A $57.4 million project that aims to transform the Scarborough Beach precinct into one of the nation's best beachfront destinations reached another milestone last week, with planning control transferred from the City of Stirling to the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA).
Under the new interim redevelopment scheme, development applications for the 100-hectare project area must now be lodged with the MRA for approval, in place of the City of Stirling. The interim scheme adopts the planning framework established by the City.
Planning Minister John Day said the State Government and the City of Stirling shared a clear vision for the iconic destination and the transfer of planning control was a significant milestone in building the future of Scarborough.
"While current planning provisions will apply, the MRA will have regard for the future vision in determining development applications until a new planning framework is developed," Mr Day said.
"Community members will have another opportunity to have their say when the draft master plan is released in the coming months after nearly 3,000 people put forward their ideas for Scarborough's future via the recent Scarborough Views survey.
"This feedback, and the work previously completed by the City of Stirling, is being considered in the development of the draft master plan that will improve public access to the beach, facilitate contemporary urban design and address community needs."
The interim scheme follows the installation of free WiFi, public art and feature lighting along the beachfront and a successful summer events season, including the Summerset Arts Festival and Australian Surf Life Saving Championships.
The Minister said local residents and visitors were already enjoying Scarborough's resurgence, with new cafes, shops and bars opening along the beachfront.
"These new venues are creating a sense of optimism and excitement among the local community and businesses about the potential of Scarborough's transformation," he said.
The Scarborough redevelopment area covers 100 hectares of land and extends 1.6 kilometres along Scarborough beachfront and east along Scarborough Beach Road. The MRA is in the process of developing a draft Scarborough Master Plan, which will soon be released for consultation before it is finalised and adopted by the end of 2014.