RURAL lifestyle in the Hills is on course to change as the State Government looks to the north-east of Perth for future growth.
The shires of Mundaring and Kalamunda feature large in a draft plan to accommodate a booming population and increasing need for infrastructure, housing and more jobs close to home.
Midland takes centrestage as the central hub of the sub-region, with Ellenbrook in second place followed by Mundaring, Kalamunda and Forrestfield as district centres.
The Department of Planning�s draft framework – Towards Perth and Peel@3.5million – released this month, forecasts the sub-region will more than double to 450,500 by 2050.
Parkerville and Stoneville are earmarked to bear the brunt of the Shire of Mundaring�s population growth over the next 15 years.
Latest figures from Forecast ID show Stoneville will more than double in population by 2031, while Parkerville�s will grow by 78 per cent.
The State Government and the Shire of Mundaring have flagged the suburbs for significant development, including the establishment of new schools, town sites and subdivisions.
Parkerville and Stoneville�s combined population of 6179 is flagged to reach 11,785 by 2031.
Development of 745 homes in Temarup Estate in North Parkerville and 1170 homes in North Stoneville will support the population growth to 2031.
Planners anticipate the estates will attract people aged from 25 to 40 with dependent children.
Types of employment expected to increase most in the north-east are in construction, healthcare and social assistance, manufacturing, transport, distribution and warehousing and retail.
A significant amount of future employment is anticipated within existing and proposed industrial centres, according to the plan.
While the DoP acknowledges rural residential areas provide alternative lifestyle and housing, planners say country developments place �difficult to meet� additional demands on communities and services.
The draft plan covers about 16,600 hectares of rural residential land zoned for rural residential subdivision and development in the north-east.
An estimate of 4,000 hectares of rural residential land is yet to be subdivided or developed, providing opportunities for future rural residential development, according to the plan.
Planning Minister John Day said the framework was the first step in an ongoing process of refining proposals.
Historically, population growth in Perth has resulted in urban expansion spanning more than 150 kms north to south, but Mr Day said �this form of development is unsustainable�.
Local governments will use the plans to help shape development direction and future land use.
Mr Day said changes to zoning only occur after an amendment to the relevant statutory region and local planning schemes.
The north-east is one of four sub-region frameworks to be finalised as structure plans.
Public submissions are invited online at www.planning.wa.gov.au/3.5million.asp or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Friday, July 31.
Bushfire planning a priority
ANY proposal for urban development north-east of Perth will need to consider planning for bushfire risk management.
The State Government�s draft plan Towards Perth and Peel@3.5million says close attention must be paid to the application of measures that prevent or mitigate bushfires.
Planners note the devastating effects of bushfires on communities in the eastern hills and the need for careful planning in areas of risk.
The document states �further development or intensification of land uses where there is a lack of sufficient certainty bushfire risks can be satisfactorily mitigated will not be supported�.
The City of Swan and Shires of Kalamunda and Mundaring have undertaken bushfire hazard assessment mapping to assist with the introduction of suitable town planning scheme provisions for housing developments within identified bushfire-prone areas.
Shire of Mundaring: 40,106
Shire of Mundaring: 51,122
2015-2031 population growth
Shire of Mundaring: 27.47 per cent
Parkerville/Hovea: 78.41 per cent
Stoneville: 105.34 per cent
Minimum urban infill targets to 2050
Local government: homes target and estimated population
Swan: 25,687 and 56,511
Kalamunda: 11,452 and 25,194
Mundaring: 2,765 and 6,083
Total: 39,904 and 87,788