Gidgegannup has developed rapidly over the last fifteen years since the adoption of the original Gidgegannup Rural Strategy. Subsequently the North Eastern Hills Settlement Pattern Plan was formulated and adopted and the Place Planning Process resulted in the Gidgegannup Rural Strategy being revised and adopted by Council in November 2004 and subsequently adopted by the WAPC in 2006.
A new Planning document has now been formulated by the WAPC and commented on by the Community. Directions 2031 and beyond is still in draft form for the North Eastern Outer Metropolitan Area, which covers Gidgegannup. Information on this document can be found on the WAPC website.
In the Draft document the following is noted: Gidgegannup: Gidgegannup is indicated as an urban investigation area on the draft urban expansion plan. Gidgegannup is currently constrained by matters relating to waste water treatment and water supply, quarrying, public transport and traffic implications and that these matters will need to be resolved before any urban expansion will be supported. It is noted that the area under investigation in Gidgegannup is 400 ha and this process will take place from 2011-2020.
Reference is also made to The "Orange Route" as follows: Perth-Adelaide National Highway - Toodyay Road (Orange Route) Any new developments along this road will require improvements. Consideration will need to be given as to the extent of upgrading required as it may be many years before the future Perth-Adelaide National Highway replaces the existing regional role of the Great Eastern Highway.
It is also interesting to note that the City of Swan's Increase of Population projection for Gidgegannup to 2026 is 1300 people.