Strategic Growth Framework Waterloo Corner and Bolivar Corridor
The land west of Port Wakefield Road is increasingly becoming an area of interest for new economic growth and development opportunities.
Council recognises this strong interest and that many existing landowners may wish to continue with farming and horticultural activities. In addition, infrastructure will be needed to facilitate this future growth.
Council has begun a process to understand the future infrastructure requirements and landowner interest for future development to inform the coordinated development of the area. This process is called the 'Strategic Growth Framework – Waterloo Corner and Bolivar Corridor'.
Consultation occurred between 29th April and 27th May 2022, with 65 submissions received. These were a combination of landowners, residents, business owners, and government agencies. The key concern of the submitters was the lack of infrastructure in the study area and the need for upgrades to road, sewer and wastewater before any commitment to investment in the area could be made.
The consultation process has identified that there are discrete groups of landowners with common views on redevelopment and timing, and in other sections of the study area landowner views are mixed between those wanting development options and those wanting no change.
Strategic Growth Framework
The Strategic Growth Framework's intention is to:
- Present a fully informed, consolidated and coordinated growth framework to inform future Council decisions relating to infrastructure planning and funding and the orderly sequencing and management of Council or proponent Code Amendments to change the land use zoning.
- Take a 30-year perspective on development potential and forward planning, with a flexible framework that can support existing or short-term development interests.
- Appreciate the regional context, encourage economic growth and identify infrastructure delivery mechanisms while ensuring a fair apportioning of costs between landowners, developers, the City of Salisbury, adjacent Councils and the State Government.
The outcome of this Framework is that eight indicative precincts have been identified for potential Code Amendments to the Planning and Design Code reflecting the infrastructure needs, landowner feedback and development timeline of between 20 and 35 years.
Frequently Asked Questions
The City of Salisbury City Plan 2035 has a critical action to open new economic growth and development opportunities in a coordinated manner for the land west of Port Wakefield Road.
With the design and opening of the Northern Connector, the land on both sides of this new road asset and interchanges has become of increased interest for redevelopment. This development needs to be planned and delivered in a coordinated manner.
The Strategic Growth Framework covers land that is largely used for farming and agricultural uses within the suburb of Waterloo Corner within the City of Salisbury, the suburb of Bolivar north of the Little Para River and part of the suburb of St Kilda (excluding the St Kilda Township). Refer to the study area boundary plan.
The Strategic Growth Framework is a plan for a 20–50-year timeframe. It is likely large parts of the area will not change in the next 20 years, but this process will set the ground work for future change, as and when it occurs.
In response to the consultation process, Council has prepared an implementation plan and a timeline for rezoning the eight precincts. This will support land owners that wish to start code amendment processes.
It should be noted, that rezonings can be led by landowners with the approval of the State Government at any time. The role of the Council in these private rezoning is to provide comments and negotiate on Council infrastructure requirements.
Any plan to change the current land zoning, will be subject to detailed community consultation with all affected property owners prior to adoption as part of a future Code Amendment Process.
All existing legal operations would be able to continue under existing use rights.
Infrastructure that is required to support new urban development will be identified and provided as land is developed. This could include upgrading existing rural roads, the construction of new roads, a new stormwater network and open space corridors.
Landowners/developers will need to be responsible for their proportional share of this cost, and infrastructure agreements will be required before the land is rezoned. This may require landowners/developers to work together with services providers and the Council so that the costs are most effectively shared in a coordinated manner.
This process will inform these decisions so that all parties have an agreed understanding of the infrastructure requirements and associated costs.
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