The $ 3.1 million redevelopment plans for the aging BP gas station at Woodvale Boulevard Shopping Center, which included the addition of a McDonald’s restaurant, have been conditionally approved.
The PO Box at the corner of Whitfords Avenue and Trappers Drive will continue as a 24/7 PO Box with eight refreshment stations and will include a Wild Bean Cafe, while McDonald’s will also be open 24/7 with a restaurant 50 seats and drive-thru.
The existing workshop and car wash will also be removed.
Although Joondalup City officials recommended that the Joint Subway Development Assessment Panel approve the plans, there has been some opposition, especially from adjacent business owner Larry Chantivong.
Mr Chantivong said he believed his Unique Thai Cuisine business would be affected by the lack of parking and the increased traffic created by the proposed development, and expressed concerns about staff parking next to it. the driveway and “around a tight bend”, creating a safety and traffic hazard.
He urged the developer to redesign the plans to provide proper parking and a second exit.
Resident Suzanne Apps also raised concerns about traffic when cars lined up at McDonald’s drive-thru or at gas pumps, given that there were no parking spaces included with the station- service, or when delivery and refueling trucks are parked on site.
Ms Apps also asked why the multi-story medical center approved for the site had not been taken into account as it would also increase traffic, and why the noise and odor assessments had not been carried out because residents were living within 50 meters.
She said that despite the gas station already operating 24/7, adding a 50-seat fast food establishment was a “completely different type of business.” “and would have” a noticeable difference in noise levels in the last few hours rather than in the current current. impact of a small, quiet gas station “.
Josh Watson, of Planning Solutions, said the current BP had been around for 30 years and was a “long-standing and continuing use” that was “very appropriate for the site”.
He said the traffic reports were supported by the City and that the “slight increase in traffic” generated by the development would be “negligible in the context of the mall”, and that the removal of the workshop would improve the blind corner in improving sight lines. and access.
He also said the location of the staff parking lot would reduce the short-term use of those bays next to the driveway.
Mr Watson also reiterated that the gas station is a 24/7 business, that noise and odors do not need to be considered but need to comply with regulations.
Fuel pumps would be located underground and improved plant material would reduce noise, while equipment at the McDonald’s factory would be screened on the roof and control speakers would be located away from residences.
Mr Watson said the “creative design” responds to the “particular shape” of the site and will complement the “established community framework”, with the layout of the gas station in line with what currently exists.
Vice President Sheryl Chaffer said it was a good refit of the gas station by providing “better aesthetics”, more efficient movement for tankers and better signage.
She was confident that the site could work and that the conditions for approval would address the concerns raised.
While Joondalup adviser Nige Jones said the site was “in desperate need of a redevelopment,” councilor Suzanne Thompson said she could not support it, believing that the problems of traffic, parking and of congestion would create “a perfect storm, and most often”.
Third Acting Specialist Member Justin Page said the design made good and efficient use of the site, but the requester was successful in providing a delivery management plan showing delivery times, including fuel and waste collection. waste, and a noise management plan to further mitigate the problems.
Chairman Member Ian Birch said that a fast food restaurant and a gas station working together are “not unique” and that it would not be in their best interests to have limited access because “this is what what they are counting on “.
The request was approved 4-1.
Since approval, a 340 signature petition has been presented to Joondalup Council asking the City to undertake a safety and congestion review of Trappers Drive between Woodvale Drive and Whitfords Avenue for vehicles and pedestrians.
He requested that the review focus on entering and exiting Woodvale Boulevard Mall on Trappers Drive and be completed within two months.
Proposed redevelopment of Woodvale BP includes McDonald’s