WA State Planning Strategy 2050 Launched

16/06/2014 7:29 pm

The Western Australian Government has released a strategy to accommodate a doubling of the state's population, by providing for 700,000 dwellings by 2050.

Land Availability Map Extract from WA State Planning Strategy 2050

Land Availability Map Extract from WA State Planning Strategy 2050

The Western Australian Minister for Planning, the Hon John Day MLA, launched the State Planning Strategy 2050 in this week. Prepared by the Department of Planning on behalf of the Western Australian Planning Commission, the Strategy seeks to build strategic planning capacity and capability around a State planning vision.

The strategy provides the strategic context for planning and development decisions throughout the State. The Strategy envisages that by 2050 Western Australia will double its current population and will have a diverse range of well-connected and vibrant communities and thriving regional centres.

The State Planning Strategy 2050 envisages a statewide network of regional centres, infrastructure bands and projected economic activity areas resulting from the application of the strategic goals and directions of the strategy. The strategy reveals the potential for growth in regional Western Australia and its emergence as a hotspot for capital investment.

Western Australia’s projected population growth means housing stock must increase by around 700,000 dwellings by 2050. Around 500,000 – 550,000 of this increase is likely to be in the greater Perth and Peel metropolitan area, but a substantial amount, 150,000 – 200,000 dwellings, will be in regional areas. Some of these identified regional areas include:

  • Kununurra
  • Broome
  • Port Hedland
  • Karratha
  • Geraldton
  • Northam
  • Bunbury
  • Busselton
  • Margaret River

The State Planning Strategy 2050 will guide and inform:

  • local community plans, growth plans and local planning schemes and strategies with structure planning and development assessments;
  • project approvals through the Government’s Lead Agency Framework;
  • planning for the coordination of physical and community infrastructure;
  • region scheme amendments, regional planning and infrastructure frameworks, regional investments and service delivery programs; and
  • investment proposals into areas and sectors of the State most likely to generate a return in the public interest.

View the strategy here