Mandurah looks to adopt new minimum building heights in CBD to avoid stunting investment

Planning: City of Mandurah planning and land services manager Ben Dreckow has told councillors that several developers have labelled the current height regulations in the CBD as unfeasible. Photos: City of Mandurah.
Planning: City of Mandurah planning and land services manager Ben Dreckow has told councillors that several developers have labelled the current height regulations in the CBD as unfeasible. Photos: City of Mandurah.

Investors looking to build in Mandurah may soon no longer have to construct a three-storey structure, with plans put before council to adopt lower minimum height regulations. 

The suggested shake-up has hopes to spark investment and suggests two storeys as the new minimum height level. 

At a council meeting in February, City of Mandurah planning and land services manager Ben Dreckow briefed on several of his team's suggested amendments to the city's Local Planning Scheme.

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Among a raft of modifications proposed, Mr Dreckow told the chamber he had received feedback regarding building heights from several developers eyeing property in central Mandurah. 

He said a majority of those expressed concerns that the current height regulations were not feasible.

Mandurah mayor Rhys Williams said whatever refinement was decided upon, needed to keep in mind their endeavours to attract private sector investment into the CBD. 

"This sends a clear message of what can and can't be done in the city centre," Mr Williams said.

"I hope by adding this recommendation, we can see some of that work commerce."

Town Ward councillor Dave Schumacher welcomed several of the suggested changes and added that the planning scheme was a "living and breathing document" that could cater for the short and long term needs of the city.

Planning schemes are created for all local governments and show how land may be used and developed. This is primarily through the zoning of land and development standards. 

The City of Mandurah's planning department has been working towards stitching their various schemes together to make one large master plan of the local government. 

The project has been in the work for a number of years and has involved several consultation processes. 

The planning department's strategy will need to respond to future changes in state and regional policy as well as any changes to local circumstances and priorities. 

Local governments have the ability to amend guidelines in their planning policies, with the oversight of the WA Planning Commission.

To view all the latest City of Mandurah planning policies visit their website or click here

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