Western Australia

Property Council calls for new infill strategy for Perth

THE Property Council of Australia has called on the Western Australian Government to review its strategy to promote infill housing development in Perth after new figures revealed that the rate of infill development in the city is falling behind state policy targets.

The WA Planning Commission's latest Urban Growth Monitor revealed that the proportion of infill development versus development on Perth's urban fringe dropped from 32 per cent in 2011 to 28 per cent in 2012. The state's long-term infill target for Perth is 47 per cent.

In a statement last week, Acting Property Council Executive Director Lino Iacomella said new actions are needed to make infill development in Perth easier.

"If we don't take action, pressure will grow on the provision of scarce infrastructure to support new housing development on Perth's urban fringe," Mr Iacomella said.

  • According to the Property Council, a revamped urban infill strategy needs to include a broad range of actions, including:
  • A review of the provision of energy and water infrastructure for infill development;
  • The introduction of tax incentives for older households to downsize into smaller housing, including retirement living products, which will free up existing homes for redevelopment;
  • Encouraging local governments to support rezoning of land for higher density housing;
  • Fast tracking the introduction of community titles, which will enable larger scale precinct-style infill housing development to occur; and
  • Making more state and local government owned land available for housing development in existing areas of Perth.

"The development industry in WA is ready to support larger rates of infill housing like apartments and units in the inner city and in the suburbs," Mr Iacomella said.

"However the rate of infill development will not pick up significantly until the structural hurdles to infill development are removed."

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