WA Urban Growth Monitor 2014

13/09/2014 3:16 pm

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The  Western Australian Planning Commission's Urban Growth Monitor reports on several key stages of the land supply process, however, its primary focus is the availability of land zoned for urban development. This edition of the Urban Growth Monitor presents information relating to land supply calculated as at 31 December 2012.

Key Findings:

  • In 2012, the stock of urban zoned land in the Metropolitan, Peel and Greater Bunbury region
    schemes increased by 480 hectares
  • The stock of urban deferred land decreased by 140 hectares, resulting in a net increase of 340 hectares of land zoned for urban development.
  • At 31 December 2012, the total stock of urban and urban deferred land in the three region schemes was 110,950 hectares, of which 29,670 hectares (26 per cent) was non-urbanised (undeveloped) i.e. the current ‘land supply’

A crucial finding from the report is that, "the prevailing form of urban development in the Perth metropolitan and Peel regions has been low-density greenfield projects. If all of the remaining non-urbanised land that is currently zoned urban and urban deferred was to be consumed in line with the trends of the past 20 years, and without addition through re-zoning, it is estimated that stocks would be fully depleted by about 2042."

This finding demonstrates that a more sustainable approach needs to be taken to development and land supply for urban purposes, essentially higher density zonings are needed.