Draft East Wanneroo District Structure Plan

The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) sought public comment on the draft East Wanneroo District Structure Plan.

The draft DSP gives effect to the strategic land use direction established in the North-west Sub-regional Planning Framework published by the State Government in March 2018. This high-level, strategic document provides guidance on future land uses, coordination of major infrastructure, activity centres, regional open space distribution and the protection of environmental assets in East Wanneroo. It identifies the obligations to be addressed by subsequent planning stages and provides the basis for the preparation of local structure plans.

The document has been prepared in consultation with relevant government agencies and servicing authorities.


The Department of Planning Lands and Heritage has reviewed of all submissions and recommended modifications will be reported to the WAPC on the 25 November 2020

    Background documents

    Frequently asked questions

    What is the draft East Wanneroo District Structure Plan (DSP)?

    The draft East Wanneroo District Structure Plan (DSP) will guide the progressive urbanisation of East Wanneroo over the next 50 years. It ultimately provides for a population of around 150,000 residents, approximately 50,000 homes and up to 20,000 new jobs.

    The DSP does not rezone the land; instead it sets out the matters and steps that need to be progressed to allow for rezoning to occur.

    How can I have my say on the draft East Wanneroo DSP?

    Submissions can be made online, by email ewdsp@dplh.wa.gov.au or in writing to:

    Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage
    Locked Bag 2506
    Perth WA 6001

    A hard copy of the DSP can be viewed during office hours at these locations:

    • Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, Level 2, 140 William Street, Perth
    • J S Battye Library, level 3 Alexander Library, Perth Cultural Centre
    • City of Wanneroo Civic Centre, 23 Dundebar Road, Wanneroo
    • Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre, 3 Rocca Way, Wanneroo
    What supporting documentation informs the draft East Wanneroo DSP?

    The draft East Wanneroo DSP is informed by the North-West Sub-regional Planning Framework (March 2018) and the following background studies:

    • Strategic Bushfire Hazard Level Assessment (May 2018)
    • Community Facilities Plan (April 2019)
    • Integrated Water Management Framework (July 2019)
    • East Wanneroo Economic Development and Employment Study (November 2018)
    • Environmental Assessment Study (October 2018)
    • Assessment of Proposed Environmental Outcomes (August 2019)
    • East Wanneroo District Rail Alignment – Land Reservation Study (August 2018)
    • Engineering Servicing Report (January 2018)
    • Road Planning Study (August 2019)
    Who was consulted in the preparation of the draft East Wanneroo DSP?

    The draft DSP is the result of consultation and collaboration with the East Wanneroo Community Reference Group, the Whadjuk Working Party as part of the South-west Aboriginal Land and Sea Council, the City of Wanneroo and relevant government agencies.

    The Community Reference Group comprised 36 representatives from the local community. Over the course of two workshops, the group identified the important values of the area and the development opportunities. It also established the vision and desired outcomes for the strategic elements of the draft DSP.

    What is the next step for the draft East Wanneroo DSP?

    The draft East Wanneroo District Structure Plan is available for public comment until 20 December 2019. The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) will consider all submissions received before the DSP is approved.

    What are the draft East Wanneroo DSP precincts?

    The draft DSP area is very large, covering over 8,000ha of land so it has been divided up into 28 precincts. The boundaries of the precincts are cadastre-based, taking account of environmental, planning, water management and tenure considerations. Not all precincts will be developed and most of the eastern portion of the DSP will remain zoned Rural or State Forest.

    The precincts identified for land use change will require local structure plans to be prepared and approved by the WAPC for the whole of the precinct before subdivision and development can occur. Local structure plans will need to demonstrate how the new land use and character intended by the draft DSP for each precinct will be delivered. The detailed information requirements for local structure plans is set out in Clause 4 of Part 1 of the draft DSP.

    Will the draft East Wanneroo DSP impact my property?

    The draft DSP does not rezone the land, so it does not have an immediate impact on your property which remains in line with the current zoning shown in the City of Wanneroo’s District Planning Scheme No.2 or for which they have received specific development approval.

    The draft DSP provides for existing rural businesses to continue operating until their owners decide otherwise.

    My land may be affected by a new regional reservation (Primary Distributor Road, Integrator Arterial Roads, Parks and Recreation or High Schools). What does this mean?

    Land affected by new regional reservations will be the subject of future Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS) amendments to reserve the land.

    Main Roads WA will undertake the MRS amendment to create the reserve for the Whiteman Yanchep Highway and the WAPC will be responsible for reserving the land necessary for the Parks and Recreation areas and Integrator Arterial Roads.

    Where land is identified as containing potential Parks and Recreation reserves and/or high schools, proponents undertaking local structure planning are responsible for requesting the appropriate amendments to the MRS. For more information, please refer to Clause 2.2.1 of Part 1 of the draft DSP.

    The land can remain in private ownership until it is needed for its reserved purpose. At the time of acquisition, an independent land valuer will carry out a valuation of the land to be acquired. The details of this process are explained in detail in the leaflet: Your Property and the Metropolitan Region Scheme.

    How does the East Wanneroo draft DSP offer protection to the environment?

    Approximately 74 per cent of native vegetation within the draft DSP area is already protected through such mechanisms as Bush Forever, Parks and Recreation reserves, local conservation reserves and conservation category wetlands.

    The draft DSP proposes the creation of an additional 300ha of Parks and Recreation reserves which will result in 81 per cent of the area’s native vegetation being protected. This is likely to increase once local structure plans are prepared for the precincts and the WAPC’s requirement for 10 per cent of the developable area to be provided as local open space is factored in.

    The drainage strategy for the area requires that the existing drainage characteristics of the area are maintained. This means that all surface and groundwater within a precinct must be managed within that precinct and that all existing conservation category wetlands and resource enhancement wetlands are maintained and utilised as part of the area’s drainage network. Historically, East Wanneroo’s wetlands have been significantly disturbed over a long period and have experienced declining water levels. Their utilisation as part of the drainage strategy presents a major opportunity for their water levels to be returned to more healthy levels which in turn will significantly rehabilitate their environmental attributes.

    Further details of the environmental outcomes likely to result from the requirements of the draft DSP are available on the webpage in the background document: “Assessment of Proposed Environmental Outcomes” (Appendix I).

    How will new infrastructure be funded?

    The draft DSP intends that Development Contribution Plans (DCP) are used to collect funds as land within East Wanneroo is further subdivided and developed for the proposed new land uses. A DCP for the whole of the East Wanneroo DSP area will be prepared to help fund infrastructure items including integrated arterial roads, district level community facilities and sustainable transport infrastructure. When local structure plans are being prepared for individual precincts, a local level DCP may also need to be prepared to help with the provision of local open space and drainage infrastructure.

    DCPs are a well-established mechanism used by the State to promote the efficient and effective provision of public infrastructure, to coordinate its delivery and to ensure that the costs are equitably shared. State Planning Policy 3.6 – Infrastructure Contributions explains this in detail.

    DCPs will be formally incorporated into the City’s District Planning Scheme (No.2) and in common with all changes to the Scheme, are the subject of public consultation and approval by the Minister for Planning.

    My land is currently zoned Urban Deferred – what does that mean in the context of the East Wanneroo DSP?

    Large parts of the DSP are currently zoned Urban Deferred under the Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS). Urbanisation of the area is expected to occur with the extension of existing water, wastewater and electricity services from the serviced urban areas to the west. This means that the areas zoned Urban Deferred are likely to be developed in advance of areas which are currently zoned Rural under the MRS.

    How soon will development in East Wanneroo occur?

    There are a number of changes to the existing planning framework that need to be put in place before land within the draft DSP area can be subdivided and developed. This includes the formal reservation of land under the Metropolitan Region Scheme for the provision of parkland, an improved transport network, high schools and regional sports facilities, and the rezoning of land from Urban Deferred or Rural to Urban.

    A Development Contribution Plan for the whole of the DSP area also needs to be prepared to help fund infrastructure items such as integrated arterial roads, district level community facilities and sustainable transport infrastructure. These changes will be initiated once the DSP has been finalised by the WAPC, which will occur following the 90-day public comment period and consideration of submissions. It is unlikely that the first local structure plans for individual precincts will be finalised before 2023.

    Will the East Wanneroo DSP affect my council rates?

    As the East Wanneroo DSP does not rezone the land, it does not have an impact on council rates at this point in time. Further details of how this situation may change over time can be obtained from the City of Wanneroo.

    Contact us

    For more information, please contact the East Wanneroo project team at ewdsp@dplh.wa.gov.au or on (08) 6551 9724.

    Page last reviewed 20 November 2020
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