CITY of Swan councillors have approved a town planning scheme amendment to pave the way for urban development in the village of Gidgegannup.
The decision to rezone land sites from rural, landscape, recreation and commercial to ‘special use zone’ will affect areas bounded by Toodyay Road and the proposed Perth to Adelaide Highway (Orange Route), the Percy Cullen Oval, Lake Retreat and rural residential landholdings.
The amendment was carried at a recent council meeting with four conditions, including the preparation of a structure plan to meet the requirements for wastewater disposal, drinking water supply and the anticipated traffic on Toodyay Road.
Gidgegannup Progress Association chairwoman Sally Block said the City had progressed the local planning scheme amendment to align its scheme with the Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS).
“We do have some problems with this as they have included all the land as it was shown in the MRS amendment, including the local recreation reserve and Percy Cullen Oval. We would question the potential impact this rezoning could have on the continued use of this land and have raised this query with the City,” she said.
Mrs Block said the City told the group the amendment did not alter current use of the reserve and it would consider removal of this land from the amendment.
The group was concerned the reserve could count as part of the public open space required ‘to be set aside’ by a developer.
Mrs Block said access to the reserve and the oval for use by the community was paramount and should not form part of a future development of the Gidgegannup town site.
The local planning scheme ‘complex amendment’ is with the WA Planning Commission and the Environmental Protection Authority. It will be advertised for public comment shortly.