Public comment on innovative housing sought

contemporary-exterior tiny homeThe Freo Council wants to hear your views on our innovative plan to create more sustainable, affordable housing in existing suburbs, while maintaining or enhancing the character of the neighbourhoods we love.

The “Freo Alternative” was a community conversation that generated a shared vision on the future of housing in Fremantle. The Second stage of the Freo Alternative is how we realise that vision through planning policy.

We heard that people wanted to have the option for smaller more sustainable homes, they want to maintain or increase the tree canopy and create shared spaces for people to interact.

We know that houses are getting bigger, while often the number of people living in them are fewer and that the cost of housing in Fremantle is too high for many. We also know that people want to maintain our diverse community and allow people to age in place, that is for young people to be able to afford a home in the community they grew up in, and older people to downsize within their community.

So we’ve come up with a number of ways this can be achieved – whether it’s building a number of small compact homes on a single lot, or retrofitting existing housing into a number of small independent dwellings. We know that you want the local character and number of trees protected or enhanced, so we’ve build that into the Scheme.

For a complete overview of the Freo Alternative findings and planning Scheme Amendment check out the Small_Housing_Booklet_271017

The Council thought this type of housing should be limited to certain areas, that are close to public transport, and not in heritage areas, but perhaps if done well you think the the scheme can be applied across our city?

So now we want to hear from you about these ideas. What do you think of the proposed changes to our planning rules to allow for more small housing options in Fremantle’s suburban areas. Do you think it can be done without compromising the things we love about our established neighbourhoods?

Go to  to have your say before 2 February 2017

There are also a series of public consultation events you can attend:

White Gum Valley
4:30 – 6:30pm, 15 November 2017
Sullivan Hall 2 Nannine Ave, White Gum Valley

4 – 6pm, 16 November 2017
Holland Park, Holland Street, Fremantle

8am – 12 noon, 19 November 2017
Growers Green Market, Front lawn of South Fremantle Senior High School, Lefroy Road, Beaconsfield

4 – 6pm, 22 November 2017
Near the entrance to Gilbert’s Fresh, 308 South Street, Hilton

4:30 – 6:30pm, 23 November 2017
Samson Recreational Centre, 44 McCombe Ave, Samson

8am – 12 noon, 26 November 2017
Growers Green Market, Front lawn of South Fremantle Senior High School, Lefroy Road, Beaconsfield

2 thoughts on “Public comment on innovative housing sought

  1. I’d like to know if this is actually a possibility as I know of many who are trying to do what you’re suggesting and constantly having problems with local council restrictions. We all agree the need for more sustainable living is being asked for however can our councils give flexibility to such projects NOW?

  2. people want smaller cheaper to run housing. they also want cheap housing. 25 to30 years working to pay for a house is ridiculous.

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