Yanchep: plan for future Yanchep city centre lodged


The Yanchep city centre site.
Yanchep: plan for future Yanchep city centre lodged
The Yanchep city centre site.

EIGHTEEN months of discussion have led to a revised structure plan for the future Yanchep city centre, expected to provide employment for 15,000 people in 50 years time.

CLE Town Planning and Design lodged a draft activity centre plan for the 106ha site owned by Yanchep Beach Joint Venture in December 2014.

Next week, the Wanneroo City Council will consider a revised plan that resulted from “many months of discussion and negotiation”, according to a June report.

The site north-west of St Andrews Golf Estate and east of the future Marmion Avenue extension is expected to develop into a city centre similar in size to the Joondalup city centre.

“A major challenge for this centre will be achieving the 15,000 jobs required,” the council report said. “The centre will a be vibrant mixed use community that needs to cater for employment generating land uses as well as some residential development.

“The City and Department of Planning had concerns that the document did not adequately address the process and timeframe for monitoring of employment self-sufficiency.

“As a result the applicant updated the employment strategy – a provision has been included within part one that requires an annual report monitoring the progress.

“Every five years, within 12 months of census data, a more comprehensive review will be required.

“Coupled with the potential early delivery of the train station, it is anticipated that the centre will attract high employment generating land uses, including the regional facilities such as a hospital, sports stadium and tertiary education facilities.”

Last month the council decided to advocate support for a value capture model to fund the rail extension to Yanchep based on YBJV’s offer of $120 million in cash and kind to the State Government for early delivery.

The structure plan said development of the city centre would be staged over 50 or more years.

It was advertised for public comment in late 2015, and one resident said the timeframe was “too slow” and “not likely to be in any existing homebuyer’s lifespan”.

A response from the City’s administration said the developer had indicated development would start within the next 10 years.

The planning and transport departments as well as Main Roads WA submitted objections to the plan, raising a number of issues, including that it promised an underground train station which the government had not yet committed to.