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During the late 1980's, Tokyu's property at Yanchep and other land on the fringes of the Perth Metropolitan area became the subject of Government land planning policy reviews. Policy review objectives were to ensure that sufficient land inventory was created to accommodate an expected doubling of the city's population between 1987 and 2021. Government conducted regional structure planning followed by large scale rezoning processes between 1991 and 1997 which increased levels of 'urban' designated land in order to satisfy projected demand.



Tokyu's landholdings represent approximately 13% of the new 'urban' areas and were seen by Government as a critical factor in the creation of the new land inventories. Government therefore sought a special relationship with Tokyu aimed at facilitating orderly future land supply. This was accomplished by Cabinet classifying Tokyu lands as 'strategically' important and entering into a M.O.U. with Tokyu which outlines a relationship aimed at satisfying Government's planning policy objectives.

Government studies indicate:

  • 400,000 new dwellings will be required in the Perth metropolitan area over the next 30 years.
  • 53,000 dwellings will be located within the Yanchep area.

Structure planning exercises undertaken by the Western Australian Government relating to Yanchep expound a clear philosophy of creating an urban setting that:

  • is economically and environmentally sustainable
  • provides equitable access to social infrastructure
  • contains adequate resources of jobs and educational places
  • reinforces cultural and social values which unmistakably distinguish it from common "dormitory suburbs".