The Yangebup Revitalisation Strategy was planned be the fifth of the City’s strategic suburb regeneration projects. This followed the Phoenix Revitalisation Strategy undertaken in 2009, the Hamilton Hill Revitalisation Strategy in 2012, the Coolbellup Revitalisation Strategy in 2014 and the Lakes Revitalisation Strategy which comprises North Lake, Bibra Lake and South Lake.
Following completion of the Lakes Revitalisation Strategy, the City proceeded to seek approvals to upcode North Lake, Bibra Lake and South Lake. The Minister for Transport and Planning, Rita Saffioti MLA, on 29 March 2019, formally refused to grant final approval to the upcoding proposal. As such, no increase to residential density “R-codes” will be applied to the Lakes area (Refer to the Lakes webpage for further details).
In light of this decision, the City was asked to focus on a broader, ‘whole of City’ Local Planning Strategy (LPS). The Strategy is a high-level, long-term plan to guide the growth and change of the City. In this instance, it is to provide a guide for the next 15 years. In particular, a key theme of the LPS is;
'Our neighbourhoods will have a distinctive local character that is valued by the community, offer high levels of amenity, and housing that responds to the needs of residents, to optimise their health and wellbeing.'
The City is therefore looking at the City’s housing needs into the future as part of the draft Local Planning Strategy, which includes an assessment of residential infill needs and opportunities. At this stage the draft Local Planning Strategy is awaiting the certification of the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) prior to advertising, and comprehensive community consultation will be undertaken once this has occurred, likely to be in the first half of 2021.
The City acknowledges the three successful community forums held in 2018 with the Yangebup community. These forums examined options for Yangebup, including improvements to streetscapes, parks, and transport. Specifically, a number of residents commented on the need to revitalise Yangebup’s aging Local Centres. The City obtained funding from the Federal Government as part of the 'Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program', intended to deliver community infrastructure projects across Australia for economic relief. Part of the grant money will be used to revive Yangebup Local Centre (corner of Yangebup Road and Dunraven Drive) through attractive landscaping and development of temporary alfresco seating areas, with the goal of supporting local businesses and creating active community spaces. The project is scheduled for completion end of February 2021.
The following table shows the key stages of the revitalisation strategy to be undertaken and their status (updated Dec 2020).
||Completed (Forums occurred on 25th & 27th June and 2nd July 2018)
|Draft strategy formulation
||Revised focus onto the City of Cockburn's broader Draft Local Planning Strategy.
|Report to Council seeking support to advertise
||Awaiting permission of the Western Australian Planning Commission to advertise the broader Draft Local Planning Strategy