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East Wanneroo Proposed Urbanisation

East Wanneroo Proposed Urbanisation - Frequently Asked Questions

Click below to view frequently asked questions on the East Wanneroo Proposed Urbanisation.

What is the proposed new ‘East Wanneroo’ urban area?
What is the East Wanneroo District Structure Plan?
What is the current zoning of the East Wanneroo area?
What does Urban Deferred zoning mean?
Will the zoning of the area change?
What stage is District Structure Plan preparation at and how will I know when the draft District Structure Plan is released for comment?
Do I have to develop my land for urban use, once the structure plans, rezonings and DCP’s are completed?
What can I do with my land prior to the finalisation of the District Structure Plan for the area?
How will a change of zoning of my land under the City’s District Planning Scheme No. 2 (DPS 2) affect what I currently do on my land?
How might the proposed planning changes for East Wanneroo affect my Council rates?

 

What is the proposed new ‘East Wanneroo’ urban area?

This refers to the area located to the east of the existing residential suburbs situated to the east of Wanneroo Road and north of Ocean Reef Road, which includes the localities of Gnangara, Jandabup, Mariginiup and parts of Wanneroo and Pinjar. Click below to view a map of the area:

East Wanneroo Proposed Urbanisation map

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What is the East Wanneroo District Structure Plan?

The State Government’s Department of Planning, Lands & Heritage is currently preparing a District Structure Plan for the area on behalf of the Western Australian Planning Commission, in order to implement the State Government’s high-level North-West Sub-regional Planning Framework 2018.

The District Structure Plan is a plan which will show more detailed planning proposals for the area, to a level of detail which will allow even more detailed local structure plans to be prepared for smaller parts of the area.

The Planning Framework’s proposals for the East Wanneroo area replace those that were previously proposed for that area under the ‘East Wanneroo Structure Plan’, released by the State Government in January 2011.

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What is the current zoning of the East Wanneroo area?

The East Wanneroo area is subject to two planning schemes that zone land: the State Government’s Metropolitan Region Scheme, and the City of Wanneroo’s District Planning Scheme No. 2.

Under the Metropolitan Region Scheme, about 2,300 ha of the area is currently zoned ‘Urban Deferred’.  This includes most of the land shown for urban expansion in the North-West Sub-regional Planning Framework, but excludes the large area in the southern part of Gnangara (‘South Gnangara’).  The rest of the area is mainly zoned Rural or reserved State Forest under the Metropolitan Region Scheme.

Under District Planning Scheme No. 2, the area is mainly zoned General Rural, Rural Resource and Special Rural.

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What does Urban Deferred zoning mean?

This means the land has been identified for future urban uses following the extension of urban services such as sewer, water and electricity; the progressive development of adjacent urban areas; and resolution of any environmental and planning requirements relating to development.

Urban subdivision and development can only be undertaken once a relevant area has been rezoned to Urban and the necessary planning work such as preparation of local structure plans has been completed.

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Will the zoning of the area change?

It is anticipated that once the District Structure Plan has been finalised by the State Government, an amendment will be proposed to the Metropolitan Region Scheme to rezone additional areas for future urban use in accordance with the land uses highlighted in the District Structure Plan.  This is subject to a decision by the Minister for Planning and potentially Parliament.

The process for amending the Metropolitan Region Scheme involves a public comment period, during which people can make comments to the Western Australian Planning Commission.  The Western Australian Planning Commission will submit a report on the comments received to the Minister for Planning, who will then decide if the proposed amendment should be made, or not.  If the proposed amendment is classed as a ‘major’ amendment, then it will also be presented to State Parliament, where it is possible for it to be disallowed.

Land will be rezoned to Urban under the Metropolitan Region Scheme (which is the same as ‘lifting of Deferment’) when the Western Australian Planning Commission is satisfied its requirements for lifting of Deferment have been met.  These requirements relate to:

  • The approval of the District Structure Plan;
  • Confirmation of provision of water and wastewater infrastructure; 
  • The approval of a District Water Management Strategy by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.  
  • The completion of extraction of a sand resource which is requiring a 500m separation buffer that affects the north-east part of East Wanneroo;
  • A Bush Fire Hazard Assessment being undertaken to the satisfaction of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. 

Once land is zoned Urban under the Metropolitan Region Scheme, that land also needs to be rezoned to Urban Development under District Planning Scheme No. 2, as the scheme is required to be consistent with the Metropolitan Region Scheme.  

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What stage is District Structure Plan preparation at and how will I know when the draft District Structure Plan is released for comment?

DPLH is currently preparing a draft District Structure Plan, what is expected to be released for public comment in August 2019 for 3 months.  A final structure plan is expected to be approved in the first half of 2020.

The Western Australian Planning Commission will write to all landowners in the area, as well as placing notices in local newspapers.

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What happens after the District Structure Plan has been finalised?

The District Structure Plan will include information on what further actions will need to be taken to progress things to a point where landowners will be able to start applying for approval to commence urban development of their land.  These actions will include:

  • Preparation of local structure plans for smaller parts (‘precincts’) of the East Wanneroo area.  These are plans for a precinct which provide a further level of detail to allow subdivision plans to be prepared, and are developed by landowners.
  • Rezoning of land to Urban under the Metropolitan Region Scheme and Urban Development under District Planning Scheme No. 2.
  • Preparation of Development Contribution Plans, which are a means by which the developers of land in an area can be required to contribute to the cost of infrastructure that will be required to serve the future population associated with that development.  In areas like East Wanneroo where there are many relatively small rural properties, DCPs are also a way of facilitating an equitable sharing of development costs between developing landowners. 

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Do I have to develop my land for urban use, once the structure plans, rezonings and DCP’s are completed?

No. It is up to you as to when you may wish to develop your land, or sell it to a developer.

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What can I do with my land prior to the finalisation of the District Structure Plan for the area?

Landowners can continue to use their properties in accordance with the current zoning of the land.  

The City’s Local Planning Policy 5.3: East Wanneroo states that Council will not support planning proposals for the East Wanneroo area that are premature in respect to the process which is being followed to prepare a full planning framework for the area.  The policy also provides that Council will not support new rural developments in the area that may make it more difficult for new urban development to be undertaken.

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How will a change of zoning of my land under the City’s District Planning Scheme No. 2 (DPS 2) affect what I currently do on my land?

If you are currently lawfully carrying out a rural use on your land and the zoning is changed from a rural zoning to an urban type of zoning under DPS 2, you will still be able to continue that current rural use under a ‘non-conforming use right’ you will have under DPS 2.  However, should you cease that use for a period of 6 months, you will no longer have that non-conforming use right.

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How might the proposed planning changes for East Wanneroo affect my Council rates?

This will depend if you are rated on an Unimproved Value (UV) or a Gross Rental Value (GRV) basis.

As the actions are progressively completed that will mean that the land is getting closer to being able to be developed, the UV of the land can generally be expected to increase, and this may mean an increase in rates where the land is rated on a UV basis.  However, GRV is generally not expected to increase as a result of these actions being completed, so there is not expected to be an increase in rates due to completion of these actions, where the land is rated on a GRV basis.
 

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