Yanchep tourism plan

A STRUCTURE plan covering future development of the Club Capricorn resort could include a 1.5ha tourism precinct, if Wanneroo councillors adopt a recommendation tonight.

The August 18 council agenda includes a report on modifications to Capricorn Village Joint Venture�s coastal node centre structure plan.

At last week�s council briefing session, City planning implementation manager Pas Bracone said the plan covered the coastal node of the former Club Capricorn resort.

Mr Bracone said the draft plan had changed several times over the past six years, with tonight�s report outlining the latest changes sought by the WA Planning Commission (WAPC).

He said the WAPC had decided to approve the plan, subject to changes, and the City was also recommending another change.

�One change that has occurred is inclusion of a special use zone,� he said.

Mr Bracone said as a hotel precinct, that zone would include a range of uses such as a hotel, motel, camping, caravan park, resort, restaurant, tavern and residential.

�Whilst this is desirable to have the possibility of those uses, the proposed provisions wouldn�t prevent the area from being used solely for residential uses,� he said.

As a result, Mr Bracone said the City had worked with the developer to secure 1.5ha within the 19ha coastal node that would preclude residential uses.

According to the August 11 briefing papers, the City first received the plan in 2009 and it was advertised for public comment then and again as a revised plan in 2012, so it would not be necessary to re-advertise it.

The proposed changes that the council will consider tonight also include removing all references to holiday homes, serviced apartments and short-term accommodation.

Another report on tonight�s agenda seeks council support to advertise the Yanchep city centre structure plan for public comment.

Planning and sustainability director Philip St John said it proposed �new thinking� in terms of planning by allowing early, temporary land uses.

Those would be replaced with uses better suited to a strategic metropolitan centre about 20 years after initial development.

Mr St John said the interim options around the future train station would have short-term benefits for the developer, Yanchep Beach Joint Venture, through land sales and there would be restrictions on subdivision in that central precinct.