The Freo Alternative is a ground-breaking new approach to infill housing in suburban areas. It provides an alternative option to landowners in certain areas of the City of Fremantle, without impacting or changing the current zoning or density.
In 2019, the Freo Alternative was awarded 'Best Planning Idea - Small Project' at the Planning Institute of Australia (WA) Awards for Planning Excellence.
What are the planning requirements?
The Freo Alternative provisions apply in specific sections of White Gum Valley, Hilton, O'Connor, Beaconsfield and Fremantle. In general, the provisions include:
- only applies to lots larger than 600 square metres
- new dwelling(s) to have a maximum floor area of 120 square metres
- maximum of three dwellings on lots of 750 square metres or less
- minimum of 30 square metres of outdoor living area per dwelling
- developments to have higher than standard energy efficiency ratings
- 70 per cent of the entire development site to be open space, with some variation allowed to 60 per cent open space
- at least one mature tree to be retained or planted
- a maximum of one parking bay per dwelling
- all developments to be referred to the City’s Design Advisory Committee to consider design quality.
A 5 year sunset clause applies to Freo Alternative provisions in the planning scheme, meaning they will no longer form part of the City's planning scheme after 12 February 2024.