Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning; Ports

    New Design WA policy guides development of local precincts

    17/12/2020 10:30 AM
    • New Design WA policy to guide development of activity centres and METRONET station precincts
    • Well-planned, developed communities start with good precinct design 
    • Six key design elements to be developed through a precinct plan in consultation with local community
    • McGowan Government continuing to reform and simplify the planning system  

    Planning Minister Rita Saffioti today released State Planning Policy 7.2 - Precinct Design to guide development around precincts including METRONET stations.


    Development of complex sites will require a precinct plan focusing on six key elements - urban ecology, urban structure, public realm, movement, land use and built form and will be developed in consultation with the community.


    The new policy is part of the Design WA initiatives to ensure good design is at the heart of all development.


    This includes activity centres, train stations, land adjacent to major transport routes and some residential and mixed-use developments, ensuring the new precinct responds to community expectations and delivers positive social, environmental and economic outcomes.


    The new policy also addresses infill sites that require a high level of planning and design due to their complexity, such as significant heritage or environmental considerations, or requiring a design response that embraces local character and meets community needs.


    The new policy complements the McGowan Government's record public transport investment in METRONET, that will free up 5,000 hectares of land for development around future stations.


    The McGowan Government's planning reform agenda continues to deliver new planning processes that are consistent, slash red tape and support local jobs. 


    Further information about the new policy is available at https://www.dplh.wa.gov.au/designwa-precinct-design


    Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti:


    "METRONET is changing the way we travel and connect - but it also has the potential to change where and how we choose to live.


    "Community expectations of housing are evolving about how and where we live - whether that's an apartment for a young couple, a villa for an elderly couple looking to downsize or an affordable house near the beach for a family.


    "We want every Western Australian to have real housing choice.


    "This policy will guide the development of precincts, ensuring they deliver well-planned design along with amenities the community wants, such as access to quality public transport, jobs and entertainment.


    "This new policy is part of our package of planning reforms to cut red tape, support local jobs and provide consistency."


    Minister's office - 6552 5500