Call for submissions on the East Wanneroo Structure Plan

The long awaited Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS) Amendment (1308/41) for Wanneroo has been advertised to comment by the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC). The WAPC is seeking public comment on the proposed amendment no later than 8 July 2016.

Land extending from Mariginup down into Gnangara is proposed to be rezoned from the currently applicable rural zone and changed to urban deferred zoning.  Approximately 2,099.80 hectares of land in the east Wanneroo area will be affected.

As part of the broader MRS the changes resulting from the proposed amendment, if successful, are aimed at allowing the future development of residential dwellings, schools, commercial centres etc.  In the future for the zoning to be changed from “urban deferred” to “urban” certain requirements relating to infrastructure and buffers, will need to be met.  The land which is currently being used in accordance with the rural zoning for farming and rural living is able to continue this use, but persons interested in developing their land to reflect the change to urban deferment zoning will now be able to initiate the process for doing so.

The rezoning is long overdue and brings some much needed certainty to an area in flux and pivotal to delivery on the objectives of Directions 2031 and beyond.

Public comments via submission of a form 41 are available for completion online.  Upon making the submission to the WAPC, individuals will have the opportunity to personally present their submission to a sub-committee of the WAPC, should they wish to do so.

All submissions must be made before close of business (5pm) on 8 July 2016.  Upon receiving the submissions the WAPC will review the proposal again, and possibly modify the amendment. If, and when, the amendment to the structure plan is finalised, the local government of Wanneroo will need to initiate the amendment of the local planning scheme within a three month period.

If you would like to have your land included in the urban deferred zone or have any questions relating to the amendment please do not hesitate to contact Craig Wallace.

Disclaimer – the information contained in this publication does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. You should seek legal advice in relation to any particular matter you may have before relying or acting on this information. The Lavan team are here to assist.