2000ha in Perth rezoned for future development

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AFTER a number of false starts, Western Australian Planning Minister Rita Saffioti has approved the rezoning of more than 2,000ha of land in Perth’s north, to be developed in the future.

The process to rezone East Wanneroo, one of Perth’s fastest growing residential areas began in 2007 and has been subject to a number of false starts.

The amendment is the next step in making 2,206ha of land available to support sustainable population growth in Perth’s northern suburbs.

The amendment aligns with the North-West Sub-regional Planning Framework, which identifies the area for urban expansion.

Land in the East Wanneroo amendment is now zoned Urban Deferred, paving the way for the progression of a new District Structure Plan (DSP). The DSP will not only focus on the land in the amendment, but the locality as a whole. This is a new process to ensure the locality is dealt with as a whole.

“This amendment represents an important step toward bringing long-awaited clarity for this expanse of land, whose fragmented ownership has created uncertainty for many,” Saffioti said.

“Close to 450 submissions were received in relation to this amendment, indicating the high level of community interest. Finalisation of the amendment provides increased certainty for landowners and for future land developers to invest.

“This amendment and district planning process is consistent with urban expansion plans for the north-west corridor, as identified in the recently finalised Perth and Peel@3.5 million suite of planning frameworks,” she added.

The DSP will focus on critical infrastructure such as regional road and rail alignments, water and wastewater provision, environmental considerations and other requirements.

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