Community Update

  • KENNEDY BAY PROJECT SUMMARY

    Western Australian Beach Golf Resort (WABGR), assisted by Mirvac as Project Manager, has been working with the Department of Planning to overcome new challenges for the proposed Kennedy Bay development.


    THE KEY ISSUE

    The agreed Kennedy Bay Revised Development Plan 2004 does not satisfy the revised State Planning Policy 2.6: State Coastal Policy (30 July, 2013), which requires significant additional foreshore setbacks to development. The aim of the revised Policy is to sustain ecological and social values through planning for future development adjacent to, or within, coastal and estuarine foreshore areas.  It requires detailed consideration of all technical matters relating to environment, engineering and planning (including climate change assumptions) to establish setbacks to development and use of foreshore areas

    The greatest increase to development setbacks (from the high-water mark) for the Kennedy Bay development is more than double - from 115 meters to 250 meters.  Overall, the area lost to the project is approximately 20 hectares. A compounding factor is that the Kennedy Bay Revised Development Plan 2004 proposes a fragmented development footprint, which is not conducive to creating an integrated and vibrant community village and is counterintuitive to cost-effective provisioning of urban services.


    WHAT CHANGES ARE REQUIRED?

    The consequence of the key issues is the Kennedy Bay Revised Development Plan 2004 can no longer be implemented, forcing a review to set new development parameters that will deliver a viable outcome that accommodates the commitment to additional public works items, which are central to the intent of the proposed development.

    The recent efforts of WABGR, Mirvac and the Department of Planning have been focussed on reconfiguring new development parameters that respond to the key issues and provide a basis to perform detailed planning tasks.

    To ensure the revised parameters are competent, State and Federal Environmental approvals have been obtained.
    The revised development parameters are illustrated in the download link below.

    Download Project Activities Illustrations

    Further to this, the Port Kennedy Development Agreement Act 1992, which enables the implementation of the 2004 Revised Development Plan, is inflexible and will not accommodate a revised project.


    WHAT ARE THE CURRENT ACTIVITIES

    The repeal of the Port Kennedy Development Agreement Act 1992 is therefore critical to the recommencement of the project.  This, along with the preparation of a revised development agreement for the Joint Venture, is the focus of current business.  This will establish certainty for WABGR and Mirvac to commit resources to perform detailed design and planning tasks, including community and stakeholder engagement.


    DOES THE PROJECT VISION CHANGE?

    The vision to develop Kennedy Bay into a vibrant and sustainable seaside community remains the goal of the Joint Venture. The idea for a strong, contemporary planning outcome seeks to establish a new and enviable lifestyle opportunity, but also seeks to enrich the lifestyles of established residents within and near to the project.  Key outcomes that the Joint Venture aspires to deliver  include the creation of distinctive coastal and golf course living environments, improved conservation for coastal foreshore areas, increased foreshore reserves, improved public facilities and a vibrant community heart.


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