Western Australia Minister for Planning John Day
Minister Approves Residential Rezoning Of Guildford Railway Reserve
Victor P Taffa
Planning Minister John Day has granted final approval to an amendment in the City of Swan which will see an unused railway reserve rezoned to allow residential development.
“A two-hectare portion of the Crown Reserve in James Street, adjacent to Guildford Railway Station, has been rezoned to allow redevelopment of the site under the guidance of a Local Structure Plan (LSP), which is being prepared.” Mr. Day said.
“Currently the site is home to old and unused buildings and equipment. This amendment will allow for medium density residential development and is consistent with the State Government’s objectives to encourage Transit Orientated Development.”
“The Draft Directions 2031 document recognises the potential of the Maylands to Guildford Activity Corridor as a planned area for future urban growth and we need to ensure the most efficient use of existing urban land and infrastructure.”
The land is owned by the State Government and vested in the Public Transport Authority. LandCorp is managing the preparation of the LSP.
During the public consultation period, the Western Australian Planning Commission received 50 submissions, of which 24 were objections to the proposal.
“Some neighbouring landowners expressed concern in regard to the impact the development could have on parking and traffic in the area, as well as the potential for it to lessen the heritage values and amenity of the locality.” the Minister said.
“I am satisfied the council will carefully consider and address these issues before development progresses.”
City of Swan CEO, Mike Foley said detailed planning would need to address the concerns of the local community.
“The LSP will be advertised for comment and address housing density, built form, scale, local amenity, existing vegetation, traffic management, commuter parking and the provision of service infrastructure.” Mr. Foley said.
“It’s important to note that this site has been rezoned to ‘urban’ under the Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS) and council is required to update the scheme to an appropriate zoning. A reservation for public purposes is not consistent with the MRS zoning.”