THE West Australian Government has released revised plans that aim to guide development across the Perth and Peel region.
The four integrated land use and infrastructure planning frameworks - for the Central, North-West, North-East and South Metropolitan Peel sub-regions - also encourage greater housing diversity and choice to meet changing community needs and will limit unsustainable urban sprawl.
The plans support METRONET initiatives to connect suburbs, reduce chronic road congestion and focus on communities close to train station precincts.
About 800,000 new homes are needed for the increased population. Almost half - 380,000 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 1,100 submissions from landowners, State Government agencies, local governments and the development sector.
In a statement, Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said that 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.
"The McGowan Government inherited a process and has made significant efforts to update the frameworks to reflect its vision for the metropolitan area. However, given the large volume of transport infrastructure planning underway, there will be a review of the plans in three years," the Minister said.
"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 amenities that contribute to the great Western Australian lifestyle.
"These whole-of-government plans define the urban form through a co-ordinated approach to land use and infrastructure planning.
"They lay the groundwork for highly liveable, vibrant new communities particularly through greater infill development around key transport links including the new METRONET stations.
"I congratulate the Western Australian Planning Commission and in particular the chairman, Eric Lumsden, who has led this initiative; the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage and everyone who contributed to the development of these plans.
"These documents are not static; they will grow and evolve, as the State will, to ensure they continue to be relevant and respond to our changing landscape. They will be continually monitored with an initial review to be undertaken after three years," Ms Saffioti said.
More information is available from the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website at <https://www.planning.wa.gov.au/10586.aspx>.