Future of the Knutsford Area

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What's happening in Knutsford?


The Knutsford precinct, just one kilometre east of the centre of Fremantle, presents a unique opportunity for urban renewal. The precinct is roughly bounded by High St, Montreal St, Stevens St and Swanbourne St, with multiple landowners. It includes the Knutsford Street East and Swanbourne Street Structure Plan areas.

At the core of the Knutsford precinct is the existing warehouse area which has a distinct identity. It contains a diverse mix of residential and business activity which add to the vision for the area to become a world-class example of sustainable urban development.


A number of changes and initiatives have happened over recent years which to contribute to the City’s vision:

City of Fremantle

  • The Knutsford Street East Structure Plan (eastern end of Knutsford Street, between Amherst and Montreal Streets) was updated in 2017 to be more viable for re-development and to provide bonuses for exceptional sustainable development.

  • Working on a coordinated review of policies that affect the area and a range of other activities. For the latest update click here or see the document library.

LandCorp

  • Created 90-100 town houses and apartments on Blinco St site with its Knutsford Joint venture Partner. More dwellings are planned to commence in 2019.

  • Has commenced development on the former museum site on Montreal St (East Village at Knutsford).

  • Is overseeing development of land in the Swanbourne St area, potentially in partnership with the private sector.

Curtin University

  • Beyond WGV Community Battery Storage – research on battery storage and other sustainable development initiatives.

  • Re New Nexus Smart Cities initiative – research into peer to peer trading of renewable energy link.

  • Water Sensitive Cities and Low Carbon Living have investigated possible energy and water solutions that might be applied across the precinct.


Other Activity In and Around the Knutsford Precinct

  • Some members of the community have been working on creating a narrative which helps to define an identity for the core - Fremantle Industrial Arts Quarter.

  • A number of landowners have commenced planning for, or development of, leading edge sustainable development including the Nightingale proposal.

  • Main Roads WA High Street upgrade along the north side of the Precinct.


What's happening in Knutsford?


The Knutsford precinct, just one kilometre east of the centre of Fremantle, presents a unique opportunity for urban renewal. The precinct is roughly bounded by High St, Montreal St, Stevens St and Swanbourne St, with multiple landowners. It includes the Knutsford Street East and Swanbourne Street Structure Plan areas.

At the core of the Knutsford precinct is the existing warehouse area which has a distinct identity. It contains a diverse mix of residential and business activity which add to the vision for the area to become a world-class example of sustainable urban development.


A number of changes and initiatives have happened over recent years which to contribute to the City’s vision:

City of Fremantle

  • The Knutsford Street East Structure Plan (eastern end of Knutsford Street, between Amherst and Montreal Streets) was updated in 2017 to be more viable for re-development and to provide bonuses for exceptional sustainable development.

  • Working on a coordinated review of policies that affect the area and a range of other activities. For the latest update click here or see the document library.

LandCorp

  • Created 90-100 town houses and apartments on Blinco St site with its Knutsford Joint venture Partner. More dwellings are planned to commence in 2019.

  • Has commenced development on the former museum site on Montreal St (East Village at Knutsford).

  • Is overseeing development of land in the Swanbourne St area, potentially in partnership with the private sector.

Curtin University

  • Beyond WGV Community Battery Storage – research on battery storage and other sustainable development initiatives.

  • Re New Nexus Smart Cities initiative – research into peer to peer trading of renewable energy link.

  • Water Sensitive Cities and Low Carbon Living have investigated possible energy and water solutions that might be applied across the precinct.


Other Activity In and Around the Knutsford Precinct

  • Some members of the community have been working on creating a narrative which helps to define an identity for the core - Fremantle Industrial Arts Quarter.

  • A number of landowners have commenced planning for, or development of, leading edge sustainable development including the Nightingale proposal.

  • Main Roads WA High Street upgrade along the north side of the Precinct.


  • Facility proposed nearby and improvements to Booyeembara Park

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    4 days ago

    A replacement co-located golf club house, cafe and community facility is being designed near the Montreal St entry to Booyeembara Park, close to the Knutsford Street area.

    Subject to approval, the City has also received a separate cash-in-lieu contribution for improvements to Booyeembara Park, as a condition of subdivision from nearby land. We’d like your feedback on how we progress improvements to Booyeembara Park in line with the landscape master plan.

    To participate in the discussion about the proposed facility and Booyeembara Park, click here to visit the project page.

    A replacement co-located golf club house, cafe and community facility is being designed near the Montreal St entry to Booyeembara Park, close to the Knutsford Street area.

    Subject to approval, the City has also received a separate cash-in-lieu contribution for improvements to Booyeembara Park, as a condition of subdivision from nearby land. We’d like your feedback on how we progress improvements to Booyeembara Park in line with the landscape master plan.

    To participate in the discussion about the proposed facility and Booyeembara Park, click here to visit the project page.

  • Please improve access and help us to activate the area...

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    5 months ago

    What we heard

    • We’d like help promoting the FIAQ.
    • We need some footpaths and street trees in the area at the very least.
    • We’d like clarity on what we can and can’t do to activate and plant the streetscapes ourselves (e.g. with artwork, community gardens etc.).
    • We like to see traffic and parking (better) managed in the area.
    • What grants are available?
    • We need a place in the area to purchase basic groceries.


    What we're doing (and some other ideas)

    The City is encouraging FIAQ to work with local residents and artists to create an ‘entry’ sign, complemented by some sort of signal at each premise (e.g. paint on the road or kerb) to guide people into participating premises once in they’re in the precinct.

    City officers have put budget requests for some footpaths in the area: this will be considered by Council, along with all other requests, for future budgets in June 2020.

    We have been looking at short (as well as long term) streetscape improvements. Free street trees are already available to individual landowners on request, and a verge gardens scheme is in place. If you are interested in installing trees or upgrading your verge you can contact parksandlandscape@fremantle.wa.gov.au

    You can find the current verge gardens policy by clicking here or visiting: www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/residents/trees-and-verges and we’re also looking at whether the existing verge policies capture the type of installations the area would like, and if not, how they can be improved.

    For more details on what's happening under this area please see the latest update by clicking here or visiting the document library.

    What we heard

    • We’d like help promoting the FIAQ.
    • We need some footpaths and street trees in the area at the very least.
    • We’d like clarity on what we can and can’t do to activate and plant the streetscapes ourselves (e.g. with artwork, community gardens etc.).
    • We like to see traffic and parking (better) managed in the area.
    • What grants are available?
    • We need a place in the area to purchase basic groceries.


    What we're doing (and some other ideas)

    The City is encouraging FIAQ to work with local residents and artists to create an ‘entry’ sign, complemented by some sort of signal at each premise (e.g. paint on the road or kerb) to guide people into participating premises once in they’re in the precinct.

    City officers have put budget requests for some footpaths in the area: this will be considered by Council, along with all other requests, for future budgets in June 2020.

    We have been looking at short (as well as long term) streetscape improvements. Free street trees are already available to individual landowners on request, and a verge gardens scheme is in place. If you are interested in installing trees or upgrading your verge you can contact parksandlandscape@fremantle.wa.gov.au

    You can find the current verge gardens policy by clicking here or visiting: www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/residents/trees-and-verges and we’re also looking at whether the existing verge policies capture the type of installations the area would like, and if not, how they can be improved.

    For more details on what's happening under this area please see the latest update by clicking here or visiting the document library.

  • Please facilitate good design and encourage the use of sustainable technologies...

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    6 months ago

    What we heard

    You’d like:

    • Information on sustainable design and technologies and how you could apply them.
    • A directory of creatives for the area.
    • To know - is car share viable?


    What we're doing (and some other ideas)

    The CRC Centre for Low Carbon Living research is available online and provides some ideas: www.lowcarbonlivingcrc.com.au/partners/research/curtin-university-technology

    Some good general information on creating more sustainable homes is here: www.yourhome.gov.au

    We’re liaising with Development WA (‘DWA’ – previously known as ‘LandCorp’) with a view to DWA hosting a session where DWA and Curtin Uni might brief local landowners interested in sustainable design and technologies to help them understand how they can go about it themselves. This might be hosted in the soon to be opened Living Lab and could lead to further info sharing events.

    The City has a policy encouraging the establishment of car share schemes however, to date, no operator has found a sufficient market to establish. This may change, and if so, the City’s policy outlines how it could support the scheme. Smaller schemes like ‘Car Next Door’ provide an alternative but are only establishing slowly.

    What we heard

    You’d like:

    • Information on sustainable design and technologies and how you could apply them.
    • A directory of creatives for the area.
    • To know - is car share viable?


    What we're doing (and some other ideas)

    The CRC Centre for Low Carbon Living research is available online and provides some ideas: www.lowcarbonlivingcrc.com.au/partners/research/curtin-university-technology

    Some good general information on creating more sustainable homes is here: www.yourhome.gov.au

    We’re liaising with Development WA (‘DWA’ – previously known as ‘LandCorp’) with a view to DWA hosting a session where DWA and Curtin Uni might brief local landowners interested in sustainable design and technologies to help them understand how they can go about it themselves. This might be hosted in the soon to be opened Living Lab and could lead to further info sharing events.

    The City has a policy encouraging the establishment of car share schemes however, to date, no operator has found a sufficient market to establish. This may change, and if so, the City’s policy outlines how it could support the scheme. Smaller schemes like ‘Car Next Door’ provide an alternative but are only establishing slowly.

  • Please help us build community...

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    6 months ago

    What we heard

    You would like to:

    • Receive news about what’s happening in the area.
    • Attend meetings only when an issue interests you.
    • Have a say in what gets built in the area, land-uses and design of public areas.
    • Meet and share ideas with your neighbours.


    What we're doing, what others are doing (and what you can do)...

    FIAQ (a community group focused on the Fremantle Industrial Arts Quarter bounded by Blinco, Amherst, Stack and Montreal Streets) has applied for incorporation as a Town Team: more information on their activities will be available next year and you can follow on their facebook page: facebook.com/fremantleindustrialartsquarter

    Many people from outside the FIAQ area also want to participate and meet neighbours. This can be self-organised or there are several ways this can be formally supported by the City. We've identified a range of options in our latest update. To find out more you can download the full update here or from the document library.

    What we heard

    You would like to:

    • Receive news about what’s happening in the area.
    • Attend meetings only when an issue interests you.
    • Have a say in what gets built in the area, land-uses and design of public areas.
    • Meet and share ideas with your neighbours.


    What we're doing, what others are doing (and what you can do)...

    FIAQ (a community group focused on the Fremantle Industrial Arts Quarter bounded by Blinco, Amherst, Stack and Montreal Streets) has applied for incorporation as a Town Team: more information on their activities will be available next year and you can follow on their facebook page: facebook.com/fremantleindustrialartsquarter

    Many people from outside the FIAQ area also want to participate and meet neighbours. This can be self-organised or there are several ways this can be formally supported by the City. We've identified a range of options in our latest update. To find out more you can download the full update here or from the document library.

  • Please support and help us spread the vision...

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    6 months ago

    What we heard

    While you told us the previous meetings and workshops were useful, and most attendees had the opportunity to say what they wanted to, you’d like more information on the visions for the area.
    This includes:
    • What does sustainable urbanism mean?
    • What’s the concept of the Fremantle Industrial Arts Quarter (FIAQ)?
    Specific suggestions were to enhance and protect the creative culture and nurture businesses through:
    • Protecting affordable space for artists and creatives.
    • Establishing art schools.
    • Business incubator opportunities.
    What we're doing (and some other ideas)

    The vision discussed at the Feb 2019 community workshop was for Knutsford as “a world-class example of sustainable urban development”.

    To find out how and why we aim to support a community-led approach to enhance and protect the creative culture of the area, nurture local businesses in our latest update, available here or from the document library.

    What we heard

    While you told us the previous meetings and workshops were useful, and most attendees had the opportunity to say what they wanted to, you’d like more information on the visions for the area.
    This includes:
    • What does sustainable urbanism mean?
    • What’s the concept of the Fremantle Industrial Arts Quarter (FIAQ)?
    Specific suggestions were to enhance and protect the creative culture and nurture businesses through:
    • Protecting affordable space for artists and creatives.
    • Establishing art schools.
    • Business incubator opportunities.
    What we're doing (and some other ideas)

    The vision discussed at the Feb 2019 community workshop was for Knutsford as “a world-class example of sustainable urban development”.

    To find out how and why we aim to support a community-led approach to enhance and protect the creative culture of the area, nurture local businesses in our latest update, available here or from the document library.

  • Update - January 2020

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    6 months ago

    Over the past eighteen months there have been a number of community conversations at Knutsford including workshops, meetings, a Curtin University community survey and a walking tour. You’ve asked many questions and put forward lots of ideas about what could happen in the area and how you’d like the City of Fremantle to support the area’s transition.

    We thought it would be useful to provide a snapshot of some of the key things we’ve heard and what the City is doing in response. Over the various conversations some key themes emerged:
    • Please support and help us spread the vision.
    • Please help us build community.
    • Please facilitate good design and encourage the use of sustainable technologies.
    • Please improve access and help us to activate the area.
    These themes and details of what the City is doing can be found in more detail in the Jan 2020 update, available to download by clicking here or from the document library.

    This is only intended as an update on the City’s activities and there are many other projects happening in the area and initiatives being led by the community and local businesses.

    Over the past eighteen months there have been a number of community conversations at Knutsford including workshops, meetings, a Curtin University community survey and a walking tour. You’ve asked many questions and put forward lots of ideas about what could happen in the area and how you’d like the City of Fremantle to support the area’s transition.

    We thought it would be useful to provide a snapshot of some of the key things we’ve heard and what the City is doing in response. Over the various conversations some key themes emerged:
    • Please support and help us spread the vision.
    • Please help us build community.
    • Please facilitate good design and encourage the use of sustainable technologies.
    • Please improve access and help us to activate the area.
    These themes and details of what the City is doing can be found in more detail in the Jan 2020 update, available to download by clicking here or from the document library.

    This is only intended as an update on the City’s activities and there are many other projects happening in the area and initiatives being led by the community and local businesses.
  • Walking Tour Handout

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    7 months ago

    The walking tour on 23 November 2019 attracted a good size crowd of interested locals. If you missed out you can find all of the contact details in the handout, available by clicking here or visiting the document library on this page (please note the file size is large).


    Further events will be announced on this page. If you haven't already, please register for My Say Freo to receive future updates on local projects or development applications.

    The walking tour on 23 November 2019 attracted a good size crowd of interested locals. If you missed out you can find all of the contact details in the handout, available by clicking here or visiting the document library on this page (please note the file size is large).


    Further events will be announced on this page. If you haven't already, please register for My Say Freo to receive future updates on local projects or development applications.

  • Community Survey - Results Summary

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    8 months ago

    In September 2019, residents in the Knutsford area received a survey from Curtin University researcher Beth Perry which looked at how different members of the community relate to the vision for the area.

    Beth’s research also sought to explore how or if the community would like to participate in future development and what support they may need to do so. The survey had a good return rate and Beth would like to thank all the people who responded. This work is helping the City to plan for further engagement with the Knutsford community, including the upcoming community walk tour (click here for more information or to RSVP).

    The results of this survey have been summarised below. If you would like to discuss the outcomes of the survey please contact Beth Perry by email beth.perry@postgrad.curtin.edu.au or you can speak to her at the community walk.


    Profile of respondents

    • 75 of respondents live in the area
    • 45% of respondents own property in the area
    • Respondents were fairly evenly split across areas, with slightly more respondents between Blinco and High Street

    Vision

    • There was high awareness and support for the vision for sustainable urban development
    • 50% of respondents were aware of the Fremantle Industrial Arts Quarter (FIAQ) vision
    • 50% of respondents support the FIAQ vision (this was strongly from those who were aware)
    • 43% of respondents 'didn't know' whether they supported the FIAQ vision, which aligns with 53% not being aware
    • 3% (2 respondents) did not support the FIAQ vision

    Future plans

    • 19% had plans to develop or redevelop, and 12% were undecided

    Assistance with future plans

    • 50% wanted advice on sustainable technologies
    • 32% wanted advice on each of the following: architectural design, potential viability of development, establishing a sustainable community, and introductions to others in the community with like ideas
    • 27% wanted advice from a development/builder or a mentor (someone who has already done, or tried what I’m intending to do)
    • 18% wanted advice on each of the following: the potential viability of different land uses, establishing a business and establishing knowledge sharing networks

    Aspects of development that people were interested in

    • the vision(s)
    • sustainable community
    • sustainable technologies and architecture
    • future development
    • land use and activity
    • public realm, open space
    • access, transport (incl walking and cycling) and parking

    Participation, level of involvement and roles

    • 78% wanted to receive news about what's going on in the area
    • 62% only wanted to attend meetings when an issue interests them
    • 20% wanted to participate in, but not lead a community group
    • 3 people said they be interested in leading a community group (but 2 of those did not provide contact details)
    • 65% of respondents said they would like a say in land-uses and activities
    • 64% of respondents said they would like a say in the design of public areas and streetscapes
    • 61% of respondents said they would like a say on what gets built in the area
    • 28% of respondents said they would like a say in the design of buildings

    Value of previous meetings

    • 24% attended previous meetings. The rest did not, or were not aware of these meetings
    • 65% said they felt they’d had a chance to say what they wanted to say
    • Of those who attending, 76% found it ‘a bit’ useful.

    In September 2019, residents in the Knutsford area received a survey from Curtin University researcher Beth Perry which looked at how different members of the community relate to the vision for the area.

    Beth’s research also sought to explore how or if the community would like to participate in future development and what support they may need to do so. The survey had a good return rate and Beth would like to thank all the people who responded. This work is helping the City to plan for further engagement with the Knutsford community, including the upcoming community walk tour (click here for more information or to RSVP).

    The results of this survey have been summarised below. If you would like to discuss the outcomes of the survey please contact Beth Perry by email beth.perry@postgrad.curtin.edu.au or you can speak to her at the community walk.


    Profile of respondents

    • 75 of respondents live in the area
    • 45% of respondents own property in the area
    • Respondents were fairly evenly split across areas, with slightly more respondents between Blinco and High Street

    Vision

    • There was high awareness and support for the vision for sustainable urban development
    • 50% of respondents were aware of the Fremantle Industrial Arts Quarter (FIAQ) vision
    • 50% of respondents support the FIAQ vision (this was strongly from those who were aware)
    • 43% of respondents 'didn't know' whether they supported the FIAQ vision, which aligns with 53% not being aware
    • 3% (2 respondents) did not support the FIAQ vision

    Future plans

    • 19% had plans to develop or redevelop, and 12% were undecided

    Assistance with future plans

    • 50% wanted advice on sustainable technologies
    • 32% wanted advice on each of the following: architectural design, potential viability of development, establishing a sustainable community, and introductions to others in the community with like ideas
    • 27% wanted advice from a development/builder or a mentor (someone who has already done, or tried what I’m intending to do)
    • 18% wanted advice on each of the following: the potential viability of different land uses, establishing a business and establishing knowledge sharing networks

    Aspects of development that people were interested in

    • the vision(s)
    • sustainable community
    • sustainable technologies and architecture
    • future development
    • land use and activity
    • public realm, open space
    • access, transport (incl walking and cycling) and parking

    Participation, level of involvement and roles

    • 78% wanted to receive news about what's going on in the area
    • 62% only wanted to attend meetings when an issue interests them
    • 20% wanted to participate in, but not lead a community group
    • 3 people said they be interested in leading a community group (but 2 of those did not provide contact details)
    • 65% of respondents said they would like a say in land-uses and activities
    • 64% of respondents said they would like a say in the design of public areas and streetscapes
    • 61% of respondents said they would like a say on what gets built in the area
    • 28% of respondents said they would like a say in the design of buildings

    Value of previous meetings

    • 24% attended previous meetings. The rest did not, or were not aware of these meetings
    • 65% said they felt they’d had a chance to say what they wanted to say
    • Of those who attending, 76% found it ‘a bit’ useful.
  • Discover the Knutsford Area & Fremantle Industrial Arts Quarter (Walking Tour)

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    8 months ago

    Join us for a look behind the scenes of the Knutsford area and Fremantle Industrial Arts Quarter - commencing 9.30am Saturday 23 November 2019.

    Meet at the Montreal Street entry gate to Booyeembara Park (near the olive grove - look for the City of Fremantle banner). Parking is available on Montreal Street.

    The walking tour commences with a talk on-site (commencing 9.30am) about the proposed co-located community facility. Then we will take in a walk of several sites - meet the people behind the scenes as you discover the Knutsford area and Fremantle Industrial Arts Quarter.

    You can choose from a 90 minute walk with stops spread across short distances, or continue on to a longer route around FIAQ which finishes at some great cafes.

    A map with further information will be available shortly. Your RSVP helps us to plan the walk based on expected numbers. Click here to RSVP.


    If you have any access requirements please contact us communityengagement@fremantle.wa.gov.au

    Join us for a look behind the scenes of the Knutsford area and Fremantle Industrial Arts Quarter - commencing 9.30am Saturday 23 November 2019.

    Meet at the Montreal Street entry gate to Booyeembara Park (near the olive grove - look for the City of Fremantle banner). Parking is available on Montreal Street.

    The walking tour commences with a talk on-site (commencing 9.30am) about the proposed co-located community facility. Then we will take in a walk of several sites - meet the people behind the scenes as you discover the Knutsford area and Fremantle Industrial Arts Quarter.

    You can choose from a 90 minute walk with stops spread across short distances, or continue on to a longer route around FIAQ which finishes at some great cafes.

    A map with further information will be available shortly. Your RSVP helps us to plan the walk based on expected numbers. Click here to RSVP.


    If you have any access requirements please contact us communityengagement@fremantle.wa.gov.au
  • Community survey

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    9 months ago

    Sustainable Future for Knutsford - Community Survey

    Curtin University researcher Beth Perry is conducting a survey which will explore how different members of the Knutsford community relate to the vision for the area.

    The survey also seeks to explore how the community would like to participate in further development and what support they may need to do so. This feedback will also help the City of Fremantle plan for further engagement with the Knutsford community.

    Beth is interested to hear from anyone who lives, works, runs a business or has an interest in moving to the Knutsford area. Please feel free to pass the survey on if you know someone who may be interested.

    Click here to access the survey online, or visit: www.surveymonkey.com/r/knutsfordresearch

    If you would like to discuss any aspect of this survey please contact Beth Perry by email beth.perry@postgrad.curtin.edu.au


    Sustainable Future for Knutsford - Community Survey

    Curtin University researcher Beth Perry is conducting a survey which will explore how different members of the Knutsford community relate to the vision for the area.

    The survey also seeks to explore how the community would like to participate in further development and what support they may need to do so. This feedback will also help the City of Fremantle plan for further engagement with the Knutsford community.

    Beth is interested to hear from anyone who lives, works, runs a business or has an interest in moving to the Knutsford area. Please feel free to pass the survey on if you know someone who may be interested.

    Click here to access the survey online, or visit: www.surveymonkey.com/r/knutsfordresearch

    If you would like to discuss any aspect of this survey please contact Beth Perry by email beth.perry@postgrad.curtin.edu.au