Zone changes necessary. City of Wanneroo

A PROPOSAL to rezone part of Girrawheen Senior High School for urban development has caused concern for the City of Wanneroo.

A report on tonight’s council meeting agenda responds to the WA Planning Commission’s proposed changes to the Metropolitan Region Scheme, which defines future land uses.

It said six of the proposed changes were in Wanneroo’s borders but only the one relating to the school site caused concern.

“Proposal 18 involves rezoning an area of 2850sq m in the northeast corner of the Girrawheen Senior High Shool site from ‘public purposes – high school’ to ‘urban’ to enable it to then be developed by the Department of Housing for public housing,” it said.

“While this land may currently be superfluous to the requirements of the Department of Education, it is possible that with the significant increase in population this land may become required for school use.”

The report also said the site had native bushland that was worth keeping.

Another proposed change is to widen the reserve for the future Mitchell Freeway extension through Alkimos.

The report said the proposal involved changing zoning of various land parcels from urban, city centre, other roads and parks and recreation to ‘primary regional roads’ reserve.

“Main Roads WA has determined that additional land is required for the freeway,” it said.

The other minor changes relate to Water Corporation land in Carabooda, Pinjar properties, superfluous road reserve in Tapping and Banksia Grove plus road reserve and industrial land in Wangara.

Councillors will consider the City’s submission on the changes, which are out for public comment until December 18, at their meeting this week.

According to the WAPC, the amendments to the scheme covering northwest and northeast Perth are minor.

Visit www.planning.wa.gov.au/ publications/8038.