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In June 2014, the State Government announced the Forrestfield Airport Link, a $1.86 billion passenger train line running from the Midland line near Bayswater Station,
servicing the Perth Airport and finishing in the Forrestfield/High Wycombe area. The train line is scheduled to be up and running by 2022 as part of the Metronet project. Following this announcement, the then Shire of Kalamunda* (City) started to explore the opportunities that a new
train station could bring to the surrounding areas. This meant moving away from the industrial land uses, previously proposed, and focusing on urban uses more suitable for a train station precinct.
In late 2014, the City commenced the preparation of a District Structure Plan (DSP) to identify new land use opportunities, guide the urban structure, vision and objectives of future urban development. The new focus resulted in
planning for the delivery of high density residential housing, a new activity centre and a commercially focused precinct based around the new train station. In line with the North-East Sub-regional Framework, the aim is to connect people with
their place of work and recreation.
In September 2016, the Forrestfield North DSP was approved by the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC). View a copy of the Forrestfield North DSP here.
* The Shire became a City on1 July 2017.
The purpose of the Local Structure Plans (LSP) is to guide development around the new High Wycombe Train Station, currently under construction as part of the Forrestfield Airport Link project. The LSPs will be progressed as two key components being the Residential
Precinct and the Transit Oriented Development Precinct.
Residential Precinct Local Structure Plan
The Residential Precinct LSP encompasses the land generally bounded by Poison Gully Creek, Roe Highway, Sultana Road West and Milner Road, just to the east of the new High Wycombe Train Station, and the associated Transit Oriented Development Precinct. The LSP has been prepared to facilitate the coordinated development of high quality medium to high density residential development, expected to encompass single houses, grouped dwellings and apartments.
The LSP provides for over 30 hectares of green public spaces in the form of local open space, environmental conservation areas and pre-existing Bush Forever bushland reserves. These green spaces will support the vision to create a ‘Forest Neighbourhood’ in a medium to high density area with a 'bush character'. A primary school site is identified in conjunction with district open space on Brand Road, to form a future combined education and sporting precinct.
The Residential Precinct LSP was approved by the WAPC on 27 July 2020 and can be viewed here.
Amendment to the Residential Precinct Local Structure Plan
Modifications to the Residential LSP have been prepared to align the LSP with the spatial layout of the Transit Oriented Development Precinct Activity Centre Structure Plan, to have regard for projected residential and commercial development, and regard to traffic
investigations undertaken since the approval of the LSP. Key modifications include changes to the density ranges and and the road network.
The LSP Amendment was adopted at the Ordinary Council Meeting (OCM) on 12 October 2021 for the purpose of public advertising, with advertising concluding on 4 January 2022.
At the Ordinary Council Meeting on 24 May 2022, the Council endorsed the High Wycombe South Local Structure Plan (LSP) Amendment, submissions, and recommended modifications, with the LSP Amendment lodged with the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) in June 2022 for determination by the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC). A copy of the May 2022 OCM Agenda and Minutes and associated documents including the endorsed proposed LSP Amendment can be viewed on the Agenda & Minutes section of the City's website.
The LSP Amendment was to considered by the WAPC’s Statutory Planning Committee (SPC) meeting on 11 October 2022, with the City presenting a written deputation. The City has now received correspondence from the WAPC advising that the SPC resolved to:
The City is progressing modifications to the LSP Amendment and supporting technical reports for submission to the WAPC, and continuing to investigate and address any off-site impacts from light industrial development south-west of Sultana Road West. The current WAPC approved Residential Precinct LSP can be viewed via https://www.dplh.wa.gov.au/kalamunda
Transit Oriented Development Precinct Activity Centre Structure Plan
The Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Precinct will incorporate planning for a new activity centre and commercially focused, transit oriented area based around the new High Wycombe train station.
In May 2021, the Metronet East Redevelopment Scheme (Redevelopment Scheme) was gazetted to incorporate the land included within the TOD Precinct. The Redevelopment Scheme establishes DevelopmentWA (previously Metropolitan Redevelopment
Authority and Landcorp) as the planning authority, with the following broad responsibilities:
The determination of Development Applications in the TOD Precinct.
For further information regarding the Redevelopment Scheme and role of DevelopmentWA, visit the DevelopmentWA website.
The City has been working collaboratively with DevelopmentWA to receive the technical inputs required and to progress the TOD Precinct Activity Centre Structure Plan (TOD ACSP). The City has prepared a draft TOD ACSP providing a spatial layout
that responds to the outcomes of all technical studies, as well as the opportunities and constraints of the TOD Precinct. The layout provides the base required for DevelopmentWA to further establish
the planning framework for the area, including the preparation of a Redevelopment Strategy and associated Design Guidelines for the TOD Precinct.
In October 2021, the Council resolved to adopt the draft TOD ACSP for the purposes of forwarding the documentation to DevelopmentWA, for submission to DevelopmentWA to initiate their assessment, consultation, and determination. For further information regarding the draft TOD ACSP please access the report and attachments via the City’s website under Agenda and Minutes.
The draft TOD ACSP has been submitted to, and the following advice provided from, DevelopmentWA:
"As the planning authority for the METRONET East High Wycombe Project Area, DevelopmentWA is responsible for the public advertising of the TOD ACSP. DevelopmentWA will invite public comment from key stakeholders and the local community with letters to be sent to all landowners within the project area confirming where to view the plan and associated documents and how to submit comment. At the end of the public advertising period, all submissions will be considered prior to final determination of the TOD ACSP."
The development of the Residential Precinct and TOD Precinct in line with the respective LSP and draft ACSP requires the timely and cost-efficient provision of infrastructure and facilities, such as roads, drainage, open space, sporting and community facilities, to support the envisaged residential and commercial development. This will contribute to liveability and community wellbeing and help facilitate the necessary development of housing for a growing population.
A Development Contribution Plan (DCP) is required to coordinate the equitable cost sharing arrangements for, and timely delivery of, infrastructure needed for the development of the precincts. A preliminary report
was presented to the Ordinary Council Meeting (OCM) on 26 April 2022 whereby
Council noted the overview of the key outcomes and information informing the
ongoing preparation of the High Wycombe South DCP.
City is actively pursuing the finalisation of key inputs informing the cost
estimates for the DCP to enable finalisation of the DCP Report and Scheme
Amendment for public advertising. The City can advise that it anticipates having a draft DCP and Scheme Amendment presented to Council for public advertising by the end of the first half of 2023. Landowners and interested stakeholders will
be informed on the progress through this monthly newsletter.
The City has prepared frequently asked questions about the DCP to assist landowners and stakeholders with some common questions. These FAQs are included in Related Documents below.
The Forrestfield Airport Link project is jointly funded by the Australian and Western Australian governments and to deliver a new rail service to the eastern suburbs of Perth, with three new stations at Redcliffe, Airport Central and High Wycombe. The High Wycombe Station opened for service on 9 October 2022. Refer to the State Government's project page for more information on the new High Wycombe Station for more information.
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We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Whadjuk Noongar People as the Custodians of this land. We also pay respect to all Aboriginal community Elders, past, present and future who have and continue to reside in the area and have been an integral part of the history of this region.