Suburbs feeling the strain

Changes to planning regulations are putting pressure on suburbs and not promoting development in inner city centres, according to the City of Stirling.
Changes to planning regulations are putting pressure on suburbs and not promoting development in inner city centres, according to the City of Stirling.

The initiative, part of the State’s Directions 2031 and Beyond, was introduced in an attempt to promote growth in Perth’s inner centres and transport corridors.

But rather than leading to development in suburban centres, Cr Italiano last week said the City was experiencing overcrowding in its suburbs, putting excessive pressure on infrastructure.

‘While the City of Stirling supports the State’s strategy to promote growth in Perth’s inner centres and transport corridors, the changes to the R Codes allowing more multiple dwellings is resulting in unsustainable growth in the City’s suburbs, rather than in our town and activity centres,’ Cr Italiano said.

The mayor said the City would propose an amendment to the Local Planning Scheme to exclude further multiple dwelling developments on land coded below R60. Cr Italiano said even a 10 per cent uptake of multiple dwellings below R60 would result in double the target set by the State Government.

‘This proposed amendment therefore seeks to focus multiple dwelling developments to our existing activity and town centres where residents have better access to appropriate services, infrastructure and facilities,’ he said.

‘We acknowledge there may be some resistance from the building and development sector, however the City of Stirling has a duty to look at the bigger picture and outcomes for the future.’

According to current statistics, the City will achieve its city-wide growth targets in the suburbs with single and group dwellings alone.

A Department of Planning representative said the Western Australian Planning Commission could not comment until it has received and considered the proposed amendment.