Zoning issue goes on in City of Rockingham

CITY of Rockingham will reaffirm its submission on the draft Southern Metropolitan Peel Sub-Regional Planning Framework related to land bounded by Sixty Eight Road, Kwinana Freeway, Stakehill Road and Eighty Road in Baldivis, to remain Special Rural and Rural.

Various landowners in the precinct, as many as 40 represented by the Baldivis Landowners Group (BLG), raised issues with the City and had sought to transfer the development potential of their land from special rural and rural to urban so that future residential development can occur.

The landowners are unhappy with the City’s proposed submission because various past regional and sub-regional strategic planning initiatives prepared by the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) allocated different land-use classifications.

The only adopted initiative has been the South West Corridor Structure Plan in 1993, which allocated a rural living-ultimate urban classification over the majority of the precinct, which would allow future urban development potential.

In May, the WAPC released the draft South Metropolitan and Peel Sub-Regional Planning Framework, which identified the land precinct as a combination of rural residential and urban expansion, which was contrary to previous commitments by the WAPC, and the Strategic Assessment of Perth and Peel Regions (SAPPR) document was not released with the draft framework.

As a result, the City had to assume the basis of the various land-use classifications in the draft and in its submission did not recommend that the extent of Urban Expansion in the precinct be increased, as there was “not a sufficient basis to do so”.

A number of members from the BLG attended Monday’s planning and engineering services committee meeting, where a representative asked questions to councillors and City officers.

Councillor Matthew Whitfield put forward a motion to change the City’s submission to include the possibility to investigate urban expansion, but it was defeated three votes to two.

The officer’s recommendation that the City reaffirm its submission was approved three to two and council will vote at next Tuesday’s council meeting on adopting it in full.