State Planning Policy 7.2 - Precinct Design
Precinct design provides a framework to guide the planning of precincts.
What is Precinct Design? What is a precinct?
Precinct Design applies throughout Western Australia and provides guidance on the design, planning, assessment and implementation of precinct structure plans, local development plans, subdivision and development in areas identified as precincts. This policy and associated Guidelines, along with State Planning Policy 7.0 Design of the Built Environment (SPP 7.0), draft State Planning Policy 4.2 Activity Centres (SPP 4.2), and the local planning framework, are the predominant planning instruments for precinct design for decision-making authorities and referral agencies when considering strategic and statutory planning proposals, subdivisions and development applications.
Will Precinct Design add another layer of assessment to the planning system?
Precincts are areas that require a higher level of planning and design focus due to their complexity, whether through mixed-use components, quality public transport infrastructure, higher levels of density, an activity centre designation or character, heritage and/or ecological value.
Precinct Design is a key component in the overall suite of Design WA policies. It assists with the planning and design of vibrant activity centres, station precincts, urban corridors and higher-density mixed-use areas. It also assists in the delivery of higher-density apartment buildings and medium-density development. Collectively, the policies and supporting documents work together to ensure high-quality development in the right locations, such as the delivery of new METRONET station precincts.
How does Precinct Design impact the planning system or Regulations?
No. Precinct structure plans are a type of structure plan and are a replacement for activity centre plans.
A precinct plan will not be required in every situation. It can assist with the detailed planning of more complex or strategic locations.
If local governments have an activity centre plan, structure plan, scheme amendment or local development plan underway, recently advertised or approved, will it comply with the new policy?
Accompanying Precinct Design and associated Guidelines are changes to the Planning and Development (Local Planning Scheme) Regulations 2015 to ensure terminology and criteria for developing precinct plans are aligned. The Precinct Design interim manner and form guidance ensures this alignment.
How will Precinct Design support the Perth and Peel @3.5million Frameworks?
The above plans will comply with the new policy under the following circumstances:
- where a plan has already been endorsed over an area
- where a plan has already been advertised
- when a plan is underway, the Western Australian Planning Commission will need to determine whether it is progressed far enough to be compliant with the new policy.
Why another State Planning Policy?
Precinct Design supports the frameworks by addressing identified infill targets, designated station precincts, designated activity centres and urban corridors in existing urban areas within the Perth and Peel regions.
Design WA aims to improve the design quality of the built environment. In WA, particularly the Perth and Peel regions, there is a need to plan for higher-density infill development to accommodate our growing population, prevent further urban sprawl and revitalise urban areas needing regeneration. This applies to all regions in WA.
Precinct Design is a high-level, state-wide planning instrument that will enable these outcomes to be achieved.