Western Australian Planning Commission

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Western Australian Planning Commission
Planning Authority overview
Preceding agencies
  • Metropolitan Regional Planning Authority (MRPA)
  • State Planning Commission (SPC)
JurisdictionGovernment of Western Australia
Annual budget$95.89 million (2018/19)
Planning Authority executive
  • David Caddy, WAPC Chairman
Parent departmentDepartment 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".[citation needed] 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.[1]


Strategic Plans for Perth Metropolitan Region[edit]

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.[2]
1970 Corridor Plan for Perth[6][7] 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:
  • The development of sub-regional centres along each corridor to decentralise employment growth from the CBD. These regional centres where to be Fremantle, Midland, Armadale, Joondalup and Rockingham.
  • Linear corridors to be separated by green spaces.
  • Public transport along each corridor to be provided by dedicated busways.
  • Limiting growth in the workforce of the CBD to reduce pressure on existing infrastructure within the central city.
  • 1979 - Fremantle passenger rail closed by Liberal government and replaced by bus services
  • 1983 - Fremantle passenger rail re-opened by Labor government
  • 1985 - A review of the Corridor Plan initiated, with the report issued in 1987.
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:
  • Targets of 80% greenfield growth, and 20% urban infill
  • Promoting higher density development in areas adjacent to activity centres
  • A target of 80% of jobs to be located outside the City of Perth.
  • Adding an additional 3 sub-regional centres, being Morley, Stirling and Cannington.
  • Development of office parks and mixed use business areas in areas with good transport infrastructure
  • Upgrading existing suburban rail infrastructure and bus services
  • Proposed a new southern passenger line
  • Ongoing monitoring of residential land supply to ensure efficient supply of land for development
  • Preparation of sub-regional structure plans for each of the corridors and centre plans for the regional centres.

  • 1991 - Electrification of the Midland, Armadale and Fremantle rail lines
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:
  • 47% of population growth to be accommodated by infill development.
  • 37% of infill development to occur within the Central sub-region with the remaining infill occurring throughout the outer suburbs.
  • 50% increase in average residential density
  • Focus on maintaining higher levels of CBD employment whilst promoting employment elsewhere in the region
  • Audit of activity centres and preparation of structure plans
  • A Public Transport Strategy for Perth and Peel
  • Defined areas for more detailed sub-regional structure plan preparation.
2015 Draft Perth and Peel @ 3.5 Million Strategic Framework for Perth and Peel


  1. ^ David Hutchison (March 2004). "Light and Shade" (PDF). Australian Book Review. p. 49. ISSN 0155-2864. Retrieved 17 July 2007.
  2. ^ a b 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)
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ "Piney Lakes Reserve: History and Environment". Piney Lakes. Retrieved 17 July 2007.
  6. ^ Metropolitan Region Planning Authority (1970). The corridor plan for Perth. ISBN 0-7309-5693-8. OCLC 521177.
  7. ^ Ministry for Planning. "Commercial Land Use Survey 1997". Archived from the original on 6 October 2007. Retrieved 17 July 2007.

Further reading[edit]

  • Jenny Gregory (2003). City of Light: a history of Perth since the 1950s. City of Perth. ISBN 0-9594632-6-7.

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