Western Australian Planning Commission
|Planning Authority overview|
|Jurisdiction||Government of Western Australia|
|Annual budget||$95.89 million (2018/19)|
|Planning Authority executive|
|Parent department||Department of Planning|
The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) is a statutory authority of the Government of Western Australia that exists to coordinate planning for future land use and transport needs. It describes itself as Western Australia's "peak representative body of land-use planning and development". Its main role is to coordinate the various government agencies and other stakeholders in large infrastructure projects, to ensure that consideration is given to all interests and needs, including environmental, economic and community interests. It operates within the purview of the Department of Planning, which is responsible to the Minister for Planning.
The commission was originally called the Metropolitan Regional Planning Authority (MRPA) when it was established with David Carr as the chief planner. Shortly after that time, in 1965 Paul Ritter became the first city planner for Perth.
- 1955: Stephenson Hepburn report recommends a metropolitan region scheme, an ongoing regional improvement fund and an independent expert regional planning authority.
- 1963: Metropolitan Region Scheme adopted by the Parliament of Western Australia.
- 1984: MRPA purchased the Piney Lakes Reserve and reserved it as a regional open space. The Reserve is owned in freehold by the WAPC and vested with the City of Melville.
- 2004: First regional interim development order gazetted by the WAPC to implement the Ningaloo Coast regional strategy.
- 2008: Revised Residential Design Codes adopted.
Strategic Plans for Perth Metropolitan Region
|Year||Name of Plan||Objectives||Results|
|1955||Stephenson-Hepburn Report||Recommends a metropolitan region scheme, an ongoing regional improvement fund and an independent expert regional planning authority.|
|1970||Corridor Plan for Perth||The objective of the corridor plan was to channel a low density, car dependent, urban expansion of the Perth Metropolitan Region along urban corridors radiating out from regional centres. Key elements of the plan included:
|1990||Metroplan||Provided a framework for the growth of Perth from a metropolitan region of 1.1 million to 2 million by 2021. This was the first strategic plan for the Metropolitan Region that included urban consolidation as a strategic objective. Key elements of the plan included:
|2004||Network City (Draft)||Network City was prepared through an extensive community consultation process called 'Dialogue with the City' and incorporated broad principles of social & environmental sustainability, participatory planning and New Urbanist theory. The core idea behind the strategy was the integration of land use and transport around activity centres connected by corridors.||This strategic framework was never formally adopted and implemented.|
|2011||Directions 2031 and Beyond||A land use strategy for a "more consolidated city" based around urban infill targets, intensification of activity centers and urban transport. Key elements included:
|2015||Draft Perth and Peel @ 3.5 Million Strategic Framework for Perth and Peel|
- David Hutchison (March 2004). "Light and Shade" (PDF). Australian Book Review. p. 49. ISSN 0155-2864. Retrieved 17 July 2007.
- Stephenson, Gordon; Hepburn, J. A. (John Alastair), 1915-; Stephenson, Gordon, 1908-. Plan for the metropolitan region Perth and Fremantle Western Australia 1955 Atlas; Western Australia. Town Planning Department (1955), Plan for the metropolitan region, Perth and Fremantle, Western Australia, 1955 : a report prepared for the Government of Western Australia, Government Printing Office, retrieved 8 June 2014CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
- Western Australia. Metropolitan Region Planning Authority; Hamer, M. E; Western Australia. Town Planning Dept (1962), Metropolitan region scheme report, 1962, Town Planning Dept, retrieved 8 June 2014
- Western Australia. Metropolitan Region Planning Authority; Western Australia. Town Planning Department (1963), Metropolitan region scheme map Perth Western Australia, The Authority, retrieved 8 June 2014
- "Piney Lakes Reserve: History and Environment". Piney Lakes. Retrieved 17 July 2007.
- Metropolitan Region Planning Authority (1970). The corridor plan for Perth. ISBN 0-7309-5693-8. OCLC 521177.
- Ministry for Planning. "Commercial Land Use Survey 1997". Archived from the original on 6 October 2007. Retrieved 17 July 2007.
- Jenny Gregory (2003). City of Light: a history of Perth since the 1950s. City of Perth. ISBN 0-9594632-6-7.
- Official website
- "About us". Western Australian Planning Commission. Archived from the original on 1 January 2007. Retrieved 13 February 2007.
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