is currently allowable versus what the developer wants
And then remember, what the Council itself is wanting to do is only marginally lower, but on BOTH sides of the road! Wind tunnel, anyone?
• More Compatible with Adjacent Single Storey Residences
• Appropriate Plot ratio
• Can build up to 4 storeys already
• Maintains Streetscape Appeal
• Maintains Human Scale
• Provides Appropriate Density
IN OTHER WORDS,
IF IT'S NOT BROKE...
• Misleading, vague proposal
• Says it for 4 storeys when its really for 6!
• Major Overshadowing
• Major Overlooking
• Incompatible with Area
• Excessive Plot ratio
• Inadequate Setbacks
• NO Traffic Impact Assessment
• Inadequate Parking
• Will Destroy Character
• Loss of Heritage
• Will Destroy Streetscape
• Disproportionate to Street Width
• Loss of Residential Property Value
• Based on Outdated Density Targets
• NO guarantee of stopping ground floor Large 24/7 Supermarket (as previously attempted)
NEED WE SAY MORE?
Here's What You Did in Response to Scheme Amendment 35 and LPS5
A Record no. of
You sent in over 230 submissions on the Scheme Amendment and nearly 1,500 submissions on the LPS5 issue! What an amazing effort - the largest ever in the history of Subiaco - well done 🙂
Two of the biggest petitions in Subiaco's history!
Over 2,700 of you signed the petition to Council to fight against Scheme Amendment 35 and we've nearly reached 4,000 signatures on LPS5. Just brilliant!
You Forced the Council to Reconsider their Agenda
The massive show of people power, along with a lot of work from Save Rokeby South volunteers has made the Council accept the need for a new precinct plan for the Rokeby South area, that is properly designed, in consultation with all stakeholders. Find out more here
YOUR Actions are Making the Difference.
Let's Keep it up!
It's up to all of us. This part of Subiaco can either be:
Ruined forever by poor, ad-hoc planning decisions that only serve to line the Developer's and Council's coffers
Saved and enhanced through community action, forcing Council to listen to us and plan what the community actually wants.
We are making a big impact, so let’s continue to stand and work together to preserve, enhance and build on what is already so great about this area!
What People are Saying
"The 'Paris End' of Subiaco is in danger of becoming Stalingrad."
"We are so lucky to have a suburb like Subiaco with all its history, heritage and character. We should be doing everything possible to preserve and maintain its heritage, rather than make foolish decisions to destroy whats so unique about it. I think it would be a travesty to see Rokeby South lose its individuality."
NIKI PEINKE, THE PROPERTY EXCHANGE
"I love walking the kids to and from school along Rokeby South. Friendly faces, friendly places, trees, blue skies and a mix of heritage and modern architecture of a human scale that all combine to make it such a fantastic place. Let's not lose it!"
“It’s hard to understand why we want to destroy the very thing that attracts us most to dear Subiaco. The cottages, the quaint laneways, the sense of village even in a bustling location, just to name a few.
By raising the building height we are on the path to turning it into a business park, increasing traffic to laneways and tiny streets off Rokeby Road, devaluing residential property and over shadowing existing homes.
And please, we don’t need more apartments in Subi!”
ANNIE MCCARTHY - THE PROPERTY EXCHANGE
"Those responsible for Subiaco's town planning and those who are in Council to represent the people of Subiaco need to do the right thing and not just rollover and let Developers do as they wish."
"If Subiaco wishes to get tourists to stop off between Perth CBD, Kings Park and the beaches, we need to preserve and enhance what attractions we have."
"We seem to be rapidly destroying the Subiaconess of Subiaco - the very essence of why it is such a highly valued area. Rokeby South is a beautiful example of our built heritage and high rise in this precinct would completely change the ambience. Resist the urge to make it taller!"
“It appears the Council’s original ‘vision’ for Rokeby Road South has now been revised to more accurately reflect the Chippers Development proposal, that the former Council’s own properly convened review panel previously rejected unanimously.”
"First the markets go and now this."
"I want Subiaco to retain its Urban Village character and regain the vibrancy that attracted us here."
"Older character homes should not be adjacent to tall buildings and offices which will ruin and spoil this area of Subiaco where families reside!"
"The existing zoning allows for future development in keeping with the popular ambience of the area and with consideration for the adjacent residences. The City has taken great care to create and nurture this attractive street for locals and visitors. The proposed increase in height will ruin this."
"This is an inappropriate area for buildings of this scale."
"As a long term ratepayer, I believe the council should be actively making certain that the amenities and characteristics of Subiaco - those things that have our school filled and our character homes selling well, should be well protected. I do not believe this is the best plan."
"If the Council want to turn what is now the most vibrant end of Rokeby Road into a ghost town like the other end of town, this is the way to do it."
"I have lived in Subiaco since I was a child and I want my grandchildren to enjoy the heritage and traditional character of Subiaco and am totally against the huge development on the Chippers site. The existing planning heights are OK - to increase them to allow for up to 6 levels is madness."
"I am a concerned resident that values the character and charm of Rokeby South."
"The scale of this proposal is outrageously large. It will overshadow existing dwellings and erase the charm of south Rokeby road forever."
"The rules should not be dictated by a developer we need a comprehensive holistic approach to rejuvenating Subiaco."
"The current zoning for the southern end of Rokeby Road is sufficient. Why spoil something that is working beautifully?"
"The north end of Subiaco is high rise, high density, around the shops, entertainment and transport hub - great! The south end is different - lets keep it that way. Variety of spaces and life styles is good."
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