Boom results in new land plan

THE residential building boom sweeping the Busselton area will be accommodated by a new land release plan recently announced by Planning Minister Graham Kierath.

The plan, believed to be the first of its kind for the South West, stems from estimations which indicate that, during the next five years, as many as 1,650 new residential lots would be required with another 300 needed in Dunsborough.

“The area is one of the fastest growing regions in the State and that growth has to be accommodated,” Mr Kierath said.

“The Land Release Plan identifies land which could be released and developed over the next five years, as well as projecting future infrastructure and services requirements.”

The Plan focuses on population, development and services

infrastructure data.

The plan also aims to protect the lifestyle enjoyed by residents and tourists as well as ensuring ecologically sustainable development.

The information is presented within the context of the whole Shire and addresses lot, building approval, and development data, historical trends and planning and development within the Shire.

The Ministry of Planning predicts the Shire population will reach 22,900 by 2001, increasing to 33,000 by 2011.

The Busselton Shire is one of the fastest growing regions in Australia. In 1998, an additional 1,200 people moved into the Shire.

The consistency of the growth over the past eight years within the Shire is reflected by an increase of 7,000 people or 6 per cent per annum between 1990-91 and 1998-99.

Nine commercially zoned lots and 84 industrially zoned lots have been created in the past five years.

Mr Kierath said, in Dunsborough, only two per cent of proposed lots would require infrastructure for wastewater, while in Busselton there were significant areas in the town site which would require construction of services.

“In developing and expanding the Busselton-Dunsborough area we cannot lose what makes the region so precious,” Mr Kierath said.

“All residential growth has to

be in consideration of the existing natural environment, which I imagine is what attracts so many people to the area in the first place.”

Busselton Shire has highlighted a high number of speculative land purchasers within the Shire.

“Many of the lots created are sold to speculative investors who have no immediate intention of building and developing these lots in the short or medium term,” the plan said.

“This practice effectively removes a significant percentage of vacant lots from the ‘land bank’.”

Dunsborough’s role within the region as a medium level service centre has increased with the development of a district shopping centre and the Clarke Street Industrial Area.

There has also been significant residential development of both permanent residences and short-stay units during the past five years.

In addition, the expansion of the viticulture industry and tourism within the region has increased the demand for facilities and contributed to the growth of the town.

The plan indicates Dunsborough is unlikely to experience a shortage of residential lots in the short to medium term.

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