The City of Subiaco, like all of Perth, is growing and is estimated to have a population of around 30 000 people by 2050.
As part of the local planning review process, the City of Subiaco must demonstrate how it will achieve density targets set out by the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC). Based on the city’s 2011 population data, we need to plan for at least 6140 new homes by 2050. This is a density of around 25 homes per hectare.
According to the 2016 Census data, the City of Subiaco has made some progress in meeting these targets and now has 8440 homes, which is a density of about 15 homes per hectare. This means 684 new homes have been added between 2011 and 2016.
But there’s more work to be done. We need to accommodate an additional 5456 homes by 2050.
How will we reach this target? The city’s draft Local Planning Strategy and draft Local Planning Scheme No. 5 (LPS5), once finalised, will guide future planning decisions to achieve these targets. The city’s original proposal to the WAPC for LPS5 included the Subi East Redevelopment Area (Subiaco Oval and Princess Margaret Hospital Sites) and aimed to achieve 6140 new homes.
The WAPC has proposed density increases to areas within walking distance to train stations and the Subi East Redevelopment Area is now under the planning control of the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority. The draft LPS5, as advertised with these modifications, would provide for 8970 additional dwellings, around 30 homes per hectare. This proposal exceeds the city’s density targets.
Every local government is required to plan for an increasing population and the City of Subiaco is working towards a local approach to growth, rather than a one size fits all solution.
In your opinion, how can the city reach its density targets while maintaining the character and sense of place unique to Subiaco? To make a submission on the draft Local Planning Scheme No. 5 or draft Local Planning Strategy, visit www.haveyoursay.subiaco.wa.gov.au