Zones, reservations and bush forever areas

The MRS divides land in the region into zones and reservations and includes bush forever areas that are shown on the scheme map.


Urban: Areas in which a range of activities are undertaken, including residential, commercial recreational and light industry

Urban deferred: Land identified for future urban uses following the extension of urban services, the progressive development of adjacent urban areas, and resolution of any environmental and planning requirements relating to development.

The WAPC must be satisfied that these issues have been addressed before rezoning to Urban.

Central city area: Strategic regional centres for major retail, commercial and office facilities as well as employment, civic, business and residential uses.

Industrial and special industrial: Land in which manufacture, processing, warehousing and related activities are undertaken.

Rural: Land in which a range of agricultural, extractive and conservation uses are undertaken.

Private recreation: Areas of significance to the regions recreation resource which are or are proposed to be managed by the private sector.

Rural - water protection: Rural land over public groundwater areas, where land use is controlled to avoid contamination.


Land is reserved for community purposes. It may be reserved to protect a resource or to provide areas for infrastructure. The following descriptions are a guide.

Parks and recreation: Land of regional significance for ecological, recreation or landscape purposes.

Railways: Provides for public transit routes, freight rail lines and associated facilities such as park'n'ride stations, maintenance depots and marshalling yards.

Port installations: Regional maritime shipping facilities.

State forests: Areas of woodland located on Crown land managed under the Conservation and Land Management Act 1984.

Water catchments: Water sources protected for high quality public water supply. These areas have strict controls on land use to avoid pollution of the water resource.

Civic and cultural: Significant civic precincts and buildings.

Waterways: Permanent inland and coastal waters including many rivers and reservoirs.

Public purposes: Land for public facilities such as hospitals, high schools, universities, car parks, and prisons, utilities for electricity and water, commonwealth government and other special uses.

Primary regional roads: These are the most important of the roads of regional significance in the planned road network, and are currently or proposed to be declared under the Main Roads Act 1930.

Other regional roads: These are roads of regional significance in the planned road network for which the planning responsibilities are shared by the WAPC and local governments.

Bush forever area: Areas identified as Bush Forever are subject to the planning requirements of State Planning Policy 2.8 - Bushland Policy for the Perth Metropolitan Region.


Page last reviewed 23 November 2018
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