Project Background and Milestones
- DA6 has been identified as a redevelopment area since 2003 however strategic planning for the precinct stalled pending formal commitment from the State Government to implement the Perth Airport Rail Project.
- In the lead up to the 2013 State Government Election, both major political parties committed to building the Perth Airport Rail Project.
- In light of the State’s commitment, the City of Belmont and Perth Airport partnered to prepare a ‘Vision Plan and Implementation Strategy’ for DA6 in 2013. The objective was to identify a vision for the future redevelopment of the area and determine the planning processes required to achieve the vision.
- In formulating the DA6 Vision Plan and Implementation Strategy, the City undertook extensive community engagement, including undertaking community visioning workshops, community information forums and open days and formal advertising with letters being sent to landowners and key stakeholders. The engagement was undertaken between 2013 and 2015.
- In August 2014 the then State Government announced the construction of the ‘Forrestfield Airport Link’, a spur line extending from the existing Midland rail line to Forrestfield via a tunnel under the Swan River and Perth Airport. Three new train stations would be provided at Redcliffe, Airport Central (adjacent to Perth Airport’s Terminals 1 and 2) and Forrestfield.
- The DA6 Vision Plan and Implementation Strategy was initially adopted by Council in December 2013, however in light of the State’s announcement the Vision Plan and Implementation Strategy was required to be revised. The amended DA6 Vision Plan and Implementation Strategy was subsequently readopted by Council in February 2016 as Local Planning Policy No. 14.
- On 26 August 2014, Council resolved to formally request that the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) support the preparation of an Improvement Plan and Improvement Scheme for DA6 due to the project’s regional significance. Note: To date, the WAPC have not agreed to support the preparation of an Improvement Plan and Improvement Scheme.
- In August 2015 a Planning Control Area (No. 116) is declared over a portion of the DA6 precinct encompassing the future location of the Redcliffe Train Station. Pursuant to section 112 of the Planning and Development Act 2015, any development within the Planning Control Area requires WAPC approval until such time that it expires in August 2020.
- On 3 January 2017 the City appoints planning consultant Taylor Burrell Barnett to prepare the planning framework for DA6.
- On 31 August 2017 the Western Australian Planning Commission approved the full construction of the Redcliffe Train Station with construction works commencing shortly thereafter.
- On 7 October 2018 Brearley Avenue was permanently closed to traffic at Great Eastern Highway in Redcliffe.
- On 18 December 2018 the State Government announced that the Forrestfield Airport Link opening has been delayed to the second half of 2021 (i.e. delayed by one year).
- The WAPC formally declared on 28 May 2019 that the DA6 precinct requires an Activity Centre Plan to coordinate future redevelopment of the precinct in lieu of a Structure Plan.
- Between July and August 2019, the WAPC advertised Amendment 1355/57 to the Metropolitan Region Scheme which proposes to reclassify land adjacent to Stanton Road and Tonkin Highway from ‘Primary Regional Roads’ to ‘Urban’ under the MRS. The land was previously set aside for expansion works to Tonkin Highway and Perth Airport, but was no longer required for those purposes and was on-sold to the Department of Communities.
- Council at its meeting of 10 December 2019 endorses the first draft of the Redcliffe Station Activity Centre Plan for pre-consultation to be undertaken in early 2020.
- Amendment 1355/57 to the Metropolitan Region Scheme was gazetted on 31 January 2020.
- Pre-consultation of the draft Redcliffe Station Activity Centre Plan is undertaken from 26 February 2020 to 14 April 2020.
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