Rezoning proposal set for public comment

Rezoning proposal set for public comment

Approval was granted by former Planning Minister John Day to advertise the Metropolitan Region Scheme amendment to rezone about 2100ha of land from rural to urban deferred.

Newly appointed Planning Minister Donna Faragher said affected landowners would receive a copy of the proposed amendment, which was also available on the Department of Planning website.

“All submissions received will be assessed and hearings, if requested, will be undertaken,” she said.

“The amendment will then be considered by the WA Planning Commission and presented to the Minister for Planning for progression to State Parliament.”

Wanneroo MLA Paul Miles said the proposal provided people with the certainty they had been waiting for.

“It’s a huge step forward and something a lot of people out there have been working towards,” he said.

“The majority of people are ready for this to happen. By end of this year we should be laying it on the table at Parliament.”

Landowners would still need to meet requirements to lift the urban deferred status to allow urban development but Mr Miles said “the biggest bit is now”.

In February, Wanneroo councillors said they had been told by the WAPC that rezoning was “imminent”.

Cr Frank Cvitan said it had been an issue for more than 10 years.

“We want to see east Wanneroo progress,” he said.

“We’ve been fighting for it since 2003/04.”

Residents attend meeting on land subdivision

ABOUT 60 east Wanneroo residents attended a meeting on March 22 regarding land subdivision.

It was hosted by project management business Terranovis, which represents a group of landowners in north Mariginiup seeking to subdivide their land for residential development.

“As the land is only being zoned urban deferred, numerous further studies will be required before the land can be rezoned to development zone and subdivision approvals granted,” director Warren Spencer said.

“Our owners intend to jointly market their land for sale with the desire to have one large land development company purchase the land for future development.”