Height limit for foreshore

GABRIELLE JEFFERYBusselton Dunsborough Times

Commercial developments on the Busselton foreshore will have to adhere to a strict height limit of four storeys with a loft following a revision of the draft master plan.

Picture: Busselton foreshore as it is now

The Busselton Shire Council will consider the new plan at a special meeting on Wednesday.

The original draft redevelopment plan, presented to the council last month, was deferred after it was criticised for differing too much from the concept plan prepared in consultation with the community.

This came amid reports a developer had proposed a 10-storey hotel complex on the foreshore.

Following input from the Busselton Foreshore Reference Group, stakeholders and residents at the annual electors meeting, the plan has been revised to cap commercial development at four storeys and a loft.

This will be reflected in expressions of interest documentation for commercial sites.

Reference group chair Helen Shervington said the maximum height allowed now reflected the concept plan and community expectations.

“The reference group certainly feel (the master plan) is (now) at a stage where it adequately reflects the concept plan,” she said.

“We are happy for it to go out for public consultation. I think it is a good outcome assuming it gets the tick from council.”

If approved on December 21 the plan would be released for a 42-day public consultation period.

Shire of Busselton chief executive Mike Archer said this was slightly longer than usual due to the timing of its release.

“We wanted to be sure that everyone had the opportunity to provide feedback during the busy summer period,” he said.

“This includes the large number of non-permanent resident ratepayers who are in the shire during this time.”

Mr Archer said feedback would be prepared as a report and presented to the Reference Group and the council.

“Changes to the master plan as a result of community feedback will be made at this point (and) we would expect this report to be presented to Council in late February or early March next year,” he said.

Mr Archer said changes to the master plan would not result in unforeseen delay and the project remained on track.

“While we are halting works over summer to allow people to fully enjoy the area, work on the next stage of the project will resume in Febru

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