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Housing developer fumes at Joondalup roadblock

An affordable housing developer has blasted the City of Joondalup, saying it is system-atically blocking “100 per cent compliant” housing, including projects for the Department of Communities.

Developer Naim Jones had been calling for the State Government to intervene, accusing the City of Joondalup of creating chaos by not supporting its own planning framework, which has so-called “housing opportunity areas” close to train stations, public transport and shopping centres.

Yesterday however, he won a partial reprieve when the Metro North-West Joint Development Assessment Panel overruled the City of Joondalup’s objections to one of his developments, a proposal for 12 multiple dwellings in Chipala Court, Edgewater.

It has taken two years and the 3-2 win has partially restored Mr Jones’ confidence in the system.

“I did think the system was broken at local government level because we did appeal … and they continued to (shift) the goalposts,” he said.

“It’s been a frustrating and challenging two years. Especially as our plans get vetted and approved by the Department of Communities and their requirements are at a high standard.”

The housing opportunity areas are set aside to meet State Government infill targets but also to create stock for the affordable housing shared equity scheme, Opening Doors WA.

Mr Jones said he was not trying to develop high-rise buildings for massive profits. “These projects are two-storey development to be sold to the Department of Communities at a discount for community housing,” he said.

On January 14, Mr Jones and the City of Joondalup had a third round of mediation over a development at Tuart Trail, Edgewater that has a finished value of $4 million to $5 million that Mr Jones said is 100 per cent compliant.

He said he had addressed every issue council raised but each time it was sent back to the Metro North-West JDAP, the council recommended it be refused.

City of Joondalup acting chief executive Dale Page said the city was unable to comment because mediation talks were confidential.

“The City of Joondalup approves higher density developments across the city that are good quality and meet requirements of the planning framework,” Ms Page said.

Tuart Trail will be back before the JDAP on March 3.

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