Approval given to rezone east Wanneroo land from rural to urban deferred

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti.
Planning Minister Rita Saffioti.

PLANNING Minister Rita Saffioti has approved a Metropolitan Region Scheme amendment to rezone 2206ha in east Wanneroo from rural to urban deferred.

The amendment, which will be subject to parliamentary processes, is touted to give landowners more certainty about future development in the City of Wanneroo’s eastern suburbs.

The rezoning would allow for future residential development, schools, commercial centres, public open space and conservation areas through the proposed east Wanneroo district structure plan.

The WA Planning Commission this week released the outcome of submissions into the amendment, first advertised two years ago.

“This amendment process started in 2016 and will bring greater certainty for many landowners,” Ms Saffioti said.

“The amendment was advertised for three months, attracting significant feedback that was all considered by the WA Planning Commission in making its recommendations.

“The ability to develop land under fragmented ownership in an orderly way, improving certainty for landowners and equitably sharing costs, is a priority for the Government.

“I hope we can all continue to work together to achieve more orderly development outcomes.”

A WA Planning Commission map indicating the areas, coloured, that will be excluded from the rural zone and rezoned urban deferred.

There will be several other steps required before the land can be zoned urban rather than urban deferred, including preparation of a district structure plan, which the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage is working on.

That will guide future planning of the locality and the co-ordinate infrastructure and future land uses in the area, which fragmented land ownership.

The State Government plans to set up a community reference group to ensure the views of residents and landowners are heard, and the issues and opportunities identified by the community are understood.

Future scheme amendments will also need to reserve regional requirements such as roads, schools and for other areas identified for future urban or industrial purposes.

According to the State Government, environmental matters will be assessed in subsequent planning stages.

The City has also invited public submissions on the draft amended local planning policy for east Wanneroo until June 26.

The amendment takes account of changes since the policy was first prepared and suggests criteria for possible support of planning proposals that planners may otherwise consider premature.

Visit www.wanneroo.wa.gov.au for more information.

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