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Subiaco Activity Centre Plan

As part of the town planning scheme review, the city is required to undertake significant detailed planning for the Subiaco Activity Centre because this is a key action identified in the city’s Local Planning Strategy. Consequently, the city engaged architecture and planning consulting agency, Hassell, to undertake a review of the Subiaco Central Development Plan to prepare an Activity Centre Structure Plan for the Subiaco Activity Centre in accordance with State Planning Policy 4.2 Activity Centres for Perth and Peel. 

The City of Subiaco draft Activity Centre Plan was adopted by council at the Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday 20 September 2016. The Plan is a 10-year strategic planning document that will guide land use and development in the Subiaco Town Centre.

The Plan has been developed over four years with the assistance of Hassell, and has involved a place making and visioning exercise, the development of urban design framework scenarios and ultimately the Activity Centre Plan. The draft Plan was subject to extensive community consultation and engagement exercises prior to adoption by council.

The Plan was approved by the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC), subject to modifications, on 14 March 2017. The city has made these modifications and an updated copy of the plan can be found here (PDF, 4.48MB).

A history of the Activity Centre Plan project, which commenced in 2012, is outlined below:

  • In February 2013 a collaborative place making and visioning exercise with the community and elected members was undertaken to inform the development of the Structure Plan. The Place Vision and Placemaking Principles Report may be downloaded here (PDF, 2.4MB).

  • This culminated in the preparation of a Subiaco Activity Centre Options Report (PDF, 56MB), which included three urban design framework scenarios for the future development of the Subiaco Activity Centre (vision scenarios).

  • Public consultation on this report and the vision scenarios was undertaken from 13 July 2013 to 16 August 2013. The Consultation Summary Report may be downloaded here (PDF, 6.4MB).

  • Council endorsed Urban Design Framework 4 (PDF, 360KB) as the preferred vision for the future development of the Subiaco Activity Centre on 24 September 2013. The height plan (PDF, 356KB) and summary of Urban Design Framework 4 (PDF, 8.2MB) may be downloaded here.

  • The draft Structure Plan was developed based on framework 4. Council endorsed the draft Structure Plan for the purposes of public advertising in December 2013 and the document was forwarded to the WAPC for consent to advertise.

  • The draft plan was with the WAPC for a period of two years from December 2013. In October 2015 the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations were gazetted.

  • From January to March 2016 the draft plan was updated by the city.

  • On 24 May 2016, council endorsed the draft plan for consultation. The consultation period commenced on 10 June 2016 and concluded on 8 July 2016. A report was presented to the August council meeting, advising of the outcomes of the consultation. To view a copy of the report and the resolution of council, refer to the minutes from the August Ordinary Council Meeting here.

  • A report for the final adoption of the Subiaco Activity Centre Plan was presented to the September Council meeting on 20 September 2016. At the meeting, Council endorsed the plan. To view copies of the report and resolution of council, refer to the minutes from the September council meeting here.

North Subiaco Structure Plan

Since 2012, the city has been undertaking detailed strategic planning in the town centre and its immediate surrounds as part of the Scheme Review. Most notably, an Activity Centre Plan has been developed and endorsed for the town centre. As part of this strategic planning, the area bound by Townshend Road/Haydn Bunton Drive, Railway Road, Thomas Street and Churchill Avenue (colloquially to be referred to as North Subiaco), while not part of the core of the centre, was identified as an important link between the Subiaco Activity Centre, and West Perth and West Leederville. Consequently, the need for a separate urban design study and structure planning process for this area was considered necessary and has been undertaken.

The review of the Planning and Development Regulations, 1967 and resultant development and introduction of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations, 2015 (Regulations) has resulted in a relatively lengthy process. A history of the project is outlined below:

  • March 2014 - The city engaged Hassell to conduct an urban design study for the area. At its ordinary meeting, council also resolved to initiate Scheme Amendment No. 23 to insert a new Part 9 relating to Special Control Areas. The purpose of this amendment was to enable the city to adopy structure plans and local development plans under Town Planning Scheme No. 4 (TPS4), thereby allowing the recently prepared Subiaco Activity Centre Plan and proposed North Subiaco Structure Plan to become operational under TPS4 (refer item D10).

  • May 2014 - Preliminary engagement with elected members was undertaken to outline the opportunities and constraints within the area and preliminary findings.

  • August 2014 - Council resolved to undertake public consultation on the North Subiaco Town Planning and Urban Design Study - Draft Framework Scenarios for Public Consultation (June 2014), which included two urban design framework options (refer item D15). Advertising commenced on 5 September 2014 and concluded on 3 October 2014.

  • September 2014 - Council adopted Scheme Amendment No. 23. The amendment was subsequently forwarded to the Western Australian Planning Commission for finalisation.

  • December 2014 - Council considered the outcomes of the public consultation and endorsed urban design framework 3 as the preferred vision for the North Subiaco study area. The council resolution also noted that upon gazettal of the Scheme Amendment No. 23 an agreed structure plan for the area would be developed based on this urban design framework.

Download a copy of the Summary of Submissions Report (PDF, 2.5MB)
Download a copy of the Preferred Urban Design Framework (PDF, 5.7MB)

  • July 2015 - The city was advised by the Department of Planning that it would not be recommending approval for Scheme Amendment No. 23 on the basis that the new regulations would include provisions for activity centre plans and structure plans.

  • October 2015 - The new regulations were gazetted and came into effect.

  • April 2016 - The city engaged Taylor Burrell Barnett Town Planning and Urban Design (TBB) to prepare the draft North Subiaco Structure Plan (NSSP) based on the endorsed Urban Design Framework, taking into consideration any implications of the new regulations.

  • October 2016 - Council endorsed the plan for consultation. The consultation period commenced on 4 November 2016 and concluded on 2 December 2016. To view a copy of the report and resolution of council, refer to the minutes of the October ordinary council meeting here.

  • May 2017 – The North Subiaco Structure Plan was adopted by council and forwarded to the Western Australian Planning Commission for consideration and final approval. A high-resolution copy of the adopted North Subiaco Structure Plan is available here (PDF, 30MB). A low-resolution copy of the adopted North Subiaco Structure Plan is available here (PDF, 4.7MB).

Strategic Heritage Plan

The city is preparing a Heritage Strategic Plan to guide the management of the city’s rich and unique heritage and celebrate it into the future. The plan will provide a framework for the preservation of the city’s heritage across four key areas:

  • Knowing – identifying and recording the places, stories and objects that represent the city’s rich history
  • Protecting – conserving, adapting and appropriately developing the city’s heritage places
  • Supporting – facilitating and encouraging the conservation and management of the city’s heritage
  • Promoting – increasing an awareness and appreciation of the city’s diverse heritage

Community involvement in the development of this strategic plan is important. There will be a number of opportunities for the community and stakeholders to have their say throughout the process.

Projects 

Subiaco Town Centre Public Realm Design and Streetscape Enhancement Proposal – Outcomes of Public Consultation and Adoption of Concept Design Report

The city of Subiaco has undertaken studies and extensive site analysis of the town centre. A Schematic Design Proposal has been prepared for the two major retail streets (Rokeby Road and Hay Street) that are the key focus areas for improvements to help activate the city’s streetscapes.

During October 2014, residents and people who work or regularly visit the city of Subiaco were encouraged to get involved and help create an inviting and active Subiaco Town Centre. The draft Subiaco Town Centre Public Realm Design and Streetscape Enhancement Proposal was advertised for a period of 28 days between 3 October 2014 and 31 October 2014. A total of 51 submissions were received. Due to the complexity of the matter and the type of submissions received, a Consultation Summary Report (November 2014) was prepared.


Download a copy of the Consultation Summary Report - November 2014 (PDF, 2.3MB)

Download a copy of the Concept Design Report Revision F – 1 December 2014 (PDF, 70.2MB)