THE state government has moved to rezone more than 100 hectares of land near Mandurah for residential development but developers say this just adds to the big queue of lots in the area held up by key infrastructure.
Development in the area, particularly Baldivis, has been delayed by the pending construction of the East Rockingham waste water treatment plant.
A Water Corporation spokesperson told WA Business News construction of the plant’s pipelines was due to start in 2014, with completion expected in 2015.
Last week planning minister John Day announced the rezoning of the first stage of the Keralup housing project, about 10 kilometres north-east of Mandurah, as ‘urban deferred’, due to planning and servicing issues that needed to be addressed.
The development proposes a significant community at Keralup, which would become home to more than 90,000 people over the next 50 years.
Urban Development Industry of Australia CEO Debra Goostrey said that while the rezoning was positive, it was disappointing this land was “simply joining the massive queue of lots that are waiting for the lifting of the deferment” of the East Rockingham plant.
Ms Goostrey said Keralup’s status as a priority project for the state government could prompt action on the waste plant’s catchment, in which there were about 5,000 lots that were zoned urban deferred.
A Water Corporation spokesperson told WA Business News environmental approval had been received from the federal and state governments for the plant.
The spokesperson said state and federal government environmental approvals had been received for the construction of two major pipelines.