City of Joondalup seeks info on green plan for growing population

City of Joondalup seeks info on green plan for growing population

CITY of Joondalup officers want more information and consultation regarding a State Government environmental plan.

The draft Perth and Peel Green Growth Plan for 3.5 Million aims to support population growth by delivering an efficient and liveable city while protecting the natural environment.

This includes a comprehensive plan to protect bushland, rivers, wildlife and wetlands and providing upfront federal and streamlined state environmental approvals for development to support an increased population.

Joondalup officers made a submission on the draft plan, which councillors unanimously endorsed at their June 28 meeting.

A council document stated the plan’s principles and objectives were generally sound, but there were some areas that required clarification and further information from the State Government.

“Despite the large number of documents included within the draft Green Growth Plan, there is still a lack of detail regarding specific inclusions of the plan,” it said.

“This has made formulating a submission challenging in terms of identifying specifically how the draft plan will affect the City of Joondalup’s strategic planning for future growth within the region.”

Issues included how the conservation commitments would be implemented and funded and ensuring the plan’s objectives aligned with the City’s strategic planning objectives.

Under the plan, Craigie Open Space, Shepherds Bush Conservation Reserve, Hepburn Heights Conservation Area, Warwick Open Space Bushland and Yellagonga Regional Park will be included in the state’s conservation estate as ‘conservation reserves’.

These are made up of areas of crown land set aside for the protection and conservation of biodiversity and natural or cultural heritage values.

However, for Bush Forever sites currently classified as ‘parks and recreation’, such as Warwick Open Space, City officers are recommending to the State Government the land be classified as conservation but still allow recreational uses.

Officers also have concerns with some areas the plan identifies as ‘broad conservation commitments’, such as parcels of land in the Joondalup city centre, with the exception of the eastern portion of Central Park and Lakeside Park.

They have requested the State Government work with the City to refine these ‘broad conservation commitment’ areas to “ensure the City’s significant bushland areas are provided with appropriate protection while other areas remain zoned for the relevant land use”.

At the June 28 meeting, Cr John Chester agreed the plan lacked clarity.

“The plan also focuses on green growth development and far less on infill, which will be very much required to provide for the significant increase in population up to the figure of 3.5 million,” he said.

Governance and strategy director Jamie Parry said the City would be seeking further clarification with the Department of Planning on a “range of issues”.

“There are too many elements that are of concern to the City,” he said.

The State Government will consider submissions before finalising the documents later this year.