City of Wanneroo plans changes for mixed use zones to increase employment

Mixed used developments in Clarkson. Photo: Martin Kennealey
Mixed used developments in Clarkson. Photo: Martin Kennealey

A TREND to use mixed use land for housing rather than employment-generating uses has prompted the City of Wanneroo to put forward a planning scheme change.

A December council report said the WA Planning Commission told the City to increase employment self-sufficiency levels.

Mixed used developments in Clarkson. Photo: Martin Kennealey

“The WAPC identified what they considered a concerning trend that mixed use zoned land was being subdivided for residential purposes, rather than becoming available for employment,” it said.

The report said some areas, such as Ocean Keys Boulevard in Clarkson, had developments with a mix of uses, but others, including Captiva Approach in Butler, did not.

“The majority of areas zoned mixed use only provide single house or grouped dwelling development and have a built form indistinguishable from that found in a typical residential zone,” it said.

Mixed used developments in Clarkson. Photo: Martin Kennealey

“The purpose of mixed use zones is to facilitate the development of a range of uses that will contribute to the economic growth of the City and activation of places.”

As part of the proposed change, the City will review structure plans to identify mixed use zones that can be rezoned residential.

Subject to approval from the WAPC and Environmental Protection Authority, the City will advertise an amendment to District Planning Scheme 2 for public comment for at least 60 days.