We have looked forward to the changes the architecture industry will see as a result of the planning reform initiative Design WA. After Stage 1 rolled out earlier in May this year, focusing on the quality of the general built environment, and on apartment developments, Stage 2 is in progress. The second stage of Design WA – Precinct Design, has been released for public consultation up until the 15th of October. For this stage, the Department of Planning are reviewing the State Planning Policy 4.2 Activity Centre for Perth and Peel, and the State Planning Policy 7.1 Neighbourhood Design. This pertains to complex areas of mixed use, high density, and public activity with the aim to provide more adequate guides for infill development compared to greenfield.
It provides a means of encouraging and addressing quality design within broad varying contexts such as activity centres, station precincts, urban corridors, residential infill and heritage precinct areas. Key design considerations addressed are urban ecology, urban structure, movement, built form, land use, public realm, and services & utilities.