East Wanneroo development on hold pending final plans

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EAST Wanneroo landowners will not be able to subdivide or develop until structure plans and developer contributions are finalised under a planning policy recently adopted by Wanneroo Council.

The council adopted the final policy in April following public consultation, despite concerns it would not allow for development in the short-term.

The policy’s overriding principle was a general presumption against subdivision and development that might detrimentally affect orderly planning, such as finalising district and local structure plans and development contribution schemes.

A council report said the City received 12 submissions during public consultation in mid-2018 and there would be some changes to the draft policy.

Submitters raised concerns about how the policy could affect future development in the area, with one saying his land was his retirement fund and he hoped to see it reach its potential as urban land in the future.

Oliver Basson, from Planning Solutions, spoke at the April meeting on behalf of Uniting Church Homes, known as Juniper.

Mr Basson said the aged care provider had owned 93 and 94 Dundebar Road since 2015 after it identified a shortage of aged care accommodation in the area and was looking at whether that site could be developed in the near future. He asked the City to adopt the policy retaining clause 1.5, which said the City could consider applications to lift zone deferments if they met specific criteria.

However, the report said the clause was being deleted because the State Government was expected to release the draft district structure plan for east Wanneroo for public comment soon, and to finalise it by the end of 2019.

“When the draft policy was advertised, it was envisaged that it may take a considerable time for the east Wanneroo district structure plan to be completed,” it said.

However, the report said as the draft plan was expected to go out for public consultation by mid-year and be finalised in late 2019, planning related to local structure plans, developer contributions and zoning could be completed by the end of 2022.

The council considered a confidential report relating to the draft plan for community facilities in east Wanneroo at its May 7 meeting.

It approved a Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage request to include the draft plan in documents attached to the East Wanneroo District Structure Plan when it is released for public consultation.

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