Wanneroo Council raises rates per lot through Yanchep, Two Rocks developer contribution plan

The Yanchep Two Rocks Developer Contribution Plan aims to cover the cost of the Yanchep playing fields, as well as Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club and future Capricorn coastal node facilities.
The Yanchep Two Rocks Developer Contribution Plan aims to cover the cost of the Yanchep playing fields, as well as Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club and future Capricorn coastal node facilities.

THE cost of developer contributions will increase by $700 per lot in Yanchep and Two Rocks, or by $300 if the funding plan is extended from 10 to 16 years.

The Wanneroo Council recently agreed to increase the Yanchep Two Rocks Development Contribution Plan cost contribution amount from $2780 to $3485 per lot.

The City has also invited public submissions on a proposed change to District Planning Scheme 2 to extend the lifespan of the plan from 10 to 16 years, which would allow it to reduce the increase.

A council report said when the City first adopted the plan in 2015, the rate was $2070, and it could adjust the latest rate to $3175 if it extended the plan’s lifespan.

The City received one submission from a Two Rocks developer raising issues with the increase and location of facilities during consultation on the higher rate.

The submission from Zebra Properties Holding, which is developing The Reef estate, said there had been two increases since 2016, representing an 80 per cent increase despite land values depreciating since 2007.

It said although the developer contribution plan referred to Yanchep and Two Rocks, there was no evidence of money being spent in the Two Rocks area with all three projects located in Yanchep.

At the July council briefing, acting strategic land use planning and environment manager Jim Singleton said the catchment area for the Yanchep facilities included Two Rocks, and the next plan might include more projects in that suburb.

Councillor Linda Aitken raised concerns that if the plan extended to 16 years, there would be no facilities built in Two Rocks until after that ended, in 2031.

Acting planning and sustainability director Matthew Piggott said although two of the three projects – the Yanchep playing fields and Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club – had finished, the final costs were still to be confirmed.

The council report said the increased rate resulted from a lower lot yield than developers originally provided.

“The significant increases in the contribution costs are not a result of any significant increases to the overall cost of the facilities,” it said.

The report said the combined cost of the three projects had remained about $27 million and the third project, Capricorn coastal node facilities, would cost about $2.29 million.

The consultation period on extending the lifespan of the plan will close on August 20. Visit www.wanneroo.wa.gov.au for more information.