Land use planning and how it relates to jobs

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The Wanneroo Jobs Summit is one way the City of Wanneroo is preparing for population growth in Yanchep and Alkimos.

WHAT is the vision and point of difference for Yanchep and Alkimos centres? What needs to be done differently from business-as-usual to generate new jobs? This is the second part of a feature on the Wanneroo Jobs Summit 2018. The City of Wanneroo welcomes your feedback and comments.

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job-summitWith the future development of centres in Yanchep and Alkimos in the planning spotlight, it’s fitting to consider planning strategies that will serve the community well into the future and hold up under our continued population growth.

In urban planning, an “activity centre” refers to an area which serves a community with a diverse mix of active-use spaces.

For example, a space where there is a blend of work offices, parks, recreation or community centres, retail, entertainment facilities, education and medical services.

For the most part, traditional planning has failed to integrate activity centres with transport infrastructure.

In so doing, there are many cases of missed opportunities to maximise employment in different areas.

Metronet including the extension of the rail line to Yanchep provides a new way of bringing together residential, retail and transport solutions for residents which will also stimulate new business opportunities and jobs.

Job creation needs to be located nearby these areas of residential development to prevent further congestion and lengthy commutes to work.

As it stands, the City of Wanneroo is one of the fastest growing local government areas in Western Australia.

A staggering fifty five percent of this growth is projected to be in Yanchep and its surrounding suburbs – Alkimos, Eglinton and Two Rocks.

To illustrate this, the close of 2017 saw Yanchep as home to 10,000 residents.

By 2041, this number is set to increase 312 percent to 45,012.

Similarly, the population of Alkimos is expected to increase by 10,000 to 16,551 by 2021; and subsequently reach 38,979 by 2041.

With these increases in population growth, along with the rapid pace of change, a new land use planning approach has fast become a ‘must have’.

It has become clear that these suburbs require highly flexible and informed development to function effectively into the future.

This being the case, the vision is the creation of smart centres which showcase optimal mixed land-use and lifestyle advantages.

These will be adaptable places that will be able to be appropriately shaped and scaled, in step with shifts in resident demographics over time.

Distinctive points of difference for this new application of land use planning for Yanchep and Alkimos include:

  • Sustainable development that fosters wellbeing and liveability.
  • Easy access for children and teens to walk or cycle to school with their friends.
  • Multi-purpose recreational spaces for all age groups.
  • Development with a minimal environmental footprint, maintaining respect for the natural landscape and dune life.
  • Efficient public transport access through close proximity to the future Metronet extension Yanchep and Alkimos train station precincts.
  • Smart planning in areas in proximity to these train stations to maximize their activity centres and create diverse job opportunities close to home.
  • Design to encourage mixed tenure, mixed income and demographically diverse neighbourhoods that foster social inclusion and vibrant civic life.
  • Integrated communications and Internet infrastructure to meet the needs of 21st Century populations.
  • Providing residents with better choices – and securing investment certainty.

Along with the future Metronet extension, the aim is for these shifts in land use planning to generate a reality where residents of this beautiful Alkimos-Yanchep coastal vicinity get to easily access and enjoy a diversity of local job options and amenities.

This richer supply of work choices close to home, will relieve residents of lengthy commutes to and from workplaces.

This is time which would be far better spent with family, or being active, achieving balance, an improved sense of wellbeing and a higher quality of life for our residents.

To comment or for enquiries email ConnectWanneroo@wanneroo.wa.gov.au