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Major West Coast Sorrento Plaza development open for public comment

The proposed $73.7 million Sorrento Plaza residential and commercial development on West Coast Drive is open for public comment.

The site is adjacent to the BP gas station and currently includes White Salt Café, Voyage Kitchen and Il Pirata, a BWS liquor store, West Coast Yoga and Primus Home Loans.

Megara’s plans, submitted to the State Development Assessment Unit, are for a mixed-use development with 75 apartments on levels one through seven and three commercial leases on the ground floor, including a restaurant, coffee shop and small liquor store.

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It will also include a public piazza connected to Geneff Park, as well as public parking and improved traffic circulation to address the issues the site is currently facing.

An artist's rendering of the proposed Sorrento Plaza development.
camera iconAn artist’s rendering of the proposed Sorrento Plaza development. Recognition: Megara

The Ministry of Planning, Land and Heritage and the City of Joondalup are conducting joint consultations on both the development application and the draft Structural Plan for the District of Sorrento.

This allows for feedback on the architectural designs and plans, as well as changes to the planning framework.

According to a statement from Megara, the existing planning framework was reviewed with the local community, who highlighted the need for an update to better reflect local aspirations for the landmark.

The draft Sorrento Precinct Structure Plan was then submitted to ensure the planning controls could deliver desired community benefits such as outdoor spaces, five-star environmental design, quality landscaping, public parking, and shaded and green common spaces.

It said Megara went through the State Design Review Panel process to deliver a design that represented a significant improvement over that envisaged in the current planning framework, with the submitted plan being the one that received the most community support during its engagement process .

An artist's rendering of the proposed Sorrento Plaza development.
camera iconAn artist’s rendering of the proposed Sorrento Plaza development. Recognition: Megara

Development manager Trent Durward said the formal community consultation would give the community the best possible insight into what the development would achieve for Sorrento.

“Sorrento Plaza is a landmark and we want residents and the surrounding community to feel confident that it will make a quality architectural statement and rejuvenate the center with lifestyle amenities and commercial activities that will integrate with the beachfront area,” he said .

“The unique design responds to the site’s coastal contours, impacting less on neighbors, improving sustainability and providing more parking, green space and social areas for the community, as well as housing options for local residents.”

Submissions closed on 26.08.

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Nate Jones

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