Higher density welcomed in City of Wanneroo

HIGHER density residential zonings for Wanneroo, Girrawheen and Koondoola precincts found support in the City of Wanneroo council chambers recently.

The amendment to the district planning scheme, backed by councillors on September 15, increased zoning from R20 to R20/R40 and R20/R60.

The proposal attracted community interest, with about 750 people taking part in information sessions in July and another 194 of 213 submissions received by the City supporting the change.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said the amendment provided an opportunity for people to remain in their suburbs if they chose to downsize.

“If they don’t want the big blocks, the big house, they can downsize but then they’re still in an area where they’ve raised their families,” she said.

“They’ve got that degree of comfort knowing that they’re still in the surroundings that they’ve come to know and love.”

“That’s a really key driver and this is a good opportunity for people in those communities.”

Cr Brett Treby said there was pent-up demand for renewal in the area.

“It’s been a long time coming; the local community is absolutely looking forward to this initiative,” Cr Treby said.

He said an extra 6000 people would move in to Koondoola and Girrawheen, so there was an opportunity to refurbish its facilities.

Following a September briefing, the Times reported councillors had pushed for planning to cater for increased enrolments at local primary schools resulting from higher-density zonings.

Cr Treby called for talks with the Education Department about expanding schools vertically to handle population growth and preserve green space.

The City will monitor the uptake of redevelopment and population projections in the recoding areas and work with the Department to provide facilities for future numbers.

The amendment will be sent to the WA Planning Commission for consideration.