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Liveable Neighbourhoods

Liveable Neighbourhoods

Liveable Neighbourhoods is an operational policy for the design and assessment of structure plans and subdivision for new urban areas in the metropolitan area and country centres.

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Liveable Neighbourhoods

Liveable Neighbourhoods has been adopted by the Western Australian Planning Commission as operational policy, and is to be followed in the design and approval of urban development. It applies to structure planning and subdivision for greenfield sites and for the redevelopment of large brownfield and urban infill sites.

Liveable Neighbourhoods is a policy of the Western Australian Government that aims to combat the high car dependency, lack of public transport and poor walking conditions in suburban sprawl.

The policy aims to:

  • To provide for an urban structure of walkable neighbourhoods clustering to form towns of compatible mixed uses in order to reduce car dependence for access to employment, retail and community facilities;
  • To ensure that walkable neighbourhoods and access to services and facilities are designed for all users, including people with disabilities;
  • To foster a sense of community and strong local identity and sense of place in neighbourhoods and towns;
  • To provide for access generally by way of an interconnected network of streets which facilitate safe, efficient and pleasant walking, cycling and driving;
  • To ensure active street-land use interfaces, with building frontages to streets to improve personal safety through increased surveillance and activity;
  • To facilitate new development which supports the efficiency of public transport systems where available, and provides safe, direct access to the system for residents;
  • To facilitate mixed-use urban development which provides for a wide range of living, employment and leisure opportunities, capable of adapting over time as the community changes and which reflects appropriate community standards of health, safety and amenity;
  • To provide a variety of lot sizes and housing types to cater for the diverse housing needs of the community at a density that can ultimately support the provision of local services;
  • To ensure the avoidance of key environmental areas and the incorporation of significant cultural and environmental features of a site into the design of an area;
  • To provide for a more integrated approach to the design of open space and urban water management;
  • To ensure cost-effective and resource-efficient development to promote affordable housing; and
  • To maximise land efficiency wherever possible.

This document is property of the Government of Western Australia: Department of Planning.

Year published: 2007

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