Yanchep is located approximately 48 kilometres north of Perth next to some of WA's most pristine and family-friendly coast including the sheltered Yanchep Lagoon.
The area is also home to the Yanchep National Park. There has been a great deal of growth in this area in the last decade, with the establishment of a number of residential communities and associated developments. The area is administered by the City of Wanneroo.
The City of Wanneroo is the fastest growing outer metropolitan growth council in Perth and the fifth fastest growing Council in Australia.
The population will almost double over the next 22 years from 180,000 people to 354,000 people by 2036 and ultimately over 550,000 people by 2070 (larger than the current size of Gold Coast City Council). The North-West Sub-Region (comprising the Cities of Wanneroo and Joondalup) population will reach almost 800,000 people by 2070.
The Local Structure Plan for Yanchep is highly significant because it will be responsible for delivering the largest activity centre outside of the Perth CBD and is earmarked to provide the majority of the ambitious local employment commitments of the Yanchep – Two Rocks District Structure Plan.
Yanchep City Centre, and its environs, as the primary regional centre for the North-West Corridor, will be a city for the new millennium, adapting the tested principles of traditional urban form to the rapidly evolving needs of a modern population, recognizing that new cities must lead the way in the pursuit of sustainable living.
Yanchep will be a healthy city built around using transit, cycling and walking as the dominant transport forms, where health, education and recreation are key social elements, and where urban structure is balanced with natural landscape and heritage values.
Yanchep District High School (kindergarten to year 12) is located adjacent to the Yanchep Sports Club. There is also retail shopping and commercial and professional services within the vicinity.
Metronet and Freeway Extensions
The current state government has confirmed it is committed to construct the 13.6km Northern Suburbs Railway Extension from Butler to Yanchep by 2020, including stations at Alkimos, Eglinton and Yanchep, plus a future station at South Yanchep.
Expansion of the Northern Suburbs Rail Network will have the following benefits:
- Improved quality of life by reducing journey to work time, reducing stress and providing more quality family time;
- Rail infrastructure provides a sense of permanence, encouraging developers to invest in new commercial, mixed use and residential projects;
- New development and greater population density can make areas near rail stations more vibrant and active. Public transport supports community fitness by encouraging people to walk or cycle to stations or stops;
- Initiatives such as light rail help reduce traffic congestion and will have a significant impact on both productivity and quality of life. The estimated economic cost of traffic congestion in Perth was nearly $1 billion in 2009, with costs predicted to more than double by 2020 to $2.1 billion (Public Transport Authority, 2014, Max Light Rail Website);
There are also plans for the Mitchell Freeway to be extended to Yanchep. The current extension to Hester Avenue will be completed in 2017 and significantly reduce the travel time from Yanchep to Joondalup and Perth.