Re­form brings end to ur­ban rise


Guardian Express - - NEWS - Kate Leaver

APART­MENT blocks and mul­ti­ple dwellings will no longer be built out­side of Stir­ling city cen­tres af­ter the State Gov­ern­ment signed off on plan­ning re­form.

The plan­ning scheme ap­proved by the City pro­hibits mul­ti­ple dwellings be­ing built in ar­eas coded R40 or be­low, out­side of an 800m ra­dius of city cen­tres and rail­way sta­tions.

Re­forms in­tro­duced to the Res­i­den­tial De­sign Codes (R Codes) in 2010 had an im­pact on the na­ture and in­ten­sity of in­fill de­vel­op­ment in Stir­ling, which led to the City propos­ing Amend­ment 32 in July 2012.

Stir­ling Mayor Gio­vanni Italiano said the ap­proval of the amend­ment by the Min­is­ter for Plan­ning would mean there would no longer be a risk of a mas­sive in­crease in mul­ti­ple dwellings in sub­ur­ban ar­eas.

“This will mean a more con­sid­ered ap­proach to the fu­ture growth of our City,” Cr Italiano said. “In­creased res­i­den­tial den­sity is a good thing for Perth and we all agree it has to hap­pen but it needs to be in the right ar­eas where the growth can be ac­com­mo­dated, mean­ing where there are ac­tiv­ity cen­tres that are de­signed to ac­com­mo­date high­er­den­sity liv­ing.”

The amend­ment will sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the max­i­mum num­ber of mul­ti­ple dwellings per­mit­ted on a R40 res­i­den­tial lot out­side of an 800m walk­a­ble ra­dius from rail­way sta­tions and city cen­tres.

Cr Italiano said that the City would con­tinue to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­creased den­sity along trans­port cor­ri­dors and town cen­tres.

“Our goal is to en­cour­age high­qual­ity, higher-den­sity de­vel­op­ments in care­fully planned ac­tiv­ity cen­tres and cor­ri­dors that are sup­ported by suf­fi­cient pub­lic trans­port and high-qual­ity open spa­ces within easy reach of the res­i­dents liv­ing in apart­ments,” he said.

“Now that this amend­ment has been gazetted, it’s a win for the cur­rent and fu­ture res­i­dents of th­ese ar­eas.”

The changes came into ef­fect on Oc­to­ber 20.

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