BUILD UP: Urban infill is a feature at Cockburn. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Missing the mark on urban infill

Local governments are making little headway in hitting the state government’s goal that 47 per cent of new housing development be made in existing areas, according to a progress report on the planning framework, Directions 2031.


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The City of Rockingham, created a new planning sceme to cater for Directions 2031 some time ago. Zoning near the foreshore and city centre, promote 80-200 dwellings per ha. The City encourages new development and any developer can call me directly to discuss the above or how the market is in Rockingham. Peter Melling Investment Attraction Manager 9528 0494

Targeted infill and urban sprawl repair of existing neighbourhoods is imperative to Perth reaching its goals. if it doesn't, you just watch as the transport buckles under the pressure of population growth. We need to get away from this 'Drive until you can buy" mentality with real estate. Living 50km from Perth City and working there is not feasible, we need more jobs closer to where we live and we need to live closer to where we work. WAPC should set minimum density standards rather than just maximum. if a site is zoned R40, then development of a single (new) house on a site that could have 7 apartments should be refused. We need to get serious here and also not allow Scheme Amendment after Scheme Amendment to circumvent the objectives of Directions 2031. One by one Local Governments are thwarting the targets and banning multiple dwellings in certain circumstances, this is just one of many problems, including the time it takes for the likes of Wanneroo and Joondalup to propose density changes, through to Scheme Amendments being approved, in these cases we are looking close to five years and that's unacceptable. its not just the Local Government here its the WAPC that needs to process such proposals with priority. Another consideration is targeted density. Transport Corridors, all of these should have an R60 or R80 density. Provide more population along bus and train routes. Bassendean is currently fighting a losing battle regarding 2 storey apartments 800m from a train station based on "Streetscape Incompatibility". All because of agreement to the strategy but NIMBY. Some stronger politically lobbying required here possibly by UDIA or the Property Council to push these issues to the front of the queue in terms of urgency.

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