TBB assisted various clients in the preparation of submissions on the Perth and Peel @3.5million strategy and the Sub-regional Planning Frameworks. In total, we helped prepare approximately 20 submissions on a range of issues, as well as preparing TBB’s own submission.
TBB’s submission focused on the importance of strong consultation with all stakeholders and the need for the Frameworks to have comprehensive information, data and reporting to support its findings, as well as broader integration and coordination with the Strategic Environmental Assessment.
TBB considered that the broader planning profession contains a rich pool of experience, expertise and talent, which if properly utilised, could have lent considerably more rigour to the planning outcomes. This perspective considers that many aspects and principles within the Framework and Strategy are not necessarily confidential, nor affected by bias or agendas.
Urban Infill & Sustainable Urbanism
TBB supports the basic philosophies of the Frameworks and the emphasis on urban infill, as placing mixed use, employment, density, diversity in close proximity to Activity Centres and Activity Corridors with transit in support is both logical and sustainable.
TBB considers the Strategy and Framework can provide greater leadership in promoting Sustainable Urbanism. This requires:
- the testing of environmental values against sound community structure
- recommending sensible trade-offs to interpret the science and environmental values
- the testing of a community-based response to different settlement patterns
- recommending trade-offs to create sensible and sustainable communities
It was disappointing to observe that affordability was silent in all Frameworks except for the Central Sub-region. The Frameworks should embody the principles of affordable housing and living in its key principles, and include clear strategies to ensure an adequate ongoing supply or public housing in the medium and long term.
Accessible Activity Centres and Employment Nodes
TBB supports the principle to strengthen key activity centres and employment nodes to meet future needs of industry, commerce and the community. Implementation of the spatial plans (primarily through private sector investment in delivering growth targets) must be supported by an integrated public transport and development process. Greater guidance is required for local governments in terms of the techniques available to enhance existing centres and greater emphasis should be provided on this direction to support both public and private sector investment in established centres and new centres and corridors.
Land Supply and Zoning
The strategic review of land supply and zoning within the Sub-regional Frameworks should include a review of the forecast demand for industrial land, take up rates and synergies with prevailing and forecast economic drivers. Logically this would be done through a review of the Employment and Economic Land Strategy (EELS).
There needs to be a clear commitment towards a whole of Government approach to forward planning and coordinating essential services and infrastructure to keep pace with the intended infill program.
The finalisation of the Frameworks should have regard to the many submissions received, to ensure that the broad amount of information provided to the Department of Planning is considered when refining the planning strategy and frameworks into sub-regional structure plans.
- Download the documents from the website: http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/publications/3.5million.asp