Yanchep and Two Rocks density change deferred by council

Yanchep and Two Rocks density change deferred by council

THE Wanneroo council has deferred increasing the residential density codes for Yanchep and Two Rocks until deep sewerage is provided.

It has also deferred increasing the density in Quinns Rocks until it confirms the engineering design for coastal protection works there.

At the April 26 council meeting, councillors voted in favour of a recommendation to defer changes to the district planning scheme without discussion.

They also agreed the mayor and chief executive would write to the Water Minister and Department of Water (DoW) asking that Yanchep and Two Rocks be added to the State Government’s sewerage infill program as a priority.

“In order to progress residential density increases in these areas, the DoW needs to add the Yanchep and Two Rocks housing precincts to the government sewerage infill program,” the report said.

“They are not currently included in the DoW five-year capital works program.

“The Water Corporation recently undertook upgrades to infrastructure in the Quinns Rocks housing precinct and in the process noted the intention of the City to increase residential densities.”

The report said pipes were designed to cater for higher densities in Quinns Rocks as a result.

It said the City would need to do traffic impact assessments for three major intersections on Marmion Avenue, where it connects to Quinns Road, Hester Avenue, and Santa Barbara Parade.

The report also discussed the design and topography of Quinns Rocks, which were issues raised by Quinns Rocks Environmental Group at the electors’ AGM in January.

“Quinns Rocks is characterised by an undulating dunal topography and mature landscape,” the report said.

“It is, to an extent, inevitable that tensions will be created between the need to conserve natural landform and mature vegetation in Quinns Rocks and the nature of contemporary development.

“When sites are subdivided and redeveloped, they typically require flatter land parcels and access driveways.

“To some extent these issues can be mitigated by policy and scheme provisions.”