THE State Government has released revised plans that help guide development across the Perth and Peel region.
The Perth and Peel@3.5 million frameworks aim to accommodate 3.5 million people by 2050 by creating vibrant communities within a compact and connected city, making best use of existing and proposed infrastructure and protecting important environmental assets.
The four integrated land use and infrastructure planning frameworks – for the Central, North West, North East and South Metropolitan sub-regions – also encourage greater housing diversity and choice to meet changing community needs and will limit unsustainable suburban sprawl.
The plans support Metronent initiatives to connect suburbs, reduce chronic road congestion and focus on communities close to train station precincts.
About 80,000 new homes are needed for the increased population.
Almost half – 38,000 at a minimum – will be provided through increased infill development predominantly in existing suburbs and around key public transport locations.
The draft frameworks, released in 2015 for public consultation, received more than 1100 submissions from landowners, State Government agencies, local governments and the development sector.
While a substantial volume of work underpins these documents, there is a need for further development of transport networks, including Metronet and an increased focus on infrastructure-led planning,
“We want to create dynamic communities where people live close to where they work, where they are supported by world-class public transport networks and where they have parks and shops and all other amentities that contribute to the great WA lifestyle,’’ Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said.