The Western Australian Planningbrou Commission (WAPC) adopted a revised version of Development Control Policy 1.10 – Freeway Service Centres and Roadhouses (DC1.10) in August 2016. The August 2016 revised Policy supersedes the original DC1.10 Policy adopted in August 2001 which has seen the development of the Baldivis Freeway Service Centre (FSC), and approval of the West Pinjarra FSC.
The August 2016 Policy provides revised definitions for both a Freeway Service Centre and Roadhouses, as well as including further controls relating to locational and development criteria. The key changes include:
- Incorporating detailed definitions for both Freeway Service Centres and Roadhouses;
- Removing the 80 kilometre preferred distance between Freeway Service Centres however, retaining the 40kilometre minimum;
- Maintaining the total number of seats within the restaurant part of a Freeway Service Centre to 150 seats but deleting the 240 m2 area limitation;
- Increasing the floorspace of the retail component of a Freeway Service Centre from 200 m2 to 300 m2; and
- Included detailed criteria for signage – including height, size and locational criteria.
From an opportunity point of view, Hemsley Planning believes DC 1.10 provides scope for the development of Freeway Service Centres on existing and future Freeway locations, as well as Roadhouse developments (including convenience store and fast food) along key transport routes within the Metropolitan area. Several key areas to consider include the following:
- Extensions to Mitchell Freeway;
- Tonkin Highway;
- Roe Highway;
- Reid Highway;
- Great Eastern Highway Bypass; and
- Great Northern Highway.
In some instances, the FSCs and Roadhouses could be developed adjacent to, or on the fringe of existing industrial areas, with access provided directly from existing freeways or key highways. Alternatively, sites could be developed on constrained land (such as ANEF 25+ land) or on land zoned ‘Rural’ under the Metropolitan Region Scheme.