Trigg’s Yelo cafe development knocked back again. The culprit? Parking, again2nd December 2020
“This is a small lot, the community expectation is it can handle a building of up to three storeys but as part of that it needs to consider there needs to be enough car parking,” he said.
“There is an expectation there will be enough car parking for the residents above and the people who want to visit the restaurant and cafe.
“Saying everyone can park in the beach carpark; those are also there for people going to the beach.”
A report to the JDAP, ahead of a final planning decision on December 9, stated the area around Yelo had existing issues with parking, with 300 parking infringements since January 2017.
The latest revision of the development had 30 community letters of support and 95 in objection.
Momentum Wealth head of development Phil Anderson said the company was disappointed in how the council had approached the development.
“Including attempting to make a last-minute change of rules for the site,” he said.
“This creates uncertainty for everyone, including residents, who have been involved in a development process that has now been running for well over a year under a different set of rules.
“It is also disappointing to see a misleading campaign run against the development suggesting that opposing the development will ‘Save Yelo’. Yelo cafe will be vacating the property in January 2021, with plans for its return included in our proposal.
“It has always been our plan to bring Yelo back with new and improved facilities.”
The state government introduced new planning rules last year that included minimum requirements for the number of trees in a development.
The measure was in response to urban tree canopy loss, which has been in a decline in the City of Stirling.
A report to the Stirling council last year found tree canopy was being lost at rate of four times as much as what was being grown.
Councillors also voted to push back a 2030 target to have 18 per cent canopy coverage in the local government area by a decade due to the likliehood it would not reach the target.
Peter de Kruijff is a journalist with WAtoday.