FREMANTLE council won’t send designs for its new Kings Square admin building to a state development assessment panel, but mayor Brad Pettitt says locals will still get a fully transparent process with the opportunity to comment.
On Monday the council’s strategy and project development committee heard that the new hq was classed as a public work and therefore exempt from the need for a development application.
That earned a visit to the podium by Fremantle Society president John Dowson, who feared that would shut his organisation out from the process.
The society is staunchly opposed to the proposed building, saying it’s oversized and taking over valuable public open space on the square, and it fears its too costly which will lead to huge rate rises in the future.
But mayor Brad Pettitt says the designs will still go through the council’s planning committee and a consultation process so residents can have their say.
Staff say that with new schematic designs just in from architect Kerry Hill, now is a good time for the council to check that they’re still compliant with its planning scheme.