Ocean Reef Marina
State Government Involvement
In October 2015 the Joondalup Council agreed to formally request the State Government, through the Minister for Planning, to initiate action for the State Government to assume the role of proponent for the Ocean Reef Marina project (Council Agenda and Minutes). The decision is consistent with the philosophy of the Ocean Reef Marina Memorandum of Understanding between the City and the State Government and the identification of the project at a "major project" through the State Government Lead Agency Framework.
In March 2016, the Minister for Planning advised the City that an assessment of the project was being undertaken for State Government consideration. In the meantime, the City is continuing to progress the environmental and planning approvals processes as outlined below. A significant milestone in the approvals processes is the public advertising of the project for both environmental and planning approval. The City intends to instigate a public awareness campaign (early 2016) to ensure the community is aware of the timing of advertising, what sort of information will be made available and how the community can become involved.
Environmental and Planning Approvals
The City is currently progressing the environmental and planning approvals processes in collaboration with the Department of Planning and the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority.
The planning approval process is via an amendment to the Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS) boundary.
Following the City's referral of the marine based components of the development to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) for assessment, the level of assessment was determined as a Public Environmental Review (PER). The City is progressing the PER in accordance with statutory process.
As far as possible the environmental and planning assessments will run concurrently and it is anticipated that both the MRS amendment and the PER will be advertised for public comment early in 2016.
The concurrent review of both the environmental components and the MRS amendment will allow for consideration of the social, economic and environmental factors via a holistic planning and environmental assessment.
The City will continue to liaise closely with the relevant government departments and agencies throughout the environmental and planning assessments phase at the same time as progressing the development of the Local Structure Plan and business case.
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For further information contact the City on 9400 4349 or via email.