WEST Australian Planning Minister John Day yesterday welcomed the City of Stirling's release of the Draft Stirling City Centre Structure Plan for public comment.
The draft plan, adopted by council last month, aims to transform the Stirling City Centre into an integrated and modern, mixed use, transit oriented centre around the Stirling train station.
Mr Day said the draft structure plan was a key step in the development of Stirling's business district and would help boost its status as the 'City of Choice'.
"The structure plan will guide the City of Stirling's development in line with Directions 2031, which sets out the vision and direction for Perth and Peel's planning to 2031 and beyond."
The Stirling City Centre Alliance - a partnership between the State Government, the Western Australian Planning Commission, City of Stirling and the local community - is coordinating the development of the structure plan and will eventually manage its implementation.
The Stirling City Centre includes the Innaloo Shopping Centre, Stirling Civic Centre precinct, Osborne Park Hospital, part of the Osborne Park industrial area, the Greater Union Theatre and some residences.
Key components of the plan include the transformation of Stirling to a mixed-use high amenity city based around light rail; consolidation of appropriate development around the train station; and improvement of the pedestrian and cyclist environment and network.
Submissions on the draft plan can be lodged with the City of Stirling by 5pm on August 30, 2011. The draft structure plan is available from the City of Stirling website at <http://www.stirling.wa.gov.au/>.