Swell Homes was invited via the HIA to participate in the City of Fremantle’s Alternative Housing Project Consultation in late 2016.
The City of Fremantle has been investigating how Fremantle households compare to the Perth metropolitan average, and how housing is currently developed in suburban areas. This project involves the City bringing the community together to explore how more diverse housing options can be provided in the City’s suburban areas, while protecting the valued features of these neighbourhoods.
As a green builder based and working in the Fremantle area, Swell Homes was invited to discuss topics including the viability of delivering smaller housing types in the future. This was part of a wider community consultation undertaking on the City, to help generate a shared community vision on the future of housing in Fremantle.
Our Freo alternative – Big thinking about small housing community engagement process and outcomes report was presented to the City of Fremantle’s council in January 2017. As an outcome of the engagement process, the review of draft development provisions will address the following matters:
- Design provisions to promote communal interaction between neighbours.
- Quantity and form of private open space for each new dwelling.
- Design provisions to safeguard existing trees and/or require new tree planting on development sites
- Whether draft planning standards providing reduced parking requirements for new smaller housing types are the most appropriate approach to deal with parking demand and travel behaviour.
- Whether current planning requirements for on-site vehicle manoeuvring space could be relaxed for new types of smaller residential development.
- The level of access to public transport and local amenities required in order for an area to be considered a suitable, or preferred, location for the development of additional smaller housing typologies.
- Draft planning standards for open space, outdoor living area and landscaping requirements.
- The extent and form of provisions to ensure good quality design outcomes (including design that is responsive to local character and context).
- The extent and form of provisions to encourage or mandate higher than ‘business as usual’ sustainability standards in building design and construction.
A local planning scheme amendment will now be drafted to reflect the council resolution. Further opportunities for community and stakeholder input into the development of the draft scheme will be available from mid-2017.