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The site is zoned rural under the MRS and Rural Agriculture under the City’s Local Planning Scheme No. 3 (LPS3). The Site covers an area of approximately 90 hectares comprising 37 land parcels bound by Weston Road, Pickering Brook Road, Carinyah Road, Davey Road, Isaacs Road, McCorkill Road and Repatriation Road.
The community are invited to have their say on options to grow local tourism and agriculture through the Pickering Brook and Surrounds Sustainability and Tourism Strategy released by the McGowan Government at the end of February 2022.
To have your say on the strategy, visit https://consultation.dplh.wa.gov.au/land-use-planning/pickering-brook. Consultation closes on Friday April 29, 2022.
The City’s Local Planning Strategy (LPS), endorsed by the WAPC in 2013, identifies the Pickering Brook Townsite Expansion as an urban investigation area. The strategy of the LPS is to ‘review the Pickering Brook Townsite with the intention of consolidating the uses and giving it a focus.’ To achieve this, the LPS will ‘undertake comprehensive planning analysis of the Pickering Brook Townsite and surrounds to investigate potential for the creation of new lots.’ The Hills Rural Study 2014 was also adopted by the Council in March 2015.
In 2015 The Planning Group (TPG) was appointed to conduct preliminary investigations into the area and liaise with State Government stakeholders. The City worked in conjunction with TPG to identify constraints and opportunities and conduct technical studies in the area. These technical studies included:
In March OCM 2016 Council moved to request that the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) initiate an amendment to the MRS, rezoning Pickering Brook Town Site Expansion Area from Rural to Urban, from Rural Agriculture to Urban Development under LPS3.
The Pickering Brook Townsite Expansion Area MRS request went to the Meeting of the WAPC on 25 October 2017. The WAPC resolved to refuse to initiate the proposal for the following reasons:
The North East Sub-Regional Planning Framework was adopted by the State Government in March 2018 and identified the Pickering Brook Townsite as a ‘Planning Investigation Area’.
Table 3 of the Framework identified the key considerations as:
In October 2018 the City received a letter from the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) announcing the formation of a working group to support a taskforce to develop a sustainability and tourism strategy for Pickering Brook and the surrounding area. The letter included the taskforce terms of reference and identified two objectives:
The City has since been working closely with DPLH and other members of the working group to prepare technical studies and engage with the local residents in the area.
In late 2020, the State Government released the Pickering Brook and Surrounds Sustainability and Tourism Strategy (Strategy) Part 1 report.
The Strategy included a number of recommendation with several being required to be actioned by the City of Kalamunda (City). A full copy of the Strategy can be located on the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website as the following URL: www.dplh.wa.gov.au/pickeringbrook
In March 2021, the City’s Council, in response to the recommendations of the Strategy, resolved to request the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) to initiate a Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS) Amendment to rezone the recommended townsite expansion area to Urban to facilitate the expansion of the Pickering Brook townsite (see overleaf for the proposed townsite expansion area).
The City’s MRS Amendment request was referred by the WAPC to various State Government agencies for preliminary comment prior to the WAPC formally considering the MRS Amendment request. As part of the preliminary referral process, the City has been requested to provide additional information to enable the MRS Amendment request to proceed to formal consideration by the WAPC.
The additional information requested to be provided includes a Site and Soil Evaluation (SSE) to assess the areas capability to manage the disposal of wastewater that will be generated by the townsite expansion. While it is acknowledged that some soil evaluation has already taken place, the purpose of that evaluation was to assess the soil from an agricultural perspective and not wastewater.
The SSE requested to be provided is required to be undertaken over the winter months. The City has budgeted and scheduled this work to be undertaken over this coming winter.
The City anticipates that this work will be complete and the MRS Amendment formally presented to the WAPC in the second half of 2022.
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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.