Project Details

Forrestfield NORTH

Project Status : In Progress
Estimated Completion Date : Ongoing
Location : Forrestfield/High Wycombe area
The Forrestfield NORTH project has been developed to explore the future opportunities surrounding the train station precinct. 

Background

In June 2014, the State Government announced the Forrestfield Airport Link, a $2 billion train line running from the Midland line near Bayswater Station, servicing the airport and finishing in the Forrestfield/High Wycombe area. The train line is scheduled to be up and running by 2020. Following this announcement, the then Shire of Kalamunda* 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.This meant moving away from previously proposed industrial land uses, and focusing on urban uses more suitable for a train station precinct.

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 draft North-East Subregional Framework, the aim is to connect people with their place of work and recreation. 

Local Structure Plans

LOCAL STRUCTURE PLAN FOR FORRESTFIELD NORTH

The purpose of the Local Structure Plans (LSP) is to guide development around the new Forrestfield Train Station, currently under construction as part of the Forrestfield Airport Link project. The LSPs will progress as two key components; the Transit Oriented Development Precinct and the Residential Precinct.

RESIDENTIAL PRECINCT LOCAL STRUCTURE PLAN

The development of the draft LSP for the Forrestfield North Residential Precinct included extensive community consultation, with input from nearly 400 residents. Key feedback included a desire for a family-oriented and natural vibe to celebrate creeks and streams, the design of recreation and bushland living, as well as the construction of sporting facilities and open green spaces which are lacking in the area.


Key features of the draft Forrestfield North Residential Precinct LSP include medium-high density residential zonings from R60 to R100, new road connections, approximately 20 hectares of public open space and drainage reserve, a community hub and primary school.

The draft LSP was adopted by Council for the purpose of public advertising on 30 April 2018. The submission period closed on 2 July 2018. Information sessions regarding the draft LSP were held on 21st and 23rd of May 2018 at the High Wycombe Library, and workshops were held on 13th June 2018 at the High Wycombe Community and Recreation Centre and 18th June 2018 at the and Woodlupine Community Centre. These sessions provided interested community members with the opportunity to share their feedback on the Local Structure Plan for the Forrestfield North Residential Precinct.

Advertising also included newspaper advertisements, online surveys and letters to landowners within and surrounding the LSP area.

Following the feedback period, the City has continued its work with Element (previously TPG+Place Match), the consultant team and relevant State Government agencies to assess feedback and finalise the LSP and supporting technical documents. At the Special Council Meeting held 3 December 2018, Council:

  1. NOTES the submissions received during advertising of the Draft Forrestfield North Residential Precinct Local Structure Plan and responses contained in Attachments 6 and Confidential Attachment 1
  2. ENDORSES the Forrestfield North Residential Precinct Local Structure Plan in accordance with the modifications included in Attachments 3, 4 and 5 
  3. AUTHORISES the Chief Executive Officer to forward the Forrestfield North Residential Precinct Local Structure Plan and the associated Schedule of Submissions to the Western Australian Planning Commission for a decision pursuant to Schedule 2, Part 4, Clause 22 of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015.
View Agenda and Minutes (Special Meeting of Council 3 December 2018)
 
Further information on the statutory decision-making process for Local Structure Plans is outlined in the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015.

TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT PRECINCT LOCAL STRUCTURE PLAN

The Transit Oriented Development Precinct will incorporate planning for a new activity centre and commercially focused, transit oriented area based around the new train station. The State Government has not indicated a timeframe for the completion of further analysis of the Train Station Precinct, therefore it is difficult to put a timeframe on the release of the draft LSP. The project team has however done a significant amount of work on the plan for the Train Station Precinct to date.

The City has welcomed the State Government’s recent announcement confirming the Forrestfield Train Station’s parking arrangements. From here, the State Government can progress work on technical inputs such as access and egress as well as drainage and services. Whilst significant work on the LSP has been undertaken by the City to date, confirmation of these technical inputs is essential to finalising the LSP. It is expected that the State Government will provide the City with further guidance in early 2019, with the TOD precinct LSP being presented to Council for the purposes of public advertising towards the middle of 2019.

An indicative visual timeline has been prepared (see below) for the TOD precinct, however it is acknowledged that there are elements such as the decisions of the State Government which are out of the City’s control and may result in extended timeframes. 
At this stage, the City expects the TOD Precinct LSP to be prepared over the next 12-18 months, pending input from the State Government. The City will ensure the community is kept up to date on expected timeframes as this information becomes available. 

Development Contribution Plan

With subdivision and development activity to eventuate post LSP adoption, there is a need for new and improved infrastructure. To support timely, cost effective and equitable delivery of infrastructure, the City will establish a Development Contribution Plan (DCP). A DCP is also known as an ‘infrastructure levy’, established to provide for infrastructure construction/upgrades in a particular area, where the subdivision/development of land creates additional demand for infrastructure such as roads or community facilities.

DCPs effectively operate on a ‘user pays’ basis, with contributions payable at the time of subdivision or development, typically on a ‘per lot’ or ‘per square metre’ basis. Infrastructure typically found in DCPs include public open space, drainage, key structuring roads, community infrastructure, sewer (potentially) and other essential services for communities to function. Development contributions are paid by owners who develop or subdivide within a Development     Contribution Area. When approval is granted for a subdivision or development within a DCP area, conditions are generally imposed on the approval requiring the payment of applicable development contributions. The owner/developer/subdivider of the land will then be required to make payment of the development contribution either prior to the finalisation of the subdivision or the commencement of construction, whichever is the earliest. Alternatively, the owner may decide to deliver the land or infrastructure (pre-fund) in lieu of paying money to the DCP, in which case an arrangement would be made with the City. 

All development contribution monies collected for a given development contribution area are placed into reserve accounts by the City. This means the funds can only be used for the purpose for which they were collected, they cannot be used for general revenue or municipal expenditure. 

The DCP requires certainty with regard to infrastructure items and the broader planning framework. As the LSP is in draft format, the DCP does not have definitive infrastructure items or cost estimates. The DCP for the area will also require input from the TOD Precinct for infrastructure, development yield and cost apportionment purposes. It is not unusual for a DCP to be progressed post-advertising of an LSP. This allows for a degree of certainty to be reached within the planning framework and avoids reworking key elements of the DCP to account for changes that may be made post public advertising. The DCP will be progressed once both the Residential and TOD Precinct LSPs have progressed to a level of certainty acceptable to finalise a draft DCP. The DCP will need to go through an advertising process similar to that of the LSP prior to adoption.

The DCP is envisaged to be developed over the next 18-24 months. A key part of the DCP includes an amendment to the Local Planning Scheme No. 3 (LPS 3) to insert provisions and give statutory effect to, and outline the broad operational parameters of the DCP. The LPS 3 amendment will ultimately give statutory effect to the DCP and enable funds to be levied through the subdivision and development process. 

The timeframe for commencing a LPS 3 amendment is dependent on the timeframe for the completion of the Residential and TOD Precinct LSP. As noted above, certainty is required from the substantial progression of these documents. The Residential Precinct LSP is expected to be finalised in early 2019 and the TOD precinct is anticipated to take another 12-18 months to complete, dependent on State Government inputs. The process to amend the LPS 3 can take up to 12 months to complete and involves the preparation and adoption of the DCP by the City, the recommendation of the WAPC and ultimately the approval of the Minister for Transport, Planning and Lands. The LPS 3 amendment will ultimately give statutory effect to the DCP and allow funds to be levied through the subdivision and development process. 


* The Shire became a City in 1 July 2017.

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