A $35 million Mirrabooka Housewives Center on the corner of Alexander Drive and Victoria Road has been conditionally approved.
The large mall will replace several buildings, including Soils Aint Soils, with two drive-in fast food outlets, a gas station and 15 showrooms.
The plans also initially proposed a restaurant, but this was removed after public comment.
Two briefs were received during the consultation, one favorable and the other opposed.
The objection related to increased traffic congestion and failure to meet a requirement that the proposed retail area not exceed 500m².
The removal of the restaurant allowed the layout to meet the needs.
The proposal also includes improvements to the junctions of Alexander Drive with Truganina Road and Victoria Road, and the widening of Victoria Road and Alexander Drive, which will solve traffic problems.
A Transport Impact Assessment reviewed by Main Roads WA, the Departments of Planning, Lands and Heritage and Transport and the Cities of Stirling and Swan concluded that there would be no “impact negative on the local road network”.
Jarrod Ross, of Taylor Burrell Barnett and representing Hesperia Property, told the Metro Inner-North Joint Development Appraisal Committee meeting that the application had undergone a “complex and thorough assessment” to resolve any issues. problem.
He said while they supported most of the proposed conditions, they asked for the removal of the one which required the removal of the two pylon signs for the fast food outlets.
Mr Ross said while he understood the desire to reduce signage, the development had over 400m facing Alexander Drive, with eight proposed signs: two for the Housewife Center and its rentals, one each for the fast food outlets, two for the petrol station and two smaller signs at the entrance.
“Each of the signs is essential for the advertising of the different uses proposed to operate from the center and given the significant distance between each of the signs, we do not accept that this represents an undesirable proliferation of signage”, he said. he declares.
“The two fast food brands in particular are critical to their viability as they will rely heavily on passing commerce to be able to easily recognize their location and navigate the road network to get to their site safely.”
Mr Ross also requested changes to a condition which required tanker deliveries to be made between 9.30pm and 6am to avoid blocking vehicles from entering the site.
However, this timing is also subject to an acoustic assessment, which could also prohibit deliveries between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Mr Ross said that could only allow 30 minutes between 9.30pm and 10pm for deliveries, which was “inconvenient”.
He asked that deliveries be allowed between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.
The panel granted both of Mr. Ross’ requests. Other conditions of approval also include compliance with a bushfire management plan and site and traffic management plans to be submitted prior to construction.
The development also exceeds the advanced condition of 172 trees to be planted on the site, with 355 proposed.
Mr Ross said the ‘significantly increased’ landscaping responded to feedback from Stirling’s design review board, as did changes to the layout of the car park to improve pedestrian walking.
In recommending approval of the proposal, the meeting report said it would provide for “a range of land uses which are complementary to surrounding development and meet the needs of the local and wider community”.
Cr Suzanne Migdale said she was ‘very excited to see the result of the site activation’ and that it would ‘add more opportunities for local residents to have grassroots type shopping in the area’.
Francesca Lefante, chair of the panel, said it was a great design and would be positive for the region.