Wanneroo council to decide on Moorpark Avenue access issues


The Wanneroo council decided on June 7 to negotiate with landowners over access to several Moorpark Avenue properties. Pictures: Martin Kennealey d455179 and Google
The Wanneroo council decided on June 7 to negotiate with landowners over access to several Moorpark Avenue properties. Pictures: Martin Kennealey d455179 and Google

A SPECIAL council meeting last week lead Wanneroo councillors to authorise negotiations with landowners relating to access issues for Moorpark Avenue residents.

The council met for six minutes on June 7 to consider a confidential report on issues surrounding access to the Yanchep properties following moves to rezone blocks from road reserves to residential blocks.

Residents raised concerns about access in April, with one man saying it would block access to his garage and driveway, which came off the road reserve rather than Moorpark Avenue.

Similar issues faced several other properties on the road where parcels of land had been earmarked for future roads.

The council authorised chief executive Daniel Simms to start negotiations with developers Primewest and Yanchep Beach Joint Venture about 19K St Andrews Drive, 59A Moorpark Avenue, 65A Moorpark Avenue and 87 Moorpark Avenue.

It resolved that apart from those lots and subject to actions recommended in the confidential report, the City considered all other access issues resolved in the area and would advise landowners and occupiers adjoining the 11 vacant land parcels.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said the decision would kick-start a process to provide certainty over the future use of the land.

“Subdivision of this area in the mid to late 1970s left vacant land parcels which were originally planned to be used as access roads,” she said.

“More recent proposals by the land developer to create residential lots from the vacant land parcels have prompted a need to review the situation regarding access.

“The City is now taking action with a view to resolving this matter in the interests of all parties involved.”

The four vacant land parcels on Moorpark Avenue sit between numbers 47 and 51, 59 and 61, 65 and 67, and 85 and 89.

“Negotiations will commence immediately and once in-principle agreement is reached between the developers and the City’s officers, proposals will be presented to a future council meeting,” Mrs Roberts said.

“Moorpark Avenue residents will continue to be kept informed throughout the process and will be advised when this matter comes back to council.”

The report was withdrawn from the May 24 agenda to allow the council to consider issues further at a forum,

A City spokesman said a special meeting was held “to ensure that actions resolved by council could happen without further delay”.

“The City was mindful that residents had sought for this matter to be resolved as soon as possible and so decided not to wait until the June 28 meeting,” he said.

“On June 8, the City’s administration dropped off letters to all Moorpark Avenue residents adjoining the vacant land parcels.”

The spokesman said landowners who did not live on the road were notified through letters dropped off or posted, or emails.

BACKGROUND: Wanneroo council to hold special meeting over development on moorpark avenue