The Ellenbrook proposal is a major residential development intended to provide for a community of approximately 58,000 people. The project encompasses a site of approximately 1,800 hectares in the Ellenbrook, Upper Swan, Belhus locality within the Shire of Swan. The site is20 kilometres north-east of Perth City and would accommodate in the region of 20,000 households. The Ellenbrook site is currently zoned "Rural" under the Metropolitan Region Scheme. A major Scheme amendment seeks to rezone the majority of the site from "Rural" to "Urban Deferred" in order to permit residential development of the site, and to set aside important wetland areas for Parks and Recreation and conservation purposes.