At its meeting held on 16 July 2013, the Council agreed to submit a Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS) Amendment to enable the development of the Ocean Reef Marina. Supported by the concept plan (Concept Plan 7.2), technical information and detailed studies on the environment, water quality, landscape, traffic and transport, the request was submitted to the Western Australian Planning Commission on 30 July 2013.
The purpose of the amendment is to rezone and rationalise 76.502 hectares in Ocean Reef from Parks and Recreation (including some Bush Forever), Waterways and Public Purpose to Urban and additional Waterways zones and new Parks and Recreation Reserved Lands. The amendment also includes a proposal to exclude a parcel of water from the Marmion Marine Park. View the proposed Amendment Plan.
The amendment is consistent with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that the City signed with the State Government in 2012 which recognises the importance of the Ocean Reef Marina. In accordance with the MOU, the City is preparing a Structure Plan which will provide additional detail on Concept Plan 7.2 to guide the development. The MRS Amendment request proposes that:
the land is suitable and capable of being developed for an urban use
there are no impediments to the development of the land for an urban use
additional community-based parks and recreation would allow greater access and enjoyment of the coast
the need for boating and marine facilities in the City has been identified over some decades
The City is requesting that the MRS amendment be facilitated via Section 48A of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 to allow for consideration of the social, economic and environmental factors in a holistic planning and environment assessment. This will enable the environmental elements to be considered in a regional planning context rather than as isolated issues. However, the determination of the environmental assessment will be made by the Office of Environmental Protection Authority and not the City.
The submission of the MRS Amendment request is a major milestone for the Ocean Reef Marina project and represents a logical advancement in the planning for the development. The process the City undertook to prepare the MRS Amendment request, including extensive consultation with the relevant agencies, is in line with that carried out for similar marina type developments in recent years. The anticipated MRS Amendment request process is now available, however given the complexity and nature of approvals process for the Ocean Reef Marina, the timelines provided are subject to variation.
Memorandum of Understanding
At an official ceremony on Tuesday 14 February 2012, Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard and City CEO Garry Hunt signed the Ocean Reef Marina Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the State Government.
With an initial period of two years the MOU is due to expire in February 2014, however both parties may agree to an extension of the term.
At its meeting held 20 August 2013 Council authorised the City to renegotiate with the State Government and renew and strengthen the current MOU.
The MOU is a formal agreement that acknowledges a strategic alliance and the shared commitment of the City and the State Government as joint landowners of the site in bringing the Ocean Reef Marina project to fruition.
By signing the document, which also sets out the roles of the City and the State Government and how they will work together to resolve ongoing issues, both parties are recognising that a collaborative approach is needed to develop the marina.
The MOU is a vital step in a long process as the City cannot deliver a project of this size and complexity on its own and liaison with State Government agencies is necessary to progress towards the approval of a Structure Plan for the ORM development.
The signing of the original MOU was an important milestone for the ORM project as it was a vital and essential component in progressing the development towards obtaining the necessary partnerships and approvals.
In support of the MOU, the State Government approved the Department of Planning as the lead agency of the Ocean Reef Marina project and they have given in-principle support to the City’s integrated environmental and planning approvals strategy.
In order to continue to harness and utilise the power of the MOU as the project progresses through the approvals process and beyond, it is considered appropriate that negotiation to renew and extend the MOU become a priority.
The MOU significantly raised the awareness of the project at many government levels, and a renewed and expanded MOU will ensure access to the right people in the right places as well as emphasising the joint commitment of the City and the State Government in bring the project to fruition.
View the Memorandum of Understanding.
Environmental and Planning Approvals Strategy
At its meeting held on 12 December 2012, the Council endorsed an integrated strategy where the Ocean Reef Marina project would be assessed through a Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS) amendment and associated environmental approval processes.
This strategy allows for concurrent consideration of the planning and environmental aspects through one assessment process and is a holistic approach to the project.
The Council decision also means that the environmental and planning approvals process would be more transparent in the public arena. The tasks undertaken to progress the strategy included:
Confirmation of the validity of previous technical advice and updating as required. This investigation informs MRS amendment request, the project feasibility study and the local structure plan preparation.
Detailed discussions with the Department of Planning and the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority on the format, scope and content of the MRS amendment request and corresponding environmental approval processes.
Pre-referral liaison with state and commonwealth agencies relating to the Marmion Marine Park, Bush Forever and Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo. It should be noted that the Graceful Sun Moth has been removed from both the State and Commonwealth endangered species lists. However the required environmental management plans will continue to recognise this and other important flora and fauna.
Development of a Local Structure Plan to support the MRS amendment and potential City of Joondalup District Planning Scheme No 2 amendment.
At this stage in the approvals process it is difficult to accurately determine when decisions will be made however an anticipated timeline for the approvals strategy has been prepared. Based on the available knowledge an estimated project program has also been developed which identifies future activities with potential timeframes. View the Environmental and Planning Approvals Strategy Timeline and Estimated Project Program.
The relevant Ocean Reef Marina Committee reports and decisions are also available online.
The City is undertaking the development of a Concept Plan and Structure Plan that details how the Ocean Reef Marina site could be developed and how it could look in the future.
The site has always had the potential to house a world-class facility and the State Government recognised this potential by providing a grant to allow the City to develop, as part of the process, a concept plan of its vision for the site.
Council endorsed the project philosophy and key parameters for the Ocean Reef Marina site which will guide the development process. The project philosophy and key parameters include:
Vision for the Development:
- Environmental Strategy
- Governance and Fiscal Responsibility
- Liaison Protocol
View the Project Philosophy and Key Parameters.
The Ocean Reef Marina development has the potential to provide the City’s residents with a world class recreational, residential, boating and tourism marina development that encapsulates high levels of environmental sustainability, community amenity and delivers economic growth and social benefit.
Preliminary studies and research in the areas of environmental impact and sustainability, structure planning, coastal engineering and hydrology, and financial and commercial viability have been completed and indicate that the site does have the potential for a development of this nature.
The City has commenced the preparation of the Business Case and Structure Plan and the initial task, the financial feasibility of the concept plan, was undertaken (with the financial support of the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme).
The analysis showed that the project would generate a significant deficit over the course of the development, and this was deemed by the City to not only be unviable, but also an inappropriate risk. However, minor design changes to the concept plan have provided a dramatic improvement to the financial outcome of the development.
The amendments to the concept plan retain both the design philosophy and the overarching philosophy and parameters supported by Council and the community. With 47 of the 51 components in the original concept plan remaining, the amended concept plan still carries the same footprint, with the size and total development area of the marina still around 91ha.
The amended concept plan (Concept Plan 7.2) still delivers an excellent balance of public, residential and commercial amenities with some alterations to optimise land use and yields. A realignment of the northern marina section reduces the need for dredging in this area and the amphitheatre site now provides a more user-friendly interface with the water which improves views through the marina.
Some of the planned commercial, residential and mixed-use buildings have been reduced in size and density to optimise land use and yields and there is an increase in the portion of leasehold to freehold commercial/retail lots. The residential area now includes single lots with a reduction in the number of apartment-style units. These changes acknowledge the commercial reality of a development of this magnitude whilst maintaining extensive public equity and access within the marina.
Some of the amenities, such as the ocean pool, artificial reef and super yacht berths require further investigation and assessment and this will be undertaken in due course.
Premier Colin Barnett visited Joondalup on Thursday 3 March 2011 for the opening of the new Joondalup Health Campus Emergency Department, and City took the opportunity to meet with him to discuss the Ocean Reef Marina Project.
In March 2011, Mayor Pickard and the CEO gave Premier Colin Barnett, Planning Minister John Day and Ocean Reef MLA Albert Jacob an overview of the project and a briefing on the progress to date including the amended concept plan and the financial feasibility study. The Mayor and CEO also accompanied the Premier and Mr Jacob to the Ocean Reef Marina for a site visit.
The environmental and planning approvals strategy was developed through extensive liaison and engagement with the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority and the Department of Planning. The City is confident that this is the most appropriate process for obtaining the necessary approvals for the Ocean Reef Marina.
It should be noted that the work undertaken thus far forms part of the development of a Structure Plan and Business Case for the Ocean Reef Marina and is relevant and transferable to all approvals processes.
For further information contact the City on 9400 4349 or via email.
Last updated 11 October 2013