Waterford Triangle is an area of low density housing bounded by Manning Road, Conlon Street and McKay Street in the suburb of Waterford. The area is under pressure to accommodate higher density housing due to its location close to Curtin University and the Manning Road transport corridor.
The City completed an urban design study for the area in 2010. The purpose of the urban design study was to identify the most appropriate options for the future redevelopment of the area.
To realise the vision for the area, two amendments to Town Planning Scheme 6 (Amendment 59 and Amendment 60) were adopted to allow for higher density housing and student accommodation facilities to be constructed in the area.
Scheme Amendment 59 and Waterford Triangle Local Development Plan
Scheme Amendment 59 was gazetted in March 2020, re-coding the majority of properties within the Waterford Triangle R60 with a building height limit of 10.5 metres (3 storeys).
The amendment allows for higher density residential apartments in the area and specifically prohibits lower density forms of development like townhouses, villas and units.
The amendment also restricts new, direct vehicle access to Manning Road. New access is to be provided either via the proposed laneway or, where access to the laneway or another local road is not possible, through neighbouring properties by way of amalgamation or easement.
Waterford Triangle Local Development Plan provides additional guidance on vehicle and pedestrian access requirements, and additional controls relating to building orientation and fencing adjoining Garvey Street Park.
Garvey Street park upgrade and laneway construction
The City will be upgrading Garvey Street Park and constructing a new access laneway through the park between Garvey Street and Conlon Street.
The laneway is being constructed to provide improved access for the development of new dwellings in the precinct facing Manning Road and is a requirement of the Waterford Triangle Local Development Plan 2020.
The laneway will provide vehicle access to development sites. Further upgrades to infrastructure and landscaping within Garvey Street Park are also proposed to improve the amenity of the Waterford Triangle area.
The play equipment in the park is ageing and as a safety requirement needs to be removed. The park will be landscaped to better meet current water sensitive urban design standards and will incorporate crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) principles including low planting around pedestrian areas and activation with new facilities to make it a safe and welcoming space for the community.
The works will facilitate the implementation of Scheme Amendment 59 and the Waterford Triangle Local Development Plan. Find out more here.
Scheme Amendment 60 and associated Design Guidelines
Scheme Amendment 60 was gazetted in May 2020 and re-coded properties north of Garvey Street and Keaney Place as R100 with a building height limit of 17.5 metres (5 storeys).
Given the proximity of this area to Curtin University, development of a ‘Student Accommodation Facility’ is also permitted, with provisions that allow such a facility to be developed up to a maximum of 24.5 metres (7 storeys).
Development of a Student Accommodation Facility is subject to a number of additional controls, which are set out in P351.20 Design Guidelines for Student Accommodation Facility on Site P - Waterford.
The transformation of Garvey Street Park in Waterford is starting to take shape to provide the community with a bright new space to meet, play or exercise.