Roe 8 (West) and Roe 9 Corridor Planning Study

The State Government is considering potential future land use and zoning opportunities for the western section of the land corridor originally reserved for the Roe Highway extension proposal.

The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage is investigating whether the corridor – from North Lake Road, Coolbellup to Healy Road, Hamilton Hill (known as Roe 8 West and Roe 9) – which is currently reserved for Primary Regional Road purposes under the Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS), has suitability to be rezoned for other purposes.

The eastern portion of the corridor, incorporating Beeliar Wetlands, is now permanently protected and reserved for Parks and Recreation use, through the Beeliar Wetlands Act 2021 and is not part of this planning study.

Planning study objectives

The objectives of the Roe 8 (West) and Roe 9 Corridor Planning Study, are to:

  • understand existing values and opportunities to inform longer-term land uses, promote development and revitalisation opportunity for the study area
  • facilitate appropriate land uses and development through an MRS amendment
  • replace portions of the existing Primary Regional Road reservation with more suitable classifications under the MRS to provide a framework for the local government to update its local planning framework. 

Draft concept plan

The Department is preparing an informal draft concept plan for the corridor, showing a potential mix of land uses that could be considered in the study area. 

The draft concept plan aims to promote discussion and community feedback about potential land uses for Roe 8 West and Roe 9 – which could now be rezoned from its current road reservation for other purposes, subject to stakeholder feedback and environmental investigations. 

The draft concept plan does not have any formal status or endorsement and will continue to evolve over time to inform future strategic planning for the area.

Community drop-in sessions

The Member for Willagee Hon. Peter Tinley and Department officers hosted three community drop-in sessions in late October/early November to discuss the draft concept plan. 

Interested members of the community were invited to the drop-in sessions to find out more about the draft concept plan and share their local knowledge, views and interests regarding the future use of the land.

The three community drop-in sessions were held on Wednesday 26 October 2022, Saturday 29 October 2022 and Wednesday 2 November 2022 at the Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall.

Providing feedback 

Please visit our online Consultation Hub to provide feedback on the draft concept plan.  The submission period has recently been extended and will now remain open until Friday 20 January 2023.

Further information can be found in the frequently asked questions below.

Further consultation will occur through the MRS amendment process, in accordance with the Planning and Development Act 2005.

More information 

Please email any queries to: infrastructure@dplh.wa.gov.au

Frequently asked questions

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Why has the draft concept plan been developed and how has the planning study area been determined?

The permanent protection of the Beeliar Wetlands was secured when the State Government passed the Metropolitan Region Scheme (Beeliar Wetlands) Bill in 2021 reserving the Wetlands as ‘Parks and Recreation’, and assigning an A-Class conservation reserve, giving the Wetlands the highest level of environmental protection.

The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) is now investigating the corridor of land reserved for primary regional road purposes, extending westward from the protected wetlands.  A consequence of the wetlands being protected is that the remainder of the regional road corridor, from North Lake Road in Coolbellup to Healy Road in Hamilton Hill, (known as Roe 8 West and Roe 9), no longer has a direct connection to the Kwinana Freeway.  

Portions of this remaining regional road corridor may be suitable for a range of purposes, such as conservation, residential, commercial, local open space and community purposes. A draft concept plan has been developed to facilitate community engagement and receive feedback on potential land uses to inform future strategic planning for the area. 

This planning study area is restricted to the existing Primary Regional Road reserve. Although excluded from the planning study area, the surrounding land use context has been used to inform the draft concept plan. 

The draft concept plan does not have any formal status or endorsement and has evolved in response to feedback received to date.  Additional feedback received during this consultation process may result in further refinement.

What is the draft concept plan aiming to investigate and what is it trying to achieve?

The objectives of the planning study are to:

  • Understand the existing values and manner in which the area is currently used to inform longer-term land uses including revitalisation opportunities and potential improvements for the study area.
  • Facilitate appropriate land uses and development through a Metropolitan Regional Scheme amendment.
  • Replace portions of the existing Primary Regional Road reservation with more suitable classifications under the Metropolitan Regional Scheme to provide a framework for the local government to update its local planning framework. 

What potential purposes could the corridor land be rezoned or reserved for under the Metropolitan Region Scheme?

The Metropolitan Region Scheme defines the future use of land and provides the basis for planning in the Perth metropolitan region, dividing it into broad zones and reservations.

Potential zones and reserves for the corridor include:

  • Urban: areas in which a range of activities are undertaken, including residential, commercial, recreation, education, community purpose, local open space and light industry. 
  • Parks and Recreation: land of regional significance for ecological, recreation or landscape purposes
  • Primary Regional Roads: roads of regional significance in the planned road network which are currently, or proposed, to be declared under the Main Roads Act 1930.

What potential land uses and development could occur? 

The study area has the potential to accommodate a range of land uses. 

The draft concept plan provides an indication of potential land uses for the study area to serve the local community, as well as some potential modifications to the local road network. It gives preliminary consideration to sites of environmental and/or heritage value, as well as those with potential to support community/public purposes and residential redevelopment, providing opportunities for revitalisation.

There is currently no approved plans or funding for such development. It would be subject to further detailed planning and approvals, which would include public comment.

 

Why is some land within the study area proposed to remain reserved for Primary Regional Roads purposes?

Portions of the study area (such as the Stock Road intersection) are proposed to remain reserved as Primary Regional Road in the short-term to allow for a review of the detailed road designs and road requirements at key intersections by Main Roads Western Australia. These areas are likely to be subject to a separate and future Metropolitan Region Scheme amendment, subject to advice from Main Roads Western Australia.

Why is the whole corridor not being protected as a regional Parks and Recreation reserve? 

The Parks and Recreation classification is intended to reserve land of regional significance for ecological, recreation or landscape purposes. The draft concept plan recommends portions of the corridor for this class of reservation. 

Whilst some sites within the corridor are currently used for passive or active recreational uses, or may have some environmental value, many of these areas will be of local significance.  The Metropolitan Region Scheme Urban zoning allows for the local government to undertake further planning and apply a variety of reservations under their Local Planning Scheme. This includes local public open space and environmental conservation reservations.

There are also parts of the corridor that are being considered for community uses, public purposes and urban development, providing revitalisation opportunities across the suburbs of Hamilton Hill and Coolbellup.

The draft Metropolitan Region Scheme amendment and draft concept plan may be modified subject to the findings of the final Environmental Study (refer to question below), to reflect the regional and localised objectives of the Metropolitan Region Scheme and local planning scheme processes outlined above. 

What environmental investigations have been undertaken over the study area?

Environmental consultants have been engaged to identify key environmental attributes of the area. The preliminary draft findings are due in late November 2022. Once finalised, it will further inform the draft concept plan and will be made publicly available as part of the subsequent Metropolitan Region Scheme amendment.

As part of the Metropolitan Region Scheme amendment process, the Environmental Protection Authority will determine if the amendment should be assessed.

How does the draft concept plan or proposed Metropolitan Region Scheme rezoning impact on registered heritage places?

Two sites of State heritage significance are located within the study area boundary, including part of the Clontarf Hill registered aboriginal heritage site and part of Randwick Stables. 

Importantly, the draft concept plan and proposed Metropolitan Region Scheme amendment does not change the protection afforded to these sites under the relevant state heritage legislation. Consultation with Traditional Owners and the Stable’s representatives will be undertaken as part of this process.

There are also several places of local heritage significance, as marked on the draft concept plan. 

How will the project impact on existing local roads within the study area?

No changes to the as-constructed road network will be undertaken through this planning study. Whilst the draft concept plan may provide an indicative and future proposed local road network, further investigation, planning and consultation will be required under the local planning framework prior to any modifications being undertaken. 

Any subsequent investigations at the local level are expected to include consideration of bicycle and pedestrian movement needs and urban streetscape design. This includes how to best incorporate the existing or an enhanced tree canopy along local roads, appropriate to the local context.

In the absence of the construction of an arterial road in the Roe 8 West and Roe 9 reservation, the capacity of the existing road network is expected to cater for future volumes arising from localised traffic only. 

What is DPLH seeking feedback on?

The draft concept plan is intended to provide guidance for a future Metropolitan Region Scheme amendment. This plan will be displayed at the public drop-in sessions as well as a related preliminary Metropolitan Region Scheme amendment map.  

We want to understand from the community what should be considered for the land within the corridor – what opportunities might be presented and what uses may benefit the local community? The draft concept plan is to aid these discussions and prompt feedback. 

A fine-grained, ultimate land use plan is not required at this stage; further detailed planning typically occurs following amendments to the local planning scheme.

How can I provide comment on the draft concept plan? 

DPLH will be engaging with a wide range of stakeholders, including landowners, community and advocacy groups, local governments and State government agencies on the draft Metropolitan Region Scheme amendment and associated documents.

Interested community members were invited to attend community drop in sessions, held at Memorial Hall, Hamilton Hill on 26 October, 29 October and 2 November 2022.

Feedback on the draft concept plan can also be provided through the Department’s Consultation Hub (Consultation Hub). The submission period has recently been extended and will now remain open until Friday 20 January 2023. 

Further consultation will also occur through the Metropolitan Region Scheme amendment process, in accordance with the Planning and Development Act 2005.

What is the estimated timeframe for this planning work? 

Preparations to commence the formal Metropolitan Region Scheme amendment, based on a concept plan refined through this community and stakeholder engagement, are underway and anticipated to be initiated in early 2023.

Once initiated, the amendment will be referred to the Environmental Protection Authority, followed by a formal and public consultation period.  

The Western Australian Planning Commission will provide a recommendation to the Minister for Planning, and in the case of a major amendment, the Minister will table the amendment in Parliament. 

A major amendment typically takes between 12-24 months. The process timeline is summarised in the infographic listed below (under documents).

What happens after the Metropolitan Region Scheme amendment?

Upon finalisation of the Metropolitan Region Scheme amendment, the City of Cockburn will need to amend its local planning scheme as per the requirements of the Planning and Development Act 2005. The local planning scheme amendment process and/or a subsequent structure planning process will determine more specific local planning zones, reserves, land uses and any other aspirations or improvements. 
 
There will be further consultation and opportunities to provide feedback through the local planning scheme amendment process. Feedback received by DPLH through this process will be provided to the City of Cockburn to assist with the local planning scheme amendment process.

Documents

Roe 8 (West) - Roe 9 Planning Study Draft Concept Plan
Roe 8 (West) - Roe 9 Planning Study Existing Metropolitan Region Scheme
Roe 8 (West) – Roe 9 Planning Study Potential amended Metropolitan Region Scheme
Roe 8 (West) – Roe 9 Planning Study Timeline

Next steps

The draft concept plan may result in an amendment to the MRS to support appropriate land uses and development through the local government’s local planning framework.

If an MRS amendment is proposed, it would be subject to review by the Environmental Protection Authority and further public consultation.
 

Page reviewed 23 November 2022