The Morley City Centre is a ‘Strategic Metropolitan Centre’ in the Western Australian Planning Commission’s ‘Directions 2031 and Beyond Strategy’. This means that significant new commercial and residential development will be concentrated around centres like Morley as Perth continues to grow.
The Morley City Centre Masterplan provides new ideas on how to increase business and employment opportunities in the area, provide more housing choices and ensure that development is environmentally sustainable. The award-winning Masterplan is a vision for a lively, prosperous and attractive city centre.
Some of the key principles of the Masterplan include:
1. Emphasising high quality development;
2. Promoting a mix of land uses to deliver a lively and prosperous centre;
3. Encouraging lifestyle options such as cafes, restaurants and social and recreational facilities;
4. Providing for a range of housing choices;
5. Upgrading streetscapes and public spaces;
6. Planning for a ‘greener’ city centre; and
7. Prioritising pedestrians and ‘streets for people’ rather than ‘roads for cars’.
Generally speaking, the Masterplan provides for significant redevelopment opportunities, with buildings of potentially up to 12-16 storeys in the centre of the city. The Built Form and Activity Plan also provides for buildings of up 3-5 storeys along major roads to align mixed use development with public transport routes, buffer residential areas from traffic noise and create urban gateways to the city centre.
In return, developers will need to build high quality developments that will enhance the character of the area. The centre will need to evolve over time from a car- based commercial centre to an exciting ‘place for people’, with an appropriate mix of land uses.
The Masterplan opens up a range of possibilities for landowners and developers. The City would welcome the chance to discuss potential redevelopment opportunities with interested parties.
Please call the City’s Strategic Planning Services on (08) 9272 0622 should you have any questions.